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Eating in Season: Our Favorite Summer Recipes on Instagram

posted: 08/23/17
by: Katie Morton

In today's world, we can pretty much find any piece of produce, at any time in our local grocery store. Tomatoes in the winter--not a problem. Avocados all year round--you bet. While that gives us the flexibility to make our favorite recipes whenever we want, it comes at a cost.

Many chefs and agriculturists promote seasonal, local eating. By eating in season, you're supporting local farms, being more environmentally conscious, and, ultimately, saving money. Additionally, the produce you buy is not only fresher, but also much tastier.

Ready to get started? You're in luck! Summer, thanks to its warm temperatures and sunny rays, is one of the best times to eat seasonally. Here are five (undeniably delicious!) recipes that'll have you eating better this summer.

this combo ? watermelon, cucumber, mint, lime juice + organic goat cheese ??

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Watermelon Cucumber Salad

Looking for a fresh and refreshing way to kick off a summer meal? Well, look no further than a quick and easy watermelon salad. In a bowl, combine chopped watermelon and cucumbers. Add in crumbled goat cheese, and then top with chopped mint and balsamic vinegar. Voila, you've got that perfect summer salad.

When you're trying to be healthy but pizza is life ?? #eggplantpizza #noms #healthyeating #getinmybelly

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Mini Eggplant Pizzas

This healthy, seasonal take on an Italian classic is not only delicious, but also packs less than a third of the calories! Chop eggplants into rounds. Brush each side with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Place the rounds on a baking sheet and then top with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and any other toppings you'd like to include. Place the sheet in a pre-heated oven (400 degrees Fahrenheit) and bake for

Ratatouille

This French classic is a go-to summer recipe thanks to its ingredient list. For this dish, you'll need eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes, bell peppers (red, orange or yellow), onions, garlic, oregano, thyme, and basil. There are several ways to make ratatouille, but the basic idea is to combine all the ingredients and allow them to simmer until soft and cooked through. You can eat ratatouille hot, out of the oven, or you can refrigerate and serve cold.

Summer Vegetable Quiche

Whether for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you can't go wrong with a quiche. And summer veggies, like asparagus, leeks, and scallions, make for amazing additions to this versatile dish. To practically eliminate prep time, buy the crust pre-made. Cook the asparagus, leeks and scallions in a pan until soft. Then, simply combine the cooked veggies with four eggs, one cup of low-fat milk, 1/4 cup of shredded Gruyere cheese, 1/4 cup of crumbled goat cheese, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour the mixture into a baking pan with the pre-made crust and bake for approximately 30-35 minutes at 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Skinny Peach or Berry Cobbler

No matter where you are in the United States, chances are you have fruits growing nearby. Whether they're peaches and nectarines or strawberries and blackberries, this low-calorie cobbler can be your go-to, summer dessert.

In a saucepan, saut? one pound of fruit with two tablespoons of brown sugar, one teaspoon of cinnamon, and half of a tablespoon of lemon juice. Use coconut oil in place of butter or margarine. Then, evenly divide fruit mixture across a muffin pan, filling each cup approximately half way. Create your cobbler topping by combining a quarter cup of whole-wheat flour, a half cup of old-fashioned oats, two tablespoons of brown sugar, one teaspoon of cinnamon, and one tablespoon of coconut oil. Top each of the muffin cups with the mixture. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes (or until top is browned) at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Eating in season this summer couldn't be easier! Try these easy, delicious, and low-calorie recipes to get started. You'll be happier and healthier for it