Summer always feels like the best time for fruit and vegetables, so here are my suggestions for what to cook in August with summer produce! There is so much beautiful produce around right now, and I've been making trips to the farm store as well as having my usual supermarket delivery.
I had a look at both the Soil Association and the Vegetarian Society for the best seasonal produce for August (in terms of vegetables), and it's true that most of their suggestions are currently in my fridge!
These are some tasty low histamine summer recipes that I hope you will enjoy using these vegetables, all of which are bursting with healthy vitamins and minerals.
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One of my favourites, because it is so versatile. I always like the way that zucchini can 'soak up' flavour a little more than other vegetables. So it is perfect for dishes with sauces or that use a lot of herbs and spices.
Brown butter has a lovely nutty flavour, and it perfect with a more porous vegetable such as zucchini that soaks up all the flavour. This is a very easy recipe and definitely gets your greens in with all the zucchini and herbs!
More zucchini recipes:
I eat a lot of new potatoes at home, but have realised I need to cook more with them for recipes here! I tend to do them quite simply, with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of herbs. Either hot or cold as potato salad. Always delicious for summer.
This vegan power bowl remains one of the most popular recipes on the blog, despite being one of the oldest! It really is bursting with goodness with the plant-based protein from quinoa, all the vegetables and the new potatoes. And the tahini dressing is always a go-to for me.
We are always told to eat our greens and broccoli definitely counts as one! Cooked or raw (cut very finely for a salad), it is always delicious.
I find that a lot of broccoli and cauliflower soups contain dairy, and particularly mature cheese but this one has neither! A vegan soup that makes the most of summer produce with both seasonal broccoli and cauliflower, as well as some macadamia nuts to make it a bit more hearty.
More broccoli recipes:
Peppers are slightly controversial on a low histamine diet. They rate as 0 on the SIGHI list, but some people find they aren't able to tolerate. So of course only try these recipes if you know you are good with them.
Stuffed peppers are always fun, flavourful and so colourful! Perfect for summer and I think kids will love these too. The easy to make filling combines zucchini and corn (more vegetables from the what to cook in August list!) with creamy mozzarella and low histamine nuts and seeds for some crunch.
More recipes using bell pepper:
Cauliflower seems to be a staple, at least here in the UK. But many find it tricky to use and simply boil. Which I think means that it doesn't 'shine' on the plate as it should! I hope these recipes make the most of this humble vegetable.
What to cook in August? It has to include a salad doesn't it! A very simple recipe that I always think looks so pretty! Perfect for a summer picnic or BBQ, or a little gathering with friends. Simply roast the cauliflower with a little spice, as well as some quinoa then plate up with radishes and pomegranate for a burst of fruity sweetness.
More cauliflower recipes:
Another overlooked vegetable I think. It is definitely not one to eat while wearing a white dress it is true . . . But if you are careful, then this is lovely both hot and cold in salads.
An easy light lunch or savoury snack for mid-afternoon. This is very easy, and feels a little fancy for an at-home quick snack I think! The puree takes no time at all, then top with creamy mozzarella, a drizzle of honey and some fragrant dill.
More beetroot recipes:
I just walked through a huge field of corn growing this morning - it was enough to feed a few small towns I think! Corn is another ingredient that some people find difficult to tolerate, even though it scores 0 on the SIGHI list. So of course only make these recipes if you know you are able to tolerate
Although corn is a seasonal vegetable for summer, I think it works equally well for more autumnal recipes such as this cauliflower and corn chowder. A hearty soup that is perfect for when you want a cosy recipe to curl up on the couch with!
More corn recipes:
I hope you like this round-up of what to cook in August with summer produce! I know I have left a couple off the list, such as cucumber and fennel. I don't have any recipes dedicated to those veggies, but I guess I need to start having a think of what to rustle up in the kitchen with them for next year!
And if you are thinking ahead to next year already, then you may like to check out my spring produce recipes.
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