What To Cook This February

Learn what's in season this month at cookieandkate.com!

I know, I know. We’re ten days into February now. I just couldn’t sit on this idea until March! I’ve been missing my monthly seasonal produce guides ( here’s February! ) and know that some of you have, too. Those posts detail what’s in season each month, with cooking suggestions and lots of links to more recipes.

Parmesan crusted, roasted cauliflower

Meet my new, abbreviated refresher guides. You’ll learn which types of produce are in season now, and find one recipe that goes with each. Will you cook through them with me? Like, can we have a virtual cooking club?

I thought it would be super fun to post photos on Instagram when we make a recipe shown here—tag your photo #ckfebruary and #cookieandkate so we can all share the experience! I can’t wait!!!

Gluten-free option

“Made this recipe last night but with brussels and cauliflower (similar to your older recipe). It was SO delicious! Will likely go into the rotation here. Nutritious comfort food, ftw!” – Kathryn

More broccoli recipes »

Vegan option (I’ve heard from vegans who love this pizza without any cheese!)

“Making this pizza tonight for probably the sixth time. I make it with vegan cheese and it has been a huge hit each time, even with my diehard meat eating friends.” – Sarahem

More Brussels sprout recipes »

Gluten free and easily vegan

“I chose this recipe for it’s simplicity, but the favors couldn’t have been better. I will make this every time I purchase a butternut squash. It was absolutely wonderful! Truly less is more sometimes in cooking, this one proves it. Thanks for the recipe.” – Misti P.

More butternut recipes »

Gluten free and vegan

“Loved the simplicity of the recipe and the variety of flavors and textures. I wouldn’t change anything! Thanks again, Kate!” – Caitlin S.

More cabbage recipes »

Gluten-free option (use gluten-free pasta) and you could skip the cheese for a vegan meal

“Everyone loved this! I cannot believe the flavor that came from the cauliflower, excellent combination of flavors. This was my first (good) experience with whole grain pasta too. It was so satisfying. I added a little kale on top for the added color, but I don’t think it added much flavor.” – Tammy

More cauliflower recipes »

Gluten free and easily vegan

“I loved, loved, loved this salad, and so did the rest of my family. My 15-year old stashed the leftovers (there wasn’t much after we each had double-helpings) for her school lunch tomorrow. That’s a great indication of how much it was revered!” – Monique

More orange recipes » (also grapefruit , lemon , lime and clementines )

Gluten free and easily vegan

“I agree with you, the sides are where it’s at! All of these look so good. I actually just made your apple, fennel and kale salad (with smoked gouda in place of goat cheese) and it was phenomenal. My first time eating raw fennel and I loved it! Thanks for the recipe! I’m thinking about making it again for the holiday. :)” – Sarah

More fennel recipes »

Gluten free and vegan

“This was SO good. So much more flavourful than would seem! At the top of my winter recipe list.” – Julie

More kale recipes »

Gluten free and easily vegan

“Thank you so much. Absolutely delicious. As a semi-new vegetarian I need extra inspiration this time of year to not feel like I’m missing out on all the meat dishes. And this does the trick and then some :)” – Cassandra

More potato recipes »

Easily gluten free and easily vegan

“This was a hit with the whole family including the non-veg husband and the growing, picky 13 year old boy. He came back for seconds and just asked me to add this to the rotation for next week. (He and I have also polished off 2 batches of your toasted muesli. haha!)” – Kerry

More radish recipes »

Easily gluten free and easily vegan

“Made this for lunch today and it was absolutely delicious! The sauce was really easy to make and had just the kind of kick I needed on an autumn afternoon. Thanks!” – Frances

More sweet potato recipes »

Don’t forget to tag your recipe photos #ckfebruary and #cookieandkate so we can all see them! If you’re looking for an ingredient that didn’t make the list, check my new ingredient index for relevant recipes.

