Whether you are looking to start the new year with a healthy diet or are in need of some warm, comforting meals to chase away the winter chill, the fresh produce available in January has you covered.
It’s January and time for everyone to reevaluate their eating after an indulgent holiday season. Perhaps you have some new year’s resolutions or are just feeling a little weighed down by rich celebratory meals. The fresh produce available in January is perfect for a healthy start to the new year.
Hearty kale and nutritious cruciferous vegetables are all over the place in January, giving you an excellent starting point for healthy meals. Add some of the fresh and bright citrus and you have the perfect immune-boosting dish. Broccoli, cauliflower, and romanesco all go surprisingly well with oranges and lemons.
But perhaps the full brunt of winter has arrived and you are struggling to eat healthier while craving cheesy pastas and warm comfort food. The root vegetables like sweet potatoes, celery root, and parsnips are all nutrient-rich additions to make to heavy meals and warming soups. Embrace the season by balancing your hearty comfort food and healthy meals for a solid start to the new year.
While broccoli crowns are always popular, did you know that the stems are tasty too? Peel them and slice them up raw into a slaw or steam them with the florets to get more out of your market haul. They are light and crisp which makes them a delicious option on a crudité platter too.
YUMMY ADDICTION BROCCOLI RECIPES:
MORE AWESOME BROCCOLI RECIPES:
- Garlic Parmesan Roasted Broccoli by Easy Family Recipes
- Healthy Broccoli Potato Soup by My Vegan Minimalist
- No Mayo Broccoli Salad by Creme de la Crumb
Anyone who doesn’t like Brussel sprouts has definitely not tried them prepared in enough ways. There are far more options then a boring boiled sprout. But if you are a fan of this healthy vegetable, you know that they are a great base for any number of sauces – try offering them with several dipping options!
MORE AWESOME BRUSSELS SPROUTS RECIPES:
- Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts by Well Plated
- Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad by Two Peas & Their Pod
- Brussels Sprouts Gratin by The Chunky Chef
Anyone who thinks cabbage is best in slaws in the summer months clearly has not tried warming stuffed cabbage rolls or braised cabbage. Because it is so nutrient-rich and also a sturdy leaf, cabbage is a great addition to soups, stews, and to be braised in rich tomato sauce.
YUMMY ADDICTION CABBAGE RECIPES:
MORE AWESOME CABBAGE RECIPES:
- Cabbage Soup by Carlsbad Cravings
- No Mayo Healthy Coleslaw by Ambitious Kitchen
- Garlic Butter Cabbage Noodles by Butter For All
For those looking to reduce their carbohydrate intake this year, cauliflower is an obvious choice. Versatile enough to become rice, mash, pasta replacements, or even pizza crust, it is a healthy option for many. With such a light a neutral flavor, it’s the perfect base for anything.
Check out my spicy Thai coconut cauliflower soup which is really delicious, creamy, and healthy. It’s all made in one pot and is ready in just 30 minutes!
MORE AWESOME CAULIFLOWER RECIPES:
- Garlic Butter Mashed Cauliflower by Healthy Fitness Meals
- Baked Cauliflower Mac and Cheese by Spend with Pennies
- Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup by Cookie and Kate
You may have seen this knobby vegetable at the market and just not know what it was. Also known as celeriac, celery root has all the flavor of celery with none of the stringy texture. It can be eaten raw, added to soups and stews, roasted, or even grated into fritters like a potato.
Unfortunately, I still don’t have any celery root recipes on the blog but I am definitely fixing that in the nearest future. Other food bloggers are already enjoying this root vegetable, though, so check their recipes out!
MORE AWESOME CELERY ROOT RECIPES:
- Celery Root Puree by From a Chef’s Kitchen
- Celery Root Fries by The Spunky Coconut
- Creamy Celery Root and Potato Soup by Girl Heart Food
If you’ve ever seen a fennel root with the stems still on, you’ll know this plant is not as small as it looks from the root. Fennel has a slight anise flavor that can be off-putting to some, but I urge you to try it cooked if you are not a licorice fan. Those flavors mellow leaving you with a vegetable that is slightly sweet and fragrant.
The apple, fennel, and walnut salad with orange dressing featured above is awesome. At the moment it’s the only fennel recipe I have on the blog but more coming soon!
