Recipes with Seasonal Ingredients

Recipes with Seasonal Ingredients

Wouldn’t it be great if you could grow your own ingredients and they would freshen the air in your home? The great news is that you can! Healthy food and clean indoor air are two important pieces to a happy and healthy life at home, so here’s our summer guide to recipes with seasonal ingredients that will freshen your air inside as they grow and make your family and friends smile when you include them in your dinner. Expand your indoor gardening and culinary horizons while you enjoy breathing fresher air and eating and drinking your way into summer! Bon appetit!

Basil.Fresh basil sprig
This little plant is so easy to nurture and grow anywhere indoors. With just a little bit of water and sunshine every day, it will smell great and grow an abundance of leaves that you can pick off and include in recipes like this one for Fresh Basil Pesto:

2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed (can sub half the basil leaves with baby spinach)
1/2 cup freshly grated Romano or Parmesan-Reggiano cheese (about 2 ounces)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts (can sub chopped walnuts)
3 garlic cloves, minced (about 3 teaspoons)
1/4 teaspoon salt, more to taste
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, more to taste

Step 1: Pulse basil and pine nuts in a food processor: Place the basil leaves and pine nuts into the bowl of a food processor and pulse a several times.
Step 2: Add the garlic and cheese: Add the garlic and Parmesan or Romano cheese and pulse several times more. Scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula.
Step 3: Stream in the olive oil: While the food processor is running, slowly add the olive oil in a steady small stream. Adding the olive oil slowly, while the processor is running, will help it emulsify and help keep the olive oil from separating. Occasionally stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor.
Step 4: Stir in salt and freshly ground black pepper, add more to taste. Toss with pasta for a quick sauce, dollop over baked potatoes, or spread onto crackers or toasted slices of bread.
Yield: Makes 1 cup

beautiful blooming jasmine

This wonderful flower has a beautiful aroma that will freshen your indoor air – it can even make you feel more relaxed, especially if you brew the fragrant leaves in homemade tea. Or, how about a nice jasmine cocktail to enjoy on a lovely summer evening? Here’s a recipe you can try:

1½ oz. gin
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
¼ oz. Campari
¼ oz. Cointreau
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: cocktail
Garnish: lemon twist

fresh mint sprigMint.
This versatile herb has so many applications: just like jasmine, it’s a great choice for tasty homemade tea, and it is an excellent garnish for many dishes and drinks. If you grow it indoors, which is very easy to do, just be careful not to place it too close to other plants because it can choke them out. When it’s time to cook a dish with mint, we recommend this great dish for a delicious summer dinner of Minty Pea Soup With Parmesan Croutons:

Cooking spray
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups chopped onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
5 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
4 cups fresh green peas
1/4 cup mint leaves, divided
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 cup fat-free Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Step 1: Preheat oven to 425°.
Step 2: Arrange bread on a baking sheet; coat with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 6 minutes. Place in a bowl. Add cheese; toss well.
Step 3: Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add oil, onion, and garlic; cook 11 minutes. Stir in stock, peas, 3 tablespoons mint, and sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 20 minutes.
Step 4: Place half of pea mixture and remaining mint in a blender. Remove center piece of lid; secure lid on blender. Place a towel over lid. Blend until smooth; pour into a bowl. Repeat with remaining mixture. Return soup to pan. Add yogurt, rind, pepper, and salt. Top with croutons.

lavender flowersLavender.
This amazing herb is so versatile! From its soothing effects when used on the skin in an essential oil, to great tea, and even repelling insects, lavender has been used for many generations as a readily available natural remedy and source of comfort. It’s very easy to grow indoors, it will make your home smell great, and you can use it in a refreshing dessert like this Strawberry-Lavender Sorbet:

5 cups strawberry puree, strained of seeds, from about 4 pints of raw berries
¾ to 1 cup lavender simple syrup, recipe follows
½ cup lemon juice

Lavender Simple Syrup:
2 cups sugar
1 ½ cups water
2 tablespoons dried lavender

Directions: Puree strawberries and send them through a fine sieve to catch the seeds. Whisk in cool lavender simple syrup and lemon juice. Taste for balance of acid and sweetness. Chill overnight in freezer.

Lavender Simple Syrup: Combine the sugar and the water in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and cool. Bring simple syrup back to a simmer and toss in dried lavender. Cover and infuse for 30 minutes. Strain and cool. Store in a refrigerator.

More Info? For more homemade recipes , check out our other post: ALL-NATURAL HOMEMADE BUG SPRAY RECIPE

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