Summer Foods

Do you eat seasonally?  Seasonal eating lets us eat what is grown closer to home.  Food tastes fresher when it’s grown locally and allowed to ripen naturally, rather than enroute from across the country.  Berries may look pretty in December but they really don’t taste very good.

In the summer I really don’t want heavy foods and I dislike turning the oven on for any amount of time.  I love the assortment of fruits and vegetables that are available at the farmers market and I want to incorporate as much of them as I can into my meals.  I’ve been known to get a bit carried away at the market!

Last night I decided I’d be adventurous and grill clams & mako shark steak that I got at the farmers market.  I cleaned the clams and tossed them on the grill, as they opened I tossed them into a mix of clam juice, lemon, garlic, grated ginger & a pat of butter.  So delicious, I will be making that again.  The mako was marinated in a similar blend with the addition of some carrot juice, chili powder & sesame oil rather than butter.  Again, lovely.  Rainbow chard, mixed greens salad and brown rice rounded the meal out.  We dined outside which was a nice way to end a Monday.

I started today with a smoothie:  spinach, silken tofu, chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup mix of blueberries & raspberries, 1 tsp coconut oil, 1 tsp maca powder, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk & ice.  It was exactly what I wanted:  cold, creamy & not too sweet.

Lunch is a riff on tabouli salad, I made it with quinoa and I added in carrots & radishes.  I have some chilled shrimp to have with that.  Yes, I love my fish and my veggies, especially when they’re so fresh!

What are your favorite summer foods?