Summer is here and that means it is time to take advantage of the bounty of fruits and vegetables to fuel the family through all of that sunshine and fun. Add these 20 recipes for summer fruits and vegetables to your weekly meal plan. I love seasonal meal plans for shaking up the family dinner rotation each quarter.
Check out this Family Meal Planning Strategies post for tips on creating weekly meal plans that work for your family. Having a big list of seasonal options makes weekly meal planning so much easier!
Take Advantage of Tomato Season
Tomatoes are king come August. I tend to just slice them up for tomato-mayo toast, but when I'm feeling more inspired here are two great recipes that highlight ripe tomatoes:
Find Delicious Recipes for Cucumber and Melon
Cool, refreshing cucumber and sweet, juicy melons are perfect for beating the summer heat. Cucumber makes an appearance in dips, salads, poke bowls, and salsas all summer long. We snack on melon and serve it as dessert, but a fancied up melon salad is great for a potluck barbecue.
Add Stone Fruit to Sweet and Savory Dishes
Once peach season hits, there's nothing better than a perfectly ripe peach (eaten over the sink if it's really juicy)! Stone fruit like peaches, nectarines, and plums can be so delicious in both sweet and savory meals.
Try Great Recipes for Peppers, Beans, and Zucchini
Once the farmers market gets rolling with all of the summer fruits and vegetables there is no shortage of bell peppers, green beans, or zucchini and other summer squash. You can typically source these ingredients all year round, but nothing beats the flavor of local, seasonal, super-fresh produce.
Use Berries in Desserts and Salads
No one can forget that there are so many fresh berries to take advantage of during summer. From strawberries to blueberries to blackberries, there's always something delicious to snack on or add to a dessert or salad.
Bonus No-Cook Recipes
Is it too hot to even consider turning on the oven or stove? Try one of these no-cook recipes instead:
What are you cooking this summer?
I want to see which of these recipes for summer fruits and vegetables you try! Tag your photo with #planeatpostrepeat and mention me @planeatpostrepeat on Instagram or Facebook. I can give you a virtual high five and thank you for cooking one of my recipes! Comment below with any summer recipe suggestions and maybe your idea will make it to next summer's seasonal meal plan.