The best way to cook frugally is to use in-season fruits and veggies. This is very easy to do in the spring, summer, and early fall, but what do you do in the late fall and winter? Did you know that there are some fruits and veggies that are actually in season in the late fall and winter? Here is a list of some of the late fall and winter’s featured fruits and veggies along with some tasty frugal recipes:
- Cranberries: Believe it or not cranberries are not just for thanksgiving, these little gems are in-season in October and November. They are a good source of Vitamins E, K, and C as well as Dietary Fiber. They are great in oatmeal, baked goods, and even as an accompaniment for meat dishes. Check out this recipe for Cranberry Pumpkin Cookies.
- Citrus Fruits: Beginning in November all the way through February, citrus fruits are in their peak season. This includes oranges, tangerines, tangelos, lemons, and my personal favorite, grapefruits. Grapefruits are high in Vitamins A and C, Potassium, and Dietary Fiber. Check out this Huffington Post article with 13 Sweet and Savory Grapefruit Recipes. Also, take a look at this sweet dessert recipe: Orange and Grapefruit Slices with Coconut.
- Pears: During November and December pears are in season. These are a good source of Vitamin C and Dietary Fiber. They are delicious on their own, as a side dish, dessert, or as breakfast item. Check out this recipe for Made-Over French Toast with Spiced Pears.
- Pumpkins: During October and November, pumpkins are used to decorate homes but they can also make delicious dishes. They are a great source of Vitamins A and C as well as Dietary Fiber. Frugal Living NW lists 26 pumpkin recipes from desserts to drinks to baked goods. But, my all time favorite frugal recipe for pumpkins is simply salted pumpkin seeds.
- Sweet Potatoes: October through December sweet potatoes are in season. This starch is a little sweeter than its sister potato and is great as a dessert, side, or main dish. It is a very good source of Vitamin A, C, and Potassium. Try this recipe for chipotle infused mashed sweet potatoes!
- Mushrooms: November and December mushrooms are in season. Mushrooms are a good source of B Vitamins and are great as a meat-substitute in a main dish, check out this portobello burger recipe. For more mushroom recipes, take a look at this list of 40 Frugal Mushroom Recipes.
- Broccoli: This wonderful green veggie is in season from October to May. Broccoli is packed with Vitamin C and Dietary Fiber and great as an accompaniment to any dish. Check out this recipe for lemon chicken with broccoli.
These fruits and veggies are also in season during the late fall and/or winter: papayas, pomegranates, spinach, cauliflower, cabbage, and leeks.
Join the Conversation: What is your favorite late fall/winter recipe?