Summer is here and so are the farmer’s markets! There are so many wonderful fruits and veggies at their freshest in the summer months, it was hard to narrow them down for this post, but so easy to find a ton of great recipes to use them in. Here’s what I picked: Peaches, tomatoes, zucchini, corn, strawberries, and bell peppers. I’ve searched for healthy and relatively simple recipes and landed on 3 for each ingredient. Enjoy!


Peaches help maintain skin and eye health, contain zero saturated fat, and are a good source of fiber. They are also rich in vitamin A, beta-carotene, and vitamin C.

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BBQ Chicken with Peach and Feta Slaw

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Pork Tenderloin with Grilled Peach-Ginger Chutney

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These red beauties contain all 4 carotenoids which have individual benefits but combined provide even more. They are good for digestive health, help improve vision, lower hypertension, and support a healthy heart.

Pasta with Marinated Tomatoes and Mozzarella

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Tomato Tuna Melts

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Orecchiette with Slow Roasted Tomatoes & Artichokes

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This squash is high in antioxidants and vitamin C, but low in calories with no fat. The anti-inflammatory properties have been linked to lowering cholesterol and improving heart health. They can also help control diabetes and improve digestion.

Sausage and Sweet Potato Zucchini Lasagna

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Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats

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Cilantro Lime Shrimp with Zoodles

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Packed with antioxidant phytonutrients, corn provides a host of antioxidant benefits including fighting free radicals that can prevent a number of cancers, lowering blood pressure, and fighting tumors to name a few. Corn is rich in fiber, plus many vitamins and minerals.

Tacos with Corn, Zucchini-Radish Slaw and Avocado

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Slow Cooker Corn & Red Pepper Chowder

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Fresh Corn with Avocado, Scallions, and Spiced Scallops

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These bright and sweet little pods of flavor are among the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity and provide more vitamin C than an orange! They help protect your heart, increase HDL (the good kind) cholesterol, and are sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, and low calorie.

Chicken Strawberry Salad Lettuce Wraps

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Five-Ingredient Strawberry Red Wine Glazed Salmon

Strawberry Balsamic Chicken

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Bell Peppers

Low in calories, these colorful veggies are excellent sources of vitamins A and C, potassium, folic acid, and fiber. Red peppers pack the most nutrition simply because they are kept on the vine the longest.

Sweet Potato, Asparagus, Red Pepper, and Corn Hash with Avocado Cream

Turkey Stuffed Peppers

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Sweet Potato and Red Pepper Pasta

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These should get you through the summer 😉
What is your favorite summertime ingredient to cook with?

Published by Samantha Kellgren

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