Fun Recipes for Eating Local in August

It’s August in New Hampshire. Gardens are overflowing with fresh, local vegetables and fruits; chickens are laying lots of eggs and cows are giving lots of milk; orchards and berry bushes are laden with fruits. It’s a wonderful time to be a Granite Stater!

I’ve included breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert ideas to get your imagination going. All of these meals are easy to make and kid-approved. I’d love to hear other ideas for eating locally in the comments.

Breakfasts

  • Apple Cider Doughnut Pancakes (or Blueberry Pancakes) made with local fruit, eggs, and milk and smothered in local maple syrup.
  • Low Waste Oatmeal topped with fresh berries or peaches
  • Omelet with Roasted Home Fries made with local eggs, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, herbs, garlic, chives, onions, potatoes and broccoli

Lunches

  • Roasted Beet Sandwiches on Sourdough Bread with local beets, onions, and herbs
  • Cold Cucumber Purslane Soup with local cucumbers, onions, garlic, and yogurt (look for yogurt in a glass jar)
  • Green Salad with Roasted Zucchini and Corn with local greens, kale, carrots, cucumber, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, and corn
  • Caprese Sandwiches with local cheese, basil, tomato, and bread

Dinners

  • Barbecue Tofu with Roasted Corn and Garden Salad using local corn, greens, carrots, cucumber, peppers, and tomatoes
  • Roasted Veggies and Chickpeas with local carrots, herbs, green beans, onions, garlic, parsnips, potatoes, zucchini, and tomatoes
  • Veggie Stir Fry with Rice and Beans using local green beans, carrots, corn, garlic, onions, peppers, zucchini, summer squash, and tomatoes
  • Moussaka using local eggplant, onion, garlic, pepper, and herbs

Desserts

  • Peach Crisp Topped with Vanilla Ice Cream with local peaches and ice cream
  • Fruit Salad with local apples, blueberries, cantaloupe, peaches, pears, and watermelon
  • Fresh Fruit Popsicles with local blueberries, watermelon, peaches, and raspberries (use fruit juice, honey, maple syrup, and/or sugar to sweeten)

Happy Summer Eating!

– Hannah

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