Healthy Recipes with Winter Fruits and Vegetables

recipeDuring the winter months, many people retreat from fresh produce, because they think it’s either less available or not as tasty. With the right recipes, however, you can incorporate seasonal vegetables into the following warm, delicious, healthy winter meals.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic and Ham
Roasting enhances Brussels sprouts by lightly caramelizing their edges, while keeping them tender inside. Garlic and ham add flavor and texture to create a wholesome, flavorful winter dish.

  • 1 slice white bread
  • 3 lbs. Brussels sprouts, halved and trimmed
  • 1/4 cup chopped country ham
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 thinly sliced garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat your oven to 425°. Add bread to a food processor and pulse until crumbly. Sprinkle breadcrumbs on baking sheet and bake at 425° until golden (usually about five minutes). Adjust oven temperature to 375°.
Coat 3-quart baking dish with cooking spray. Mix sprouts with next five listed ingredients in a baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes at 375° or until the sprouts are lightly browned at the edges. Stir twice while cooking to promote evenness.
Combine Parmesan cheese with 3 tablespoons toasted breadcrumbs. Sprinkle over the sprouts and serve immediately.
Honey-Roasted Root Vegetables
Tupelo honey enhances the natural caramelized vegetable sugars in this dish. If you can’t find this type of honey, opt for a medium-colored, floral variety, such as orange blossom, loosestrife or dandelion.

  • 2 cups peeled, chopped sweet potato
  • 1.5 cups peeled, chopped parsnip
  • 1.5 cups peeled, chopped turnip
  • 1.5 cups peeled, chopped carrot
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tupelo honey
  • 3 halved shallots
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat your oven to 450°. Mix all ingredients into a large bowl and toss to mix evenly. Coat a jelly-roll pan with cooking spray and add vegetables. Bake for 35 minutes at 450° or until the vegetables begin to brown and grow tender. Be sure to stir the mixture every 15 minutes. Serve immediately.

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