Sensational summer recipes, straight from the farm
Farmers markets, which are
opening up for the season, are a wonderful place to gather fresh, seasonal produce while supporting local farms and foods. Kiddos can learn more about how food is grown from the farmer's themselves — and even get excited about new ingredients they might have originally been too reluctant to try. We've rounded up 12 kid-friendly market recipes to try this summer for all kinds of fresh superfood fun!
Photo credit: The Cookie Writer Fruity dessert pizza
Anything in pizza form is an easier sell for the kiddos. This colorful watermelon pizza by
The Cookie Writer is topped with cherries, peaches, toasted coconut and pureed strawberries and mint for the “tomato sauce” — so clever, and a great way to serve those well-loved Northwest cherries. Plus, this combo is vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free.
Photo credit: Love Grows Wild If you give a kid a muffin…
…maybe they’ll ask for more fruit.
Love Grows Wild shares a recipe for whole-wheat muffins that are packed with market-fresh berries. The trick to this recipe is using whole-wheat pastry flour for a lighter muffin without the overpowering flavor of wheat.
Photo credit: Pack Momma To market, to market
Don’t forget to bring backup to help you carry out all of the fresh veggies needed for this farmers-market salad by
Pack Momma. Ready for the shopping list? Lettuce, red onion, zucchini, corn, sugar snap peas (still not done yet), tomatoes, black beans, a jalapeño and cilantro. Chop and dice, then top with a vinaigrette, or a few squeezes of fresh lime. Whew! Lunch is served for the week.
Photo credit: A Night Owl Not yo’ typical nachos
Kiddo sleepover looming in your future? This idea for caramel-apple “nachos” by
A Night Owl is a night-saver and fun to make. Slice up some fresh apples, drizzle with caramel sauce, then sprinkle with toppings like cookie crumbs, chocolate chips, or nuts — a one-platter wonder worth sharing.
Photo credit: Tastes Better From Scratch Veggie heads
Ever leave the farmers market with a bag full of veggies, but with no recipe in mind? To save your bushels from the compost pile, grab the stragglers and make a large pan of roasted veggies to share. With
Tastes Better From Scratch’s method of tossing in-season veggies with olive oil, garlic, herbs, and salt and pepper, you’ll always have a simple side dish on hand.
Photo credit: Nellie Bellie Tart & tangy
A good tomato tart satisfies all cravings — salty, sweet and savory. Fresh on-the-vine tomatoes from the farmers market, puff pastry and cheese are the main ingredients to this “lazy baker’s” recipe by
Nellie Bellie. Tomatoes + fresh herbs = instant summer.
Photo credit: Veggie Inspired Journey Sneaky carrots
As if pancakes weren’t enough of a treat, these beauties by
Veggie Inspired Journey are carrot-cake pancakes. Kids eating veggies for breakfast? Like mama Jenn describes her recipe, the “delicious sweetly spiced pancakes are a perfect way to sneak in those veggies before they even realize what’s happening!”
Photo credit: Mash Makes Pita pals
The ingenuity of the pita. Top it, toast it, dip it, grill it. Take a cue from
Mash Makes and load a pita with market finds like arugula and bell pepper to make a fresh and fast meal — all the flavors of the season in one delicious bite (after bite, after bite).
Photo credit: Thriving Home Fresh catch
At Seattle’s famed Pike Place Market, you’ll find flying fish, and even a flying bag of shrimp or two. This shrimp scampi recipe by
Thriving Home is screaming for fresh market ingredients like cherry tomatoes, asparagus and parsley. Summer on a plate!
Photo credit: Damn Delicious Summer drizzle
You can’t hide from the summer pairing of tomato and basil. And why would you want to with recipes like this one for avocado bruschetta with balsamic reduction by
Damn Delicious? Toasty baguettes topped with ripe avocado and grape tomatoes are a great starter, snack or meal.
Photo credit: The View from Great Island One-pot primavera pasta
Anything advertised as “one pot” has us sold.
The View from Great Island shares a foolproof pasta primavera recipe. Step 1: Load up with a bounty of farmers market veggies. Step 2: Stick ‘em in a pot with pasta and liquid (water, wine, or stock). Step 3: Boil uncovered for 9 minutes, or until pasta is al dente. Step 4: Serve.
Photo credit: Muy Delish Ole! Ole!
With this healthy pork carnitas recipe by
Muy Delish, we zeroed in immediately on the pineapple salsa companion. A little sweet, a little tangy, a little spicy — ole! Step things up at your next gathering by stepping away from store-bought salsa. Twenty minutes is all you’ll need to wow your guests.
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