Monday, July 6, 2015

In Season! Fruits and Vegetables (Summer), Part III

Welcome to Part III of IV. This is the Summer collection. You can typically find these fruits and vegetables in season from June - August in most U.S. climates. I chose a handful of fruits and vegetables to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone (try something new) and I also wanted to shared more recipes for various veggies and fruit for those who have expressed the need. You can find part II (Spring) here and part I (Winter) here

Convey Awareness | In Season! Fruits and Veggies (Summer) Part III - Recipe Collection

Reminder: Why do we want to eat produce that's grown in season? 
1) Higher nutrient value; they fully ripen 
2) Lower impact on the environment; reduce food miles 
3) Costs less!

Plus - You may be able to support local farmers! This puts more money back into your local economy! #shopsmall #shoplocal

You may know that I advocate for families to eat more fruits and vegetables daily. Will you partner with me by challenging yourself to eat FIVE. That is, five different fruits and five different veggies every day! Is this hard? Depends. Is it worth it? Well, your life may depend upon it! Let's choose real, colorful food by way of fruits and vegetables (and a variety from good food sources). It could very well promote healing and recovery in our wellness journey. Woohoo!! Let's hear it for whole food nutrition!!

If you're struggling to try something new because you're eating the same 2 or 3 veggies (or fruit) day in and day out, you may be interested in learning that I was just like you a handful of years ago. (Learn more here.)

You can also download my free eGuide (no affiliations mentioned) if you'd like to incorporate more colorful foods by way of fruits and vegetables in your regimen. (Click here.)

Lastly, you can always bridge the gap with dehydrated fruits and veggies that are non-GMO and NSF Certified. The starches have been removed making the capsules a good choice for most. There are 30 whole foods! More information here

I encourage you to set a new goal every week: Try a new fruit or a new vegetable. Go online, find a recipe, learn how to clean or prep it, and how to make it (if it needs cooking). Open your mind to the possibilities! Always look for ways to keep the whole food as close to its natural state as possible. 

The aforementioned served as a catalyst for me to change and nowadays I really enjoy fruits and veggies. Seriously. People ask me what I'm always thinking about and my answer is usually vegetables or cookies (you know since I'm being honest here).

How to find fruits and vegetables in season in your specific region - visit Sustainable Table and for a list of produce generally available, go to Fruits and Vegetables: More Matters

Lastly, you may want to see if there are any farmer's markets in your area or community support agriculture programs or co-ops (like Azure Standard or Frontier), visit Local Harvest. You can Google the co-op programs and find the site and drop off information for your city, if available, on their websites. 

Ready? Let's dig in! =)



The Organic Kitchen: Roasted Beet Salad
Delicious Obsessions - This is So Good Home: Beet Ginger Sauerkraut
Recipes to Nourish: Roasted Beets
How We Flourish: Nomato Sauce
Delicious Obsessions: Festive Beet Salad
Farm Fresh Feasts: Beet Recipes Index

Bell Pepper

Rules of Dieting: Vegan Chili
Farm Fresh Feasts: Teriyaki Bell Peppers
Delicious Obsessions: Pickled Bell Peppers
Rules of Dieting: Roasted Veggies
Richly Rooted: Breakfast Biscuits (with Bell Peppers)
The Organic Kitchen: Bell Pepper Linguini
One Beet Wellness: Stuffed Bell Peppers with Curried Veggies


Recipes to Nourish: Mexican Corn
iConvey Awareness: Corn Salsa Fresca
Farm Fresh Feasts:Chile Corn Saute
Montana Homesteader: Grilled Corn on the Cob
iConvey Awareness: Eat More Organic Popcorn


Delicious Obsessions: Yogurt Cucumber Salad
Farm Fresh Feasts: Soy Sesame Cucumbers
One Beet Wellness: Feta Cucumber Salad
Richly Rooted: Grilled Cucumber Soup
Recipes to Nourish: Summer Salsa with Cucumber
Montana Homesteader: Refrigerator Pickles
The Organic Kitchen: Cucumber (and Apple) Juice


Farm Fresh Feasts: Roasted Eggplant
iConvey Awareness: Buttery Sage Eggplant 
Farm Fresh Feasts: Seasoned Eggplant Yogurt Dip


Yearning and Learning: Homemade Tomato Sauce
Richly Rooted: Garden Gazpacho (with Tomatoes)
Rules of Dieting: Garlic Oregano Baked Tomatoes
Montana Homesteader: Green Tomato Enchilada Sauce
Richly Rooted: Tabouli
Montana Homesteader: Green Tomato Salsa Verde
Richly Rooted: Tomato Cheese Tarts
Learning and Yearning: Ratatouille using several veggies above (eggplant, okra, tomatoes)! 
Richly Rooted: Tomato Recipe Collection!
Recipes to Nourish: Tomato Basil Butter Sauce
Farm Fresh Feasts: Tomato Pesto
The Organic Kitchen: Pasta with Tomatoes and Lemon


Berries - all kinds

Delicious Obsessions: Lemon Coconut Blueberry Muffins
Richly Rooted: Berry Pancake Syrup
Delicious Obsessions: Strawberry Muffins
Richly Rooted: Blueberry Pie
The Humbled Homemaker: Blueberry (and Applesauce) Muffins
Delicious Obsessions: Strawberry Coffee Cake
Richly Rooted: Raspberry Salad Dressing
The Humbled Homemaker: Blueberry Green Tea Smoothie
Delicious Obsessions: Strawberry Cloud Dessert
Richly Rooted: Blueberry Muffins
Delicious Obsessions: Strawberry (and Watermelon) Slushee
Richly Rooted: Black Raspberry Muffins
Fearless Eating: Blackberry Kvass
Learning and Yearning: Homemade Strawberry Maple Jam 
Recipes to Nourish: Raspberry Smoothie
Made to Glow: Strawberry Infused Water
Purposeful Nutrition: Currants an Old Fashioned Fruit
Recipes to Nourish: Blackberry BonBons
Richly Rooted: Black Raspberry Mini Pies
Richly Rooted: Strawberry Shortcake
Richly Rooted: Raspberry Green Tea
The Antidote Life: Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles
iConvey Awareness: Strawberry (with Apple) Salsa

Recipes to Nourish: Probiotic Raspberry Smoothie
iConvey Awareness: Not Your Mama's Shortcake
Recipes to Nourish: Strawberry Hibiscus Tea
The Antidote Life: Blueberry Cobbler
iConvey Awareness: Strawberry Pizza

Melon - all types

Richly Rooted: Watermelon Limeade
Richly Rooted: Cantaloupe (and Strawberry) Smoothie
Recipes to Nourish: Watermelon Granita
Recipes to Nourish: Creamy Watermelon Ice Cream
Recipes to Nourish: Watermelon Cucumber Juice
Recipes to Nourish: Watermelon Popsicles
The Antidote Life: Watermelon Agua Fresca
The Organic Kitchen: Watermelon Salad
Fearless Eating: Watermelon Soda

The Antidote Life: Watermelon Cake
The Antidote Life: Pink Watermelon Lemonade
Fearless Eating: Watermelon Soda


Delicious Obsessions: Honey Balsamic Glazed Figs
Delicious Obsessions: Figs with Cheese and Walnuts
Bedrock Eats: Primal Figs (with goat cheese and prosciutto)


Richly Rooted: Deep Dish Apple Pie
Delicious Obsessions: Apple Muesli
Delicious Obsessions: Apple Pie Bites
Delicious Obsessions: Rustic Apple Tartlets
How We Flourish: Allergen Free Apple Pie
Rules of Dieting: Apple (and Blueberry) Jam
Delicious Obsessions: Apple Pie
Delicious Obsessions - Rules of Dieting: Ginger Baked Apple Wedges
The Humbled Homemaker: DIY ACV
Farm Fresh Feasts: Apple Chutney

From this summer collection, in the comments, share your favorite fruit and vegetable. I'd love to hear a memory about why these are your favorites, too. Some memories I have with the above: Sliced tomatoes with salt and pepper will always remind me of my late grandma. She'd always ask if you wanted sliced tomatoes with every dish she'd prepare! Blackberries also remind me of my childhood. I loved finding these gems planted in the yards of my neighbors. YUM!

Did you notice something similar between this collection and the Spring one? Hint: It's a fruit that grows 75% of the time in places like California. Any guesses? If you know, comment below. It was worth sharing some of the recipes twice! Yes, I've made some of them and if you missed it the first time, well, you'll want to check them out for sure! Go get to making! =) And I bet you may guess that one of the recipes above will definitely be featured in the Fall collection. Crisp pickings! 

Reminder: All recipes shared above are with permission. Each blogger has given me permission to share an image from their blog and each link takes you back to their blog. You can look up the ingredients and recipe from their site. =)

Summer is also a time that many turn to easy and cold prep meals. Some tools that may help you in your planning: mason jars, colander, citrus squeezer, microplane, pickling tools, and bowls

*** Stay tuned 

The Fall (Part IV) collection will publish around mid-to-late October. ***

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