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Homegrown Summer Recipes

Summer is the most inspirational season. The warmer weather lifts our moods, making us more likely to take on challenges and be productive. We begin to do things that, if we weren't in such as good mood, wouldn't even cross our mind. It could be a vow to join the gym, learn a language or decorate the house. It seems that the summer sunshine brings out a little bit of ambition that we never knew we had.

For those who are bored of the same old recipes and are sick of cooking the same meals, this ambition spurs on a promise to be more adventurous with food. Starting with homegrown fruit and vegetables. Unfortunately, many of us forget that this hobby takes time, money and skill. So when we fail to produce a perfectly juicy punnet of fresh strawberries, we feel defeated. Our failure then encourges our choice to limit our vegetable intake to potatoes and baked beans for the rest of time.

But, it doesn't need to be this difficult! You can still experiment with summer produce in new recipes without having to grow it yourself. Then at least you're halfway there! We've consulted the BBC Food website for some of the best recipes that focus on the ingredients currently in season. Your new summer resolutions have never been easier to stick to!

Tomato Risotto

Tomato Risotto

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/tomatorisotto_92965

This recipe is adaptable for both summer and winter. But, we love the summery freshness of the produce used and the beautiful taste it creates in this dish.

Roasted Red Pepper and Artichoke Salad

Pepper and Artichoke Salad

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/roasted_red_pepper_and_53318

Despite being a salad made up of red pepper and artichokes, the star of this dish is the fresh basil. This herb blossoms in the summer and adds a fresh, distinctive flavour to any salad or vegetable dish.

Stuffed Butternut Squash

Stuffed Squash

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/stuffedsquash_92588

Butternut squash is often mistaken as a traditional winter vegetable. Often used in hearty pies and casseroles, it is commonly paired with wintery spices and festive herbs. Yet, contrary to popular belief, this vegetable grows best in the warmer weather. This beautiful side dish would work well as part of a light dinner in the summer months.

Courgette and Broccoli Quiche

Vegetable Quiche

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/courgette_and_broccoli_22292

Courgettes are another type of squash that blossom during the summer months. This unique recipe is the perfect way to get your greens, in a light and summery quiche.

Halloumi, Tomato, Cucumber and Coucous Grain Bowl

Grain Bowl

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/halloumi_tomato_cucumber_92076

A current food trend taking the world by storm is the Buddha Bowl. A variety of different ingredients that make up a balanced meal being combined into a salad bowl. This bowl incorporates two of our favourite summer vegetables and would be the perfect lunch to take into the office.

If the thought of growing your own vegetables either terrifies you or fills you with dread, stick to the supermarket! Consult these recipes that will help you on your way to experimenting with summer vegetables. Bring a newfound joy to cooking that the whole family will appreciate!

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