Stunning seasonal recipes to cook this August featuring in-season produce. These healthy summer recipes feature tomatoes, corn, zucchini, green beans, peaches, and more! 31 healthy recipes to make every day of the month!
If you love seasonal cooking check out the entire “What to Cook” series.
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”Audrey Hepburn
Well, friends, I am so happy to report that this nutritionist/ food blogger has officially succeeded at planting a pretty rad garden. I have real actual food that I grew with my own little hands coming into my kitchen every day.
It was touch and go for awhile there, I didn't update you last month because it seemed futile. No faith, I had zero faith that anything would grow.
With the exception of a 2 night invasion by a very hungry, big jerk, woodchuck (who demolished 4 entire crops; radicchio, lettuce, sweet peas, and collard greens), I have been so thrilled, inspired, and joyful over the garden success.
So this months, “What to Cook” post, is very relevant to what is coming out of my own garden!
WHAT'S IN SEASON IN AUGUST?
This will depend on the region of the world you live in, naturally. Here in the northeastern United States, we are hitting the peak, prime-time growing season. The markets are bursting, my garden is bursting, and the earth is providing.
Fill your market bags with these seasonal goodies:
- Green Beans
- Swiss Chard
- Summer Squash
- Bell Peppers
- Watermelon, and other melons
- Blueberries, cherries, and blackberries
I hope you LOVE these healthy summer recipes, perfect for grilling, for casual dinners enjoyed outside, bright healthy seasonal summer breakfast ideas, and a whole host of bips and bops to make up the perfect summer meal – a large board filled with veggies, fruits, and fun dips!
If you make one of these recipes leave a review below and let me know how you liked it or share a photo on Instagram with the tag #AbrasKitchen so I can share your masterpiece!
Let's Get Cooking!
HEALTHY SEASONAL RECIPES TO MAKE IN AUGUST
(organized by ingredient!)
I don't know about you but summer is not summer until I bite into my first ear of local sweet corn. Here in the Catskills region of New York we just started seeing corn at the markets last week, and the markets sold out of said corn within an hour – it's brutal out there friends! I do recommend buying local corn, ideally organic if you can find it.
There is NOTHING in the world better than a fresh local, or homegrown tomato. Also, random fact, tomato vines are legit one of my favorite smells in the whole world. Below are some of my favorite tomato recipes but don't neglect a simple tomato salad with good olive oil and flaky sea salt, or a simple tomato sandwich – thick-cut beefsteak tomato between slices of soft sourdough or country bread (preferable homemade, but a bakery loaf will do!), simply spend a good amount of mayo on the bread, sprinkle the tomato with sea salt, and generously season with black pepper. Yum.
Zucchini + Summer Squash
I have 4 zucchini plants in my garden going crazy, they have just failed to produce any zucchini – yet. I am eagerly awaiting the zucchini bounty. I will make every single one of these recipes with said bounty 🙂
I do have green beans in my garden, but honestly, I eat the harvest on the way from the garden to the kitchen. Every. Single. Time. If you were wiser than I and planted many many more green bean plants, well then below is one of my favorite summer green bean recipes.
Most leafy greens are in season right now but my garden is particularly abundant with swiss chard, one of my favorite greens.
I hope you love cucumbers because I will be sharing only cucumber recipes from now on – just kidding, but I may have overestimated how many cucumbers 2 people can eat. In the last 4 days I have harvest 25 cucumbers and it looks like I will have about 100 more in the next few weeks. Oopsie! Luckily I have plenty of cucumber recipes to keep me happy.
Eggplant gets a bad rap in the vegetable world, I think it is absolutely delicious and hella versatile (did you peep the eggplant bacon recipe!) If you aren't an eggplant lover try the mini pizza recipe below, promise it will change your mind!
This time of year I basically put basil into everything I am eating and I suggest you do the same!
Stone fruit season activate! Give me all the peaches, nectarines, plums, and apricots.
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