There was recently a great article on Well, a NYTimes Healthblog. It is about 11 foods people should be eating, but don’t often. Most of them are easy to eat, delicious, and in season now. You can get almost everything on this list from the Greenmarkets.
Here are some ways I like to prepare the local ingredients from that list.
Beets are great roasted or boiled. Serve with a little goat cheese. Last week, we sliced them thinly and put them on our homemade pizza.
Pumpkin is also east to cook. Just chop it up and roast for 1 hour with some olive oil. Also tastes great with cheese. Or add it to chicken or vegetable broth and blend it into a soup. Don’t forget to dry and then toast the pumpkin seeds. Makes a healthy snack or garnish.
Of course cabbage is too often overlooked. It is very affordable, and extremely healthy. Cutting it up from some homemade cole slaw is always delicious. For an Asian style, use sesame oil, a dash of soy sauce, and sesame seeds. Or you can saute the cabbage and add some hot pepper. I remember this is how they cooked it in Hunan, where I studied Chinese medicine.
And remember, Think Globally, Eat Locally!