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Whole Wheat Buttermilk Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Fresh

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes with fresh Strawberry Sauce - treat your loved ones to a gorgeous stack of these pancakes for Valentine's Day or any other special occasion!

Treat your loved ones to these Whole Wheat Buttermilk Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakestopped withFresh Strawberry Sauce. Perfect for Valentine’s Day or any other special occasion!

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes with fresh Strawberry Sauce - treat your loved ones to a gorgeous stack of these pancakes for Valentine's Day or any other special occasion!

This post is sponsored by Peapod

Valentine’s Day is this coming weekend, so when the online grocer, Peapod , asked me to develop a special Valentine’s Day breakfast recipe for their recipe site , I spent a few days dreaming about all the different kinds of pancakesI could make.

I finally came up withthese gorgeous Whole Wheat Buttermilk Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakeswith Fresh Strawberry Sauce . I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t love pancakes. In fact, I have a few friends who are absolutelyobsessed with pancakes.

In developing this pancake recipe, I wanted to achieve several goals.

These pancakes are made with healthy, whole ingredients. If you’ve never tried white whole wheat flour, this is a great recipe to try it out on. White whole wheat flour is a whole grain flour, but it has a milder taste than regular whole wheat flour.

The consistency you’re looking for in this pancake batter is not too thick, and not too thin.

To make heart shaped pancakes, the easiest way I found is to make pancakes slightly bigger than a heart shaped cookie cutter. I tried using a heart shaped pancake mold, but it was a lot more work and the pancakes didn’t turn out as nicely.

The fresh strawberry sauce is super easy to make, and maple syrup and orange zest complimentthe strawberries nicely.

A pretty presentation will show your loved ones how much you care this Valentine’s Day. To cut out heart shaped strawberries, choose strawberries that are naturally pointy at the ends and heart shaped; then slice into 1/4? slices, and cut out the white core in a “v” shape to make the heart shape more pronounced. For the bananas, I used a mini heart shaped cookie cutter. Aren’t they cute?

These pancakes are so pretty, I couldn’t stop taking pictures. My family had the biggest smiles on their faces when they sat down to this plate ofWhole Wheat Buttermilk Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Fresh Strawberry Sauce.

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This recipe makes 14 pancakes when using ¼ cup batter for each pancake or 7 large pancakes when using ½ cup for each pancake. To make heart shape pancakes, you will need a heart shape cookie cutter. Make round pancakes slightly larger than the heart shape cookie cutter (I used a 4½” heart shape cookie cutter which required ½ cup batter for each pancake). Once pancakes are cooked, transfer them to a cutting board and use cookie cutter to cut out heart shaped pancakes.

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Pistachio Cinnamon Rolls with Orange Icing
Cranberry Almond Meringue Tart
Spinach Ricotta Potato Omelet
Potato Hash with Fried Eggs
Ham, Spinach & Mushroom Quiche

Big thanks to Peapod for sponsoring this post which helps support Jeanette’s Healthy Living.

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Spicy Black Bean Soup Recipe

Amazing vegetarian black bean soup, ready in 45 minutes! This soup makes great leftovers, too. cookieandkate.com

How are we feeling on this post-Super Bowl Monday? I am moving slow. Today, I thought I’d share one of my favorite recipes that doesn’t get enough love on the blog. When I took the original photos, I was scrambling to go home for Christmas and made do with terrible lighting. The photos have been bugging me ever since.

spices and black beans

Fortunately, the photos haven’t scared all of you off from making it. If you check out the comments, you’ll see that this soup has quite a few fans. It comes together pretty quickly thanks to canned beans, but the soup tastes remarkably fresh and delicious with the addition of carrots, celery and garlic. Cumin and a little bit of sherry vinegar (or lime juice) add a Cuban flair that takes it over the top.

I learned a lesson when I made this recipe for the first time over two years ago, which is that a soup doesn’t need a long list of spices for a complex final flavor. Aromatics make all the difference. This soup is a million times better than the store-bought variety. It’s the best!

