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Winter Recipe Roundup – Mindful Eats Winter 2017


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Eating seasonally is one way my family eats mindfully, but mindful eating encompasses an entirely separate blog post (or two, or three). I just finished reading a book on mindful eating that was wonderful, not only for eating mindfully but tips for living mindfully in many areas of your life. If you’re interested in checking out the book, it is called Eating Mindfully: How to End Mindless Eating and Enjoy a Balanced Relationship with Food by Susan Albers, PsyD. You can find more information about it here.



I digress. Back to eating seasonally!


This is a follow-up post to my Fall Recipe Roundup posted back in early October. You can view that post here.


Here is a little bit of recap:


You may be wondering what ‘mindful eating’ means. As I talked about in this post about mindfulness, being ‘mindful’ simply means being aware or intentional about something. So combining that with eating, it means being intentional about what the food we consume. For our family, it means doing what we can to increase our nutritional value in food and reducing our food footprint. To do so, we try and eat locally with food from our garden and local farmers markets, and by eating produce that is in season. We feel good knowing we can be a little more environmentally and economically responsible (plus we like supporting our local farmers).

So how do you know what food is in season? Start by looking at your local farmer’s markets. Additionally, if you garden, what is growing at the moment is what is in season. Beyond that, I love looking at Cookie and Kate’s ‘What’s in Season’ posts each month. In these posts, Kate lists vegetables that are in season for that month and also provides recipes that go along with each vegetable. Being from Minnesota, our growing season is relatively short, and so I often rely on these posts (especially during our cold months) to know what to buy at the grocery store. The included recipes give me some inspiration if there are vegetables I am not as familiar with.


Photo Credit: Ld Nature Photography


Note that I am not affiliated with Cookies and Kate in any way or any of the other food bloggers listed below, I just enjoy the seasonal posts and recipes.


If you would like some inspiration for vegetables in season this winter, you can find Cookie and Kate’s ‘What’s in Season Posts’ for the following months below:







To tie this back to mindful eating, by looking at what produce is in season in fall, I compiled a list of recipes that our family LOVES to go along with specific in-season vegetables.




Winter Ingredients



Brussel Sprouts




Citrus Fruits






Sweet potatoes


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Brussels Sprouts



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Spinach (Spinach is so versatile you can add it to most recipes and not taste it. If you haven’t tried before, I would encourage you to do so!)


Photo Credit: Ld Nature Photography


Sweet Potatoes


*Mom’s Apple Cider 



Pour apple cider with spices in a large stockpot or crockpot (I love this programmable one). Simmer for at least 2-3 hours. Enjoy!

You can add some natural caramel flavoring, vanilla extract or oranges for different variations.


**Grandma’s Apple Crisp


  • 4 cups of apples, sliced (peeled, or not. I usually don’t)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • For topping:
    • ¾ cup flour
    • 1 cup sugar
    • ⅓ cup butter

Set oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8×8 pan. Add apples. Sprinkle cinnamon, salt and lemon juice over apples. Pour water into pan.

In a separate bowl, mix together flour and sugar. Add butter (cold) and press with a fork to mix into flour/sugar mixture. Pour topping mixture over top of apples. Note: I have started using sweeter apples and only using half the topping per batch. It is still SUPER good.

Bake in the oven for 40 minutes.



What is your favorite way to use in-season produce? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!


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11 Comments on "Winter Recipe Roundup – Mindful Eats Winter 2017"

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WOW! You have seriously covered it all!!

Julie @ Our Provident Homestead

Great recipes. The apple recipes sound delicious!


That is a serious list. You covered everything!


This is such a neat list! I can’t wait to check out some of those recipes!


Fantastic list of foods and recipes, this has given me some great inspiration for meals this week 😋

Sara @ Gathering Dreams

This is a great list! Thanks for putting it together. I love seasonal food and this will be my go-to list for winter 🙂


We grow, raise, hunt almost all of our food. I go to the grocery store about once every three months. Our food imprint is very small.


I so appreciate this list. With all these seasonal recipes, there’s really something for everyone!

Joy DeKok

So much deliciousness! I saved a couple and will be back to see what’s up next. We at this way – seasonally – when I was a child.


I love this post! Such a smart idea to compile recipes based on whats in season. I will be coming back to these! Thank you