The sun is shining, we are feeling energetic and a spring in the step. Its summer and our dietary needs change with the season. Our bodies need food that is a little less calorific, refreshing but still tasty. We need to look to what is in season for the summer to get value for money. Great cheap ingredients especially if you have your own garden or an allotment.
I will be adding recipes hints and tips so you get the best value for money on the freshest produce for the season. So please pop back as this is an ongoing project for Cheap Dinner Ideas.
Panzanella or panmolle is a Tuscan chopped salad of soaked stale bread, onions and tomatoes that is popular in the summer. It often includes cucumbers, sometimes basil and is dressed with olive oil and vinegar.
Lovely ripe tomatoes, capers, anchovies and onions make this a very budget friendly summer meal. It can also be used to accompany something light, like griddled sea bass. A traditional Italian recipe.
- beans (runner and French)
- red onion
Beetroot great in a ffrittata especially with goats cheese added. The contrast is superb.
Fennel, great added to any coleslaw recipe and for a test you could easily include it in your kebab shop salad recipe
Fresh Peas Also great for making macho peas if you like them a little spicy
Lettuce and Salad Leaves, all you need to add s some other amazing ingredients like mackerel and you have a delight on a plate.
Autumn is quickly drawing in, seek inspiration Autumn Recipes
Cooking In Season makes it easier to create cheap dinner ideas