From Chelsea Rinnig. Email her at chelsea[AT]borderstan.com.
Just because itâ€™s January doesnâ€™t mean you canâ€™t still eat seasonally! Celebrate the winterâ€™s best by shopping at the farmers market. Many farms keep refrigerated rooms or grow in greenhouses so that they can sell fresh produce all winter long. Not only will you get fresh food this Sunday at the market, but youâ€™ll also avoid long lines at Whole Foods, let alone the fact that Iâ€™m sure Safewayâ€™s shelves will be entirely cleared by Friday.
Here are a few healthy recipes that feature winterâ€™s best, plus a few other snacks that will tide you over through halftime and beyond. Have that extra beer and relax knowing that you can enjoy without overdoing it!
- Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges are super easy and better than the frozen and fried kind youâ€™ll find at the bar. Wash two or three large sweet potatoes and cut into 2 inch-long, half-inch thick wedges with the skins on. Toss in two tbsp. olive oil, one tsp. salt and a few grinds of fresh pepper and arrange on a baking sheet. If you like, also add two cloves chopped garlic (or one tsp. garlic powder) and/or fresh rosemary. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes or until crispy.
- While youâ€™ve got the oven on, make some Spicy Kale Chips for 15 minutes at the same heat. Itâ€™s best if you have the patience to strip the kale leaves from the stems and massage them individually with olive oil. Arrange on a baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and chili powder on top and place on the top rack of the oven. No kale?Â You can use broccoli instead and I am sure nobody will complain.
- Chop up carrots for a Pumpkin Hummus Dip recipe that I love for parties. Roast a fresh sunshine or kabocha squash and a head of garlic in the over for an hour at 375. You want to make sure you can pierce the squash with a fork easily. Cool before scooping out two cups of the squash into a blender. Carefully peel four to five heads of garlic and add to the blender, as well as one can of rinsed chickpeas, Â¼ cup of tahini or smooth peanut butter and a half cup of olive oil. Iâ€™ll add warm water as needed and blend on high until the mixture forms a smooth, orange puree. Blend in a dash of salt, a dash of pepper and a dash of cayenne pepper.
Lots of vendors at the market have already prepared other delicious game-day snacks too! Go for the fresh smoked fish dips at Chrisâ€™ Marketplace, the Chipotle Ketchup and Salsas at Toigo and Twin Springs Farms or splurge on low fat quark or pimento cheese if you MUST have nachos (no judgement).