November. The month in the northern hemisphere where things start to get a little dark and gloomy. The days are shorter, the is weather colder…but, the food is great. November is one of the best times of year in terms of seasonal produce. During the run up to Thanksgiving and Christmas, the supermarket shelves are stocked with the freshest food available; food which can be used to make delicious, healthy and warming winter meals. Plus, eating what’s fresh and readily available is good for the environment. So if you want to eat good food whilst helping the planet (and really, who wouldn’t?), take some inspiration from this list of 5 things to cook with this November:
Parsnips, pumpkins and butternut squash densely populated the supermarket shelves at this time of year. Not only are they delicious and in season, but they are healthy and filling and integral features of many winter dishes. Try adding puréed butternut squash classics such as mac and cheese for a dose of your 5 a day, or roast these veggies in the oven with a healthy dose of olive oil and salt for a side dish to a meat main. Alternatively, combine them with other veggies such as onions and celery to make a base for a winter warmer soup.
Cranberries are more than an accompaniment to a roast dinner. These little berries are packed full of antioxidants and are a great thing to add to winter dishes like porridge and muesli for a little breakfast zing. Combine them with flavours such as orange or chocolate to make sweet treats such as festive cookies, or add them to winter salads with goats cheese, pecans and kale.
Fresh apples are delicious at this time of year, especially when cooked down into a compote with cinnamon, cloves and a touch of sugar. Add this mixture to crumbles and pies, or add to your favourite breakfast favourites to inject some warmth and flavour. Alternatively, get your apple fix with a cup of mulled cider; just thing to to warm you up on a chilly winter’s eve.
Kale; the food stuff of hipsters and health addicts. Despite it’s instagram popularity, kale is delicious and extremely healthy. Bake it with sea salt, chilli and olive oil to make a healthy alternative to crisps, or braise it with garlic for a satisfying side dish. Combine with feta and use as a pastry filling, for a healthy lunchtime alternative to the humble sandwich.
Brussel Sprouts are the marmite of vegetables; you either love them or you hate them. For all those sproutophiles, sauté them with bacon lardons to add flavour. Add them to a cheese gratin to add a little dose of green, making the unhealthy just a little bit healthier.