Last time, we talked about holistic eating and how it could help you become healthier and more sustainable. If you haven't read it and want to, check it out here. Talking about it is all fun but I do know that finding out how to implement it is rough. So, today, we're going to talk about different vegetables to try, what products to get and when, and how to make them delicious. Let's talk about tips, tricks, and ideas for holistic nutrition.
Shopping and Cooking Seasonally
The world provides us with different crops every season to suit the weather. Every season we get different and beautiful fruits and vegetables to use in our cooking. While you can get fruits and vegetables that are out of season, it's not the best option. You see, when you buy out of season, you're buying produce that isn't at its very best. The flavors are dull and the colors are muddled. It's not great.
If you buy seasonally, the produce you get will be at its peak. Full of flavors, nutrients, vitamins, and color. If you aren't sure what's in season, let me help you out.
Below is a chart of the seasonal fruits and vegetables according to the season.
But how can you make these beautiful fruits and vegetables delicious while maintaining their natural flavors and nutrition.
Now if you've noticed, there are a few things that can be used in every season or most seasons like apples, garlic, and limes. This is awesome because that means you can use them for most of the year while maintaining those delicious natural flavors! So let's talk about meal ideas.
Recipe Suggestions for Holistic Nutrition
Every season is very unique but I do understand if you‘re craving out-of-season vegetables and fruits. This is an easy fix that can also decrease any waste. If you notice that your vegetable or fruit isn’t going to be eaten before they start sprouting or molding, freeze them. This will allow you to use it out of season.
How To Freeze Fruits and Veggies:
Line a baking sheet with wax freezing paper
Spread the fruit or vegetable evenly on the baking sheet
Freeze for 2 hours
Transfer them into a reusable bag or container
Store until you’re ready to use
This method will prevent them from sticking together and developing ice crystals.
As far as recipes are concerned, you can always look them up but I prefer cooking according to my mood. Unlike baking, you don’t need exact measurements to produce an amazing dish. Below are a few dish suggestions for meat-eaters and non-meat eaters:
Spring Time Dishes:
Asparagus, mushroom, spinach omelet
Mashed pea and mint spread with radishes on toast or Kodiak Pancake (vegan)
Chicken lemon pasta salad with asparagus, zucchini, and mushrooms
Fresh veggie spring rolls with peanut sauce (vegan)
Spicy Asian salmon with apricot and avocado salsa with green onion sesame seed rice
Lemon risotto (vegan)
Fresh fruit tart
Strawberries with a plant-based honey whipped cream (vegan)
Summer Time Holistic Nutrition:
Lemon poppy seed pancakes
Fresh fruit smoothie with almond milk (vegan)
Corn tomato avocado salad (vegan)
Herbed vegetable pot pie (vegan)
Smores cookie bars (vegan version)
Eating Freely in the Fall:
Sweet potato muffins (vegan)
Fall harvest pasta salad
Grilled zucchini hummus wrap (vegan)
Creamy wild rice soup
Mushroom pumpkin risotto (vegan)
Apple pie cake
Poached pear (vegan)
Cozy Winter Meals:
Cheese, egg, and sausage croissant roll ups
Overnight peanut butter oats (vegan)
Jalapeño mac n cheese
Lentil and mushroom stew (vegan)
Mushroom and leek pie (vegan)
Cinnamon maple glaze apple spiced cake
Winter berry trifle (vegan)
Cooking and eating holistically is the equivalent of eating freely And getting to know your body. It’s a good thing to do. Be free, eat the delicious food you want, and listen to your body. It takes time, yes, but there are ways to cook even with a busy schedule. Go ahead and do it already! You deserve to fill yourself with the delicious sustainable food that you want! You’re worth the time and effort!
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