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Keep Meals Fresh With August Season Produce

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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.

Melon

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

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.

Corn

August is also corn season. Add it as a side dish with any grilled meat with this easy grilled corn-on-the-cob recipe.

Beets

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

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.

Cauliflower

This hearty vegetable can be used this month for a vegetarian curry like this recipe here. You can also grill cauliflower on your barbecue.

Peppers

Peppers are in season this month and are actually super versatile. Try this Spanish tapas peppers recipe from Ina Garten. Or use them for home-made fajitas fresh from the grill like this recipe.

What are some of your favourite August produce recipes? Leave a comment below to let us know!

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Ashley Maniw

Ashley Maniw graduated from York University with an Honours B.A. in English and Creative Writing. Cooking and eating are amongst her many hobbies. Ashley is committed to gluten-free, organic, and clean eating…for the most part. She hasn’t met a Doritos flavour that she hasn’t liked.

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