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Eating Seasonally from The Winter Garden: Simple Nutritious Recipes

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Even though the weather is chilly, we can still enjoy warm savory meals from our North Florida gardens.

Greens and root vegetables, though humble compared to glorious tomatoes and crisp pickles, are still a comforting part of winter meals.

I have compiled a list of some simple yet nutritious ways to prepare some seasonal vegetables.

Even if you do not have a garden, you will find that the main ingredients are easy to find and economical too. Eating seasonally is good for your health and your budget!!!

Just click on the picture, and it will take you to the recipe. 😀

1. My Favorite Kale Recipe  If you love to eat a hearty breakfast, this is for you!

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My Favorite Kale Recipe

2.Savory Sauteed Mustard Greens This is a great way to prepare the greens that are so abundant at this time. If you have only ever had collards or turnip greens, this is a great way to try something new.

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Savory Sauteed Mustard Greens

3. Colorful Roasted Turnips, Carrots, and Radishes -This preparation is so easy, but the flavor that roasting gives to these vegetables is amazing!

Colorful Roasted Turnips, Carrots, and Radishes

4. Kale Chips – Classic. You can dress these up with different spices or Parmesan cheese.

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Kale Chip Recipe

5. Daikon Radish Recipe -Try something new from the farmer’s market! I can’t seem to grow carrots, no matter what I try; but I can manage to grow daikon radishes, which are shaped pretty much the same. Go figure. This is a delicious way to serve this unique vegetable.

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Daikon Radish Recipe

Of course, if you need some dessert to offset all that healthiness, you could also bake up some fresh cookies. 🙂 I love to eat Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cranberry Walnut Cookies on these cold winter days.

Do you try to eat seasonally? I love harvesting vegetables in the afternoon to go with dinner. I don’t live on a farm, but it does make me feel pretty domesticated to head out to my backyard garden with a colander and scissors to get  part of our supper. Quite the satisfying feeling, wouldn’t you agree?

I’m thinking of trying to make some type of turnip-rutabaga-cheesy casserole type dish next. Maybe with a toasted breadcrumb topping?

Or maybe I will try wilted mustard greens in a creamy cheddar sauce??

Although I have started some seeds already (more on that later), still being able to harvest most of our dinner vegetables from the garden is putting a little hold on my typical rabid spring fever. 🙂

Which one of the recipes looks the yummiest to you? If you try one of them, I’d love to hear about it in the comments. If it looks like something you’d like to try later, you can pin it using the buttons.

If you know of another crazy gardener, feel free to share my blog with them and to also like me on Facebook! I love to hear from other gardeners!

Kale Chip Recipe

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Kale is my favorite green so far. I love it sauteed, but I decided that I would try to make some kale chips with the yummy kale that is growing in my Florida backyard garden.

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Let’s keep this simple, shall we? After all, we’re starting with 3 simple ingredients: kale, olive oil, and kosher salt.

Wash kale, rip kale off the main rib into chip-size pieces, toss with a drizzle of olive oil on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with salt, and bake at 350 degrees for about 14 minutes. Keep an eye on them; you want them to be dark green and crispy, not brown.
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Wash, rip, drizzle, sprinkle, bake, eat.
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Simple to make and only three ingredients. Healthy too, if you care about that kind of stuff. 🙂 I personally feel better about serving this to my family than potato chips. Yikes!! Potato chips have lots of fat and empty calories.

Do you add anything to your kale chips instead of or in addition to the salt? I’d love to hear about it in the comments! Growing kale in Florida is fun and it’s good for you too!

My Favorite Kale Recipe

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The first kale that I ever ate came from my backyard garden. I read that it would grow in Florida during the fall and winter, and so I decided to grow it and hope that I liked it. 🙂

I absolutely love it! I think that it is my favorite green. This is my favorite way to eat kale; this recipe works well as a hearty breakfast or yummy brunch.

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You just need a few ingredients; feel free to substitute or omit based on personal taste. I’m one of those cooks that seldom follows a recipe. I tend to get the general idea but substitute and omit and embellish quite freely. Feel free to do the same, and if you come up with another killer combination, let me know-I may want to try it too!

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Wash the kale and tear it into pieces about the size of an egg. Saute the onions in some olive oil (or butter, if you want it to be really amazing), then wilt the kale and add the tomatoes. Sprinkle with a dash of kosher salt.

You could simply add the eggs at this point and cook it all together for a kind of easy omelet, but I like to scramble some eggs separately.

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Layer the eggs, sauteed veggies, diced ham, and shredded cheddar. Let the cheese melt on low heat.

I love how the cheese melts into everything and binds it together a little. So yummy!

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This is such a great way to start the day!

This week I also want to try making kale chips. Anybody have a favorite way to make them? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Yay for nutritious kale! How do you like to eat kale?