I should mention that this recipe makes quite a lot of soup; leftovers will keep well for four to five days, so it’s perfect for weekday lunches. You can also freeze it. I always freeze my soup in pint-sized mason jars , leaving room for expansion at the top and waiting to screw on the lids until the soup has fully frozen. Then I just defrost it later.

Rumor has it that this black bean soup turns out well in a slow cooker (Erin said she “basically just put it all in the crock at the same time and slow cooked it for about 6 hours”). If you give that a try, will you please let me know how it turns out?

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    Recipe adapted from The America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook .
    Suggested sides: a little green salad , quesadillas or a grilled cheese sandwich.
    More winter soup options: tortilla soup , butternut squash chipotle chili , West African peanut soup and curried sweet potato, kale and chickpea soup .

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  • Szechuan Red Chili Oil Wonton Sauce Recipe

    Szechuan Red Chili Oil Wonton Sauce - this sauce tastes just like the one I have at my favorite Chinese restaurant

    This Szechuan Red Chili Oil Wonton Sauce tastes just like the one at authentic Chinese restaurants.

    Szechuan Red Chili Oil Wonton Sauce - this sauce tastes just like the one I have at my favorite Chinese restaurant

    Szechuan Red Chili Oil Wontons areone of my favorite foods when I seeit on the menu at Chinese restaurants. Whenever I visit my parents in Maryland, we order these spicy wontons. My parents are very particular about their Chinese food, so I know we are always going to get high quality Chinese food where ever we go. Unfortunately, here in Connecticut, I’ve yet to find any decent Szechuan Red Chili Oil Wontons.

    I’ve been trying to recreate the sauce for these Red Oil Wontons the last couple of years, but have never been able to quite get it right until now. A friend of mine who runs a fabulous Chinese restaurant outside of Philadelphia, called Hunan explained the cooking procedure and rattled off the ingredients over the phone the other day, so I started experimenting.

    One of the key ingredients in this Szechuan Red Oil Wonton Sauce is the chili oil. Although you can buy chili oil in the Asian market, the homemade Szechwan chili oil I used has a lot more depth of flavor.

    You can wrap your own wontons, although these days, you can buy some pretty high quality frozen ones, which is what I used (I like the wontons labeled Shanghai wontons because the dumpling skin is nice and thin).

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    16 Fresh Super Bowl Recipes

    Find 16 super fresh Super Bowl recipes at cookieandkate.com!

    A little bird told me there’s a big football game coming up, which got me thinking, “What would my dream Super Bowl spread look like?” Here it is.

    Blood orange and pomegranate sparkling sangria (perfect for the Super Bowl and Valentine's Day!) - cookieandkate.com

    Let’s start with cocktails, of course, then move on to appetizers, fresh salads and main dishes, including tacos, chili, pizza and burrito bowls. Then we’ll top it all off with one more drink, to quench both the victorious and the defeated. May the best team win!

    Potentially gluten free and vegan (choose wine and brandy carefully)

    “Made this last night for a Superbowl party. Everyone loved it! Thanks Kate.” – Peggy

    Gluten free (be sure your tequila is 100% agave) and vegan

    “I’m not a margarita person but holy cow these are delicious!! I had a big bag of pink grapefruit and well what is a girl to do? Limes from our tree and well it was a mandate of sorts! I’m planning on drinking up before the doctor realizes that I should be on statins because then no more grapefruit!!!! Cheers!” – Nancy

    Gluten-free option and vegan option (see notes)

    “I love your peanut sauce and it’s my go-to for Asian meals! I joke to my husband that it’s so good, I want to bottle and mass produce it :)” – Laura

    Gluten free and vegan

    “I followed the recipe exactly and used the larger amount of adobe sauce. Huge hit with my non-vegan husband. He even commented that he doesn’t get tired of the flavour, as with a cheese-based sauce. This will definitely be a standard in our house. Thank you!!!” – Laureen

