The official start to winter is right around the corner! And while for many of us, we might not associate the cold winter months with fresh fruits and veggies, but there are still some amazing seasonal flavors that you can enjoy all winter long! These can include apple, orange, cranberry, pomegranate, squash, maple, cinnamon, and cruciferous and root vegetables (like Brussels sprouts and potatoes). This time of year is also perfect for warmer, more comforting soups and stews. To help you get through the long, cold months of winter, I've shared a few of my seasonal favorite recipes!
Cran-Apple Baked Oatmeal
2 cups old fashioned oats
3/4 cup milk
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 medium apple, chopped
1C fresh or frozen cranberries
Preheat the oven to 350°F
Add all ingredients to a large bowl. Mix well.
Lightly grease a baking dish and spread the oat mixture in it.
Bake until set and golden on top, about 30-35 minutes (if you like a little extra crunch, turn the broiler on for ~5 minutes at the end).
Let cool before serving or refrigerate for up to 5 days.
Cranberry Orange Muffins
2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 t baking powder
¾ t baking soda
¼ t salt
2 T orange zest (about 2 large)
1T unsalted butter or coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly
2 large eggs
2 t vanilla extract
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
¼ cup orange juice (about 1 large)
½ cup milk
1 ½ cups fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped
Preheat the oven to 350°F, and coat 12 muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and orange zest. In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, eggs, vanilla extract, honey, and Greek yogurt, mixing until no large lumps remain. Stir in the orange juice.
Alternate between adding the flour mixture and milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture, and stirring just until incorporated. Gently fold in the cranberries