The following haul is available throughout February in the UK: Beetroot, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Chicory, Horseradish, Jerusalem artichoke, Kale, Leeks, Onions, Parsnips, Radishes, Spring Greens, Spring Onions, Squash, and Swede. Unlike the abundance of root vegetables, there aren’t many seasonal fruit options in February however you can make the most of some delicious Apples, Pears and Rhubarb this month.
#1: Vegeroni Rigatoni
A great way of combining cauliflower and Brussel sprouts, turn these often unwanted vegetables (no we don’t understand either) into a delicious pasta dish by Williams Sinoma , perfect for quick and easy meatfree mondays dinner!
Not only is this big on the comfort food factor and perfect for the winter blues, and is also full of health benefits to help you fight those colds. Just one cup of cauliflower is a minefield of health. For the average adult’s daily intake, one cup of cauliflower contains 73%DI of Vitamin C, 19%DI of Vitamin K, 12%DI of Vitamin B6, and 11%DI of fibre, to name a few.
Moreover, cauliflower is rich in anti-oxidants, and anti-inflammatory compounds, which help fight inflammation, and hereby other diseases linked with swelling. Brussell sprouts also contain high levels of B vitamins, vitamin C, and vitamin K, as well as Manganese and Fibre, among others.
It’s also made with Pecorino cheese, but if dairy isn’t your bag then switch it up for your favourite vegan substitute.
#2 Leek and Mushroom Pie
A family favourite, this recipe from BBC good food combines seasonal mushrooms and leeks into a creamy sauce for a yummy pie filling. Add optional free range chicken or quorn if desired.
Mushrooms are crammed full of B vitamins, protein and fibre, while white button mushrooms in particular are one of only very few non-animal sources of vitamin D. Mushrooms also contain high amounts of the anti-oxidant selenium, which supports the immune system, and helps prevent tissue damage. Leeks complement the mushrooms well, both in flavour and nutrition, with the addition of sulphur, anti-oxidants, vitamins A and K, and folic acid.
For a vegan version you can use veg stock instead of chicken and make a dairy free roux sauce. Jus Roll puff pastry is vegan and can be picked up from most supermarkets.
#3 Tarte Tatin
And now for a classic dish from France, serve up your ever useful and delicious apples in this French-inspired apple tart for a yummy winter dessert by Lazy Cat Kitchen.
Apples are crammed full of anti-oxidants and fibre, as well as a host of different vitamins, including Vitamin A, various Bs, C, E and K. They also include a high level of Potassium, and significant quantities of Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus, among others, aiding lower cholesterol, and helping control blood sugar levels.
#4 Swedepherd’s Pie
For a whole new take on the well-known dish Shepherd’s Pie, Healthy Food Guide suggests using swede, carrot or a mix of both as the topping, instead of starchy potatoes. For the filling choose organic lamb, or vegan substitute, and top with ethically-sourced cheese, or a dairy free substitute. The perfect winter warmer!
The humble swede is comprised of several very beneficial components. It contains vitamin A and C, as well as a large number of nutrients, including fibre, calcium and potassium. Moreover, carrots are not just good at “making you see in the dark”, but include vitamin C, potassium, manganese, iron and copper, among many others. Both of these root vegetables help combat high cholesterol, help in digestion, and contribute to lowering blood pressure.
#5 Parsnip Soup
And last, but certainly not least, the perfect wholesome work lunch or dinner to cosy up on the sofa with – a scrumptious spiced parsnip soup from BBC Good Food. This one is made from the simple ingredients of parsnips and tinned tomatoes to which you can add as little or as much spice as you like! Perfect if you’re still feeling the pinch of Christmas.
Often under-rated, root vegetables are commonplace to the British climate, as well as often being of as high a nutritional value as most of their above-ground counterparts! Parsnips boost a wide variety of healthy content, including fibre, potassium and vitamin C. They are known, among other things, for boosting the immune system and promoting growth.
Eating fruit and vegetables when they are seasons not only cuts down air miles, it also means you get to eat the freshiest and tastiest produce available.
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