    Gluten free and vegan

    “Your recipes are so reliably delicious. I made this tonight and it is a keeper. Simple and tasty. I had extra red bell peppers so I sliced them thin and added them. So good!” – Brooke

    Gluten free and vegan

    “I do not often leave comments after making recipes I find online (I know … shame on me!!); but your Lebanese Lemon-Parsley Bean Salad was so successful that I had to thank you! The flavors were incredible – balanced, assertive, and addictive. It makes a lot so I shared (but only with people I really like). Every recipient called to demand the recipe.” – Heather

    Gluten free and vegan

    “I have made this salad twice in a week it is that good – easy and delicious!” – Terri

    Gluten free (if you use gluten-free tortillas) and vegan option (see notes)

    “Wow. My husband doesn’t think its a meal unless there is 90% meat on his plate. He was very skeptical while I was making these, but really turned around after tasting them. They were delicious! He said he didn’t even miss the meat. Trying to be healthy in 2016! Thanks for the help with an awesome recipe!” – Sherry

    Gluten free (if you use gluten-free tortillas) and vegan (if you skip the feta)

    “These are ridiculously good, I’ve now eaten them four times in two weeks, I believe I have developed a habit. Thanks so much for sharing :D” – Emily

    Gluten free and vegan

    “Made this recipe for my brother’s birthday dinner and everyone loved it, including my 9 and 3 year old, who will eat any and every vegetable now, thanks to your blog. It’s amazing how kids can learn to appreciate all kinds of vegetables. Your recipes really help with that, I believe. Thanks, Kate!” – Lisa

    Gluten free (if you use gluten-free tortillas) and vegan

    “I’ve been cooking vegetarian meals for my carnivore husband for 8 years now. Tonight when I served him this, he said “This is the best thing you have ever made. It tastes like a restaurant meal. And if it were a restaurant meal, it’s something I would order every time I went to the restaurant.” Thank you!” – Cat

    Gluten free patties (just choose your buns/toppings carefully) and vegan

    “AMAZING! I’m a student in nursing school so time is definitely not on my side. This was a wonderful bulk meal for the week. Made exactly 8 good sized burgers. Paired it with the kale salad from your “Kale, Black Bean and Avocado Burrito Bowl” recipe and it was so yummy. thank you for sharing!” – Callie

    Gluten free and vegan

    “Just made this – it was absolutely great. I have trouble eating new foods but this recipe was a great way to introduce new beans into my diet – I recommend this recipe for people trying to get their kids to eat more beans!” – M.

    “With two vegetarian daughters I make pizza almost once a week. This was there favorite of any pizza I have made for them !!! Thank you !!” – Mark

    Gluten free and vegan

    “This soup is amazing!! Healthy, absolutely delicious, cheap and easy to make 🙂 One of the best, if not the very best, soups I’ve had in years! Perfect combination of spices and flavours.” – Jodie

    Vegan

    “I drank this on New Year’s – who needs champagne?! Super SUPER good cocktail – sweet, tangy, sharp, loved it.” – Rebecca

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    Mom’s Baked Coconut Sticky Rice Bean Paste Cake for Chinese

    Chinese Baked Coconut Sticky Rice Bean Paste Cake - celebrate Chinese New Year with this sticky rice cake that includes a sweet red bean paste filling

    My Mom’s Baked Coconut Sticky Rice Bean Paste Cake is perfect for celebrating Chinese New Year. The sweet bean paste filling makes this sticky rice cake extra special.

    Chinese New Year is just around the corner, so I’ve been digging through my mom’s sticky rice recipes. Last year, I tried her Coconut Milk Sticky Rice Cake recipe, which my mom made when I was growing up. This year, I wanted to try another of her sticky rice recipes. I have a binder full of her recipes, andI created a sectioncalled“Sticky Rice Recipes” because she has so many of them. My mom loves sticky rice, can you tell?

