With a light snow dusting the ground, and cold winds whipping through our creaky old windows, we are taking shelter in our kitchen, cooking up hearty, warming, comfort food. I don’t always have time to make elaborate meals- but I keep healthy ingredients on hand to throw together snacks throughout the day. As a nursing mom, I am constantly hungry, and whatever I am eating, Vijay wants bites too, so I have to keep it nutritious. We’re on a big oatmeal kick right now- Vijay is obsessed with scooping oatmeal and adding water to a pot. Equal parts end up in the pot, as on the floor, but oh, does he takes his job seriously.
We’re also pretty into yogurt bowls. A dollop of local yogurt, a drizzle of honey, and a whole bunch of toppings. Thawed berries, sunflower seeds, dark chocolate chips, nuts, shredded coconut, wheat germ. The more, the merrier.
Our wintertime farmers’ market is a treasure trove of local gems. My favorite vendor offers the most amazing citrus, which he gets from his parents farm in Florida. Not exactly local, but close enough! I’m also pretty darn impressed with New England farmer’s ingenuity- growing tomatoes and greens year round in their hothouses. I’ve been using these veggies- chopped and sauteed- to dress up the simplest lunches and dinners.