MORE AWESOME FENNEL RECIPES:
- Citrus, Fennel and Chicken Bake by My Little Larder
- Roasted Fennel with Parmesan and Chives by Sprinkles and Sprouts
- Roasted Fennel and Potato Soup by The Simple Veganista
Anyone missing the sun in January should go snack on some grapefruit – while it may not be the same dose of vitamins, it is definitely immune-boosting and bright and tangy enough to remind you of warmer days. Grapefruit segments are excellent in salads with dark leafy greens and roasted root vegetables.
At the moment, Grapefruit Kale Smoothie is the only recipe featuring this amazing fruit I have on the blog. This has to be fixed ASAP!
MORE AWESOME GRAPEFRUIT RECIPES:
- Grapefruit Greek Yogurt Cake by Sally’s Baking Addiction
- Avocado Grapefruit And Fennel Salad by Foodie Crush
- Healthy Baked Grapefruit 3 Ways by Ginger with Spice
Though this leafy vegetable may not be as popular as it was a couple of years ago, it is still a great choice for those looking for something heartier than standard lettuces. Chop finely and add to salads, sauté, or even bake them into crispy kale chips that are perfect healthy snacks.
YUMMY ADDICTION KALE RECIPES:
MORE AWESOME KALE RECIPES:
- Greek Kale Salad with Lemon Olive Oil Dressing by Gimme Delicious
- Creamy White Bean & Kale Soup by Midwest Foodie
- Spicy Potato Kale Bowls with Mustard Tahini Dressing by This Savory Vegan
Sweet with just that little hint of acidity, kiwis are another delicious winter fruit that will remind you of warmer weather. Add it to fruit salads, toss it in a smoothie, or just eat the fruit with a spoon, there are plenty of ways to use this sweet treat. Just a hint, store your kiwis at room temperature for them to last the longest!
Kiwi mango smoothie shown above is a HIT but that’s the only kiwi recipe I have on the blog right now. Can’t wait to play more with this tropical fruit in the kitchen!
MORE AWESOME KIWI RECIPES:
- Roasted Salmon with Kiwi Salsa by The View from Great Island
- Kiwi Cupcakes by The First Year Blog
- Winter Fruit Salad by Dinner at the Zoo
As one of the mildest vegetables in the onion family, leeks are also significantly lower in carbs than their cousins. Add them to rich winter soups or roast them with your root vegetables, leeks are a great way to add some vitamins and variety to your winter meals.
YUMMY ADDICTION LEEK RECIPES:
MORE AWESOME LEEK RECIPES:
- Healthy Potato Leek Soup by Well Plated
- Creamy Mushroom and Leek Chicken Breasts by Foodie Crush
- Parmesan Roasted Leeks by Spend with Pennies
If January is feeling cold and dark, don’t forget to add bright and sunny lemon recipes. Especially if you pick up some fragrant and tangy Meyer lemons! Bring these beautiful fruits to the table with tart desserts, bright drinks, zest in savory dishes, salad dressings, or even tasty lemon curd to preserve the flavor for later.
YUMMY ADDICTION LEMON RECIPES:
MORE AWESOME LEMON RECIPES:
- Easy Lemon Poppy Seed Bread by Garnish with Lemon
- Lemon Basil Orzo with Chicken by Chew Out Loud
- Healthy Lemon Poppyseed Muffins by Ambitious Kitchen
Oranges and Mandarins
If you are looking for a way to add some bright flavors to the winter menu, oranges and all their relatives are perfect. January is particularly good for tangelos and clementines – both slightly sharper and a little more floral than typical navel oranges are great juiced or eaten plain.
YUMMY ADDICTION ORANGE AND MANDARIN RECIPES:
MORE AWESOME ORANGE AND MANDARIN RECIPES:
- Healthy Orange Chicken by The Clean Eating Couple
- Fluffy Cranberry Orange Muffins by Cookie and Kate
- Healthy Orange Creamsicle Smoothie by The Fit Cookie
While they look like white carrots, parsnips certainly don’t taste the same. Earthier and nuttier, parsnips have a flavor that might remind you of nutmeg and rich spices making them perfect for roasts and soups. Combine them with other root vegetables and roast them on a sheet pan until caramelized for the perfect savory-sweet treat.
Check out my Honey Roasted Parsnips and Carrots – a perfect side dish to literally anything. More parsnip recipes coming soon!
MORE AWESOME PARSNIP RECIPES:
- Mashed Carrots and Parsnips by Healthy Seasonal Recipes
- Roasted Honey & Parsnip Soup by Cooking with Bry
- Parsnip Gratin with Gruyere and Thyme by Feasting at Home
Even though it’s January you might find a few pomegranates lingering at the markets. The gem-like arils are beautiful additions to winter salads to start those new year’s resolutions off right. Get a serious boost of antioxidants and vitamin C with some sweet and tangy flavors.
