Utilize Winter's Bounty
Winter has a lot more to offer aside from carrots and potatoes. Hardy root vegetables that grow completely underground are bountiful during the colder seasons. They can be spicy or mild, sweet or savory, or some combination thereof. For a fun switch up from the usual, try integrating one or more of these under-utilized root vegetables into your winter recipes.
Also known as celeriac, celery root is slowly gaining popularity among restaurant chefs and home cooks. This gnarly and knobby vegetable is not exactly a looker in its original state, but the flesh boasts a lovely fresh flavor that tastes like a cross between parsley and -- you guessed it -- celery. It is packed with fiber and magnesium, as well as vitamins A, C, K and E. Try it in a winter soup, grated and served raw in salads or puréed such as in the recipe below:
Celery root purée recipe
This is a lighter and fresher alternative to mashed potatoes. Serve this celery root recipe with a more delicate protein, such as seared sea scallops or tilapia.