Soups and stews are a staple for the cold winter months but can be boring when they are on your meal plan too often. Find out about all the winter vegetables that will pump up your meal plan and make delicious dinners!
The colder months are the best time of year to cozy up in the kitchen for some comforting eats. And, while you’ve probably come up with some family staples, it’s always nice to test out some new recipes! If you’re looking for some winter vegetables for your family to try, look no further! The following dishes are chock full of nutrients, colors, and tasty flavors.
Whether it’s with a pot roast or in a stew, few people can say no to slightly sweet root vegetables. Luckily, there’s more than potatoes and carrots to the winter vegetables list! Yams, sweet potatoes, onions, turnips, parsnips, beets, andradishes are also great options. Because they’re grown underground, these vegetables are full of vitamins A, B, C and provide plenty of fiber. Cruciferous vegetables might sound pretty serious, but these winter vegetables have high health potential! Vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, and bok choy make up this vegetable category. Not only are they full of antioxidants, but they’re also strong-tasting and will help your body deal with inflammation.
Most people don’t know it, but there’s more to winter vegetables than just squash and roasted carrots. Whether you’re looking for winter vegetables to grow or just new recipes, there are many options for great side dishes!
The winter months call up images of warming soups and stews. Luckily, some of the following unique recipes will still pack a nutritional punch. Share these great ideas on FamilyApp with other parents!
A hearty, delicious, winter vegetable soup
peeled, diced sweet potatoes ((about 1 1/2 pounds))
reduced-sodium chicken broth
fresh-ground black pepper
reduced fat sour cream
chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup
Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat.
Add onion to pan; cook 4 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.
Stir in cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
Move onion mixture to side of pan; add remaining 2 tbsp butter to open space in pan.
Increase heat to medium-high; cook 1 minute or until butter begins to brown.
Add sweet potatoes, 3 1/2 cups water, broth, and carrot; bring to a boil.
Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 35 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Place half of soup mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth.
Pour into a large bowl. Repeat blending steps with remaining soup mixture.
Stir in half-and-half, salt, and pepper.
Ladle about 1 cup soup into each of 8 bowls; top each serving with about 2 teaspoons sour cream and 3/4 teaspoon parsley.
Getting in the daily intake of vegetables can sometimes be a struggle, but there are so many delicious ways to prepare root vegetables. Do you have a few favorite winter vegetables recipes you’d like to share?
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