10 ways to enjoy summer veges
- Thinly slice beetroot, kumara, courgettes or carrots and bake with herbs (try rosemary and thyme) with a touch of salt for delicious vegetable chips.
- Make guacamole dip with avocados, lime, coriander, red onion and tomatoes and eat with raw celery, carrots or capsicum sticks.
- Grill whole corn cobs on the BBQ, slice off the sweet corn kernels and add to your favourite green, potato or mixed grain and legume-based salad.
- Use grated courgettes or corn kernels and herbs to make simple fritters and then serve with a green salad and tomato salsa.
- Use a vegetable peeler to peel cucumbers into ribbons lengthwise then spread each strip with hummus, tuna or guacamole. Roll these around fresh vegetable matchsticks, just like sushi rolls.
- Roast eggplant, kumara, pumpkin or squash with a drizzle of olive oil and crushed garlic. Cool slightly before blending into tasty dips.
- Layer grilled eggplant and courgette rounds with mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and a chunky tomato sauce for a delicious vegetarian stack.
- Use courgettes, red onions, different coloured capsicums, mushrooms and sweet corn (cut in rounds) to make kebabs for grilling on the barbecue.
- Make a roasted vegetable salad using capsicum, red onion, kumara, pumpkin, carrots, corn kernels, courgette, eggplant and asparagus. Add cherry tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese, fresh herbs and a Dijon mustard, lemon juice and a splash of oil dressing. Season to taste.
- Jazz up cabbage slaw with apple, fennel, red onions, grated carrots, herbs and poppy seeds.
10 ways to enjoy summer fruit
- While they are plentiful, stew your favourite summer fruits (apples, rhubarb, stone fruits and berries), so you can enjoy them all year round on top of your favourite cereal.
- Add sliced fresh nectarines, plums, watermelon or strawberries to a green salad.
- Use summer fruits in tarts, muffins, brownies and slice recipes.
- Make a fresh sorbet using watermelon and limes, freezing the sorbet in the empty watermelon halves instead of bowls. Serve as is, or cut frozen watermelon bowls in wedges.
- Get the kids involved and make fruit kebabs using melon, watermelon, strawberries, and blueberries. Thickly slice melons and watermelon or cut fruit in fun shapes using cookie cutters.
- Layer chopped summer fruits in a glass bowl with low-fat yoghurt for breakfast or dessert. For something a bit extra, add shredded coconut, lemon zest, a sprinkling of muesli or some crushed nuts.
- Add plums and nectarine slices to jugs of fresh juices, soda and mocktails. When finished, enjoy flavour-soaked fruit, or infuse sparkling or still water with berries and/or slices of citrus and stone fruits.
- As treats, blend apples, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, peaches, limes, plums, raspberries, strawberries or watermelon into a purée, pour or spread thinly on a tray lined with a silicon mat, and dry in a low-temperature oven or dehydrator for homemade fruit leathers with nothing else added.
- Combine summer berries with low-fat yoghurt, trim milk and bananas for a delicious smoothie.
- Combine sliced summer fruits and low-fat yoghurt or freshly squeezed fruit juice, and freeze to make homemade popsicles. For extra effect, freeze colourful fruity layers, allowing each layer to firm up before adding the next.