Are you already in the holiday mood? In December, we usually relax and all foods, and especially cakes, are especially appealing to us. But believe it or not in the season in December there are some very healthy foods.
In December, seasonal foods are: kale, turnip, clementines and pineapple.
It seems as kale is always the talk of the town. I wrote about it in the text about super foods. You can serve the kale as a side dish, shortly boiled or sautéed with garlic. It goes well with soy sauce and nuts. Chestnuts are still there, so you can make a wonderful creamy soup with chestnuts and kale. Kale seems to be an integral part of smoothies. Kale is very popular in colder regions because it is very resistant to cold. When buying, buy bigger leaves of kale for soup, and for everything else smaller leaves, which are faster thermally treated. Stems can also be eaten, you just need to cook it 2 or 3 minutes before the leaves.
Do you know that the turnips began to grow in Europe in 2000 BC and this is one of the first vegetables that was grown. The French love turnips, sautéed and serves it as a side dish with duck, Italians use turnip in risotto and in the Middle East they like the turnip pickled. Very interesting suggestions for using this food. When buying, the turnip needs to be firm and heavy in the hand, which will show that it is juicy inside. If you buy the turnip with leafs, remove the leaves and keep the turnip in the fridge for up to 7 days. Before the turnip preparation, you need to peel it. You can also bake the turnip. Cut it to pieces, sprinkle with a little water, put in a baking pan, cover and bake at 20 ° C for about 45 minutes.
Clementines are sweet sisters from the citrus family. Juicy and aromatic, smaller than mandarins, with shiny skin are a great choice for cold December days. And something else – clementines do not have seeds. The origin of the name of the clementine reaches to the 19th century, when the monk Father Clementine was sent from France to care for orphans in Algeria and taking care of the mandarins created a new type of citrus. In 2002, scientists discovered that clementine was a result of the crossing of mandarins and sweet orange. Clementines are naturally great in desserts, but also with salad or poultry.
O how do I love pineapple! I cannot describe this in words. And that is great because pineapple is extremely rich in vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes. Pineapple consumption is excellent for the immune system, bone strengthening and digestion. And although it’s sweet, one cup of pineapple has only 82 calories. You can certainly add pineapple to desserts, but I like it most fresh with breakfast.
Enjoy the holidays, and there will be recipes for cakes and cookies, of course!