17 Recipes You Should Try with Seasonal Produce

If you’re looking to get a head start on your resolution to eat healthier in 2016, why not try out some new fruits and vegetables? During this time of year, produce like sweet potatoes, leafy greens, cauliflower, squash, apples, pears and broccoli are at their peak abundance and freshness, making it easier and cheaper for local farmers to ship them to your local stores. This means cheaper prices for you and fresher produce that hasn’t lost its flavor or nutrients while being shipped around the world.

When you buy seasonally, eating healthy can be fun and easy, even on a college budget. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

1.     Pear, Pomegranate and Spinach Salad

In season: Pears, pomegranates, spinach

Salads don’t have to be sad. Add some fresh fruit, some cheese and some awesome dressing and you’re good to go.

Recipe from Cooking Classy [ http://www.cookingclassy.com/2014/11/pear-pomegranate-spinach-salad/]


2.      Spicy Thai Coconut Qunioa

In season: Broccoli, carrots, fresh cilantro

The world’s most popular superfood just got a little bit more super.

Recipe from Chowhound [ http://www.chowhound.com/recipes/spicy-thai-coconut-quinoa-30507 ]


3.      Spinach and Feta Mashed Cauliflower

In season: Cauliflower, spinach

This healthfull alternative to mashed potatoes has just as much flavor as the real thing, and the texture comes pretty darn close.

Recipe from Closet Cooking [ http://www.closetcooking.com/2014/10/spinach-and-feta-mashed-cauliflower.html ]


4.      Autumn Glow Salad

In season: Cauliflower, sweet potatoes, apples, parsley, garlic

Want to glow? Then make this salad ASAP.

Recipe from Pinch of Yum [ http://pinchofyum.com/autumn-glow-salad-with-lemon-dressing ]


5.      Vegetable Stir Fry with Carrots, Broccoli and Cauliflower

In season: Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, red onion, bok choy, shiitake mushrooms

Take out’s got nothing on your mad stir-fry skills. 

Recipe from Divine Healthy Food [ http://divinehealthyfood.com/vegetable-stir-fry-carrots-broccoli-cauliflower/ ]


6.      Sweet Potato and Kale Grilled Cheese

In Season: Sweet potatoes, kale, red onion, fresh rosemary

Grilled cheese can “adult” too.

Recipe from Two Peas in Their Pod [ http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/sweet-potato-and-kale-grilled-cheese/ ]


7.      Lemon Pesto Penne

In season: Broccoli, fresh basil, garlic

I mean, how can anyone go wrong with pesto pasta?

Recipe from Pinch of Yum [ http://pinchofyum.com/20-minute-lemon-pesto-penne ]


8.      Cauliflower Tortillas

In season: Cauliflower, fresh cilantro

Want to sneak some more veggies into your tacos? These tortillas are just as soft and flavorful as corn or flour tortillas, so you won’t even notice the difference.

Recipe from Recipe Girl [ http://www.recipegirl.com/2014/05/05/cauliflower-tortillas/ ]


9.      Asian Broccoli Salad with Peanut Sauce

In season: Broccoli, edamame

Mini trees!

Recipe from Gimme Some Oven [ http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/asian-broccoli-salad-peanut-sauce/ ]


10.  Ground Turkey Sweet Potato Skillet

In season: Sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, fresh parsley

Taters gonna tate!

Recipe from Primavera Kitchen [ http://www.primaverakitchen.com/ground-turkey-sweet-potato-skillet/ ]


11.  Sesame Ginger Sautéed Cabbage and Carrots

In season: Cabbage, carrots, ginger, garlic

Cabbage deserves so much more than being held in the confines of coleslaw.

Recipe from Well Plated [ http://www.wellplated.com/sesame-ginger-sauteed-cabbage-carrots/ ]


12.  Sweet Potato Noodles with Spinach

In season: Sweet Potatoes, spinach, yellow onions, garlic

If you don’t have a “spiralizer” yet, stop what you’re doing right now and go buy one.  

Recipe from Diethood [ http://diethood.com/sweet-potato-noodles-with-spinach/ ]


13.  Beet, Arugala & Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese

In season: Beets, Arugala

Channel your inner Dwight Schrute with this fancy twist on grilled cheese.

Recipe from BS in the Kitchen  [ http://bsinthekitchen.com/beet-arugula-goat-cheese-grilled-cheese/ ]


14.  Pomegranate Persimmon Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

In season: Pomegranates, persimmons, red onions, leafy greens

Persimmons are seriously the most underrated fruit… and they’re IN SEASON!

Recipe from Food Faith Fitness [ http://www.foodfaithfitness.com/pomegranate-salad-with-persimmons/ ]


15.  Healthy Sweet Potato Skins

In season: Sweet potatoes, spinach

Try replacing the sour cream with Greek yogurt for an even healthier (but equally delicious-I swear) version of this recipe.

Recipe from Pinch of Yum [ http://pinchofyum.com/healthy-sweet-potato-skins ]


16.  Wild Rice and Edamame Salad

In season: Edamame, carrots

Rice is great when you’re starving and really want 2,000 of something.

Recipe from Chowhound [ http://www.chowhound.com/recipes/wild-rice-and-edamame-salad-29466 ]


17.  5-Ingredient Italian Sausage and Kale Baked Ziti

In season: Kale, garlic

Look at all that cheese. That cheese is calling your name.

Recipe from Gimme Some Oven [ http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/5-ingredient-italian-sausage-kale-baked-ziti-recipe/ ]

Learning hot to cook healthful and delicious food is easier and cheaper than you think, especially if you buy seasonal produce. These cold-weather food aren't going to be around all year, so enjoy them while they're fresh!