Welcome to second monthly produce guide!
November can be a bit of a dim month, but don’t get fooled by gloomy weather and cold temperatures. Because there are still quite few of great fruits and vegetables in season right now, and with today’s recipes, you will be able to put them all into a good use!
As you may remember, last month I have started this series about monthly produce guides. And I must admit, my first post, October Produce Guide was perhaps, errmmmm… too much. It’s not that the post itself was too much, not at all. But featuring 43 different recipes, and getting around to find them all, was not as smooth and time efficient, as I would like it to be. So this month, in my November Produce Guide, I will keep it shorter.
Three recipes featuring each fruit or vegetable. Because three is a magic number. And it doesn’t feel as overwhelming as five, and it’s just better all around. So moving forward, I will probably keep this format. There will be five different seasonal fruits and vegetables each month, with three recipes for each product. Agree? Great, let’s see what’s in store for November then, shall we?
Where would the world be without a humble carrot? I feel like carrots don’t get anywhere near enough of the attention they deserve! Super rich in alpha- and beta- carotene, vitamins B6, C and K and pretty much are the only vegetable I can eat raw and still enjoy it. Unfortunately, all the stuff about eating lots of carrots to be able to see in the dark were nothing more than a myth, but they are still definitely worth a crunch!
Maple Roasted Beets and Carrots by Salt and Lavender
Turmeric Roasted Chickpea Carrot Salad by Cotter Crunch
Mini Carrot Cake Loaves by Elephantastic Vegan
Did you know that kale was pretty much one of the most common green vegetables in Europe up until end of Middle Ages (neither did I, until writing this post)? They must have known already back then, how much goodness is hidden in this beautiful, leafy green stuff. In some places, kale is loved so much, that it has it’s own annual festivals (Germany), where king or queen of kale are selected (I’m not entirety sure what criteria are need to be met, in order to get the title). Kale is naturally low in calories, and contains a massive amount of vitamins and minerals. It’s rich in vitamin E, C, B6, K, folate and manganese. It is also high in thiamin, riboflavin, iron, calcium, potassium and phosphorus. What’s there not to like???
Spicy Bean Balls with Kale by Green Evi
Kale Chip Nachos by Minimalist Baker
Fun fact about parsnip: it was used as sweetener for many, many years in Europe, before the arrival of cane sugar. It’s distinctive, rich and sweet flavour works well in soups, but they are also delicious baked, boiled, pureed, roasted, fried or steamed. I love mixing mashed parsnips with mashed potatoes just for a bit of variety. Also, parsnip cake has been on my to do list forever, and I’m definitely making it soon, so stay tuned!
Spiced Parsnip and Apple Soup with Parsnip Crisps by Cygnet Kitchen
Parsnip and Apple Muffins by Eggless Cooking
Loaded Parsnip Fries by The Healthy Hunter
Confession time: I’ve never cooked anything with persimmons. Ever. I’ve tried them, I have used them on top of my porridge or in a smoothie, but never made an actual thing from them. But after seeing these gorgeous creations and recipes below, I’m determined to give it a good go this season. Also, another fun fact for you, in Korean folklore, dried persimmon has a reputation for scaring away the tigers! If that is not good enough reason to try persimmon, then I don’t know what is!
Spiced Persimmon & Creme Fraiche Custard Tart by Adventures In Cooking
Persimmon Oatmeal Cookies by Vegan Yack Attack
Persimmon Kale And Apple Salad by Two Purple Figs
My favourite, my go- to, my everything! Potatoes features are quiet frequent on this blog, and it doesn’t take a genius to know that my life evolves around potatoes. Baked, fried, roasted, boiled, whatever! Just gimme all of them! I don’t think there will ever be a day when I’m not in the mood for potato- based snack…
There you have it folks… Some really good ideas and recipes to try out this month, just before all the Christmas fever begins…
I hope you have enjoyed reading today’s post! Until next time!