Best of summer: Bringing the garden to your table

Best of summer: Bringing the garden to your table

Whether you’re growing your own up at the allotment, in window boxes, or in your own veggie patch, the best of the summer season produce is to be had right now.

Here are some of the best ways to make the most out of your home-grown produce.

From fresh fennel, courgettes, spinach and strawberries, to potatoes, leeks and beetroot, there’s so much to be enjoyed at this time of the year, not just in salads, but with meat dishes and in drinks.

Benefit from a vitamin boost:

Try whizzing your home-grown goodies into a body-boosting blend with a super-juice. Try blending beetroot and carrots together with some apple juice for a super health. Packed with antioxidants, the apples contain vitamins including A, B1, B2, C, E and folate, niacin, zinc and copper, with beta-carotene filled carrots and beetroots, enriched with vitamin A, C, B-complex, potassium, iron and magnesium, you’ll feel totally virtuous with this healthy juice.

Funk up your fizz:

Summer wouldn’t be summer without a glass or two of Pimms. Finely chop strawberries, mint, cucumber, and add slices of orange and lemon for a truly fruity tipple. Keep healthy by eating the fruit at the end!

Add more bite to your barbecue: 

A fresh side salad can really enhance the meat part of your barbecue. Try an alternative to potato salad by baking chunks of sweet potato, add feta cheese, spring onion, a drizzle of honey and red wine vinegar for a tangy accompaniment. The sweet potato is less heavy than regular potatoes, and the onion and vinegar add a real tang.

Make a meal of your veg:

Take your fresh vegetables and chop into chunks and roast with salt and pepper. You can either eat them on their own, use as a side to a meat dish, or add to a curry to really bring the flavours of your garden to the table. It’s one of the easiest ways to get your five-a-day.


The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura loves running, Pilates and Yoga, and is forever trying to find the time to fit these activities into her life around a busy family. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

Comments

Olivia C.
20 August 2015

Olivia C.

Now we're moving into Autumn, roasted veg is perfect

Elliot M.
12 August 2015

Elliot M.

Roasted beetroot. Awesome.

Matthew C.
11 August 2015

Matthew C.

Juices are great, but quite sugar high as they leave out the fibre. Try a smoothie instead. You can use summer veggies like kale, lettuce, spinach, chard, beetroot and carrots. Just chop them up a bit, add some fruit or fruit juice and blend.

Mike D.
10 August 2015

Mike D.

Roasted veg is more of a winter thing for me. I just live on salads and meat/eggs in the summer.

Sasha B.
9 August 2015

Sasha B.

Trevor - it was all leftovers from the previous night's meal. I often make more veg so I can have some of it for breakfasts the next day. Seriously - anything veg tastes great when mixed with scrambled egg or put in a wrap with a little sauce!

Tanya M.
9 August 2015

Tanya M.

That photo alone is enough to get me lusting after some fresh veg! We eat almost exclusively vegetarian meals throughout the summer as there's nothing nicer on a hot day. Aside from the daily salads, we love a good root veggie curry and fresh red pepper and onion frittatas.

Trevor D.
9 August 2015

Trevor D.

leftovers? Not in this house! But what a delicious sounding brunch.

Sasha B.
8 August 2015

Sasha B.

I have just had a great breakfast with chard, sweet potato and leftover bolognese in a wrap. So remember to use those leftover summer veggies too.

Callum M.
6 August 2015

Callum M.

Such a good time of year to eat well. I find it much easier to eat healthy during the summer. Good tips here as well.

Phillip H.
6 August 2015

Phillip H.

the veg patch is really delivering now and I have vitamins coming out of my ears! Greek style courgettes/chard/onions fried in olive oil with a bit of feta cheese, utterly delicious. I'm not wasting it in smoothies!

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