I am a HUGE advocate of using seasonal fruit and veg as much as possible, and summer is undeniably my favorite time of the year to do this! (Hello watermelon!). There are tons of other enticing options apart from watermelons during summer, though, and here are some great ideas on how to make the most out of summer abundance vegan-style.
Fruits, veggies and herbs that are in season during the summer months include tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash, peaches, nectarines and berries.
Here are six ways to use summer produce while it’s still in season:
This is one of the best, healthy tricks for summer: use frozen fruit for ice cream. On a basic level, that’s really all you need; just freeze some fruit, blend it up and you’ll have a one- ingredient ice cream. If you have some almond milk or coconut milk on hand, even better. Coconut milk in particular will give your non-dairy ice cream a delectable creaminess. Use mango and banana for this Layered Mango and Banana Ice-Cream and blackberries for this Blackberry Ice Cream.
Throw those summer veggies into a pan over the stove with some olive oil and your choice of herbs and spices. Since produce tastes best when it’s freshly harvested and also in season, pick up some summer produce from your local farmer’s market or opt for organic items when at the grocery store. The taste of the vegetables will come out if you make them the main star in a sauté. Try this Early Summer Light Veggie Saute.
3. Purée Raw Soup
Raw soup is a fantastic, go-to meal option during the warm summer months. Aside from having to prep and chop your ingredients, making raw soup is so incredibly easy — throw the ingredients into a blender or food processor and give it a whir.
4. Make Zucchini Into Pasta
Pasta is such a hearty and comforting dish, and it can even be incredibly healthy when you think outside the box and have your veggies as your pasta, not just alongside it. Don’t let that fresh, summer zucchini go to waste without trying your hand at transforming it into noodles. Zucchini ribbons make for a nutritious, filling meal that is healthier than regular pasta and also better for the summer months.
Dea is passionate about pursuing gentle, pure living in all its forms. She’s a veg and fruit foodie, who loves to explore the healing properties of plant-based foods and then fully indulge in their sun-filled taste. She believes that “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”