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Top five summer veggies (+cooking ideas)

Summer is a time of abundance. Walking around the garden, there are tons of flowers, insects and lush greens. If you’re lucky to have a fruit tree, that will probably be getting serious fruits by now. And otherwise, going to the market in town will present you with a excess of fresh and shining fruits and veggies.

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Here is my top five of summer veggies and some ideas how to use them. (Yes, I know some of them are really actually fruits, but let’s just forget about that, ok?)

  1. Tomatoes, no doubt. I would happily eat tomatoes all day. They are just so fresh and tasty! Add to that, they are extremely versatile. You can prepare them in basically every way you would want to, from cooking, to grilling, to making soup, or just eating them fresh and raw.
  2. Zucchini, another veggie with tons of uses. I like to throw them into a stir-fry with some noodles, or chop them up quite small and serve raw with parmesan cheese and cherry-tomatoes as a salad.
  3. Cucumber is perfect for restoring your water balance. Try them in a salad, or just eat some slices or a chunk while wandering around the garden. And don’t forget about tzatziki, a Greek yoghurt sauce.

    2014-07-17 11.08.36comp                              It’s a baby cucumber! Aww! :)

  4. Green beans offer lots of healthy nutrients, and are quite easy to grow in your own back garden. On cooler days you can put them in a hearty casserole, and when the temperatures are up again, they are delicious eaten cold in a salad. Try topping them with a honey-mustard dressing, yum!
  5. Sweet peppers are last on the list, but definitely worth buying/growing! They make a delicious snack when you cut them in strips and serve with a yoghurt-dip. Or you can sprinkle small chunks of sweet pepper over your pizza (before baking), or, well, the uses are endless!

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And of course, you can combine some of these veggies perfectly to make a lovely salad! Or throw them together in a spicy stir-fry, that’s what I’m going to do for lunch today, yummie!

What’s your favourite summer veggie?

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