Vegetable Gems... Perfect Winter Fare!

Vegetable Gems… Perfect Winter Fare!

Hardy winter vegetables can often become sweeter as the weather grows colder. They taste great boiled, mashed, roasted or puréed. Consider these options during your next trip to the grocery store.

broccoli

This crunchy veggie is perfect for any meal. Steam broccoli florets, then cool and toss with bacon bits, water chestnuts, green onions, almonds and top with your favorite dressing.
Dietitian’s Dish: – This is high in vitamin C and folate, and a good source of dietary fiber and potassium.

 

parsnips

Steamed or baked, these root vegetables have a sweet, nutty flavor. Try cutting them up and sautéing with butter and nutmeg for a sweet side dish.
Dietitian’s Dish: – These are a good source of vitamin C, folate, and fiber.

 

eggplant

Try making delicious “boats” by scooping out and cubing the eggplant flesh and sautéing it in olive oil with your favorite vegetables. Then fill the skins with the veggies, eggplant, a little cheese and bake.
Dietitian’s Dish: – These are a good source of dietary fiber.

 

sweet potatoes

Oh-so-sweet and good for you too, this veggie is great baked with a little butter and brown sugar. Want it even sweeter? Top with more brown sugar and pecans.
Dietitian’s Dish: – These are a good source of dietary fiber and potassium, plus high in vitamins A & C.

 

carrots

These naturally sweet beauties make great stand-alones when sliced thin and baked with a little olive oil or butter.
Dietitian’s Dish: – These are an excellent source of vitamin A and good source of vitamin C.