That "crazy time of year" is upon us. It's not quite spring, but it's sort of winter. It's not exactly the time you have fresh fruits and vegetables on your mind but remember the wonders of Mother Nature and all she has to offer right now. Fresh fruits and vegetables grown in season are natural to the body because they, like you, are part of the cycle of life. Your energy level will perk up and your digestive system will be happy when you are in harmony with the seasons. Here are a few tasty ideas:
Honeybells or Minneola tangelos are only available for few weeks and hurry because they are available right now! These red-orange fruits are an incredibly sweet and juicy hybrid of tangerines and grapefruits. They are seedless and this makes breeding and growing difficult so they are available for a short time only. Don't miss them. They look great in a decorative bowl on your counter and this makes them handy for the taking. Add to salads and lunch boxes.
It's a great time for greens; beat greens, mustard greens, Swiss chard, spinach and kale. Try making your spinach special. SautÃ© a cup of sliced green onions in 2 tablespoons of olive oil for 3 minutes. Add about 8 cups (it cooks down) of sliced spinach and about 3 cups of sliced Swiss chard or bok choy. Cook and stir until vegetables are crisp and tender. In a small bowl mix 2 tablespoons each of olive oil, sugar and vinegar. Pour over the cooked vegetables, stir and serve immediately. This will serve about 4. And as far as nutrition, you can't beat it.
Don't forget winter squash. It is a great side dish for any type of meat. To make it easy, Slice open, clean, and add small pads of butter, sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, and a drizzle of real maple syrup before baking. It is easy and makes any meal special.
Add thin slices of papaya to fruit salad or serve alone for breakfast. Also, potatoes are yummy right now and seem to please everyone. Toss with olive oil, rosemary, freshly cracked black pepper and sea salt. Place potatoes on a baking sheet and roast until tender.
Expand your culinary horizons by adding these "crazy time of year" specialties. Improve your health while enjoying a treat. Reach me through my website with any questions.
I'll see you in two weeks. Love and health, Loa
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