What we choose to eat can most definitely depend on what time of year it is. For one thing, choosing the fruits and vegetables based on the season they naturally grow in ensures optimum nutrition and flavor. For another thing, our bodies just seem to be in the mood for the things that signify that changing climate around us. Whether it’s pumpkin in the fall, corn in the summer, peppermint in the winter or strawberries in the spring, we tend to gravitate to certain foods at certain times of the year.
But, that doesn’t really mean we know what to do with those things. We might be jonesing for something pumpkin-y, but have no clue what do make. A hankering for kale doesn’t automatically translate into a recipe. Which is exactly why we’ve taken the guesswork out of your seasonal cravings. Finding a lighter summer recipe or a comforting winter one is nothing more than a click away.
Ah, Spring. The flowers are blooming, the chill is leaving the air and the birds are coming back to sing. Nothing feels better than throwing the windows open and letting in the fresh air after a long, hard winter. We’ve been cooped up for too long! Springtime signals the return of going outdoors!
It also signifies the season of cleaning, which isn’t merely relegated to our closets, baseboards and the little lip above the microwave that always tends to get super janky. It also signals a desire to clean up our diets. Along with saying goodbye to the bitter cold is the desire to say goodbye to the heavy, rich comfort foods we’ve been subsisting on through the unforgiving blast of winter and hello to lighter, fresher fare filled with seasonal offerings. Take a look at all the tips and treats we have in store and spring into spring! See A Green Monster’s Guide to Spring.
The mercury is rising, the kids are out of school and the days are long and hot. Yup, it’s Summer alright. Time to try and cool off while filling up on all of the gorgeous produce and opportunities for friendly get-togthers that this season offers in abundance! From no bake desserts to smoothies for breakfast, keeping your oven off never tasted so good. Of course, there are times that you’ll still crave a hot meal, which means you’re going to need ideas worthy of firing up your backyard grill and inviting friends over. Not just any veggie burger will do for that Fourth of July celebration. We’ve got what you need to make this summer the coolest one yet! See A Green Monster’s Guide to Summer.
The leaves are changing, the air is crisp and pumpkin everything is filling the shelves faster than you can say “apple cobbler.” It’s officially fall. Nothing beats this season for its fragrant, spicy smells and abundance of seasonal squash and apple offerings. We can’t get enough of it! Which is why we’ve put together a handy guide that can fuel your autumnal cooking arsenal with inspiration and your belly with seasonal goodness. Your taste buds are going to fall in love with fall! See See A Green Monster’s Guide to Fall.
The trees are bare, the days are short and everyone’s wearing layers. Winter is here and man, is it cold outside! This is the time of year for hearty stews and comforting casseroles, foods that stick to your ribs and keep your engine running hot when the temp outside is so not. After a day trying to shovel your car out of your own driveway and trying to ignore the fact that you can no longer feel your nose, watching the steam rise inviting up from a cup of plant-based soup is just the thing to warm your soul (and hopefully thaw your body!) Need some ideas for this kind of comfort? Why don’t you warm up to some of these winter recipes? See A Green Monster’s Guide to Winter.