The rewards of the summer are in the bounty of the garden.
I took my youngest to the botanical garden yesterday, the older three being with their grandma, and we got to pick some purple beans (like green beans, only purple). I brought our handful home, added them to our small bit of green beans and the small batch from our produce delivery. We had a full bowl, and they tasted delicious. I’m not sure if it was the purple beans or not, but they seemed to have a particularly buttery flavor. Delicious. (picture coming as soon as my obstacles are overcome!)
I’ve also taken our bounty of squash and zucchini, added some onions, bell peppers, mushrooms (all flavored with some hoisin sauce and a bit of soy sauce) and teriyaki chicken to make a stir fry, served with brown rice. The kids raved and raved, much to my surprise.
If you don’t have your own garden, take advantage of the local farmers’ markets. Use your imagination to create something from what’s in season. It’s a good practice anyway and will add something new to your diet, and, chances are, you’ll be glad you did.