Your monthly guide to in-season, vegan eating. Easy, cheap and delicious, these recipes tick all of the boxes! In Season Vegan: July.
In Season Vegan: July
It’s July! I genuinely can’t believe it is July already. I know I say this every year, but time is just flying lately. My guess is you say that too! 🙂
July is usually the month where the sun truly comes out to greet us. Summer is when we meet up with friends, have far too much to drink and leave our worries behind.
Why you should be eating the seasons.
When food isn’t in season, it has to be forced in energy guzzling hothouses or shipped in from overseas. This isn’t only bad for our planet: the fruit and veg taste best when they are at their natural peak. It is widely believed that fruit and veg that is in season retains more of its nutritional value as it hasn’t spent weeks being transported across the globe.
In short: it tastes better, it’s better for our planet, it’s better for our bodies… and guess what? It’s often better for our wallets too.
What’s in season in July?
Here is my pick of this season’s vegan ingredients. I use Eat the Seasons for all my seasonal lists (non-vegan website).
Artichoke, aubergine, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, carrots, chillies, courgettes, fennel, french beans, garlic, jersey royal new potatoes, kohlrabi, lettuce & salad leaves, mangetout, new potatoes, onions, pak choi, peas, radishes, rocket, runner beans, samphire, spinach, spring onions, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, wild nettles
Apricots, bilberries, blueberries, cherries, gooseberries, greengages, kiwi fruit, melons, peaches, strawberries
The best vegan recipes that are in season in July.
This month I’m going to spend as much time as possible outside, and my choices are going to reflect that need for al-fresco eating.
- My layered berry breakfast jar is tasty enough to be eaten at any time of day.
- This baba ganoush recipe from Cook With Manali is a winner. Whiz it up, pop it in a jar and pack some pitta and veggie sticks for an easy vegan picnic!
- I’ve seen this broccoli lemon chickpea pasta around before and not got around to trying it. A healthy pasta salad is perfect for a picnic or even to just laze around on the lawn and eat.
- Lazy Cat Kitchen brings us these delicious zucchini (courgette) fritters which are a great finger food for small hands!
- A watermelon and strawberry smoothie would be a surefire way to get my fruit-hating son Shane to get some extra fibre in his diet.
- Salsa is one of the simplest things to make at home, but many people overlook this for storebought. Once you figure out this basic recipe, there are all sorts of customisations you can try!
- My vegan pink slaw is a family favourite. This will always have a place in our picnic basket!
Are you eating the seasons? What’s on your meal plan this month? Let me know in the comments!