The new year comes with a new opportunity to break out your spatula, try some fun recipes, and clean up your eating habits. In case you forgot about your New Year's resolution to eat healthy, here’s some simple and nutritious dishes using seasonal winter produce.
Eating seasonal fruits and vegetables offers a plethora of benefits: the food is cheaper, more high quality, and tastes better. Junior Lorena Liu has experienced the up-sides of eating in-season.
“Buying seasonal fruits and vegetables is important because the food has more flavor and is also less expensive. If you buy strawberries in the winter they’re like nine dollars.” Liu said.
Finding seasonal produce is easy and enjoyable. The Carlsbad Farmers Market is open every wednesday from 3-6 on State Street. Here you’ll find delicious, locally grown foods like delicata squash and navel oranges, both winter harvests.
Superfood Delicata Squash Salad
Delicata squash offers the best of both worlds because it’s skin is thin and edible like zucchini, while inside it’s sweet like a butternut squash, not to mention its amazing health benefits. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, “It’s a good source of potassium and dietary fiber, and contains magnesium, manganese, and vitamins C and B.” I paired the squash with antioxidant rich cherries, protein filled pine nuts, and a honey dijon dressing to create a delicious superfood salad that even salad-haters will love.