My 5 favourite Winter Vegetables

My 5 favourite Winter Vegetables

Winter is a great time to make nourishing slow cooked meals.  I use my slow cooker a lot – making soups and stews.  Here are my 5 favourite winter vegetables and their health benefits:

Broccoli:

This is my quick go to for a side with dinner – so easy to steam and serve with a bit of butter and salt.  It’s also great in stir fry.  Some of the health benefits include: great source of dietary fiber, vitamin B1 and B6, vitamin E, manganese, phosphorus, vitamin A, potassium, and copper. It’s also a good source for magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, zinc, calcium, iron, niacin, and selenium.

Cauliflower:

I’ve started blitzing cauliflower and using it in replacement for rice.  I also use it in one of my favourite soup recipes.  Click here.  Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C and dietary fibre.

Pumpkin:

Another great all rounder.  I love roasting it with olive oil, salt and a little cinnamon.  It’s also great in soups. Pumpkin is rich in beta-carotene, an important antioxidant that may aid in the prevention of degenerative diseases.

Sweet Potato:

Another great roasting vegetable.  It’s also great to cut into chips and roast as a healthy alternative to hot potato chips (so yummy with a bit of aioli!)  Sweet potato is a great source of vitamin A and C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6. Additionally, they are a good source of potassium, dietary fibre, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, and phosphorus.

Zucchini:

Great spaghetti or noodles alternative – use a spiralizer to make “Zoodles”.  I bought one from K-mart for about $15.  Zucchini is high in vitamin C, protein and fibre, as well as potassium, folate and vitamin A.

Hope you have received some extra ideas on how to get creative with your winter vegetables.  Happy cooking!

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