There are a huge range of benefits that come with buying seasonal produce. Not only is it fresher and tastier, seasonal fruit and veg often contains far more nutrients as a result of peak growing conditions. When produce is in season, supply is greater meaning prices are reduced so you are not only helping your body, but also your bank balance. In celebration of the latest range of seasonal produce, we’ve put together four family friendly meal ideas based on fresh fruit and veggies currently in season.
Maple Roasted Pumpkin
Stock up on vitamin C and A with this simple maple roasted pumpkin recipe.
- Simply coat diced pumpkin, red onion and cashews or walnuts in olive oil, maple syrup, and chilli flakes.
- Season with salt and pepper and roast until cooked through.
- Top with crumbled feta and parsley.
This veggie dish can be mixed with salad greens for a light dinner or served as a side dish with chicken or steak.
Chicken and Pineapple Tacos
Tomatoes, coriander, pineapple and corn are all currently in season and in great supply. Make the most of these fresh fruits and veggies with this recipe for zesty chicken and pineapple tacos.
- Slice chicken breast and coat in olive oil and taco mix.
- Pan fry until golden.
- Roast corn in the oven.
- Add corn kernels to a bowl with diced tomato, pineapple, red onion, black beans and coriander.
- Add lime juice, salt and pepper to taste.
- Pair chicken and salsa with sliced lettuce and guacamole.
- Serve in a bowl with brown rice or wrap in soft taco tortillas
Thai Green Curry
Queensland grown baby eggplants are coming into season. These eggplants are perfect for curry dishes. Spice up your mid-week dinner with a Thai Green Curry. Pair curry paste and coconut milk with baby eggplants, peas and protein of your choice for a healthy meal. Opt for brown or black rice instead of white for a dose of complex carbohydrates.
- Heat oil in a fry pan or wok over a high heat.
- Add eggplant and stir for 3 to 4 minutes, then set eggplant aside.
- Add curry paste to the pan and stir.
- Add your protein (chicken, beef etc) and stir in paste for 2-3 minutes.
- Add coconut cream, stock, and corn and bring to boil.
- Add eggplant back into the stir fry mixture and heat through for 1 minute.
- Garnish with chilli and serve with rice.
Corella and Packham pears are currently in in steady supply, so why not make some poached pears? Poached pear recipes are super simple and sugar can be substituted with honey, maple syrup or extra OJ. Pair with natural yogurt for a guilt free dessert or serve on top of oatmeal for a sweet breakfast.
- In a pot add water, 1 cinnamon stick,1 vanilla pod (split lengthways), orange juice and honey.
- Peel whole pears and place in the pot.
- Simmer for 15 minutes and voilà!
- Take the pears out and reduce the spice water to a glaze to pour on top.
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