The Pacific Northwest has some of the freshest fruits and vegetables around! The farmer’s markets are showing off the best of what the summer season has to offer and in the Yakima Valley there are so many choices to grab your produce, even pick your own berries!
Have You Ever Gotten a Local Produce Box?
One of the pluses of living around agriculture is the chance to have boxes of delicious fruits and veggies for weekly pick-up or delivery right to your door! One of my favorites is Pacific Northwest Fresh, not only can you purchase a box but you can always donate a box to a family in need! Follow them on social media to get inspired.
I really do love putting together meal ideas so based on what I received today, here are recipe ideas for what’s in season and available to everyone across the Yakima Valley and beyond!
Peaches – You could bake a cobbler or one of my favorites is to grill peaches and drizzle with honey and top with vanilla bean ice cream. You could even make a crumble that goes directly into halved peaches and bake in the oven and then top with ice cream
Yellow Squash – Sometimes you just want to be lazy so I feel like chopping up squash and tossing it with an herb blend of salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and olive oil or avocado oil and cooking in the air fryer for 20 minutes or until tender works great to get your daily veggies to fix. You could turn them into fries if you like and cook up a burger!
Lettuce – Taco Salad anyone? I love to grab giant fistfuls of tortilla chips to sprinkle over a bed of chopped lettuce, then you’ve got your ground taco meat, refried or black beans, cheese, bell peppers, red onion, chopped tomato, and sour cream or thousand island dressing. Man, I am getting really hungry now!
Tomato – Cherry tomatoes work great for a greek salad with feta and bell peppers or a Caprese salad with mozzarella, basil, and olive oil! I love Pepper Bellies where you layer Frito chips, chili, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and Tapatio. Stupid good and you will literally be licking your bowl clean! Tortilla chips work great too!
Corn – Something I haven’t tried yet but I see everyone on TikTok doing, taking your cob and slicing it into “ribs” add your seasonings how you like with olive oil, and cook in the air fryer until they curl up a little bit like curly fries. Add a fancy dipping sauce like mayo, bbq sauce, and ketchup mixture or ranch and I bet it would be delicious!
Carrots – I pickled them and added some on top of a turkey sandwich, HOLY CRAP was it good! Add it to Pho, tuna sandwiches, and more!
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