What’s Cooking — Local Food at Its Peak in March

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Photo: Adventuresincooking.com

Photo: Adventuresincooking.com

What’s in season in your neck of the woods? All over the country, different foods are hitting their prime, and we’re ready to whip up some delicious dishes from the best crops available this time of year. After digging into the best of the spring, summer and fall, we’re ready see what winter has to offer. Let’s get cooking!

Northeast: Beets

Since the growing season is dormant in the Northeast, you’ll need to get creative with food in storage. Boost your immune system against winter colds (and discover some new favorites) by working with the tasty and healthy beet.

Photo: Gourmandeinthekitchen.com

Photo: Gourmandeinthekitchen.com

Breakfast: How gorgeous is this berry and beet açaí bowl? Brazil nuts, dates, chia seeds and more are a superfood breakfast with a not-so-wintery twist.

Photo: Adventuresincooking.com

Photo: Adventuresincooking.com

Lunch: You can substitute the pea shoots for whichever leafy green you have on hand, especially since we know which veggies are the star of this roasted beet salad.

Photo: Bevcooks.com

Photo: Bevcooks.com

Dinner: Penne pasta with pureed roasted beet sauce…you should have no problem feeding kids vegetables when the outcome is this cool looking!

Southeast: Lettuce

Okay, it’s not the most exciting sounding veggie, but all across the Southeast region, lettuce is hitting it’s prime. See if these tasty treats don’t sway your opinion on this famously low-cal salad staple.

Photo: Talesofakitchen.com

Photo: Talesofakitchen.com

Breakfast: Your eyes aren’t deceiving you: you really are drooling over a avocado-citrus-banana-LETTUCE smoothie.

Photo: Pinchofyum.com

Photo: Pinchofyum.com

Lunch: Miso chicken peanut lettuce wraps are a crunchy way to enjoy a light lunch.

Photo: Bonappetit.com

Photo: Bonappetit.com

Dinner: Lettuce in pasta works surprisingly well when paired with peas, asparagus and prosciutto.

Midwest: Broccoli

Despite being the cliche bane of every child’s existence, broccoli can be transformed into some seriously delicious dishes. Load up on Vitamin C and see how transformative this vegetable can be.

Photo: Ifoodreal.com

Photo: Ifoodreal.com

Breakfast: You know you want a mini frittata. Eggs, cottage cheese, quinoa and broccoli are in perfect harmony with these healthy breakfast muffins.

Photo: Food52.com

Photo: Food52.com

Lunch: Beat the Midwest winter chills with a hot bowl of seared broccoli and potato soup.

Photo: Foodiecrush.com

Photo: Foodiecrush.com

Dinner: Takeout staple beef with broccoli is perfectly healthy and delicious when served over brown rice.

Northwest: Carrots

What’s up Doc? Antioxidant-rich carrots need no introduction, but there are a few ways you might not have considered cooking with them. While raw baby carrots make an excellent snack, try some of these tasty alternatives!

Photo: Sweetashoney.co

Photo: Sweetashoney.co

Breakfast: These baked carrot cake oatmeal bars have everything but the kitchen sink thrown in, with insanely tasty results.

Photo: Wellplated.com

Photo: Wellplated.com

Lunch: The thought of curried carrot apple and peanut soup on a chilly Northwestern day is pretty enticing.

Photo: Veggieandthebeastfeast

Photo: Veggieandthebeastfeast

Dinner: Chickpea, quinoa and carrot burgers make a spicy (and healthy) vegetarian alternative to the all-American classic.

Southwest: Oranges

The beauty of Southwestern living is fresh fruit even in the wintertime. Take advantage of your locational luck by working oranges into as many meals as possible.

Photo: Wellplated.com

Photo: Wellplated.com

Breakfast: Creamy coconut chia pudding topped with fresh sliced oranges is a morning dream (that you can make a reality).

Photo: Tasteslovely.com

Photo: Tasteslovely.com

Lunch: Paleo, vegan, gluten-free, low-carb…the only thing this orange almond avocado salad is full of is great flavor.

Photo: Dinneratthezoo.com

Photo: Dinneratthezoo.com


Dinner: Fresh-squeezed juice brightens up all of the flavors in this orange shrimp and broccoli dinner, sure to become a new favorite.

Now that we’ve completed a year of local eating, we hope you’re motivated to cook with the best food available! And if you have any other must-try recipes from your region in March, let us know in the comments.