Summer is in full swing at this point and I am often asked what I cook for dinners and lunches during the summer. I must admit that during the summer I do not plan our meals out quite like I do during the school year. The hustle and bustle of the busy school days, kids activities and the endless amount of laundry and carpooling the kids around makes it nearly impossible to make dinner “on the fly” in my house. Summer is a different story, we are still busy yes, but fortunately I can take the time to shop for in season fruits and vegetables and simply make a meal based on what vegetables were not only perfectly ripe but also a great price. So, I thought you might find this list helpful when you head to the store next time.
Summer Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables (June, July, August)
- Asian Pears
- Bell Peppers (green, orange, and red)
- Corn on the Cob
- Green Beans
- Heirloom Tomaotes
- Honeydew Melon
- Jalapeno Peppers
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Summer Squash
Summer is a great time to grill- throw some meat on and grill your veggies with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. Fresh herbs are a must this time of year and seems to make every dish just taste better. This time of year it is easy to throw everything on the grill and enjoy some time outside. Even your dessert can be grilled– try my Grilled Peaches topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It is a family favorite in our house and is super easy to make.
- Cut peaches in the middle all the way around getting close to the pit. Simply twist the peach, one half of the peach will come off with no pit, the other side will have the pit, use a spoon to dig it out. Repeat with all of the peaches you are planning to use.
- Place a drizzle of olive oil on each peach on the flesh side. With your grill on medium (this is great to do right after you have dinner) place each peach flesh side down on the grill. Leave them for about 3 minutes and then turn over and let them cool for another minute or two.
- Take the peaches off and plate. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the center. Top with fresh mint or some fresh raspberries or blackberries. ENJOY!
Save this list and take the time to shop at your store for these items. Plan your meals around the veggies you bring home. Have bowls of fruit ready to eat for your kids. Summer is a great time to try a new recipe and to get your kids in the kitchen with you!