Seasonal Meal Plans are now available on Lista. You can now save time planning your meals and focus on getting the best ingredients from your favorite farm and cooking delicious and healthy every day!
We love planning our meals around the season because it just makes sense: you cook with the best and freshest ingredients right when nature makes them available to you. Cooking seasonally is something we really started to think about when we started receiving our local box and we have enjoyed doing it since. However we have to admit that it changed the way we think when doing our meal planning. We used to start by picking the recipes we liked or craved the most. Now it’s the reverse, we start by choosing ingredients that are in harvest and local to us, so we get the best flavors and know where they are coming from. It’s also a great way to prop up the local economy.
What’s in a Seasonal Meal Plan?
Seasonal Meal Plans include 4 Week Night Meal Recipes. These recipes are originally created by us at Lista, inspired by the flavors of the season in combination with traditional culinary techniques and what we have learned as home cooks for the last 7 years (since being married!). “Meal Recipes” also means that each recipe is designed as a whole meal, including side dishes.
To make the most of the available produce and to encourage your inner “homesteader” we are also including: 3 Bonus Recipes that will show you how to prepare staples from simple smoothies to your own fresh pasta.
A meal plans also includes a Grocery List that you can print or use right from your mobile phone and best of all a Cooking Plan to tackle make ahead dishes and organize your entire cooking week which we know is no a small task.
Why Cook Seasonally?
1. Because it’s delicious and healthy!
We have been amazed how much produce we are including in our meal plans just by following two simple principles:
- 2 week night meal recipes must be entirely meatless
- 8 base ingredients need to be produce
As a result, on average around 15 different kinds of produce are included in our meal plans. To balance out we include whole grains, protein from some meats, seasonings from dried herbs, and dairy products, such as cheeses, and yogurt.
2. To contribute to a better food system.
Cooking seasonally is also about supporting local agriculture. Small local farms are the ones growing a variety of crops according to the season and to their location. These practices promote biodiversity and sustainable farming. Besides local production you support local distribution and local markets which help prop up your local economy.
Opting to cook what’s available in the season requires creativity and good planning, and that’s what we are aiming for. It also requires flexibility as far as ingredients are concerned, as the fresh produce available will vary according to the weather. So thinking about this we include as well with each of our meal plans a listing of the ingredients with possible substitutions so you can use the contents of your CSA box, or whatever is available at the Farmers Market when you visit.
Get Cooking Seasonally!
For the price of a latte you can get a complete seasonal meal plan and start enjoying the best of the season while saving planning time. So head over to Meal Plans on Lista an check our latest menus: