Our blog post comes from one of ENC’s Health Professional Advisors, Serena Ball, MS, RD. Serena is a registered dietitian and mother of four young children in St Louis. She blogs at www.TeaspoonOfSpice.com.
Eggs and winter produce make a perfect pairing. That’s right, winter produce! These fruits and vegetables are seasonal between autumn and spring; they include citrus fruits, root andcruciferous vegetables (like cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage), and hearty winter greens. Now is the time citrus fruits are being plucked off the trees in Florida, Texas and California. Root vegetables were dug up in the fall – or even left in the ground until after the first frost so they would grow sweeter because the cold temperatures concentrate the vegetable sugars. Cruciferous vegetables store very well and are crisp and delicious in stores now. And winter greens – like kale – can be grown in more temperate climates and even survive a mild frost – again sweeter in the cold.
Here are just a few of my favorite ways to eat protein-rich eggs with antioxidant-packed fresh winter produce:
Pairing sweet chestnuts and pears with earthy cauliflower makes a delicious soup. Serve withegg salad sandwiches.
Not surprisingly, nearly a third of Cooking Light’s most popular “75 Healthy Casseroles” are made with eggs. Casseroles are the ultimate comfort food in winter. And making them with eggs adds rich flavor and many nutrients; the addition of veggies makes these easy one-dish meals.
Another satisfying soup is made with caraway seed and potatoes which are always on sale at the grocery store. Adding eggs at the end of the recipe, instead of cream, gives the soup a velvety smooth consistency and adds extra protein.
This simple meatless main dish from the folks at the Incredible Egg takes only 10 minutes to prepand 20 minutes to bake…so you can have dinner on the table in less than 35 minutes. It usesconvenient frozen broccoli, Cheddar cheese and only six other ingredients, including salt and pepper that you probably already have on hand!
The Kale Omelet from the Meal Makeover Moms is a great way to introduce your family to the bright green leafy veggie. For kids, top the omelet with pasta sauce to make this potentially new food not so new! Serve with a colorful fresh citrus salad of oranges, grapefruit and pomegranate – as pomegranate is another seasonal fruit now!
What’s your favorite kind of winter produce or dish to cook? Tell us in our comments section below!