Seasonal Eating Winter Meal Plan

Seasonal eating a winter meal plan

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:

Monday: Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

Tuesday: Cajun Gumbo Jumbalaya

Wednesday: Boeuf Bourguignon (Beef Burgundy) with salad

Thursday: Chinese Chicken and Cabbage Stir Fry

Friday: Homemade Tuna and Apple Salad with Walnuts

Saturday: Skillet Steak with Sweet Potato or Butternut Latkes and Roasted Vegetables of Choice

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!

Meat:

  • 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

Produce:

  • 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

Frozen:

  • 2 bags frozen broccoli
  • 3 bags frozen cauliflower
  • 1 bag mixed veggies, no corn
  • 1 bag unbreaded okra

Dairy:

  • 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)

Other:

  • 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)

Check out my Spring, Summer and Fall meal plans too!

How do you eat according to the seasons?

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