Are you struggling with meal ideas this month? Try using August produce exclusively as your ingredients! Using a select number of fruits and vegetables can narrow down your recipe choices and help you come up with new, inspired meals. It also supports local farms, saves you money, and lets you enjoy the fresh taste of perfectly ripe produce. Make the most out of the final stretch of summer with these in-season fruits and vegetables:
Peaches and Nectarines
Now is the perfect time to make a delicious peach or nectarine cobbler or crisp. Try this delicious nectarine cobbler recipe with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Or pair this fresh peach salsa recipe with pork or fish tacos for a light and delicious dinner.
Not sure what to do with a cantaloupe or honeydew melon? This simple, light and flavourful goat cheese, fig, melon, and prosciutto salad will do the trick. This salad would be a great side dish for a summer barbecue or potluck as well.
Plums can be used in a number of different dishes for dinner or dessert. Pair pork tenderloin with a plum barbecue sauce like in this recipe. Or grill plums with honey and serve them with almonds and crème fraiche.
August is also corn season. Add it as a side dish with any grilled meat with this easy grilled corn-on-the-cob recipe.
This earthy root vegetable is usually associated with fall and winter, but it’s perfectly ripe in August. Try beets in a salad with carrots, spinach and quinoa like in this recipe. Did you know that you can also add them raw to a salad? Try this Jamie Oliver beet salad to save on cooking time. You can also use beet greens to make a delicious and nutritious side dish. Try this beet green and bacon recipe this month.
Cabbage gets a bad rap because it’s usually associated with bland dishes. In reality, it’s full of nutrients and has a mild sweet flavour. If you’re not convinced, take a look at this great article from The Kitchn for some inspired cabbage recipes.
What are some of your favourite August produce recipes? Leave a comment below to let us know!
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