My aim is not to tell you what to eat in January, or answer your food questions, needs or anything of the sort. Let me be clear on that. These are suggestions based on our expertise.
With that out of the way, I’ll do my best to get you some dishes that some call comfort foods.
To the best of my ability and with the little help of our dietitian, I have assembled some well-thought recipes that will go down well in both climates. Whether you live in the Nordic cold or warm-tempered weather.
What to Eat this January – Some great meal ideas.
The specific dishes you might enjoy eating in January can depend on a variety of factors, such as your dietary preferences, location, and the availability of certain ingredients.
What I am trying to explain or provide here are just well-thought recommendations to some general questions we had.
For example, I cannot eat most of the ingredients in my favorite foods, because unfortunately, I got IBS. It might be the same for you, so please check your Fodmap plan or any other diet you were recommended.
If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, January is typically a cold month, so you might need or enjoy warm, comforting dishes.
Here are a few ideas for people living in cold climates
- Soups and stews: These hearty dishes can be made with a variety of ingredients, such as vegetables, beans, and grains. They’re also a great way to use up any leftover ingredients you might have on hand.
- Roasted vegetables: Roasting vegetables brings out their natural sweetness and can be a tasty way to incorporate more plant-based foods into your diet. You can roast just about any vegetable, but some of the most popular options include root vegetables like carrots, parsnips, and potatoes.
- Platers: with delicious veggies, fruits, cheese, meats and shrimp/crevettes with fries. Hummy 🙂
- Warm breakfast dishes: In the colder months, you might enjoy a warm breakfast to start your day. Consider making oatmeal or porridge with your favourite toppings, or try a savoury dish like grits or polenta.
Now if you live in the Southern Hemisphere, I’ll try to give you some suggestions that are seasonal and nutritious.
January is typically a warm month, so you might prefer lighter, cooler dishes.
Here are a few ideas for people who live in the South Hemisphere:
- Salads: Salads can be made with a variety of vegetables, fruits, and grains, and can be a refreshing and nutritious option. You can top a salad with a protein like grilled chicken or tofu for added staying power.
- Fresh fruits: January is a great time to enjoy fresh fruits like berries, stone fruits, and melons. You can enjoy these fruits on their own, or use them to make a fruit salad or smoothie.
- Cold breakfast dishes: In warmer weather, you might prefer a cold breakfast like smoothies, yoghurt bowls, or cereal with your favorite milk.
For those who might be travelling in-between the two Hemispheres
- Winter Greens: Kale, collard, and mustard greens are abundant in January. To prepare, you can make a hearty salad, sauté with garlic, or add them to soups and stews.
- Root Vegetables: Carrots, parsnips, turnips, and beets are perfect for cold winter months. Roast them to bring out their natural sweetness, or use them in soups and stews.
- Citrus Fruits: Oranges, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits are in season during winter. They’re excellent for snacking, and their juice can be used in drinks and salad dressings.
- Winter Squashes: Butternut squash, acorn squash, and spaghetti squash can be found during winter. They can be roasted, mashed, or pureed and added to soups, curries, and pasta dishes.
- Cabbage: This vegetable is versatile and can be used raw in salads or cooked in dishes like cabbage rolls, soups, or stir-fries.
- Leeks: Leeks are delicious when added to soups, stews, and casseroles. They can also be sautéed and used as a side dish.
- Brussels Sprouts: A classic winter vegetable, Brussels sprouts can be roasted, boiled, or steamed. They can also be shredded and used in salads.
What foods are in season in January?
Look in your local market or supermarket, because from now on you’ll find:
- Lime fruits,
- Purple sprout broccoli,
- Savoy cabbage,
- Pink grapefruit. ( Great fruit, can be sweet and juicy with a tangy flavour, – if you are in North America you’ll easily find pink grapefruits from Florida. These are at their best in January – just awesome to put on a plate and let it brighten up your winter days.
Related: You can read and discover the big list of seasonal foods available from January to December.