This should be a huge part of every meal. Fresh, organic vegetables and fruits. I encourage you to join a CSA, Community Supported Agriculture, either one that delivers to a central drop off point, or to your home.
By doing this, you will be assured of eating what is in season, so that means that the food will be at the height of freshness and full of vitamins and minerals and anti-oxidants. When you belong to a CSA, they only deliver what they grew, and that means it is the right time to eat it. It tastes better when it is in season too.
It also ensures that the food is healthier for you. It won't be grown in a hot house, or flown from all over the world. It is meant to be eaten now.
What would I do with this delivery?
Strawberries and oranges would be eaten as they are.
Artichokes would be steamed.
Avocados would go in salad.
Beets would be roasted in the oven (in a pan with a little water, covered with foil) until tender, about 30 minutes.
Beet greens would be sauteed in olive oil, and served as a side dish.
Chard would be sauteed in olive oil and red pepper flakes added.
Carrots would be eaten in salad, or on their own as a snack.
Celery would be cut up for crunch in a salad.
Green onions, cut into large pieces on the diagonal, added to salad.
Cilantro? In salad, I love whole cilantro leaves for a burst of flavor.
And, of course the lettuce, it forms the base of the salad.