Summertime is here and that means warm weather, fun activities, fresh fruits and vegetables and grilling outdoors.  In our last blog we listed many all of the produce that are seasonal in the summer months; and there are so many ways to cook, grill, prepare and eat them.  Anyone can get creative when cooking.  Summer recipes that are great for the summer are fresh, grilled,  citrusy or berry flavors can be used in interesting ways. Here are just a few more interesting and even simple things you can do with food this summer.  Below are just a few examples and then some websites to find more awesome recipes.

Spicy Corn on the cob:

Arugula Pesto:

Fish skewers with Basil Chimichurri:

Can’t forget sides for BBQing and other favorites:

Watermelon, Mache, and Pecan Salad

There are so many websites and recipes online that it is impossible to list them all.  It is easy to search for summer recipes and grilling ideas, don’t be afraid to try new foods or new recipes.

You can also check out for recipes on everyday items that you can find in the grocery store.  Many people are becoming more and more conscious of the ingredients in everyday foods we buy such as ketchup, mayonnaise, peanut butter, Nutella and many more.  Instead of buying these products try making them yourself.  Not only can you take more control over what goes into your body, but they probably taste much fresher and flavorful when homemade as well.  Here you can use this nifty Infographic Cooking Cheat Sheet; from measurements to how to cook meats and veggies and everything in between.

There are also many ways to mix up some of your own recipes you can try experimenting with flavors and ingredients.  Instead of using canola oil or vegetable oil try coconut oil, palm oil, flaxseed oil, walnut and grape seed oil.  These are all are very healthy and adds different flavors to your meals.  Cayenne pepper is  great additive to make your dish kick and boost your metabolism. Maple syrup or honey can be used as a substitute for sugar and bananas can be used instead of eggs and apple sauce for butter.

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