TOP 5 FOODS TO TRY IN JUNE
Seasonally is the best way to try new foods and to get them at their freshest. I have put together a list of the top 5 foods to try this month to add flare to your menu.
1 Avocado: this healthy fat is one to add into just about anything from salads, sauces, desserts, to much more!
Try this Avocado Hummus the next time you are hosting a party and pair it with raw veggies or your favorite chips:
- 1 large ripe avocado
- 15 ounces garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/2 cup avocado oil
- 1 poblano pepper seeded and cut
- 4 teaspoons tahini sauce
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- Cut the avocados in half lengthwise. Remove the pit from the avocado and discard. Remove the avocado from the skin and place the avocado flesh into a food processor bowl.
- Add the garbanzo beans, cilantro, avocado oil, poblano, tahini, lime juice and salt to the food processor bowl. Process the ingredients for about 10-15 seconds until the mixture is smooth. Remove lid to taste and adjust salt if needed.
- Refrigerate for up to 3 days
2 Beets: don’t knock them unless you try them. These bad boys are rich in so many nutrients and you can even eat the leaves in a salad.
Try these Beet Chips with your next sandwich or to snack on:
Thyme and Garlic Roasted Beet Chips”
- 3 medium-large beets (rinsed and scrubbed)
- Olive or avocado oil
- 1 pinch each sea salt + black pepper
- 2-3 sprigs thyme (roughly chopped)
- 1tsp garlic powder
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C) and place oven rack in the center of the oven.
Thinly slice beets with a mandolin or a knife, getting them as consistently thin as possible. They should curl a little when cut. This will ensure even baking and crispiness.
Divide between two baking sheets and spray or very lightly drizzle with olive oil. Add a pinch of salt, pepper, thyme, and garlic powder. Toss to coat. Then arrange in a single layer, making sure the slices aren’t touching.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until crispy and slightly brown. Be sure to watch closely past the 15 minute mark they can tend to burn quick.
3 Blueberries,These little blues are strong powerhouses full of antioxidants and much more. Add them to your next smoothie or salad to give your pallet something more.
Try this recipe at your next dinner for a comforting dessert:
- 3/4 cup baking stevia
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3 cups almond flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Zest of one lemon
- 1 cup cold unsalted grass fed butter, cut into chunks or ghee
- 1 large egg
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1/3 cup baking stevia
- 4 teaspoons arrowroot starch
- 4 cups fresh blueberries
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan.
- In a medium bowl, stir together 3/4c stevia, 3 cups flour, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest. Use a fork or pastry cutter to blend in the butter and egg. Dough will be crumbly. Pat half of dough into the prepared pan.
- In another bowl, stir together the stevia, arrowroot starch and lemon juice. Gently mix in the blueberries. Sprinkle the blueberry mixture evenly over the crust. Crumble remaining dough over the berry layer.
- Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until top is slightly brown. (This can take an extra 10 to 15 minutes depending on your oven) Cool completely before cutting into squares.
4 Herbs: I can’t say enough how much these can take your meal to the next level. You can see one of my most recent blog posts on a couple of my favorites and what they offer nutritionally. Check out my post here: Herb is the Word
5 Radishes: Raw, chopped radishes lend a spicy crunch to salads and makes a great garnish for fresh Mexican meals. These are also great when pickled and added to the top of a meal.
Try this Radish Relish to add to your next taco tuesday:
Avocado Radish Relish:
1 large avocado, scooped out of skin and diced
1 small bunch radishes, thinly sliced (7-8 radishes)
1/2 small onion, minced
1/4 cup minced cilantro
1 jalapeno, minced
juice of 1 lime
1/4-1/2 teaspoon sea salt, to taste
What are you waiting for? Head to your nearest supermarket or farmers market to pick up some of these goods to get to work creating your own or trying some of these recipes!