It’s the month of love! Do you have a romantic meal for two planned? We’re having vegan steak* and purple sprouting broccoli! There’s so much to love about February: the return of the sun, planning the garden, spending time with your loved ones and the winter frost thawing. This is the time of year I begin to genuinely look forward to summer. It starts to feel tangible.
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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 February?
Here is my pick of this season’s vegan ingredients. I use Eat the Seasons for all my seasonal lists (non-vegan website).
Bananas, blood oranges, clementines, kiwi fruit, lemons, oranges, passion fruit, pineapple, pomegranate, rhubarb
Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celeriac, chicory, jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, parsnips, potatoes (maincrop), purple sprouting broccoli, salsify, shallots, swede, turnips
These are my top picks this month. Each recipe is warming, comforting and perfect to see you through winter and beyond.
A Green Apple and Kale smoothie is a great way to get greens into those who don’t like them. Tonight, I’m having steamed kale with my vegan haggis, but the leftovers are going in a smoothie! (The kale, not the haggis, obviously)
Top my perfect vegan pancakes with juicy chunks of blood orange and lashes of rich chocolate sauce for a very indulgent breakfast.
This Kung Pao Cauliflower from Vegan Richa looks perfect to warm up with. The recipe is for finger bites, but I bet it would be just as delicious over rice!
Sides and snacks
This Purple Sprouting Broccoli with Clementine and Chilli from The Happy Foodie knocks two in season plants off your list in one. I may well end up serving this with vegan steak* as I mentioned in my vegan romantic meals post.
Looking for a new sprouts recipe? Look no further than Healthy Living James’s Roasted Sprouts with Oranges & Walnuts. Never mind that it isn’t Christmas. You need this in your belly now.
Banana bread cinnamon rolls. Are they dessert? Are they breakfast? I’m not sure. What they definitely are though, is delicious. Ambitious Kitchen helpfully gives freezing instructions too so you if you can resist eating them all straight away they’ll last you a good while.
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.