Cooking with in-season ingredients can help you save money at the grocery store and make for a more nutritious meal. In-season vegetables that haven’t been stored for weeks or months are fresher, so they have a higher nutritional value. In addition fresh, in-season vegetables taste better. So, here are three delicious recipes that utilize ingredients that are in season right now.
Oven-Baked Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are harvested in October and reach their peak just in time for sweet potato casserole on Thanksgiving. But they stay in season until early spring and can be enjoyed as delicious sweet potato fries. This recipe is super simple, quick, and can be adjusted to suit your taste buds. All you need to do is peel a few sweet potatoes, cut them into wedges, and toss them in olive oil. Then, sprinkle the wedges with your choice of seasoning, and bake them in the oven for 20 minutes. You can season your sweet potatoes fries with chipotle powder, smoked paprika, Chinese five-spice, pumpkin pie spice, garam masala, or Cajun seasoning.
Potato Leek Soup
Leeks can usually be found year-round, but they are a spring vegetable. They look like large green onions and have a similar but sweeter flavor. You can use leaks in any recipe that you would normally use onions or green onions in. This potato leek soup is one of the base soups in French cuisine and it’ll take a bit more time than sweet potato fries. When it’s done, you’ll have a creamy, warm, comforting soup for dinner.
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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Cabbages, like sweet potatoes, are in season from late fall to early spring. They can be used to make nutritious and filling soups, salads, and other dishes. Cabbage is not as popular in the U.S. as it is in other parts of the world, so we’ve borrowed this recipe from Hungary. Hungarian stuffed cabbage rolls are bundles of cabbage leaves filled with ground pork, onions, garlic, egg, rice, and spices. Then, the stuffed rolls are braised in tomato sauce. Completing this recipe involves several steps, but the results are a tangy and savory meal you’ll want to make again and again.
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