Top 10 Seasonal Staples

Here are a few things that are making a regular appearance  in my kitchen at the moment and why:

  1. Kale – ‘green-tastic’, so good for you, full of lots of  health and beauty enhancing nutrients, including magnesium which helps us stay calm and relaxed. Lightly saute in coconut oil then season with chilli, salt and lemon juice or de-stem and finely shred and massage with olive oil, lemon juice and salt for a sensational winter salad base. Add to green juices and smoothies and once you try kale chips there is no going back!
  2. Squash - sweet orange comfort and rich in beta-carotene. Roast and add to salads, soups and stews.
  3. Red cabbage - purple power food number 1 – shred finely and eat raw as the base for a a vibrant winter salad. 
  4. Beetroot - purple power food number 2 – there are so many ways to enjoy beetroot. Excellent in juices and full of stamina enhancing earthy flavours. Roast or grate it raw in winter salads or add to cakes, goes brilliantly with chocolate!
  5. Brussels sprouts - just making an appearance and deserving of some PR! Forget boiling, either roast in the oven with spices or shred finely and stirfry or eat raw as a slaw seasoned with olive oil, salt, chilli and lemon juice. Add some toasted nuts and cranberries for some seasonal flair. 
  6. Cauliflower - a member of the brassica family, contains indole-3-carbinols which help support liver function – a good idea as party season approaches! Pulse in the food processor to make cauliflower ‘couscous’, roast in the oven with cumin and salt or steam lightly then puree to make a deliciously light alternative to mashed potato. 
  7. Rainbow chard - who can resist it’s colourful charms. Chard comes from the same family as beetroot and is full of vitamins A, C and K. I like to finely shred and stir through a winter stew just before serving, this way it wilts while maintaining the vitamins and minerals and it’s glorious colours. 
  8. Spring Greens - de-stem a leaf, then blanch for 30seconds in boiling water. Lay out on a chopping board and use as a super healthy wrap.
  9. Pomegranates - full of antioxidants, great scattered over an Ottolenghi inspired salad and for adding a magenta bejewelled zing to seasonal desserts.
  10. Clementines - eaten by the ton in my house at this time of year. Vitamin C rich, natures perfect fast food. 

 

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