We’ve talked about eating seasonally before, but in case you missed it – eating food while its in season is good for a multitude of reasons. It is fresher, its less expensive, and eating food in-season means you’re getting it at its most nutritious. Now that August has come around, it’s time to take a look at those late summer seasonal foods, and how to incorporate them into your favorite recipes!

Watermelon

Talk about a quintessential summer food! While watermelon is wonderful all on its own, it can be fantastic when paired with other foods. Switch up your everyday salad with this Tomato-Watermelon Salad with Feta and Toasted Almonds. Looking for a main course? How about Grilled Grouper with Watermelon Salsa? Finally, wow your dinner guests with Herbed Goat Cheese and Watermelon for the appetizer – you might want to double the recipe, because this will go fast!

Blackberries

Most commonly found in cobblers and crisps, blackberries can also make a wonderful complement to savory dishes. Try the Slow Cooker Blackberry Pork Tenderloin for a dish you can set and forget, or the Pork Chops with Blackberry Port Sauce for something a little more intensive. Want to get out the grill? Baste those baby backs with a Blackberry BBQ Sauce, and smile mysteriously when guests ask for your secret.

Tomatillos

This tomato relative is a key ingredient in salsa verde, but don’t limit it to condiments! Unsurprisingly, most of the recipes featuring the tomatillo are Tex-Mex or Mexican. Like the White Bean Chili, which combines tomatillos, white beans, and chicken (along with some other ingredients) into a healthy, spicy chili. Looking for a vegetarian dish? The Potato and Bean Enchiladas recipe makes 12 servings – so make it on Sunday, and have leftovers throughout the week! Finally, this dish combines chicken with tomatillos and roasted poblano peppers for a meal that’s perfect over rice.
There you have it! A few foods that are coming into season, and a few recipes in which to cook them! Enjoy!
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