Skinny Chef: Meal planner for summer veggie over-abundance – The Star
August 27, 2014 - garden totes
Summer furnish is fresh, abundant and healthy! Late summer to tumble is a honeyed mark of a year’s harvest, so burst on a plantation bandwagon and squeeze your receptacle bags. Support your internal rancher by picking adult a far-reaching array of luscious fruits and vegetables, afterwards suffer them via a week regulating this accessible guide. It has copiousness of healthy, uninformed recipe ideas.
Summer Produce Stars
You’ll find several varieties of corn during your finish of summer market. My favorite is “Silver Queen,” with a paler yellow heart and a light and less-starchy texture, compared to your customary “Bread and Butter” corn. But all creatively grown corn has a wonderful, honeyed flavor, and is impossibly versatile when it comes to cooking. Combine corn with some-more healthful superfood veggies like spinach, kale, and broccoli to supplement benevolence and a appreciative hardness to sides and categorical dishes.
I grew adult with a family garden that my Granny would tend all summer long. By Aug we had bushels full of zucchini, many some-more than we could even eat as a family of three. These zucchini fritters became a buttress in a family. They are tasty creatively cooked, though also ambience good during room temperature, or reheated for a brunch buffet. For a season twist, reinstate a parsley for cilantro, and reinstate a grated Parmesan for grated manchego. Store zucchini in furnish bags in your crisper for adult to dual weeks.
Kale or Spinach
Both kale and spinach are great foods, given they enclose impossibly high levels of vitamins and minerals. They are totally versatile, creation a good bottom for salads, a approach to widen your pasta dishes, or good sides that a whole family will love. Do not pre-wash kale or spinach, as they can shrivel easily. Tuck a dry paper towel into your furnish bag to constraint any additional H2O droplets that can shrivel your greens. Both spinach and kale final during slightest 5 days in your crisper drawer.
Truly fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes are usually accessible this time of a year – grab them while we can! Perfect for salads and quick dishes on a go – like quesadillas or uninformed salsas – emporium for tomatoes that are still only somewhat organisation to a touch, though low red with no blemishes. Store them on a opposite tip to develop entirely for another 1-3 days. Don’t place them in your fridge, otherwise they will turn mushy. If we have copiousness leftover, clout them and store in zipper close baggies in your freezer for soups, stews or salsas that we can suffer all winter long.
Spinach and kale make a good further to your morning smoothies, so check out my smoothie guide and supplement 1/2 crater of energy greens to your breakfast! Or try my 200 calorie egg breakfast that will keep we feeling full with high protein eggs and kale. Or offer your eggs with this summery tomato cantaloupe salsa. It’s lovely and keeps in your fridge for adult to 4 days.
Soup in summer? You betcha! Fresh corn from a cob makes the best corn chowder. You can take it to work, or eat on a weekends as a quick post-workout meal. Or try these “oven fried” zucchini that we can make in your toaster oven. Then toss them over greens for a quick lunch. Lunchtime salads are a good approach to container in nourishment with minimal calories. Try this tasty superfood salad with peanuts and pomegranate. Watermelon and tomatoes make a honeyed and colorful span in this singular salad. It’s also good for lunch.
Try this summery strawberry spinach salad, a simple kale salad, kale chips, or try these 15 ways to spin your spinach dishes. If you’re going to a gratifying potluck or cook-out, bring this easy corn bake as a ideal mealtime side dish. Many soup and sauce recipes depend on canned tomatoes, though a same volume of uninformed tomatoes work only as well. Try one of these 5 quick tomato salsas tonight for pasta, on fish or to tip your favorite sauteed veggies. If you’re sleepy of a same aged mixed pasta sauce, try this singular BLT pasta that uses luscious beefsteak tomatoes.