Though summer produce may be more colorful, the winter months bring heartier vegetables to center stage, such as hard squashes and cabbages. If you have a farmers’ market in your area this time of year, put fresh finds to good use by preparing one of the entrees below, each starring a different seasonal ingredient.
|Broccoli-Cheddar Soup with Panini
You can’t go wrong with soup and a sandwich, and this one features nutritious winter broccoli at its best. Pair the soup with a Sausage and Cheese Panini to create a meal suited for a cozy night in.
|Pork Chops with Butternut Squash and Apple Stuffing
In this hearty entree, double-cut pork chops are filled with a savory stuffing that includes butternut squash, celery and Granny Smith apples. Serve with roasted potatoes and Swiss chard for a farmers’ market inspired feast.
|Chicken Breasts with Glazed Root Vegetables
This dish stars diced carrots, parsnips and turnips, which are cooked with butter, demi-glace, honey and chicken broth, forming a delicious glaze.
|Halibut with Grapefruit, Parsley and Fennel
Citrus is at its peak in the winter, and it’s especially delicious when paired with crisp fennel, as in this recipe. Firm, juicy halibut makes for easy cooking — this main course takes less than 30 minutes to prepare.
|Stir-Fried Mushrooms with Tofu and Greens
Bitter broccoli rabe and wild shiitake mushrooms pack flavor into this quick-cooking dish. Put the rice on to cook just before starting to prepare this recipe, and both will be ready at about the same time.