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The best option for a healthy, sustainable, and environmentally friendly diet, that also benefits the local economy is to eat fruits and vegetables that are in-season. These fruits and vegetables are more flavorful and full of nutrients because they are right at their peak ripeness. Even though many of us buy these products regularly, we often don’t know how to prepare them in different and original ways to help get us out of our sometimes boring day to day routines. This list of seasonal fruit and veggie recipes will help give you ideas that are sure to surprise your families and will make you want to buy these foods on a much more regular basis.
If you have doubts about which fruits and vegetables are in season right now, here is a complete list of what to look for.
Spanish Salmorejo with Avocado, Tomato, Garlic, and Lemon
Traditional Spanish Salmorejo made of tomato is of course delicious all on its own, but this salmorejo adds avocado to give you that extra boost of healthy fats and a creamy texture. This recipe calls for 5 simple, seasonal products: Avocado, Tomato, Lemon, Garlic, Lemon, and cucumber. And, if you add a little dried beef jerky or marinated meat to your plate, you will get a great protein dish that will give you energy all day. This is an ideal dish when the weather is great and you want something refreshing to eat.
Today’s trendiest culinary dish: Zucchini Spaghetti
Our list wouldn’t be complete without this Instagrammer favorite: zucchini Spaghetti with homemade tomato sauce. The trick is to cut the zucchini into very thin strips that look just like spaghetti. You don’t even need a fancy zoodle spiralizer, you can peel and cut it yourself by hand. Homemade Tomato Sauce is much healthier than the store-bought stuff as it often contains loads of sugar. Between the homemade tomato sauce and the zoodle,s you are consuming 4 products: zucchini, tomato, garlic, and peppers.
Watermelon Smoothie with Chia Seeds and Raspberries
Who doesn’t love a deliciously creamy smoothie? This, watermelon smoothie with raspberries, banana, and chia, adds in a little extra crunch either with whole or crushed chia seeds, or your favorite nuts which are filled with healthy fats, like omega 3.
Oatmeal Cookies with Banana and Lemon
These cookies are so easy to make, and even more healthy thanks to the Oatmeal Flour and fruit. You just need 4 ingredients:
2 ripe bananas
10 tbsp of Vanilla flavored Oatmeal Flour
Zest of half a lemon
1 egg (This is optional, but they will turn out crispier)
The oatmeal flour that is used to make these cookies allows those who are gluten-free to enjoy them, and it is much healthier, more satisfying,g and keeps you more energized than refined sugar. This is especially true because many wheat flours also contain sweeteners and other additives. With these cookies,s you will eat two seasonal fruits: bananas and lemon.
Watermelon Salad, with Figs and Feta Cheese
All the ingredients in this fruit version of a traditional greek salad mix perfectly! The watermelon is so refreshing and very hydrating. And, The apricots and figs are just perfect as they are at their best. The pine nuts, which can be roasted in the pan, give this salad a crispy touch and provide healthy fats. The feta cheese is also great, however, if you’re not a fan you can easily substitute this with some fresh cheese to your liking. This salad is also great with some fresh sprouts, whether that be mint, spinach, or arugula. Remember, if you’re going to pack this as a lunch or perhaps take it for a picnic don’t add the vinegar (tastes even better with balsamic vinegar) until you’re ready to eat.
Spinach Tart with a Carrot Base
Sometimes we just need to resort to different and original recipes to eat some vegetables. This Spinach Tart is one of those great options to turn to, especially for those who may be a bit averse to eating their greens. The base is made of carrots and quinoa flour making it gluten and sugar-free. The spinach has a very good and appetising texture, similar to the bechamel when it is mixed with the cheese. And, if you want to give this dish a little extra touch with some protein, you can sprinkle some beef jerky on there.
Vegan Beet Mayonnaise
A delicious Vegan version of mayonnaise. It doesn’t contain any eggs, but it is full of nutrients thanks to almond milk, garlic, olive oil, and cooked beets. A touch of mustard is added to the mixture which gives it an impressive flavor. Here we explain how to make it both the natural version and the pink version (with the beets). It’s going to become your favorite sauce!