By Registered Dietitian Jennie
Fall is at our doorsteps! As we slowly dive into the new season, we might find ourselves with a bounty of summer produce that we did not get a chance to utilize. This year, don’t let your leftover produce go to waste. Before you grab that pumpkin spiced latte or throw on your favorite scarf, make the best of your leftover summer produce with these tips.
5 Ways to Utilize LeftOver Summer Produce
1.) Pasta Sauce
Who doesn’t love some good old-fashioned pasta sauce—especially when it’s made from scratch! Tomatoes are an important staple in our diets, especially during the summer seasons, but because of its versatility, tomatoes are a great vegetable to utilize all year round! You can cook down tomatoes or puree roasted vegetables like butternut squash to make your very own pasta sauce.
A veggie-based sauce can easily top some zoodles or your favorite protein choice for a healthy meal. Make it more interesting by adding in some chopped veggies, such as peppers and mushrooms to create a more flavorful and textured sauce!
Whoever said that smoothies were only for summer was wrong. Smoothies are such an easy way to use leftover produce and turn them into something delicious! You can easily sneak vegetables into your smoothies, which makes it especially easy for those who are not a fan of leafy greens. Another great idea is to add vegetables into your Livea smoothies/shakes.
Pack a nutritional punch by adding handfuls of spinach or kale into your Chocolate Cream Shake!
There is nothing more perfect than a warm bowl of soup or stew during the fall and winter seasons. All the leftover vegetables that you’ve either harvested or bought from your local grocery store or farmers market can now be turned into a warm and hearty meal! Whip up a delicious broth, add in your favorite vegetables and a protein choice of your liking, along with some herbs and spices.
You could even cook and freeze these veggies ahead of time, store them in the freezer, and add them into a soup or stew on a cold day.
4.) Infused Water
Hydration is just as important during the colder season as it is during the summer, but if your plain water is starting to get boring, punch up your beverage with an infusion! Grab your water bottle, fill it up with water, then add in some sliced fruits and vegetables. Infusing your water is a great way to add in more flavor without the added calories and sugar of other beverages.
You can even infuse your water overnight for an enhanced flavor! Some of our favorite summer fruits and vegetables are lemons, cucumbers, watermelon, strawberries and oranges. Make it even more interesting by adding in some fresh herbs or fragrant spices, such as basil sprigs, mint leaves, cloves, or cinnamon sticks.
5.) Pickled Vegetables
Pickling is a fun way to preserve your vegetables while adding a unique flavor to them. You will need to make a brine consisting of water, your choice of vinegar, and salt. You can also add in your favorite herbs and spices. Vegetables that are typically used for pickling include carrots, peppers, green beans, cauliflower, and cucumber, but you can use any vegetable to pickle!
For helpful step-by-step instructions on how to pickled your vegetables, click here.
Get More Healthy Tips from Livea
We hope these tips help you make the most of your leftover summer produce! For more nutrition and healthy lifestyle tips, contact your Livea Center at 855-GoLivea, or browse our website for fun recipes and tips for the upcoming holiday season!