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Photography by Angie Hilsman

Cooking up a nutritious meal in the summer heat can be a pain, so we visited Common Good City Farm for some kitchen inspiration. LEAF program coordinator Juliana Repice transformed fresh summer produce and a few pantry staples into an informal tortilla recipe, with plenty of room for customization! Check out Juliana's recipe, and let us know how you'd make it your own.

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Posted at 08:00 AM/ET, 09/03/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Josephine Chu shows off the pattypan squash and its roasted counterpart. Photograph by Angie Hilsman

Maintaining a lively, in-season menu can be challenging, so we visited Common Good City Farm to get some inspiration for quick summer recipes. Program outreach coordinator Josephine Chu introduced us to pattypan squash, a whimsical looking vegetable with a fun name. Try her recipe as a side dish—if you can resist eating it right off the pan.

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Posted at 11:31 AM/ET, 08/21/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Craving soup? Tide yourself over until fall with this simple summer soup. By Carlene Thomas
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They say in the South that you should never leave your car unlocked in the summer or someone will leave a ton of zucchini on your seat to get rid of it. Zucchini may be plentiful, but by making this crowd pleasing, customizable soup, youll use it up in no time. This zucchini soup is light, lean, and broth-based, and by adding toppings such as lean proteins or hearty grains, you can round this out as a complete meal.

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Posted at 12:14 PM/ET, 08/18/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Swap out your sugary store-bought jars for this nutrient-packed toast topper. By Carlene Thomas
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The chia superfood craze has been around for a while—we can’t blame you for loving the tiny, protein-packed and filling seeds—but how many of you still have residual chia in your pantry? If youre at a loss for what to do with all that chia, try making a summer fruit jam thats packed with fiber and omega 3s. By using chias natural gelling capabilities instead of relying on added pectin and cooking thats normally required for jam making, you’ll get a seasonal fruit topping without the work.

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Posted at 12:24 PM/ET, 07/27/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Pair with crudite for a cool, easy snack. By Rebecca Scritchfield
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When it’s this hot outside, cooler dishes call our name. Though eggplant can be a part of heartier stews and dishes (eggplant parmesan, we’re looking at you), baba ganoush is a light, healthy eggplant alternative that pairs perfectly with crudité for a snack or whole wheat pita triangles for a light meal. But thanks to the beautiful smoky flavors that come out through roasting the eggplant, Baba ganoush still has all the makings and of a rich-tasting dish.

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Posted at 02:00 PM/ET, 06/24/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Here's what to do with your zucchini, beets, and eggplant. By Angie Hilsman
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Salads are an easy go-to in the hot summer months, but a bowl of lettuce, tomato, and croutons gets old quickly. Switch up more than just the dressing. Try any of these nine salad recipes to keep your health goals and stay refreshed.

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Posted at 02:26 PM/ET, 06/09/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Berry-coconut milk ice pops, strawberry rhubarb soup, strawberry feta pizza, and more! By Angie Hilsman
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Personalized nutritionist Katherine Tallmadge recommends eating in-season to get the best-tasting nutrition in your diet. Berries are currently in for the summer months, so we rounded up nine recipes to both satisfy your sweet tooth and maintain your health goals.

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Posted at 10:26 AM/ET, 06/09/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Top your burgers this summer with some made-at-home pickles your guts will love. By Rebecca Scritchfield
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Though the idea of eating fermented foods may sound gross, if you’ve ever had yogurt, kefir, or kimchee, you’ve tried fermented foods. Fermentation is a natural process by which bacteria chemically break down parts of the food, which is great for your health because it is believed that fermented foods are sources of probiotics and support a healthy gut microbiome.

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Posted at 10:09 AM/ET, 06/05/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
A crunchy, creamy, delicious mix of vegetables. By Rebecca Scritchfield
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Coleslaw is a summer grill out staple, but with mounds of mayonnaise in it, it’s hardly considered a health food. Though this version is mayo-free, it’s still creamy, flavorful, and chock-full of veggies. Make it for Memorial Day and you’ll wonder why you ever used to buy the tub of soggy slaw from the grocery store.

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Posted at 10:12 AM/ET, 05/21/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()
Who needs pulled pork when you've got mushrooms, eggplant, and the miraculous meat-subsitute Jackfruit? By Ryan Weisser
This chipotle BBQ pulled portobello sandwich, topped with fresh cilantro and feta cheese, makes a great alternative to a traditional pulled pork or brisket sammie. Photograph by The Artful Desperado.

Summer can be rough on vegetarians, who can get stuck eating only potato salad and popsicles at cookouts. Not even the baked beans are safe (they're usually made with bacon, pork, or other animal-based additives).

So what's a rabbit-food-lover to do?

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Posted at 02:00 PM/ET, 05/20/2015 | Permalink | Comments ()