5 Winter Vegetables you should be Eating.

Via Jennifer Kass
on Nov 17, 2010
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Vegetables are all the rage right now–you’d think we’re talking talking about new Chanel lipstick colors . The recent New York Magazine  article,Vegetables are the New Meat, declared veggies fashionable and noted all the big names like Batali and Jean-Georges who are jumping on the vegetable  wagon. This is great news, since fresh, colorful vegetables are the number one foods missing in modern diets. New York is known for its fleeting fads, but whether they’re en vogue or not, vegetables will remain one of the healthiest foods in the world, and a delicious way to fight everything from the common cold to wrinkles—(hint: all the colorful vegetables are high in anti-aging antioxidants.)

The best news? You don’t have to break the bank eating out.

While fancy restaurants are dissolving the long-held belief that vegetables are boring with, as New York Magazine puts it, “an unfettered reliance on butter, cheese, crispy bread crumbs, and the deep-fryer,” read on to discover a few simple ways to make them deliciously yours without all the extras.

Here, the top 5 vegetables to eat this winter:

Butternut Squash. The bright orange color signifies a high level of carotenoids, which protect heart health, and you also get half the recommended daily dose of the antioxidant vitamin C. Because it’s packed with antioxidants, butternut squash is a top anti-inflammatory food that prevents all degenerative illnesses and packs huge anti-aging benefits. Cook the squash on a baking sheet for about an hour or peel and cut it into chunks to steam and and purée for soup. Also, try sweet potatoes—same benefits and just as easy.

Beets. Root vegetables are a coldweather staple known for their grounding benefits, and are one of the easiest foods to prepare—just quarter them and roast with olive oil. They’ll load you up on folate and vitamin C—plus curb your sweet craving (beets are one of the sweetest vegetables).

Avocado. Technically a fruit, it’s one of the few raw winter foods, making it one of the quickest to prepare (who doesn’t love guacamole?). Known as a healthy fat to complete a balanced meal, avocados are also the perfect alternative to bananas for potassium.

Radishes. A cleansing and digestive aid, white vegetables like radishes are fat-dissolvers that have a sudsing effect in our stomachs, scrubing out toxins. Pickling radishes adds to their digestive properties and is a delicious, salty treat. Just slice about six radishes and put them in jar with 1/2 cup umeboshi vinegar and 1 cup filtered water. Cover with cheese cloth, let sit at room temperature for 24 hours and then refrigerate. Rinse and enjoy.

Kale. A hearty leafy green, kale is incredibly versatile and is a great addition to a soup, stew or pasta. Also one of the most nutrient-dense foods, loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients, kale is a top beauty food, mood-enhancer and immunity-booster. All leafy greens will enliven a meal and lift your mood. Also try bok choy, cabbage, and collards.

Recipe: Scarlet Roasted Vegetables

A pretty dish, perfect for Thanksgiving with even more winter vegetables like celery, fennel and parsnips. Inspired by Alicia Silverstone’s recipe in the Kind Diet Cookbook. Serves 4-6.

  • 6 Shallots, peeled and halved lengthwise
  • 4 medium beets, quartered
  • 2 parsnips, quartered lengthwise
  • 1 fennel bulb, thickly sliced
  • 2 cups organic butternut squash, chunked
  • 4 celery stalks, cut in 1″ pieces
  • 8 dried apricots, chopped
  • 3-4 dried bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves
  • 3 teaspoons tamari
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2-3 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Handful of chopped fresh parsley

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a large, shallow baking dish.

Combine vegetables, bay leaves, pecans, apricots, tamari, lemon zest and oil in a bowl. Coat the vegetables well. Transfer the vegetables to baking dish, cover with aluminum foil and roast for 50 minutes, or until vegetables are soft. Remove aluminum and roast for 15 more minutes to brown. Remove from oven and toss with lemon juice, garnishing with the parsley.


About Jennifer Kass

A mission to spread happiness, health + beauty, Jennifer's mediums are writing, taking pictures, and the acclaimed New York City-based, Kass Health, a holistic coaching business leading clients to their happiest, best lives.


12 Responses to “5 Winter Vegetables you should be Eating.”

  1. Chloe says:

    Kale can be great raw, too! I like to make a kale salad with radishes a light dressing. Thanks for the tips, Jennifer!

  2. Dan Slanger says:

    Thanks Jennifer. Displacing fractured foods with whole foods is an important step to living a longer, happier life. And love the soup tip re butternut squash… here's a link to a recipe I like that can easily be made vegan by swapping the butter for olive oil… and you can skip the juice if looking to cut down on sugar… http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/but

  3. Jennifer Kass says:

    Great ideas–thank you for sharing! These foods are so versatile, it's so easy to make them your own!

  4. Brooks_Hall says:

    Thanks for the reminder, Jennifer! I just bought a butternut squash—inspired by this. And I'm going to make the pickled radishes, too!

  5. elephantjournal says:

    This looks delicious! I'm definitely making this tonight. Sounds great for a chilly, fall evening. Thanks, Jennifer! ~ Lindsey B.

  6. Kat Feldhouse says:

    Here I thought of Avocados as a summer side, but what a great alternative to a healthy fat (and potassium source) in the cold months. So good as a garnish in our cold weather soups. Can't wait to try the Kind Diet recipe! Yum!

    Thanks for the great post, Jennifer!

  7. Brianna says:

    Yum 🙂 I love fall and winter veggies…I think my favorite is Sweet Potatoes..
    I am trying that recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  8. AngelaRaines says:

    Nice! Love the tip on pickling radishes. Can't wait to try it out. Don't forget you can put kale and other greens in a breakfast smoothie, too! Throw enough bananas and other fruit in there and it covers any overly green taste—a great way to get more greens in, first thing in the morning!

  9. This looks like dinner for me tonight!