cheap Summer Recipes

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 a cheap summer meal


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.

  • apple
  • basil
  • beans (runner and French)
  • beetroot
  • broccoli
  • carrot
  • cauliflower
  • celery
  • courgette
  • cucumber
  • fennel
  • lettuce
  • onion
  • potato
  • radish
  • raspberry
  • red onion
  • rocket
  • rhubarb
  • strawberry

Beetroot great in a ffrittata especially with goats cheese added. The contrast is superb.
Broad Beans
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
Green Beans
Lettuce and Salad Leaves, all you need to add s some other amazing ingredients like mackerel and you have a delight on a plate.

mackerel salsa, starters
Mackerel Salsa

One must for the summer is to light the barbecue. Make the Ultimate Kebab and serve it with an authentic kebab shops salad dressing as well. 

Autumn is quickly drawing in, seek inspiration Autumn Recipes

Cooking In Season makes it easier to create cheap dinner ideas

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