TBP’s Friday Favorites: Winter Produce Ideas

Photo by Ricki Heller

Have you read Barbara Kingsolver’s book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle ? It’s a fascinating story about how Barbara and her family (also her co-authors) made some serious life changes and ate locally.

I have a hard time imagining how I could do this (last I checked avocados don’t grow in Canada), but I’ve definitely made an effort to incorporate more seasonal produce into our menu plans.

If you’re trying to do the same, I thought I’d share some recipes using Winter produce, as well as some websites that might help you along the way.

Starters and Salads

Sides and Main Dishes



Website recommendations

  • Local Harvest – Find organic farmers, markets, and sustainably grown food in the United States.
  • Melissa’s farm lingo resource.
  • Homemade Crackers – A blog about a family who wanted to become super-market free.
  • Small Measures – A blog about reconnecting with our food and small-scale homesteading.
  • Local Sustainability - An online directory for farmers in the Colorado area.

And if you’re still getting local kale, you’ve got to check out this post from Daily Bites.

Next week we’ll have more tips for eating locally so stay tuned.

Maggie is a co-founder of The Balanced Platter and is the author of She Let Them Eat Cake where she shares healthy, gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free recipes. She Let Them Eat Cake was born out of Maggie’s intense passion for feeding her friends and family nutritious and delicious food. Maggie has a Bachelor of Education and is currently studying to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) with the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.

12 Responses to TBP’s Friday Favorites: Winter Produce Ideas

  • Maggie,

    I love these posts with a whole series of resources, recipes, and links. Plus, that photo of Ricki’s is awesome and looks like a salad I’d enjoy (beets, yea!). I try to choose local as much as possible and don’t have much trouble during my CSA season, but winters in Colorado don’t allow for a whole lot of fresh produce. I know what you mean about avocados. Sometimes my “local” goal is the US. =) I don’t know what I’d do without Fuji apples all year. I guess I wouldn’t starve, but it’s nice to have some not-so-local treats now and then.

    Great post. I’d love to hear more about how you’re liking your nutrition program at the CSNN. Good for you!



  • Oh, thanks for the link-love! I appreciate it. =)


  • Alta Mantsch says:

    Great roundup of seasonal deliciousness! And I’m with you – avocados don’t grow where I live either, but I can’t imagine living without them! LOL


  • Ricki Heller says:

    Some fabulous resources–thanks! I also can’t imagine not eating some non-local stuff (fresh pineapple, I love you), but I do try to eat things that are local and in season as much as I can, too. Thanks for linking to my recipe! :)


  • Kim says:

    Thanks, Maggie, for so many great ideas. Just when I’m getting tired of preparing the same stuff the same way, I find so much inspiration (plus a beauty of a photo)!


  • Joanne says:

    Barbara Kingsolver’s books are all wonderful, as is Animal,Vegetable, Mineral – well worth the read.


  • Maggie Savage says:

    Yes! I loved The Bean Trees and Pigs in Heaven. It took me a long time to get into Poisonwood Bible but I loved it in the end!


  • Maggie Savage says:

    You’re welcome! I know, it’s nice to have some inspiration, especially this time of year. Not much longer until gardening season begins! Yay!


  • Maggie Savage says:

    @Ricki Heller,
    You’re welcome Ricki. You always inspire us :)


  • Maggie Savage says:

    @Melissa @ Gluten Free For Good,
    Thank you! I’m glad you like them, it’s kind of a one-stop dinner inspiration spot! I love beets too. I can still get beautiful local ones so they’re in a lot of our dishes lately. Mmmm. I would love to tell you all about my program :)


  • Amber says:

    What a great post, Maggie!

    I love recipe round-ups and I especially love meeting new bloggers.

    Thanks for featuring my cookies. They are my husbands favorite! Well, non-chocolate favorite that it. Chocolate wins every time with my chocoholic hubby.

    We are spoiled here in Northern California with an abundance of local, organic farms and produce. I live in Davis, and we have a Farmer’s Market that runs 2x a week. It’s so wonderful. But we try and go really local by growing our own organic garden. I know this isn’t an option for everyone. But it’s such a great way to connect with the earth and food. Really special for kids too. :-)

    Have a great weekend Maggie.



  • I couldn’t live without avocados either!
    I am trying that grapefruit olive oil cake!!!
    Thanks Maggie


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