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Baby, it's cold outside. That doesn't mean there isn't an abundance of fresh produce to bring to the table. From sweet potatoes and cabbage to pomegranates and oranges, there are plenty of delicious foods to fill your belly in January.
Here's a list of 12 fruits and vegetables that are readily available this month in the United States.
Sweet, earthy and oh-so-good for you, beets are one of the best things January has to offer. Whether roasted, sauteed, grated fresh or pureed into a smoothie (as pictured above), beets offer a nice boost of vitamin C and iron.
Find more delicious beet recipes here.
Whether transformed into crispy chips or sautéed with onions and garlic, kale is the king of winter. It can be added to smoothies, enjoyed raw in salads or cooked in dozens of ways.
Citrus offers that burst of color, flavor and energy we all need during the winter. Enjoy lemons, oranges, limes and grapefruit fresh or made into juices, salad dressings, healthy desserts (like the one pictured above) and decadent treats like lemon bars.
Find more citrus recipes here.
They may look like white carrots but parsnips are a world of their own. Great roasted, sautéed or pureed into soups, this is one seasonal vegetable worth bringing home from the produce bin.
Take advantage of leek season and use them to flavor your soups, sauces and stews. Leeks are milder than onions and add a smooth yet earthy flavor to your dishes.
These mini cabbages are delicious roasted, sauteed, deep fried or even thrown into a tasty quiche. Pair them with chestnuts for a luxurious side dish. Choose Brussels sprouts that are bright green with firm heads.
Get more tasty Brussels sprouts recipes here.
Think of pomegranate as the jewel of winter. This tasty fruit adds color, tang and flavor to practically any dish, sweet or savory. We especially like it in this sauce served with pan-seared duck breast.
For more ideas on what to cook this month check out this guide to what's in season in January:
via Cookie and Kate