From Winter Garden to Festive Feast

A closeup of one plate on a nicely decorated holiday table.

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With the holidays coming up and family coming in, now is a great time to maximize your garden’s abilities. Making dishes from winter produce to put on the table this time year will help save you money at the grocery store and provide a delicious, healthy meal that you really did make from scratch—or from seed! Here are some tips for veggies that grow well in the winter months, and some suggestions for holiday meals to make out of them!

Roasted winter vegetables.

These robust vegetables are happy all winter long, and they pack a nutritious punch. Cut parsnips, carrots, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash into cubes, toss them in olive oil, salt and pepper, and whatever other spices you’d like, and then roast them for about half an hour. This makes a hearty side dish or vegetarian main for any party.

Sautéed Swiss chard.

Leafy greens like kale and chard do really well in the winter, and they make a healthy and lovely dish. Heat some garlic (also a great addition to a winter garden!) in a pan until fragrant and add about 4 pounds of shredded chard leaves. Stir together with salt and pepper and add some freshly-grated lemon zest. Yum!

Baked radishes.

Radishes are—alas—so greatly overlooked. They are just as wonderful cooked as they are raw: lightly sweet, mildly spicy, and oh-so-flavorful. In a big bowl, combine radishes, olive oil, and salt and pepper, then roast away for 30 minutes or until crisp-tender. For a nice snack for guests, layer some thin radish slices over some toasted crostini that’s slathered with sea salt and pesto.

Cauliflower gratin.

Broccoli and cauliflower both do well in winter gardens, and you could probably use either one of them in this recipe to make a hearty, cheesy casserole, though this recipe calls for cauliflower. Blanch and drain cauliflower florets; then make a roux with butter, flour, and hot milk. Spread the sauce over the bottom of a baking dishes and place the cauliflower on top, then sprinkle on some cheese, breadcrumbs, and parsley. Bake for about a half hour! So delicious.

What recipes do you like to make with the growies in your garden? Share them in the comments section below!

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About Alex Holt

I am a local artist from Brooklyn, NY. I love art, design, books, photography, gardening and blogging.
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