It’s December! Frost touches everything laid down before it and every morning catches your breath away. The afternoon is almost indistinguishable from the night and you search for the comfort that warming food will bring. The shortest day comes, and with it a time to celebrate with those closest to you. Towards the end of the month, your attention may turn to health. It’s a time for family. It’s a time for warmth. It’s a time for love. It really is the most wonderful time of the year!
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Why you should be eating the seasons.
When food isn’t in season, it has to be forced in energy guzzling hothouses or shipped in from overseas. This isn’t only bad for our planet: the fruit and veg taste best when they are at their natural peak. It is widely believed that fruit and veg that is in season retains more of its nutritional value as it hasn’t spent weeks being transported across the globe. In short: it tastes better, it’s better for our planet, it’s better for our bodies and it’s often better for our wallets too.
The seasonal fruit and veg boxes* from Riverford make seasonal eating even easier, with familiar favourites and more exotic varieties delivered to your doorstep every week.
What’s in season in December?
Here is my pick of this season’s vegan ingredients. I use Eat the Seasons for all my seasonal lists (non-vegan website).
Apples, clementines, cranberries, passionfruit, pears, satsumas and tangerines.
Beetroot, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celery, horseradish, kale, leeks, parsnips, potatoes, shallots, swede, turnips and wild mushrooms.
Almonds, brazil nuts, chestnuts, hazelnuts and walnuts.
I love a brussels sprouts hash as a hearty breakfast. The closest vegan recipe I could find on Pinterest was this one from Bites of Wellness, which is quite different to how I normally do it. This one still looks lovely though, and I’ll put my one up soon!
Soup is for any time of year but it’s especially good in the winter cold. Veggie Society’s Tuscan white bean kale soup is no exception. This freezes well too, so double up the recipe!
Oh my. This garlic alfredo pasta with brussels sprouts from Minimalist Baker looks absolutely divine. I think that will definitely be on next week’s meal plan. One thing that the post doesn’t mention is that not all wines are vegan. Be sure to check with Barnivore before you buy a bottle!
The vegan Christmas dinner by Bosh is simple and sooooo good. Come for the parsnips, stay for everything else!
This maple parsnip and chestnut wellington from The Tofu Diaries is a contender for our Christmas dinner. It looks simple yet delicious. Is it weird that I’ve never actually tried chestnuts, as far as I know? I’m going to try and forage some this year.
Snacks and sides
Speaking of which, here’s an easy-looking recipe for roasted chestnuts. If I’d known it was as simple as that, I probably would have tried this ages ago!
I’ve never had much love for pears but Ambitious Kitchen’s pear crisp might just change that. It’s full of heart-healthy ingredients and looks like a simple way to please a crowd.
I’d love to see your seasonal eats this month – tag me on Instagram and use the hashtag #inseasonvegan so I can see what you’re eating.