This new years, I had just one goal – eat more fruits and vegetables.
In fact, the goal was somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, so about 3 servings of fruit and 7 servings of vegetables. At first it was daunting, and when I eat mostly raw – it really is! Eating cooked carrots is a lot easier than chomping on raw ones!
I really need to add a set number of raw vegetables as well, but there are so very few raw vegetables that I like that I have a hard time with this one..
Anyway, most days I manage to reach that goal. It’s a lot more challenging than it might seem! So, to further motivate me, I decided to make one new vegetable recipe per week (at least). After all, this IS a vegan blog, you would think there would be more vegetable recipes on it!
Florida Seasonal Produce
I really want to eat locally as much as possible. Sadly, Florida doesn’t pack a whole heck of a lot of variety, but it doesn’t mean I can’t still eat in season as much as possible – even if some of it has to take a road trip. In order to do this, I’m really going to have to reach out of my comfort zone a little bit.
So this month, in season in Florida are:
Avocados, Cabbage, Carambola (wtf is that?), Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chinese Cabbage, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Grapefruit, Green Beans, Green Peppers, Oranges, Radishes, Squash, Strawberries, Corn, Tangerines, Tomatoes.
In general in the US: Asian Greens, Asparagus, Avocados, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cardoons (again, wtf?), Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Cucumbers, Dandelion / Chicory, Endive, Fennel, Gourds, Kale, Leeks, Parsnips, Rhubarb, Salsify (eh?), Sunchokes, Turnips.
Phew! Something tells me I won’t get to all of those, but there are a few that I’ve never made, and some I don’t make enough, so this year I want to try to tackle vegetables from all walks of life, even the gross ones! I’ve gotta get out of my vegetable rut.
As a side note – as a result of my new eating habits, after just one month my entire office got sick – every single last person. My foster baby was sick. Last year at this time of year I’d been sick 4-5 times already. And guess who didn’t get sick at all?
That’s right, yours truly.
Anyway, join me every week (I haven’t picked a day yet – what makes a good vegetable day?) when I will feature a new vegetable (or maybe fruit) recipe / idea.