    Chinese Baked Coconut Sticky Rice Bean Paste Cake - celebrate Chinese New Year with this sticky rice cake that includes a sweet red bean paste filling

    A few years ago, I made my Aunt Florence’s Baked Coconut Sticky Rice Cake . It was the first time I’d baked sticky rice cake. Traditionally, sticky rice cake is steamed, but I have to say I like the baked version even better. So, when I spotted my mom’s recipe for Sticky Rice Bean Paste Cake which is also a baked sticky rice cake, I wanted to try it. It sounds similar to the one my aunt makes, but has a filling of red bean paste, which is essentially sweetened pureed adzuki red beans. Red bean paste is very popular in Asian desserts.

    My mom’s recipe calls for milk as the liquid, but I swapped coconut milk for the milk, adding some water to thin it out to more of a milk consistency.

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    My Mom’s Coconut Sticky Rice Cake

    My Aunt Florence’s Baked Coconut Sticky Rice Cake

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    Better Broccoli Casserole Recipe

    Broccoli casserole, made better with roasted broccoli, cheddar cheese, quinoa and whole grain breadcrumbs. - cookieandkate.com

    Did you know that cheddar cheese isn’t actually orange? It’s really white, and they add orange coloring to make it orange. We’ve been duped all along. I know.

    broccoli

    I opted for cheddar without coloring, so this broccoli cheddar casserole may not look like the kind you grew up eating. It’s also far healthier than typical Midwestern broccoli cheddar casseroles while still being gloriously cheesy and creamy. No cup of mayonnaise, no cream of mushroom soup, no annoying Béchamel sauce to make.

    Casseroles aren’t my typical fare, but they do hit the spot on cold, gray winter days. My broccoli cheddar version here features tons of caramelized roasted broccoli for extra flavor, some milk and cheese, and quinoa that magically blends into creamy oblivion while it’s in the oven. Top all of that with some garlicky breadcrumbs and you have one amazing dish that makes for great leftovers.

    You can be fancy and call it a “grah-tahnnnn” in your best French accent, or announce it as a “hot dish” in your finest Minnesotan. Either way, it’s a stellar broccoli casserole!

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    Recipe adapted from my creamy roasted Brussels sprout and quinoa gratin , which was originally adapted from The High-Protein Vegetarian Cookbook by Katie Parker of Veggie and the Beast .
    Storage suggestions: Leftovers keep well in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 4 days. Gently reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

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  • Healthy Super Bowl Menu

    Healthy Super Bowl Menu - treat your friends and family to lighter versions of their favorite Game Day foods!

    This Healthy Super Bowl Menu is a crowd pleaser – everyone will get a taste of their favorite Game Day foods without the guilt.

    Light Jalapeno Popper Dip - this lightened up version of a favorite dip is perfect for Game Day!

    Are you hosting a Super Bowl party?Super Bowl Sunday is notorious for being a day of feasting and overeating, so treat your friends and family tolighter versions of their favorite party foods.

    I’ve put together thisHealthy Super Bowl Menu, which includes dips, chili, burrito bowls, brownies and cookies that will make a beautiful spread for your Super Bowl party.

    Here are a few tips from Super Bowl parties I’ve thrown:

    Light Jalapeno Popper Dip

    Skinny Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip

    Skinny Queso Cheese Guacamole Dip

    Kale Guacamole

    9 Layer Mexican Dip

    Slow Cooker Cincinnati Chili

    Chipotle Style Chicken Burrito Bowl

    Slow Cooker Turkey Black Bean Chili

    Mexican Chopped Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Greek Yogurt Avocado Dressing

    Insanely Good Chocolate Brownies

    Toasted Coconut Chocolate Chip Oat Sorghum Cookies

    Are you making any healthier versions of your favorite Game Day foods for Super Bowl? I’d love to hear!

    Source: Jeanette’s Healthy Living