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  • Try this for a winter treat.

    Try this for a winter treat.

    Are you wanting to get 2016 off to a healthy start?  Here are some of the healthiest winter foods available.  During the winter there are fewer foods available, because some foods cannot grow in the colder conditions.  If you are curious about the foods available this time of year, consider heading to your grocery store and purchasing the following:

    Pomegranates are in a lot of juices

    • Dark Leafy Greens
    • Citrus fruits are at their best during the wintertime
    • Potatoes
    • Winter Squash


    Here is a really great recipe for these winter months. If you love Quesadillas trying making them with Sweet Potatoes. You can make the filling a few days ahead of time and then serve them with corn tortillas.

    vegetables-976165_960_720Sweet Potato Quesadillas


    1½ cups finely chopped onion

    2 minced gloves of garlic

    3 tablespoons vegetable oil

    4 cups grated peeled sweet potato

    ½ tsp dried oregano

    1 tsp chili powder

    1 to 2 teaspoons ground cumin

    A bit of cayenne

    Salt and ground black pepper to taste

    Fresh lime juice to taste

    1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese or Monterey Jack

    8 corn tortillas


    Use a rather large frying pan. Start by sauté the onions and garlic in the oil.  The onions should turn translucent. Add sweet potatoes, and spices. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes. If you cover the pan, the ingredients are less likely to stick. You can add lime at this time or you can wait and add the juice after this is put on the tortilla.

    Spread filling and 2 tablespoons of the cheese on each tortilla. Bake in a 350ºF oven until the cheese is fully melted and quesadillas are hot. This will take approximately 15 minutes.

    Serve with more fresh lime, sour cream, and salsa if you have it.