Your monthly guide to in-season, vegan eating. Easy, cheap and delicious, these recipes tick all of the boxes! In Season Vegan: June.
In Season Vegan: June
It’s June! Summer is here at last. I love getting out in the sun, the feeling of freedom you get while walking in the summer breeze. The days out and the exploring. Feeling calm in the sun, and generally optimistic. It’s also the start of a small collection of birthdays in my family (well, technically that starts in May since the birth of my gorgeous nephew last year) so there is lots of eating out or family gatherings.
Looking at the list of fruits and vegetables that are in season this month made me happy. I’m not a massive fan of fruit or sweet things, but there are so many vegetables to choose from! I know that I will be eating heartily this month.
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 June?
Here is my pick of this season’s vegan ingredients. I use Eat the Seasons for all my seasonal lists (non-vegan website).
Artichoke, asparagus, 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 and wild nettles.
Apricots, bilberries, blueberries, cherries, gooseberries, greengages, kiwi fruit, peaches and strawberries.
The best vegan recipes that are in season in June.
These recipes are simple yet delicious, and all of them contain ingredients that are readily available. Over the past few weeks I’ve found two new favourite foods: falafels and roast broccoli. You can expect plenty of that down below!
- These roast beetroot falafels from Trinity’s Kitchen look absolutely divine. Falafels have become one of my favourite foods of late and I’m setting aside an afternoon soon to make a big batch.
- I’ve never paired lemon and broccoli before but this roast broccoli and chickpea pasta from Making Thyme For Health (what a great name) makes me want to try.
- Rabbit and Wolves have really nailed this vegan broccoli and cheese shells. I made a similar cheese sauce for macaroni a few months ago and it worked out really well! In future, I’d probably do a larger batch of roast veggies for the sauce so that I can defrost and blend when I need to.
- Oh my. This tomato and roasted vegetable risotto from Wallflower Kitchen looks like the perfect summer comfort food for the days that the sun goes to hide or you’re not feeling your best. Not gonna lie, I could do with a bowlful right now!
- These kohlrabi home fries by Martha Rose Shulman at the New York Times look like a good way to jazz up the burgers and fries my partner and kids seem to love so much. Embarrassing side note: I had never heard of kohlrabi until my daughter started watching a toddler’s TV show called Nuzzle and Scratch. I still haven’t got around to trying it!
- I’ve only tried fennel (as the vegetable, rather than a herb) a few times. Like the herb, it has a licorice flavour and Dana from Minimalist Baker has paired it perfectly in this curry-roasted fennel salad.
- Time is running out to get some wild garlic, but nettles are still everywhere so you should definitely be wrapping your lips around my super nutritious wild garlic and nettle soup! If you can’t find wild garlic, replace it with your favourite leafy green and some regular garlic. Yum!
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Are you eating the seasons? What’s on your meal plan this month? Let me know in the comments!