The Best Produce In August And What To Cook With It (Recipes)

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By Cooking Panda

August is an exciting time for produce. The month’s in-season fruits and veggies can be used in delicious dishes that draw inspiration from both the hottest days of the year and the start of a cooler season. Use the list below as a produce shopping list for the month, and you’ll be cooking with the tastiest fruits and vegetables possible. 

Figs

Plump figs are a tasty way to add sweetness to any dish. Cut them in half and put them on a cheese plate or your morning yogurt, bake them into a dessert like these fig crumble bars, or turn them into a compote for these fig, bacon and goat cheese crostini.

Carrots

This veggie can add a welcome bright color and crunch to your plate in a variety of ways — most notably in these sweet and spicy honey sriracha roasted carrots, this healthy roasted carrot soup or these crispy baked parmesan carrot fries with chili mayo.

Mushrooms

These meaty morsels of earthy goodness are robust enough to be the base of a number of meals, like hearty spinach and mushroom lasagna, wild rice mushroom soup or creamy garlic parmesan mushrooms that you can serve over chicken, steak or fish.

Peaches

In-season peaches are an excellent excuse to enjoy fruity desserts all month long. Revel in their sweet juicy goodness through cinnamon-sugar grilled peaches, a peachy spin on caprese salad and, of course, peach cobbler.

Sweet Corn

Celebrate the end of summer with the season’s most cheerful veggie: sweet corn. It’s quite tasty with cotija cheese and paprika in Mexican street corn salad, cheese and crispy breadcrumbs in cheddar sweet corn pie and chicken and potatoes in crock pot chicken corn chowder

Zucchini

Zucchini has quickly risen in the ranks of popular veggies for its spiralizing capabilities and fresh flavor. Have fun with it in these garlic parmesan zoodles, crispy and cheesy zucchini tots, and breakfast-ready zucchini bread.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are juicy, sweet and vibrant in color and flavor. Add happiness to your kitchen with a beautiful savory goat cheese and tomato pie, a refreshing creamy cucumber and tomato salad or a comforting roasted tomato basil soup with a side of grilled cheese.

Strawberries

Strawberries are a sweet summertime showstopper in treats both healthy and indulgent, like strawberry shortcake, frozen strawberry margaritas or strawberry avocado spinach salad with chicken.

Squash

Summon the essence of autumn with creative squash recipes, such as green chile chicken stuffed spaghetti squash, cheesy Southern squash casserole and crispy yellow squash fritters.

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Healthy Swaps to Carb-Heavy Meals

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Pasta is the ultimate comfort food, after all who doesn’t love a big bowl of carbs? Oh right, our waistline. In an effort to live a clean, healthy lifestyle we’ve come up with recipes just as satisfying, without the carbs. What is this magic? One word: zoodles.

Zoodles (aka zucchini noodles) are all the rage at just 23 calories and 4 grams of carbohydrates per cup – they’re less than half the calories of traditional pasta like spaghetti! Not only that but they are the perfect noodle replacement for any dish. Zoodles often replace Italian noodles, but why stop there? Noodles in ramen, lo-mein, pho can all be replaced with these easy-to-create veggie noodles.

The Next Time You’re Craving Pasta, Reach For the Veggie Bullet Spiralizer

​The Veggie Bullet makes spiralizing easy. It’s as simple as placing your zucchini (or other veggie) through the Veggie Bullet chute, turning on your Veggie Bullet, and voila! You just made zoodles!

Having a hard time picturing it? Watch the demo video!

Traditonal Noodles vs Zoodles: A Comparison

Egg noodles may seem like a healthier option than rice noodles or spaghetti and other pastas but no other noodle comes close to the nutritional benefits of the zoodle.

Measurements are based on one (1) cup of cooked ingredients according to USDA database.

The Verdict?

Zoodles are an easy way to incorporate veggies into your diet while still enjoying food. Feeling inspired and looking for recipes? You can find some our favorite zoodle recipes here.

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Top 3 Zoodle Recipes You Have to Try Now

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Zoodles, or zucchini noodles, are easy to whip up with the help of Veggie Bullet. With a muted flavor, zoodles take on the flavor of any delicious sauce and ingredients you add to your dish. It’s a healthy alternative for everyone who would like to increase vegetables intake in their diet or those who’d like to replace their starchy pasta and noodles with a low-carb and low-calorie veggie noodle. You may have seen some contraptions that make creating zoodles easy however after one zucchini, your arms are tired and wished more zoodles came out of your spiralizer.

How To Make Zucchini Noodles Using Veggie Bullet:

  1. Place zucchini lengthwise through the Veggie Bullet chute.
  2. Turn on the Veggie Bullet.
  3. Repeat until desired zoodle amount is attained.

Still not a believer? Check out this demo video!

3 Quick Zoodle Recipes Using Veggie Bullet

1. Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Sauteed Shrimp

A zoodle dish with Italian flair! The zucchini noodles are the perfect vehicle to hold the simple but flavorful pesto sauce. Perfect with shrimp or other lean protein like chicken breast, this zoodle has all the flavors of a traditional pesto dish but it is packed full of nutrients!

2. Spiralized Lo-Mein

Chinese take-out is often loaded with salt and fats, so this alternative is not only quick to whip up but also a healthy meal that is delicious to eat immediately or the next day! Traditional lo-mein uses egg noodles and for every cup of noodles, it has 221 calories and 40 grams of carbohydrates. Zoodles, alternatively, only have 19 calories and 3.5 grams of carbohydrates for every cup. It’s a nutrient-dense noodle alternative that works for every diet!

3. Zucchini Bolognese

Bolognese is a hearty Italian dish that brings warmth and comfort with a minced meat sauce cooked with onions, celery, carrots, and tomatos. By replacing the spaghetti noodles with zoodles, you can enjoy the flavorful meat sauce without worry about starchy noodles.

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