With a new season upon us, it’s always a good idea to consider in-season produce when planning your weekly menu. Eating seasonally can benefit you in a number of ways, from saving you money to offering a number of nutritional perks. Plus, fresh from the ground veggies and straight from the tree fruits just taste better.
Summer is a wonderful time of year to be on the market for fresh produce. Light, juicy and packed with flavor, the fruits and vegetables born out of these warmer months are amazing on their own, but when paired with some fresh fish, you have the opportunity to create some truly delicious meals for your family.
Fire Roasted Corn
Any backyard barbecue is incomplete without the quintessential side dish of the summer: roasted corn on the cob.
Corn often gets a bad rap for being sugar-filled, but this is an unfair reputation. While corn is one of the sweeter vegetables, there is still only about six grams of natural sugar in one medium-sized ear of corn. Corn contains phytochemicals that aid in eye health and is also chock-full of soluble corn fiber, a unique dietary fiber that promotes healthy digestive health and weight management.
This summer, pair your fresh corn with black beans, sweet red pepper and green onions to create a delicious salsa to serve with grilled or broiled Tilapia fillets. It’s the ultimate summer treat.
Try the recipe: Broiled Tilapia with Corn Salsa from Taste of Home.
Blueberries are already a well-established superfood in their own right, and summer is their peak harvest time. Blueberries are packed with vitamin C, bone health–promoting vitamin K and compounds that can help with diabetes and blood pressure management.
While blueberries are great to throw into a smoothie or toss onto Greek yogurt, they are capable of doing so much more in the culinary arena. Gently heat blueberries, chopped mango, bell pepper and other fresh, vibrant ingredients in a pot for a lively salsa blend that pairs perfectly with crispy Tilapia fillets.
Try the recipe: Tilapia with Warm Blueberry Mango Salsa from Driscoll’s.
Fresh Bell Peppers
Colorful bell peppers flourish in the summer months. Bell peppers are low in calories and are a great source of vitamin E and vitamin B6, which aids in cell renewal. Another fun fact: red bell peppers contain more immune system-boosting vitamin C than oranges.
Incorporate as many red, green, orange and yellow bell peppers into your diet as you can this season, since they’re bursting with vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients and easily complement sweet and savory dishes. A tasty way to do this is with Tilapia Caponata, a dish bursting with healthy ingredients. This particular recipe includes diced bell pepper, olives, eggplant, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, lemon, basil and, of course, some fresh protein-rich Tilapia.
Try the recipe: One Skillet Tilapia Caponata from Delicious Meets Healthy.
The flavor extracted from lime juice pairs expertly with almost any Tilapia dish. Cook up this quick and easy honey lime Tilapia dish for a sweet-yet-hearty summer meal that pairs perfectly with a fresh peach salsa—another beautiful summer fruit.
Try the recipe: Honey Lime Tilapia from One Lovely Life.
Head out to your local farmer’s market this weekend to snap up some fresh summer produce. These delicious ingredients won’t be around for long, so incorporate them into your weekly meal plan while you can.
Discover more fantastic dishes to make this season with 5 Summer Side Dishes You Can Cook With 5 Ingredients or Less.