Seasonal eating has a lot of advantages. Produce that is in season is lees expensive and easier to find and it makes meal planning more simple to plan around foods that are readily available.
I make 3-month meal plans for each season so that I can rotate them each quarter and focus on seasonal foods at our farmer’s market and store.
This means that in the summer, we focus more on vegetables like zucchini and summer squash, while winter means more winter squash, sweet potatoes, root vegetables and cabbages.
Winter Meal Plan
As an example, I’m sharing what a sample winter meal plan would look like for our family. I try to balance foods that I know are easy to find this time of year with foods that I know I will have preserved or stored from the summer excess (like okra).
I also focus more on warm dishes like soups and stews in the winter meal plan, since these recipes are especially appealing in the cold winter months.
One of the weeks in our winter meal plan might look like this:
Tuesday: Cajun Gumbo Jumbalaya
Wednesday: Boeuf Bourguignon (Beef Burgundy) with salad
Thursday: Chinese Chicken and Cabbage Stir Fry
Sunday: Leftovers or soup made from leftovers
Winter Meal Plan: Shopping List
Note: This shopping list is designed for 2-3 people so double or triple accordingly!
- 6-8 Chicken breasts (or more for lunch/leftovers)
- 1 lb sausage of choice (spicy works well)
- 1 lb frozen or fresh shrimp (optional)
- 4 lbs beef (roast, round, steak ,etc.) get what is cheapest, but not ground beef
- 1 lb skillet or flank steak
- 1 large head of cabbage
- 3-4 bell peppers, color of choice
- Small bag of onions
- Lettuce and spinach (enough for salads and meals all week)
- Tomatoes (optional)
- Cucumber (optional)
- Small package of mushrooms
- Bag of carrots
- 2-3 medium sweet potatoes or 1 large butternut squash
- Bag of apples
- Other fruits of choice
- 2 bags frozen broccoli
- 3 bags frozen cauliflower
- 1 bag mixed veggies, no corn
- 1 bag unbreaded okra
- 1 pound butter (organic is best)-or more
- 1 lb cheese (optional)
- 3 dozen eggs (not dairy, I know, but in the same area)
- Sour cream (optional)
- Parmesan (optional)
- Snack foods of choice
- 1 can or jar diced tomatoes
- 1 6 oz can tomato paste
- Dill weed (optional)
- Honey or molasses
- 1 large or 2 small cans tuna
- Pecans or walnuts (optional)
How do you eat according to the seasons?