YUMMY ADDICTION POMEGRANATE RECIPES:
MORE AWESOME POMEGRANATE RECIPES:
- Spinach, Apple, and Pomegranate Salad by Countryside Cravings
- No-Bake Chocolate Pomegranate Fudge Tart by Wife Mama Foodie
- Pomegranate Chicken by Our Salty Kitchen
It might surprise you to know that potatoes are high in potassium among other nutrients – they have even more than bananas. And of course, there are endless options in the kitchen. Baked and loaded for a comforting meal, added to soup for something hearty, or boiled and smashed in a hot frying pan, there are so many ways to play with potatoes.
YUMMY ADDICTION POTATO RECIPES:
MORE AWESOME POTATO RECIPES:
- Crispy Garlic Butter Potatoes by Sprinkles & Sprouts
- Classic French-Style Potato Salad by Pardon Your French
- Skinny Crockpot Potato Soup by Carlsbad Cravings
This spiky green variant of cauliflower is a delicious low-carb option with a subtle flavor that is perfect in pastas, sautés, and roasts. Get creative with this unique vegetable with its fun florets that are even fabulous blanched and served as part of a crudité platter or dipped in hummus.
YUMMY ADDICTION ROMANESCO RECIPES:
MORE AWESOME ROMANESCO RECIPES:
- Roasted Romanesco and Radicchio Salad by Breaking Bread with Ashley
- Whole Roasted Romanesco by This Silly Girl’s Kitchen
- Nutty Roasted Romanesco Curry by Searching for Spice
Easily confused with turnips, rutabagas are easily distinguished by their more yellow color and buttery flavor. Perfect roasted, mashed, or in stews, rutabagas are a nutritious root vegetable with lots of calcium and folate for healthy hearts and bones. Get creative and toss them with several other root veggies for an easy sheet pan roast.
I’ve become acquainted with rutabaga not such a long time ago when I spotted it at my local farmer’s market. That’s how this gorgeous Creamy Roasted Rutabaga Soup was born. Definitely plan to cook more with it in the future!
MORE AWESOME RUTABAGA RECIPES:
- Greek-Style Oven Roasted Rutabaga by The Healthy Foodie
- Cheesy Rutabaga and Carrot Casserole by Sprinkles and Sprouts
- Creamy Buttery Mashed Rutabaga by Delicious Little Bites
This unusual looking root vegetable is actually from a sunflower rather than an artichoke. But that doesn’t change the fact that it is wonderfully nutty and earthy with a nice hint of sweetness when roasted. You can also mash sunchokes for a delicately flavored alternative to potatoes.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any sunchoke recipes on the blog (YET) but they are definitely incoming since I saw plenty of these little guys at my farmer’s market.
MORE AWESOME SUNCHOKE RECIPES:
- Roasted Sunchokes by A Beautiful Plate
- Brussels Sprout & Sunchoke Salad by Love & Lemons
- Creamy Ginger Scalloped Sunchokes by Boulder Locavore
Even higher in vitamin A than carrots, sweet potatoes are a popular way to add variety to dishes that call for potatoes. Their slight sweetness pairs really well with leafy greens – just add a drizzle of citrus and you have your perfect January meal sorted out.
YUMMY ADDICTION SWEET POTATO RECIPES:
MORE AWESOME SWEET POTATO RECIPES:
- Vegan Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes by Joyful Healthy Eats
- Healthy Sweet Potato Pie by Amy’s Healthy Baking
- Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole by Eating Bird Food
Easily overlooked, turnips are a delicious addition to any January meal. They are particularly good when sauteed or roasted until their underlying sweetness just comes out and they are soft and buttery – it’s even amazing spread on toast or crostinis.
Check out my Creamy Carrot and Turnip Soup which is really awesome. More recipes with this beautiful root veggie coming soon!
MORE AWESOME TURNIP RECIPES:
- Parmesan Crusted Crushed Turnips by From a Chefs Kitchen
- Turnips au Gratin by That Low Carb Life
- Roasted Turnips by Delicious Little Bites
Though harvest may be done, winter squash store so well that they are still plentiful in all varieties through winter. One fabulous choice, if you are trying to be healthier in the new year, is spaghetti squash – roast it up then top with your favorite pasta toppings for a gluten-free alternative.
MORE AWESOME WINTER SQUASH RECIPES: