One of the most exciting things about summer is being able to indulge in the delicious seasonal ingredients that leave you reaching for seconds. We love cooking with the colorful ingredients of the season, which is why our current menu is full of freshly-picked produce like strawberries, kale, and cucumbers.
When you add seasonal summer ingredients to your daily meals, flavor isn’t the only thing you’ll enjoy – they have plenty of nutritional benefits, too. Here's what's in season for summer and some ideas for using summer produce in your own cooking.
Here are some recipes to try that use these ingredients:
- We love using tomatoes in meals like our Mediterranean Grilled Cod, Couscous, and Tomato with Vegetable Kabobs so you can enjoy the savory flavor while taking care of your health.
- There are a lot of ways to reap the benefits of kale. On hot days we prefer drinking a Caribbean Kale Smoothie.
- You can taste the juiciness of these red peppers in our Grilled Wagyu Steak with Charred Red Pepper Steak Sauce.
- One of our meals featuring cucumber is our Curried Chickpea Spinach Bowl.
- Get ready to indulge in the sweet berry bliss that comes with our Honey-Balsamic Glazed Pork with Strawberry Cucumber Salad.
Hungry for more? Here are some other seasonal treats to keeo an eye out for this summer:
1.) Green Beans
The sweet and crunchy texture of green beans make a great and healthy addition to any meal. They are rich in antioxidants such as Vitamin C. They are low in calories and fat, contain no cholesterol, and have a very high fiber content.
Try our Three Bean-Quinoa Salad for a meal that will leave you feeling healthier.
Carrots are linked with drastic decreases in cholesterol levels and helping prevent heart disease. They are also rich sources of potassium, and contain significant amounts of dietary fibers that help with good digestive health.
If the thought of biting into the nutty texture of carrots in a meal and taking in the fruity taste is enticing to you, you will love our Spicy Noodle Salad with Tofu.
This refreshing fruit is high in vitamin C and vitamin A. It not only helps you hydrate (it’s 92% water!), it also contains lycopene which is linked to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
Knowing this, we doubt you can resist our Grilled Salmon with Watermelon-Sugar Snap Pea Salad.
Corn, rich in fiber, is a source of vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin E, and various essential minerals. The antioxidants in corn act as anticarcinogenic agents, and help prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Our Ultimate Vegetable-Tofu Tacos that contain corn salsa and corn tortillas will make for a healthy and colorful summer meal.
The explosion of flavor and color that comes with eating blueberries makes it perfect for summer meals. They have several nutritional benefits including containing high levels of fiber and being one of the most potent source of antioxidants that help prevent heart disease and cancers.
You won’t miss the distinct taste of these nutritious blueberries in our Grilled Avocado and Turkey Tacos with Blueberry-Corn Salsa.
Ready to get started? Check out our meal delivery service menu for even more ideas.