What to Cook in January: A Produce Guide

January Produce Guide - fruits and vegetables that are in season during January + recipe ideas for the produce!

Welcome to a new year, a fresh set of 365 days to try new recipes and mess up the kitchen! I have a tendency of making resolutions that I don’t keep, and I don’t see why that tradition should stop this year. So without further ado, here are are few of my goals in 2017:

  1. Try a new cuisine every month. I got a bit of a head start on this one by playing with some African cuisine during my stay in England. Fingers double crossed that I can keep this up!
  2. Learn Mama Lin’s recipes. This is a MAJOR goal this year. Over the past few months, a few friends have come to me for congee (or jook) recipes, and I had nothing for them. Nothing! I felt so embarrassed that I have resolved to learn more of Mama Lin’s recipes. I even befriended her on WeChat just so I can pester her with cooking questions.
  3. Tidy. I read this book on tidying by Marie Kondo last year, and I have managed to clear out some of my clothes, but I am still a slave to clutter. I am hopeful that the tide will change this year, once I toss out more of my books and food props. Any kind of moral support is welcome and appreciated!
  4. Exercise! Gosh, there were so many days last year when I caught myself saying, “I can’t go workout now because I need to get more work done.” I always feel guilty afterwards, and I can’t let that habit continue this year. Because, this.
  5. Languages! I have to, need to be better about doing at least an hour of language learning every week.

Okay, that’s probably enough resolutions for now…

One more thing I want to note is that you may see a few recipes this year with gluten in it. Over a year ago, I shifted into a primarily gluten-free diet after doing the Whole30. My stomach just felt better when I wasn’t consuming gluten. I still feel some bloating when I eat a lot of bread or baked goods that I make with all-purpose flour, but I am fine with eating whole grains like bulgur. I want to reintroduce more varieties of whole grains into my diet, so please don’t be alarmed if you see a few recipes with ingredients that contain gluten. I will still keep most of the recipes on here gluten free and will always offer suggestions for gluten-free substitutions.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s the produce guide for January!


Roasted Golden Beet Ricotta Toast from @foolprooflivingPhoto Credit: Aysegul Sanford from Foolproof Living


Roasted Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner with Roasted Vegetables by @healthynibs


They're tangy, sweet, spicy, and the perfect 30-minute dish for your weeknight meals! General Tso's Brussels Sprouts | healthynibblesandbits


Maple Roasted Apples & Carrots from @vanillaandbeanPhoto Credit: Traci York from Vanilla and Bean


Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Fontina Cheese Sauce from @amandapaaPhoto Credit: Amanda Paa from Heartbeet Kitchen


Gluten-Free Lemon Tarts - sharp lemon curd is paired with a gluten-free nut flour and graham cracker crust. by @healthynibs


Thyme Cream Pasta


Pan Fried Polenta with Roasted Kale and Chickpeas - topped with tomatoes and parmesan cheese, this is the perfect light gluten-free dinner! Made with just 6 ingredients! by @healthynibs


Sticky Date Pancakes with Butterscotch Sauce with Roasted Pears from @thebrickkitchenPhoto Credit: Claudia Brick from The Brick Kitchen


January Produce Guide by @healthynibs

In case you’re wondering how to cut and deseed a pomegranate, here’s my video tutorial:


Maple Harissa Sweet Potato Gratin from @snixykitchenPhoto Credit: Sarah Menanix from Snixy Kitchen


Gnocchi & Winter Vegetables by @floatingkitchPhoto Credit: Liz Harris from Floating Kitchen

4 thoughts on “What to Cook in January: A Produce Guide

  1. Traci | Vanilla And Bean
    It takes a lot of courage and will power to change one's diet.. good for you Lisa!! I'm loving all these delicious and gorgeous recipes... A perfect guide to help me stay on track with eating locally... the farms aren't producing much right now, but I can always manage to find cauliflower, carrots, cabbage, beets and parsnips! Happy New Year Lisa! And thank you so much for including my carrots!
    1. Lisa Lin Post author
      Thank you, Traci! Happy new year to you! I only eat parsnips when I visit my in-laws in England, but I really need to get into the habit of cooking them at home!

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