5 Seasonal Favorites + Carrot Top Pesto

Carrot Top Pesto / www.loveandlemons.com

Two things I’m obsessed with: vegetables (no surprise there), and Instagram. I love posting images of pretty vegetables, but I also look to my feed for fresh, colorful veggie inspiration. Which is why I’m excited to participate this week in #urwhatupost – a fruit and vegetable takeover movement by Bolthouse Farms. They’ve created this cool website that shows how many people are tagging healthy vs. unhealthy foods in real time. For example, as I type this, the scale is about 65% junk food, and 35% fresh produce, but today through March 6th, we’re trying to change that.

Things like #icecream (11 million tags) and #pie (14 million tags) are the top two socially shared foods. So here’s the goal: let’s all get together and start sharing gorgeous colorful veggies like #carrots (6 million), #kale (3.9m), #mushrooms (3.5m), #potatoes (7.2m), and #brussels sprouts (56K) and shift the dial this week toward the fresh foods we all love most. All you have to do is simply label your favorite fruits and vegetables as hashtags or keywords in your posts on Instagram and/orTwitter.

Here are 5 of my favorite seasonal vegetables along with some of my favorite recipes. (Also, a recipe for Carrot Top pesto at the bottom – don’t toss those tops!)

Carrot Recipes:
Roasted Carrot Turmeric Soup / Farmhouse Farro Salad / Spiced Carrot & Chickpea Salad / Carrot Muffins with Coconut Whip / Vegan Carrot Cake / Collard Wraps with Carrot Hummus

5 Favorite Veggies: Brussels Sprouts / www.loveandlemons.com
Brussels Sprout Recipes:

Brussels Sprout & Sunchoke Salad / Brussels Sprout, Broccoli & Avocado Rice / Sweet Potato & Brussels Skillet / Shredded Brussels Sprout & Apple Salad

Mushrooms / www.loveandlemons.com
Mushroom Recipes:

Shiitake & Napa Cabbage Gyoza / Creamy Polenta & Mushrooms / Mushroom & Quinoa Lettuce Wraps / Walnut-Mushroom Veggie Burgers / Mushrooms & Wheatberries / Sesame & Shiitake Soba Noodles

Sweet Potatoes / www.loveandlemons.com
Sweet Potato Recipes:

Sweet Potato Vegetarian Chili / Spicy Sweet Potato Tostadas / Healthy Loaded Sweet Potatoes / Sweet Potato Tahini Crostini / Curried Sweet Potato Soup / Sweet Potato Pomegranate Salad

Kale / www.loveandlemons.com
Kale Recipes:

Kale Walnut Pesto / Winter Roasted Kale Salad / Kale Egg & Avocado Toast / Matcha Kale Smoothies / Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Chickpeas & Kale / Butternut Squash, Kale & Quinoa Stew

Also, these fruits & veggies (not pictured in this post) also count toward the cause: #pomegranate, #berry, #potato, #avocado, #grapes, #beets, #vegetable. They can be typed in singular or plural form, with or without the hashtag.

Healthy Winter Squash Recipes

Healthy Winter Squash Recipes / www.loveandlemons.com

Are you feeling as stuffed as I am? This year we actually celebrated Thanksgiving a week early with Jack’s family – yet I’m still full from his mom’s amazing apple pie and the leftovers we’ve been snacking on all week.

This weekend, I’m craving food that’s a little bit healthier but still comforting and delicious so I thought I’d share just a few ideas:

Butternut Squash & Leek Risotto (pictured)

Spaghetti Squash with Chickpeas & Kale (pictured)

Butternut Squash & Tart Cherry Quinoa

Sweet Potato Pomegranate Salad

Roasted Acorn Squash with Pears and Miso Dressing from Edible Perspective

Sweet Potato Ravioli with Kale Pesto from The First Mess

Butternut Squash Lasagna from My New Roots

Stuffed Za’atar Roasted Acorn Squash from Dolly and Oatmeal

Kale and Roasted Red Kuri Squash Salad from A House in the Hills

Northern Spy’s Kale Salad from Food 52

Roasted Delicata Squash Salad from 101 Cookbooks

pinning: winter salads

a winter salad pinboard

This year, I have no New Year’s resolutions… (I made a few last year that I still haven’t gotten around to).

I say… lets not be healthy because it’s January, let’s be healthy because it tastes good. Soups always steal the show in the wintertime (rightfully so), but lets not count out salads… especially vibrant, hearty ones full of interesting colors and textures. Here are a few from around the web that have inspired me lately. Check out my Winter Salads board to see more.

Happy Salad-ing!

Image credits:
Seared Radicchio from Lily
Beet, Carrot and Pomegranate Salad from Foodiecrush
Grilled kale salad with beets, figs, and ricotta from Five and Spice

Pecorino, Black Grapes and Mixed Leaves from Salad Pride
Freekeh Salad with Fennel and Mint by drbabs on Food52
Red Christmas Salad from A Tasty Love Story