Typically the end of July is the epitome of summer in Minnesota. It calls for eating fresh form the produce stand and food cooked on the grill. I'm going to try and plan options that both use up stuff we have on hand while bingeing on all the fresh produce I can get my hands on. I'm iffy on getting sweet corn yet. Nothing against Iowa farmers, but I like to have my first bite from local growers, but it has already been mighty tempting to pull over and buy a few ears. Not getting too far ahead of myself, but I also am tasting in my mind corn chowder this fall. Here are my sort of menu's for the week.
- Turkey burgers, salad of tomato and cucumber, maybe corn on the cob
- Spaghetti and meat sauce with fresh vegetables on the side
- Tacos/burritos with corn (maybe leftover fresh?), refried beans, cheese, lettuce
- Tuna hotdish with steamed carrots
- Homemade veggie pizza, using leftover spaghetti sauce, and any vegetables we have in the fridge
- Pork chops, ribs, or pork loin, mashed potatoes, seasonal veg
- Grilled chicken and vegetable kabobs, rice pilaf (grill extra veg)
- Veggie fried rice with scrambled egg, cabbage salad or coleslaw
For lunches, there will be plenty of cucumber, tomato, and hummus sandwiches, even some vegetable soups perhaps if I grill enough extras to throw in some broth with noodles and beans. It's chilly in my office so soup in the summer is fine and DD2 likes soup anytime as well. We can't all be good gardeners-I give it a whirl every few years and am always disappointed. However, I rarely am disappointed when I prepare dinner using fresh produce I picked up on route home, sold from a roadside stand or back of a pick-up truck. What are you eating seasonally right now?