This post offers a list of seasonal foods available to create tasty and nutritious meals in February. Remember, February 2nd is Groundhog Day and St. Brigid’s Day. It is the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Mark the day with awareness, in your food choices and with time in Nature.
February Seasonal Eating Food List
The February seasonal eating food list – Using the database from SeasonalFoodGuide.org, I created this seasonal eating food list of vegetables for the month of February in the Mid-Atlantic region (agricultural zones 6 and 7) of the United States. This guide helps the seasonal cook to easily know how to prepare meals with the freshest ingredients that also have the lowest carbon footprint.
Focus Ingredients for February Meal Plans
This month, we’re focused on fennel, lettuce, and fresh herbs. These foods are readily available at your local health food store, and winter farmers market or winter farm share (CSA). They can easily become the centerpiece of February meal plans, too.
Let’s dig in!
There are 2 varieties of fennel, seed and bulb. We’ll be focusing on the bulb variety which can be used fresh in salads, or as ingredients in sautes as a side dish. The bulb fennel at our local food coop is outstanding this winter, large, juicy and fragrant. I’ve been enjoying it mostly in salads with citrus fruits.
Fresh fennel has the lovely aroma and flavor of anise. It is crisp, like celery. This vegetable originating in the Meditteranean has many culinary and medicinal uses. I chose it as a focus vegetable for February because I crave a green crunch this time of year.
Lettuce and Salad Greens
You’ll find freshly harvested leaf lettuce in your local health food store or winter farm share in February, as well. There are a wide variety of cold hardy lettuces that can grow in cold frames and hoop houses in late January and through May. They are great for flavor, crispness, and color. The thing to do with winter and early spring salad mixes is to get good at making salad dressings.
Arugula is a lovely winter salad green. It has a sharp peppery flavor that goes well with the sweetness of fennel. Pick up a bag and use it separately, or add it your salad mix.
I asked my fellow food bloggers for their favorite winter salad recipes, and here’s what they recommend:
- Pear and Goat Cheese Salad with Meyer Lemon Dijon Dressing
- Fennel Orange Salad with Grilled Chicken
- Vegan Creamy Italian Salad Dressing
Sage and Other Fresh Herbs
Sage is one of my favorite fresh herbs because it grows in almost any condition, except maybe too wet. Its flavor is glorious with fall and winter meats and vegetables. It is medicinal as well as flavorful. And, it is great for smudging your home to free it from stale energies. Why not try this Sage Goldrush Cocktail recipe? It has instructions on how to make a sage and honey simple syrup, which is quite medicinal on its own. Add it to your tea next time you have a sore throat.
The recipes we’ll be using for our February meal plan rely on plenty of fresh herbs. Winter foods can be bland, and using fresh herbs is a perfect way to brighten flavors while adding much-needed micronutrients to your diet.
A February Meal Plan
My goal is to help our community create a seasonal life by having at least one meal using local and seasonal ingredients each week of the month. Many of these meals will have leftovers that can either be reheated for another meal or used as an ingredient in other meals.
1 large to 2 small fennel bulbs
1/2 pound of organic salad mix and/or arugula
Packet of sprouts
A dozen eggs
1 lb chicken thighs
A pound of red potatoes
A few oranges and lemons
Fresh herbs (dill, sage, rosemary, thyme)
Meal planning requires time and organization. It is worth the investment because you will have more control over your household budget, save time when creating weeknight meals. These monthly meal plans also ensure your food is as seasonal as possible in an off month like February.
Because seasonal foods are fresher, more connected to the local economy, and have a lower carbon footprint.
I prefer to set time aside on Sundays for meal prep. You do your prep in a manner that is more sympathetic to your lifestyle.
On your meal perp day do the following:
- Boil at least 6 of the eggs using this method. You can use these for lunches throughout the week, either as is or in a salad.
- Make this sheet pan chicken with sage and potatoes. If you double the recipe, you will have enough for a second meal later in the week.
- Make one of the salads listed above under the Lettuce and Salad Greens section. Keep salad dressing in a separate container and do not add until just before you are ready to serve your salads. You can even dice and chop ingredients and place in separate containers if you are worried about wilting. I would be especially mindful of this with the citrus.
- Use the sprouts as a topping for sandwiches (like chicken and egg salad) during the week. It’s easy to make your own sprouts. Here’s how.
Other February Resources
It’s time to start seeds! Here’s your February Garden Tasks.
Get organized in your garden this year by using the Monthly Garden checklist eBook. It’s FREE!
Did you know there’s more to February 2nd than Groundhog’s Day? Click here to learn more and celebrate right.
Be sure to get your copy of the Stony Ridge Farm Kitchen Garden Planner and Journal. Use it ti have your best garden year ever in 2019!
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