Winter Produce Guide with Grateful Grazer

Dec 21

Winter doesn’t get enough credit for its bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Hearty roots and refreshing citrus make this season ideal for staying inside and getting some work done in the kitchen. Warm up to a hearty salad, freshly-baked muffins, or a colorful snack that’s sure to be a hit at your next holiday party. Who knew there was so much to love about the winter season?


Beets can be used in a variety of sweet and savory dishes. Their earthy flavor pairs well with arugula, carrots, or garlic. Look for beets with their greens still attached. You can sautée beet greens in oil, steam with a little salt and pepper, or bake them into vegetable chips.

Recipes to try:

Beet Tzatziki with Beet Green Chips by The Foodie Dietitian

Beet and Carrot Veggie Applesauce by It’s a Veg World After All

Blueberry Beet Muffins by The Lean Green Bean

Roasted Chioggia Beet and Gorgonzola Salad by Sarah Gold Nutrition

Curried Beet & Quinoa Veggie Burgers by Byte Sized Nutrition

Red Velvet Muffins by Salubrious RD



Brussels sprouts are freshest when they’re still attached to their stalk. They contain vitamin C for a strong immune system, as well as fiber to support the healthy bacteria in your gut. Try mixing cooked Brussels sprouts with goat cheese, lemon, or walnuts. They’re best sautéed, roasted, shredded, or steamed.

Recipes to try:

Squash Toast with Brussels Sprouts Slaw by Grateful Grazer

5 Ingredient Tahini-Thyme Brussels Sprouts by Dishing Out Health

Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash with Citrus Vinaigrette by Kroll’s Korner

Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate Arils and Walnuts by Alyssa Lavy Nutrition & Wellness

Sheet Pan Garlic Tofu and Brussels Sprouts by Emily Kyle Nutrition

Cheesy Brussels Sprout Pasta Bake by How to Eat


All types of cabbage can be roasted, sautéed, shredded, or steamed. Red cabbage is firmer than green, so it’ll take a few minutes longer to cook. Cabbage stays fresh in your refrigerator for a long time, so it’s a great choice if you live on your own or plan to travel for the holidays. Try cabbage with apple cider vinegar, carrots, potatoes, or lemon.

Recipes to try:

Vegan Roasted Cabbage Caesar Salad by Grateful Grazer

Curry Roasted Cabbage by Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Tangy Purple Cabbage Slaw by Leanne Ray Nutrition

Roasted Red Cabbage with Chimichurri and Walnuts by My Cape Cod Kitchen


Both the juice and peel of citrus fruits (including oranges, grapefruit, lemon, and mandarins) are packed with flavor, so they’re an easy way to brighten up dishes during the winter season. Try citrus fruits in salad dressings, baked goods, or smoothies.

Recipes to try:

Blood Orange Broccoli Stir-Fry by Grateful Grazer

Vegan Mandarin Orange Creamy Coconut Smoothie Bowl by Amy Gorin Nutrition

Citrus Fennel Salad with Champagne-Lemon Vinaigrette by Jessica Levinson

Broiled Grapefruit by Snacking in Sneakers

Immune Boosting Grapefruit Mango Smoothie by Lively Table


Kale is a cruciferous vegetable with a fairly tough texture. You can soften leaves by massaging them with your hands, steaming, or sauteéing with a little olive oil. Try adding kale to soups, salads, and pasta for hearty, crunchy texture and flavor.

Recipes to try:

Harvest Za’atar Kale Salad by Grateful Grazer

Creamy Vegan Mushroom Kale Pasta by Grateful Grazer

Mediterranean Persimmon White Bean Kale Salad by Sharon Palmer, The Plant-Powered Dietitian

Farro, Apple and Kale Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette by Got Nourishment?


Potatoes have a way of making almost any dish a little more comforting and satisfying. Combine potatoes with cheese and bake, mash with butter and herbs, or roast with salt and pepper. Keep the skins on for extra nutrients and flavor. (Just be sure to give them a quick scrub first!)

Recipes to try:

Rustic Miso Mashed Potatoes by Grateful Grazer

Easy Cheesy Potatoes by Create Kids Club

Rustic Potato and Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin by Nourish Nutrition

Vegetarian Breakfast Shepherd’s Pie by Sinful Nutrition

Which of these seasonal recipes for winter will you be trying out first?

Stephanie McKercher, MS, RDN is a recipe developer and non-diet media dietitian based in Denver, Colorado. She's the author and photographer behind the fruit and veggie-forward food blog, The Grateful Grazer. To see what she’s been up to lately, follow her on Instagram.