5 tasty late summer vegetable recipes

5 tasty late summer vegetable recipes

Being unemployed has its disadvantages: occasional boredom, lack of money, and living at home with my parents to name a few. But it also has a few perks. Namely, having plenty of time to cook!

5 tasty late summer vegetable recipes

Recently I’ve gotten busy (in the kitchen – get your minds out of the gutter) whipping up tons of food using the best of the late summer produce. Sure you could make these recipes any time of the year, but now is the best time to do it because the produce is local, meaning it is cheaper, more flavourful, and likely higher in nutrients since it takes less time to get to your plate. Plus the late summer vegetable recipes in this post are all tried and true, so you can be assured they are delicious!

1. Pan-roasted corn risotto from Food and Wine

5 tasty late summer vegetable recipes Photo credit (for left photo): Food and Wine

I made this one day last week when we had about 10 cobs of leftover corn to use up (my parents like to really overbuy when they’re cooking for company). I found this recipe and then got a fierce craving for risotto, so I knew it had to be made. I cut down on the fat because 5 tablespoons of butter plus 2 tablespoons of olive oil is a bit excessive for everyday cooking. I found that 1.5 tablespoons of each butter and olive oil was perfectly sufficient without sacrificing any flavour!

2. Classic tomato soup from Fine Cooking

5 tasty late summer vegetable recipes Photo credit: Fine Cooking

Funny enough right before I made this soup I considered ordering take out sushi. But I tend to spend a lot of money out at restaurants, and I prefer to not spend it on takeout. So I decided on grilled cheese instead, and whipped up this easy homemade tomato soup to go with it. It calls for canned tomatoes but I used fresh and just removed their skins. It turned out great!

3. Sweet corn, zucchini, and fresh mozzarella pizza from How Sweet It Is

5 tasty late summer vegetable recipes Photo credit: How Sweet It Is

With all of my free time to cook, I’ve been playing around with making breads and pizza dough. So when my aunt invited us to a BBQ, I decided to bring this pizza to contribute as an appetizer. I used both fresh and hard mozzarella to make it extra cheesy!

4. Balsamic roasted beet, sweet orange, and chevre salad from The Flourishing Foodie

5 tasty late summer vegetable recipes Photo credit: The Flourishing Foodie

What I love about beets is that they have such a long growing season: they’re grown almost all summer long and into the fall. In the summers they’re perfect for salads like this one. Can you ever go wrong with beets paired with goat cheese? (Psst, the answer is no)

5. Open faced eggplant sandwich with olive-walnut relish from Fine Cooking

5 tasty late summer vegetable recipes Photo credit: Fine Cooking

I’m not always an eggplant lover. When it’s not cooked properly or paired with the right flavours, it can be pretty bad. But this recipe is the perfect way to serve eggplant to bring out and complement its best flavours. I used pine nuts instead of walnuts to make it nut free, but otherwise followed the recipe and it turned out fantastic.

What late summer vegetable recipes are you cooking right now?


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19 Responses to 5 tasty late summer vegetable recipes

  1. I’m so over summer–I’m o to squashes and pumpkins for the fall.

  2. Those all sound great! i would not even know where to start, so maybe from the top….corn risotto it is! Yum!

  3. I want all of them!!!! haha I’m ready for lots of tomato soup and grilled cheese nights :)

  4. LOVE! Also the graphic looks amazing babes! Made me laugh thinking about our eggplant convo. What was that eggplant recipe you said you loved? Is it the one above or another? I remember thinking “I need to try that!”

  5. Wowie girl, you’ve been busy in the kitchen! Everything sounds delicious, especially the eggplant sandwich. I’ve been on a ‘sandwich-for-lunch’ kick lately so definitely bookmarking the recipe!

  6. Ugh, I had the best corn risotto recently. It had nori & popcorn in it. Seriously amazing.

    I haven’t eaten enough summer vegetables this season. :(

    • Chelsea

      What?! That sounds so cool! I’m so intrigued by the flavour pairings that some chefs come up with. Like really, how do they come up with them??

  7. I am 100% with you on the unemployment disadvantages! Annnd I want that risotto – that looks incredible.

  8. You have been busy!!!! I am a huge eggplant fan so pretty much salivating over the last one- I went to dinner last week where we shared an antipasto platter and I stole all the marinated eggplant. No shame.

  9. These all look great! I’ve actually been meaning to make the sweet corn pizza from how sweet it is…thanks for reminding me!

  10. I may have mentioned this before, but I’m seriously in awe at how well you eat — everything is so fancy! I consider it a good day when I whip up some quinoa and random veggies instead of eating a bowl of cereal for dinner :lol: I’ve been super lazy with cooking this summer, but hopefully that changes now that it’s cooling down and I’m craving comfort!

    • Chelsea

      Hey lady you’re pretty busy with developing blog recipes. If I were you, I’d be eating lazy meals too! ;) I’m in awe of how often you manage to develop, photograph, and post new recipes.

  11. I’m just thrilled to find someone who hasn’t jumped on the pumpkin band wagon yet. It’s refreshing. Maybe we should form a club or is too soon in our relationship? I’ll let you decide, and in the meantime, I will celebrate late summer produce right along with you. I’m still getting wonderful peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, and squash in my CSA share and I intend to enjoy every bite.

    • Chelsea

      I’m starting to get an itch to move onto fall vegetables… but seeing as how it’s now officially fall, I feel like it’s okay now haha.

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