Today I would like to encourage you to think about what you cook when… Seasonal cooking can seem intimidating and frustrating, but in theory it should be the most natural thing possible. Seasonal products are not only better, but cheaper, and better for the environment and your body. I promise I’ll get off my soap box now, I just want to share why I think it is a great plan to head into the year with an idea of what you would like to make when, so that when hunger strikes, you have a game plan. One easy way to have that seasonal game plan at hand is to have A Soup For Every Season.
If you need some help knowing what produce is in season, I recommend checking out these resources:
- The Center For Urban Education About Seasonal Agriculture (easily accessible information)
- Sustainable Table (has area-specific recommendations)
- Martha Stewart (tons of recipes for seasonal ingredients)
As for my soups for each season, here are a few I love:
During fall squash reigns supreme, so anything pumpkin or butternut would be lovely, and I think the Black Bean & Pumpkin Chili at Mel’s Kitchen Cafe is genius!
In the winter I like to make stews to warm me up, so this Beef Stew with Root Vegetables is a go-to.
In spring there are SO many options, really anything with asparagus or peas is always a good choice, but I think this Spicy Avocado-Cucmber Soup over at Food & Wine sounds extra delicious.