We get it, it’s cold, it’s winter and reaching for a salad, or veggies instead of a big bowl of pasta is about as exciting as sitting through a parliamentary debate. But we’re here to tell you how easily we can incorporate more veggies into our food to stay healthy and nourished this season. Because you know what? Even though the temperature might be dropping you can make friends with veggies – and it’s important that we do too.
Jaime Rose Chambers, Dietitian and Nutritionist for Eat Fit Food says if we don’t want to get sick this winter then eating our veggies are a must.
“Vegetables are rich in so many vitamins and antioxidants that help to support and boost our immune system, so eating them may prevent or shorten the duration of colds or flus. They’re also a great source of fibre and prebiotics to help maintain a healthy environment in our gut.”
But what vegetables should we reach for? More importantly, which ones are in season (and won’t make our wallets cry?) “Broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, mushrooms, potato, silverbeet and spinach are the best buys in winter,” Jaime says.
And we think they’re super easy to cook with too. Which means winning over family and friends with hearty veggie filled dishes this winter won’t be hard. In fact, it’s usually with warming winter stews, casseroles, or even soups that sneaking in even more greenery actually becomes easier.
Plus if you still want to add some extra yum to your dishes, Jaime recommends adding, “extra virgin olive oil, macadamia oil, or even mustard for some zing!”
Which means making and staying friends with veggies while it’s cold will be simple... right?
Buuuut just in case you still need a little more convincing we’ve rounded up some of our fave. nutritious, delicious and warming winter veggie filled dishes for you below.
It's time to nom, nom, nom!
Baked Mussels with Tomato and Capers via Donna Hay
Sweet Potato Carrot and Red Lentil Soup via Green Kitchen Stories
Lola Berry's Green Shakshuka via I quit Sugar
Gluten Free Basil, Goats Cheese and Fig Tart via George Eats
Rosemary & Garlic Lamb w Root Veg Mash via Jamie Oliver
Images: Donna Hay, Green Kitchen Stories, I Quit Sugar, George Eats, Jamie Oliver; Words: Yadira Galarza Cauchi
Tell us, what are your go-to hearty winter dishes?