march

Spring is approaching! Here are some tasty veggies and fruits in season currently:  Artichoke, Asparagus, Haas Avocado, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Fennel, Kale, Leek, Lemon, Lime, Mushrooms, Spring Onions, Orange, Peas, Radish, Rhubarb, Spinach, Strawberries and Tangerines.

 

Artichokes

Artichokes are an excellent source of potassium and magnesium, and are a good source of folic acid.

Steamed Artichokes

 

Asparagus

Asparagus 

Asparagus is best cooked quickly to preserve it bright green color and the healthy nutrients. Depending on the thickness, a pound can be microwaved or steamed in 5-8 minutes. For salads or dipping, try blanching asparagus. Simply place stalks in boiling water for 1-2 minutes. Remove from boiling water and immerse in cold water.

Creamy Asparagus Soup

Steamed White and Green Asparagus 

Asparagus Tip Sheet 

 

avocado

Avocado

Avocados are the most practical “go anywhere, eat anywhere” food. They do not need to be cooked, require no refrigeration; they come with their own carrying case and even have a built-in serving bowl! So next time you and your baby are on the go, drop an avocado and a spoon in your diaper bag, and you are all set! 

Sliced Avocado with Balsamic Cilantro Dressing

 

broccoli

Broccoli

When it comes to great-tasting nutrition, broccoli has a lot to offer. The stems of broccoli are similar tasting to asparagus and the florets are like cauliflower. A cup of cooked broccoli offers as much calcium as 4 ounces of milk, as much Vitamin C as an orange, and is very rich in vitamin A. Broccoli contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc too. It is also high in fiber and low in calories.

Broccoli Puree for Baby

Broccoli Enchiladas 

Broccoli and Rice Casserole  

Broccoli Slaw 

 

Cabbage

According to the Pioneer Valley Growers Association, Cabbage is loaded with Vitamin C and folate. It also provides fiber and is low calorie!

Roasted Cabbage and Potatoes

 

Carrots

Apple Carrot Casserole for Baby 

Maple Carrots and Cashews

Waldorf Salad

 

Cauliflower

When buying cauliflower, select one that is white or creamy white in color, firm, and heavy. Cauliflower is also available in green (sometimes called brocciflower) and purple varieties too.

Cauliflower Soup

 

Kale

Kale

Crispy Kale

Popeye’s Stuffed Eggs

Spinach Quiche

Spinach and Beet Salad 

Spinach and Sweet Potato Risotto 

Spinach and Blue Cheese Spaghetti 

 

sauteed mushrooms

Mushrooms

Mushrooms are high in the B-vitamins, riboflavin and niacin, which promote healthy skin and good vision and ensure that the digestive and nervous systems function as they should. Mushrooms are an important source of potassium; in fact, one medium-sized portabella contains more than a banana. Mushrooms also contain essential minerals including selenium, pantothenic acid, and copper, all of which work to keep the body healthy.

Toddler Treat: Shroomy Stroganoff

Sautéed Mushrooms 

Mixed Mushroom Casserole 

 

Peas

Peas 

Green garden peas (a.k.a. English peas and Sweet peas) are a valuable source of protein, iron and fiber. Fiber helps to reduce cholesterol thus reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. Sugar snap peas and snow peas, contain much less protein, but they are an excellent source of iron and vitamin C that work to keep your immune system functioning properly.

Finger Food Mania: Macaroni and Peas 

 

Strawberries

Strawberries 

Family Fun Treat: Chocolate Fondue with Strawberries