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This February — What’s In Season Guide is full of tips and recipes to inspire you to shop and eat seasonally.
There is so much delicious produce in February and if you are like me, I try to save money at the store by buying produce that’s in season. It’s cheaper, it’s fresher, and it didn’t travel very far to get to your table. I’ve wanted to do this series for several years now and I’m just not getting to it.
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It’s still cold in most places around the US in February, so there are still tons of delicious root vegetables and squash are in season. Gone are the sweet pomegranates, but all the citrus is still going strong this month.
I hope this February — What’s In Season Guide is just what you are looking for. Furthermore, if you’re looking for more resources on your food journey then check out my Feeding a Family on a Budget guide or this Budget Friendly Menu Planning. I have lots of menu planning guides for various occasions and even a monthly & weekly menu planning printable that’s super helpful. Lastly, the best thing for eating healthy and in season is a well stocked pantry.
February — What’s In Season Guide
My kids never get tired of broccoli. They happily eat it and would eat it with every dinner if I let them. I tend to just roast it with olive oil, garlic, and a little kosher salt. I love it when it is just starting to turn dark which means the flavor becomes a little nutty. YUM!
Seems like I don’t make these as often as should. They are super fun when you can find them on the stalk…in fact Trader Joe’s had them on the stalk last time I was there.
Mostly I use cabbage for coleslaw and corned beef, but it is so delicious and has so many health benefits. It is a great source of vitamin K, vitamin C and vitamin B6. Plus it’s a good source of manganese, dietary fiber, and potassium to name just a few.
I love cauliflower simply roasted in the oven. But it’s so versatile and the hottest veggie on the planet these days. Additionally, it’s great for using in place of potatoes or rice.
Fennel has a sweet licorice flavor and adds a great crunchy texture to salads. Also, fennel is full of fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin C, and vitamin B-6.
I love citrus…really all of it! We have like 5 citrus trees: orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and kumquat. Seriously, fresh picked citrus is one of my favorite things in the whole world. Find a U-Pick location near you if you can and go to town. Most of all, I juice almost all my lemons and freeze in 2 cup proportions for summer-time lemonade!
I love kale chips and adding kale to smoothies, but that’s about where my use of kale ends. Sometimes it finds its way into a hearty soup.
I enjoy leeks, but I don’t cook with them often. They are sometimes hard to find here, but when I spot them I pick up a few and use them in soups, breakfast dishes, and side dishes.
I love potatoes…really cooked any way will do. Baked, Fried, Boiled, Grilled…just give me all the potatoes and I’m a happy girl!
These spicy little veggies are added as garnishes around here on some of the Mexican food. I’m not sure why, but I do love adding them to my salads and roasting them totally mellows out the flavor.
Sunchokes are also known as Jerusalem artichokes. They have a similar flavor to artichokes or sort of like a sweet water chestnut and have a fresh crunch. Additionally, sunchokes are full of iron and potassium and they are rich in fiber.
Tangerines are also known as mandarin oranges and are full of flavonoids, vitamin C, vitamin A, folate and potassium. Tangelos have the similar health benefits but are a hybrid fruit of tangerine and grapefruit.
Turnips are full of minerals, antioxidants, vitamin C, and plenty of dietary fiber. They are also a low-calorie vegetable with only 28 calories per 100 gram serving .
Winter squash are full of vitamin C, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, manganese, copper, and potassium. Winter squash have a hard skin and flesh. Acorn, butternut, spaghetti, as well as pumpkin are all considered winter squash.
Did I miss something in my February — What’s In Season Guide??? What’s your favorite in-season fruit or veggie during February….tell me, I’d love to know.