Follow the Seasons

Buenos Dias amigos! What’s the deal with eating and shopping both seasonally and locally? I could go on and on about this topic and how important it is for so many reasons but… that may be long and boring and I think I would lose you all fairly early on. So, I’m going to make a little check list. First, I’m going to outline why I believe it is super important to eat with the seasons. Second, what foods are available locally to us and growing right now in October – the best month of the year in my humble opinion.
And finally, I’m going to tell you exactly where to find these foods!
So, without further adieu, let’s go!!

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Thai (red or green) Vegetable & Tofu Curry

Holy curry! It’s a wonderful time for vegetables! Summer has left us and I bet some of you are thinking “Oh crap! All of the fresh vegetables are gone and we are going to have to eat frozen and canned food from now until June.” Don’t worry! Our farmers are hauling in so many LOCAL vegetables, they’re just different than the summer ones! Some of these include: brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, cabbage (so many kinds), every kind of squash you could ever imagine, yellow and green zucchini, celery, swiss chard, and the list continues!

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Pumpkin Grolella (AKA Granola)

It’s pumpkin season ladies and gentlemen! We all know this. We all dream about this time, all throughout the year. Anxiously await its arrival. Right? Even if pumpkin isn’t what you dream of from December through mid-September – when you finally start seeing the beautiful squash start to pop up into the fields again, this recipe is still delicious and one worth trying!

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Garlic Ginger Greens & Tofu

Hey all! This one is for the books! It’s a keeper, it’s delicious, it’s a dish that doesn’t need added salt, a bit more acid, anything, it literally is perfect as is! It’s fall here in Victoria, BC and that means a whole lotta local broccoli, brussels sprouts, zucchini, and all things cruciferous! I’m listing the first three vegetables because that is what this dish features! You can honestly throw any nice green veg in here. Bok Choy would go amazingly. So would any kind of cabbage, which are also growing locally right now at the farms!

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Protein and Veganism

Protein! It’s an awesome macronutrient. Like holy heck, so awesome! It’s actually one of the most important nutrients for your health. It contributes to muscle synthesis (growth) and maintenance as well as many different biochemical reactions in the body (hello digestion and blood clotting!). Proteins make up many of our hormones which help to communicate between cells, tissues, and organs. They also help maintain proper pH in our blood and body fluids. Protein is vital for so many life sustaining operations and is mega important. Just to add one more amazing function, proteins help pump up our immune system, enabling us to fight infection! BAM! Protein is absolutely an important nutrition powerhouse.

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