August is a time of abundance in a well-stocked polytunnel. You can be harvesting a wide range of produce from your polytunnel garden this month. If you are new to polytunnel gardening, you may be somewhat overwhelmed by the variety, and wonder what to do with all the food that you have grown. To inspire you to make the most of your polytunnel produce, here are 5 quick and easy seasonal recipes for August:
Seasonal Recipes For Frittatas
One of the easiest possible family meals is a frittata. Eggs, and whichever seasonal vegetables you have to hand: tomatoes, bell peppers, runner beans, French beans, courgettes, brassicas, spinach… and much, much more…can simply be tossed into a greased, oven-proof dish. The frittata can be topped with cheese if you wish, and seasoned to taste, then enjoyed hot, or cold as part of a healthy summer picnic.
Seasonal Recipes For Pasta
Pasta is another easy family meal for August that can be whipped up in next to no time. Tomatoes or peppers are ideal to form the base of a pasta sauce, which can be customised with a range of herbs and/or spices to give the perfect pasta sauce for you. For fussy eaters, you can even use such a pasta sauce to hide a range of healthy green vegetables from your polytunnel.
Seasonal Barbecue Recipe For August
You might think that barbecues are exclusively the preserve of meat-eaters, but there are actually plenty of vegetarian barbecue options that you could enjoy this month using home-grown fruits and vegetables from your polytunnel. One super easy idea is to make kebab skewers using peppers, tomatoes, courgettes, mushrooms and perhaps some halloumi cheese. Simply thread these ingredients onto skewers and brush with a simple dressing of chilli, soy and honey.
Summer Soup Recipe
Soups are also perfect for using up August produce with no fuss or hassle. One easy seasonal recipe is for a light tomato soup, which can be enjoyed hot or cool (though not chilled). Onions, garlic, carrots, basil and oregano added to a tomato base can make a delicious, healthy soup that the whole family can enjoy.
Fruit Salad Recipe
One final idea perfect for finishing off a meal on a hot August evening is a fruit salad that will allow you to take advantage of all the fresh summer fruits and berries that you can harvest at this time of the year. Serve fruit salad with ice cream for a sweet treat, or keep it classic with just a dash or cream (or a vegan alternative).
What are your favourite easy seasonal recipes for August? Let us know in the comments below.
Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.