Truly healthy dinner recipes should support our health AND the environment. This will generally means cooking in season, which is the format we've created below. Cooking in season means grilled asparagus in springtime, apple pie in the late summer and fall, carrots and potatoes in winter.
Eating seasonally is one of the most healthy things you can do for yourself. Seasonal foods are denser in nutrients, since they are fresher and were not picked green in order to ship to you. When they are grown in their natural and preferred enironments and climates they grow to their fullest healthy potential, meaning you get the most from them. And it's just natural: We naturally want more fruits and veggies when it's warm outside (when those things are ripe and nutrient dense). In the winter we tend to crave heavier, warmer healthy dinner recipes that tend to contain root vegetables, grains or animal products.
Organic food is also important. Click here to read the advantages and benefits of organic food.
Keep in mind that healthy food recipes that made out of season are also a huge burden on the environment. It takes large amounts of resources to grow hothouse tomatoes in January or ship them across the globe. Therefore foods out-of-season at your grocery store have probably come from the other side of the world or used other unsustainable practices in growing or raising your food, such as genetic modification. (Purchasing your food from a local organic farm will ensure you get the highest quality, in-season food while supporting your local economy.)
Below are a growing collection of our - and our readers' - favorite seasonal recipes, using almost exclusively ingredients you should easily be able to find at your local farmer's market, farm stand or grown in your own garden. They are also natural, organic and mostly plant-based to ensure you are getting the best nutrition with the smallest footprint possible.
Be sure to check out our seasonal foods list here to learn more about what's in season.
We're extremely proud to present to you the Sustainable Baby Steps guides, helping you delve into the topic of making organic food affordable and simple with easy-to-digest, step-by-step information, inspiration, and tools to help you live green and healthy. Check out the following guides to see which might support you.
Do you have a favorite healthy dinner recipe that you'd like to share? Use the form below to share your ideas for a vegan, vegetarian, paleo, whole foods, raw, or traditional foods recipe. It can be breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even a yummy snack idea.
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