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January Seasonal Eating Food List
Using the database from SeasonalFoodGuide.org, Bob and I created this seasonal eating food list of vegetables for the month of January in the Mid-Atlantic region 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 January Meal Plans
This month, we’re focused on carrots, sweet potatoes, sprouts, and eggs. 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 January meal plans, too. Let’s dig in!
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This sweet root vegetable can easily be an ingredient, a side dish or a main meal. Roast a pound or two of carrots on Sunday and have them available for meals on the go all week long. Grate one or two large carrots and quickly add them to meatloaf, salads, or soups. Make a spicy carrot soup and have a satisfying main dish for any cold, dark January day. I’ve pulled together a comprehensive look at carrots in this post. It covers everything from why carrots are usually orange, their nutritional content, and a comprehensive list of recipes. Take a read and mention your favorite carrot recipes in the comments below.
These tubers are a staple of our winter diet. We plant one conventional and several heirloom varieties of sweet potatoes each May, harvest them in September and October, store them in our cold cellar and freezer, and enjoy them in a variety of uses all winter long. Here’s our sweet potato veggie patty recipe. It’s really worth the time if you find yourself in possession of a significant portion of sweet potatoes. I like to make a low carb custard from sweet potatoes using this pumpkin pie recipe. I simply cook it, substituting the sweet potato for pumpkin cup for cup, in a casserole dish without a crust and serve with creme fraiche.
This protein source is a central part of our January meals. We often do not offer farm shares in January and have plenty of eggs on hand for a variety of uses. Farm fresh eggs cook completely different than store-bought eggs. They are more firm, more flavorful, and have creamy deep yellow yolks. Once you add local, farm fresh eggs to your meal plans it will be close to impossible to go back to supermarket eggs.
These winter greens are easy to grow and one of the simplest ways to create a seasonal life. I haven’t created a post about growing your own sprouts yet, but want to leave you with this instructional YouTube video.
A January 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.
3-5 pounds of carrots
3-5 pounds of sweet potatoes
One dozen local eggs
1/2 gallon of apple cider
Whole wheat bread
Set aside time over the weekend to do prep work in the kitchen. Roast 3 pounds of carrots, start some spouts and make a large batch of sweet potato custard. You can have some of the roasted carrots as a side for that night’s dinner, and have a hefty spoonful of the custard for dessert. Either for the night of your kitchen prep day or one evening when you know you will have time for a lovely sit-down dinner, prepare the following meal:
- Warm the cider in a saucepan with one cinnamon stick and 2 cloves. Remove the spices and serve either during or at the end of your meal.
- Boil 6-8 of the eggs using this technique, and make egg salad.
- Make sizable, open-faced egg salad sandwiches on toasted wheat bread. Top with sprouts and a few roasted carrots.
- End the meal with sweet potato custard and more apple cider.
Are you keto? Here is my favorite keto ‘bread’ recipe. Use this as a substitute for the wheat bread and make choices about the carrots that work for your carb goals for the day. You can substitute a chai tea blend for the apple cider.
Now that you have a sense of how to work with the monthly list of seasonal ingredients, it might be easier to make at least one seasonal meal a week. Other ideas include:
- Traditional spinach salad with a side of roasted parsley potatoes
- Peanut butter celery sticks and a microgreen salad topped with chopped fennel, orange, and feta cheese
- Sweet potato veggie patties and steamed rapini with olive oil and herbs of your choice.
- Proscuitto wraps with cream cheese and sprouts or microgreens, and potato soup with shallots.
One of the most delightful aspects of cooking seasonally in January and February is the choices are very limited. This makes decision making easy and most meals very simple. With a heavy reliance on root vegetables in the winter months, many meals are hardy and deeply satisfying comfort foods. Enjoy!
Please share your January seasonal meals with us on social media! Here are the links to our Facebook page, Facebook group and Instagram feed. We’ll be sharing using the hashtags #eatseasonal and #SRFseasonal, please join in!
Shop for some of my favorite seasonal cooking items that help ease kitchen work.
The January Seasonal Living Challenge
We’re building a community dedicated to healing the connection between people and planet through seasonal living. Curious? Learn more by joining the January Seasonal Living Challenge! Click the link and complete the form to receive a series of emails that focus on food, garden, home, and wellness practices that align with January’s frosty energies. Be sure to join our Facebook group to participate in conversations about seasonal living with like-minded friends and neighbors!
PS – We made candles as a part of the 2018 Seasonal Living Challenge!
Want to get a jump on February?
Here’s the link to the February Seasonal Eating Food List
And, this is the sign-up link for the February Seasonal Living Challenge. The theme is LOVE!
Seasonal Living Resource Library
Scroll down to gain access to the Seasonal Living Resource Library. it is full of free and unique content, not found in the blog posts. The content is designed to give you the how of creating a seasonal life. It is full of downloadables and printables that describe what you need to specifically do in your kitchen, garden, home and wellness practices to become more in synch with seasonal time.