Winter Vegetable Recipes

Learn easy ideas for incorporating winter vegetables into your family’s mealtime routine.
A savory, stick-to-your-bones winter treat: potato soup.

A savory, stick-to-your-bones winter treat: potato soup.

A savory, stick-to-your-bones winter treat: potato soup.

Winter vegetable recipes make the most of those veggies that are either fresh or in season during the chillier months of the year. These vegetables include common faces, like potatoes and onions, along with the less familiar celeriac and parsnip. Whether or not you recognize the names of these cool-season veggies, you’ll definitely want to learn how to showcase them for the dinner table. Discover some ideas for winter vegetable recipes that you can put to work this week.

Winter vegetable recipes include root crops that star in everyday fare, like carrot, potato, onion and sweet potato. They also embrace a few of the perhaps less popular root crops, such as beets, parsnip, turnip and rutabaga. Winter vegetables also include broccoli family members: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and broccoli raabe. Several greens come into their own during winter, including endive, escarole, chicory and kale.

The great thing about winter vegetables is that they’re wonderfully affordable in season and—at times—even downright cheap. Many also store well in the refrigerator for long periods, so you can stock up when prices are good without fear of spoiled produce.

On the whole, winter veggies also boast outstanding nutrition. The root crops and different types of winter squash offer low-fat, low-calorie benefits teamed up with complex carbohydrates, which provide sustained energy and fullness. The broccoli cousins serve cancer-fighting compounds in every bite, and winter greens bring vitamins, fiber and antioxidants to the dinner table.

Besides offering all kinds of health benefits, when you dig into winter vegetable recipes, you’ll discover easy-to-please foods that can help rekindle family mealtime. Many winter vegetables can slip into traditional menus incognito, delivering a hidden punch of high nutrition. For instance, who doesn’t like macaroni and cheese? Pureed winter squash transforms this homey fare into a super-food feast. Mashed potatoes provide the perfect hiding place for steamed, mashed rutabagas, and alphabet vegetable soup can easily host roasted, chopped Brussels sprouts as an alternative to cabbage.

10 Cold-Hardy Winter Vegetables

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Arugula is at its best in cold weather. Try growing it in cool weather for a milder crop.

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Broccoli continues to produce side shoots once the main head is harvested. Once established, you can enjoy broccoli into early winter.

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are the most cold hardy of the cabbage family. 

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Cabbage is very cold hardy. Stagger the planting so you can enjoy cabbage all winter.


Endive is a great addition to a winter salad. Plant plenty this fall.

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Harvest some of the garlic "scallions"—called scapes—and use them in place of green onions in recipes this winter.

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Kale and other hearty greens are great winter vegetables.

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Spinach is great to grow in cool weather. Add it salads or saute with garlic for a hearty winter feast.

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Swiss Chard

Similar to beet greens, Swiss chard has a mild flavor. Its pretty color will add a little pizzazz to your garden (and your plate).


Rutabagas are harvested in the winter. This hearty root vegetable is great in stews or served with roast beef.

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A stock pot simmering with stew offers the perfect place to stash all kinds of winter vegetables, including turnips, roasted parsnips, carrots and cubed winter squash. Best of all, hearty winter vegetable stew stretches to cover many meals and even freezes easily for later use. Stews pair smartly with a salad of winter greens and fresh fruit, making mealtime a snap to prepare.

Consider oven roasted winter vegetables to add flavor to dishes. Oven roasting winter vegetables draws forth rich, deep flavors from these simple foods. You can serve roasted veggies solo as side dishes or incorporate into existing recipes. For instance, a mix of roasted winter vegetables tastes great over rice or whole grain pasta and also works well as a pizza topping. Or try roasted veggies in scrambled eggs, blended into stews or tossed with salad greens.

Winter vegetable recipes feature simple preparation techniques, but yield fabulous flavor. Whether they steal the spotlight as an entrée or fill a supporting role as a side, they’ll bring outstanding nutrition to mealtime menus, every time.

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