6 Recipes with Seasonal Summer Veggies

Platter of grilled seasonal summer vegetables

Summertime brings a celebration of the outdoors. From firing up the grill to starting a home garden, there’s endless opportunities to get out there and enjoy all nature has to offer.

Another great way to celebrate summertime is fixing fresh, in-season meals to eat in and out of the home. Buying produce in season is a sure way to maximize nutrition and taste, since in-season veggies are allowed to ripen naturally — preserving all of their goodness. For the best local produce, check out your local farmer’s market for these summer vegetables and more:

  • Zucchini
  • Eggplant
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell peppers
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers

And, to try the best that this season has to offer, check out these 6 recipes we’re planning to cook all summer long:

Place setting with a bowl of pasta featuring a green sauce and vegetables.

Maximize the flavors of fresh summer basil by making your own pesto in this recipe! To finish it off, add a touch of sweetness by taking extra care to caramelize the zucchini in olive oil.  

Bowl of pasta with chopped vegetables on a counter with whole vegetables.

Put a time-saving twist on this French classic by adding ZENB Elbows Pasta to a colorful assortment of summer veggies. Instead of the traditional roasted method, this recipe calls for sauteing the eggplant, bell peppers, and tomatoes for just as much flavor in less time!  

Bowl of pasta with chopped vegetables on a counter surrounded with vegetables and cheese.

Celebrating beauty in simplicity, this dish brings even more sunny flavor to summer veggies with a splash or two of olive oil and bright, punchy vinegar. Combined with ZENB Penne Pasta, this roasted veggie dish brings plenty of goodness and deliciousness to the table.    

Tray of stuffed bell peppers on a white countertop.

Celebrate the whole veggie, Southwestern style, with this delicious recipe! This Tex-Mex take on seasonal bell peppers utilizes ZENB Sweet Carrot and Tomato Marinara Gourmet Pasta Sauce for the perfect combo of sweet and savory in each little boat of goodness.

Bowl of pasta with corn and basil, on a counter among ears of corn.

Using in-season corn and earthy white truffle oil, this dish adds approachable elegance to pasta night, date night, or any night! You can achieve this recipe’s signature blistered corn on the stove or on the grill for extra flavor. 

Bowl of a pasta salad with carrots and cucumbers.

This chilled dish brings the heat! Sambal oelek (a jarred Asian chili garlic paste found in most grocery stores) adds a kick to this pasta salad, but crisp summer veggies and mint help to cool your palate down.

No matter what dish you choose to fuel your summer play, there’s no wrong way to enjoy seasonal summer vegetables. Although we can find delicious vegetables year round, there’s something magical about enjoying fresh veggies in the sunshine.  

Want to know more about having a summer full of nature’s goodness? Follow us @zenb_life Facebook and Instagram to stay in the know on the latest tips, tricks, and fun facts you need to live a more veggie-filled, balanced life. 

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