My family cooks by the seasons and you should too. Cooking by the seasons has proven to be beneficial in a number of ways. I am always looking for seasonal recipes to try out. I will be sharing with you some of my favorite meal ideas for each season. And I will share with you some of the recipes I came across on the internet.

1. Saves Money

Cooking by the season saves money because when certain food items are in seasons such as fruits and vegetables, you can buy them for a lower price. This also means that the food item is of good quality. Foods that are out of season can be a lot higher for lesser quality. A lot of families want to improve their lives by eating healthier but can’t afford to. If you haven’t thought about buying foods that are in season you should really consider it.

2. Seasonal Cooking Gives You Options

Ever get tired of eating the same ole’ meal over and over again? I know I do! Seasonal cooking can give you a variety of choices and options when it comes to your next meal. No more eating the same meals every week.

3. It Tastes Better

This isn’t a scientific fact or anything but when we eat foods that are in season my taste buds go crazy! Growing up it never really mattered to me when I ate certain foods. Now, that I am older and a little wiser, I can see the difference between foods that are in season and foods that aren’t. In season foods are a lot fresher and simply taste better. That’s a good enough reason for me to cook seasonally!

Here are some food and drink ideas for each season:

Winter:

  • Homemade Chili
  • Beef Stew
  • Vegetable Soup (there are many other soups to choose from as well)
  • Sweet Potatoe Pies
  • Dressing
  • Turkey
  • Ham
  • Casseroles
  • Bakes
  • Hot Chocolate (Great for keeping warm during the winter!)

    Spring:

    Summer:

    • Ice cream
    • Popsicles
    • Salads
    • Watermelon (Warning: Do not eat this outside unless you want to be attacked by flies.)
    • Sweet Corn on the Cob
    • Peach Iced Teach
    • Nachos
    • Lemonade
    • Bar-B-Q! (Fish, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, etc.)

    Fall:

    • Mashed Potatoes (Can’t go wrong right here!)
    • Apple Cobbler
    • Pumpkin Pies
    • Caramel Apples (A toothache for real, but they’re worth it.)
    • Pumpkin Spice Latte

    Conclusion

    Seasonal cooking is good because it helps you save money on groceries and your electric bill, gives you a variety of foods to choose from, and it tastes better! Not to mention, you can keep your house cool through those winter months by cooking things that you don’t have to heat up in the oven. Microwaveable and no-bake items are what you need during those warmer months. During the winter it is okay to really throw down with the oven because the heat won’t be such a big problem in those cold temperatures. Cooking seasonally is a great idea for anyone.