Inspiration for August- spring is approaching!

 In Food, Fresh ideas for entertaining and recipe modification, Fruit, Vegetables

Spring is around the corner, so I thought I would provide you with some inspiration for cooking in August! As we enter the home stretch of winter, it is important you keep trying to be your healthiest- ready for a fabulous spring!

But of course, we don’t mean boring, bland foods- it is still nice to come home to warm comforting foods! So lets look at what fruits and vegetables are in season to help get you inspired!

Vegetables in season in August

Beanshoots
Broccoli
Brussel Sprouts
Cauliflower
Fennel
Mushrooms
Silverbeet

Fruits in season in August

Banana
Grapefruit
Lemon
Mandarine
Orange

Okay, so what are you know going to do with these fabulous foods? Here are some tips to add these foods to your meals!

  • Okay, so cauliflower to me reminds me of steamed white balls of blandness from my childhood- yuk! Or seeing cauliflower baked under a gluggy sticky cheesy explosion- ugh! But it doesnt have to be this way. Cauliflower can be used in so many ways in your meals. Lets start with having half mashed potato and half mashed cauliflower- mmmmmm you can add herbs through! 
  • Silverbeet- my mum has always grown lots in our garden and I love it! But lots of people don’t know what it is due to baby spinach being so fashionable these days. When making a pasta bake or lasagne I always put it on every layer with tomato layered on top. It wilts nicely and add such a fantastic flavour.
  • You can also chop silverbeet up and mix it with low fat cottage cheese and make a nice substitute for bechamel sauce in lasagne.
  • Don’t be afraid to tackle the good old mandarin or orange at work. I used to be to scared to eat them (icky hands, orange splotches on important contracts etc)- well I bit the bullet and tried it the other day. And you know what- it really wasn’t that bad. Works have kitchens and plates and that is all you need. I agree oranges may be more difficult to tackle, but easy to peel, seedless mandarins are delicious at the moment. Pop the peels on a plate and you can easy take each segment off at a time (with no sticky prints on your mouse)!
  • And the poor old brussel sprout! It gets such a beating… Sooooo many people assume they dont like brussel sprouts. Well I don’t blame you if they are the kind granny boiled and boiled and boiled and served up half cold yuk! But why don’t you revisit them… Try chopping them up and tossing into a stir fry just like any other vegetable. Whats the worse that can happen? If you don’t like them you can push them to the side of your plate BUT if you like them… well you have just added a nutritious vegetable to your repertoire.

Source of fruits and vegetable in season in August: http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcrecipes.nsf/InSeasonView/InSeason?open&month=8

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