via Cooking Light
I love this time of year for so many reasons. It is so easy to become inspired by all the wonderful fresh and local produce available to us. We went peach-picking last weekend, so you'll notice that peaches appear pretty prominently in the menu. (Without showcasing a dessert - I will probably get around to making a peach cobbler at some point.) Every meal is centered around items purchased at the farmer's market - even the fish and goat cheese. Take a look and get inspired - I loved every single one of these meals!
Haddock with Peach Salsa, Brown Rice Pilaf, Tomatoes
*I loved this, and the big boy cleaned his plate (except the rice, which is fine). Kevin thought the mint was a bit overpowering, so perhaps go light on the mint or leave it out altogether.
Summer Squash and Corn Chowder, Tomato Bruschetta
*Tomato Bruschetta (from Cooking Light) - Toast thin baguette slices; Rub toasts with cut sides of a halved garlic clove; Combine 1/2 cup finely chopped tomato, 2 tsps chopped fresh basil, 1 1/2 tsps extra-virgin olive oil, 1 tsp balsamic vinegar, and a little salt; Top toasts evenly with tomato mixture
*It may seem a little strange to have chowder in July, but this is really good. A great way to use up the bounty of summer squash from the farmer's market or your own garden. Replace bacon grease with olive oil to make vegetarian.
Arugula Salad with Grilled Chicken, Goat Cheese, and Fruit
*I put this together, and it just might be the perfect summer dinner! Fresh arugula topped with chopped grilled chicken, goat cheese, a little olive oil/balsamic vinegar, a dash of salt/pepper, and whatever fruit you have on hand. I used peaches, blueberries, and apple. Perfect with a glass of sauvignon blanc. Also would be easy to make vegetarian - replace chicken with your favorite nuts and serve with bread.
Pepper Jack, Chicken and Peach Quesadillas, Black Beans, Salad
*Kevin wasn't on board with having peaches in his quesadillas, so I left them out of his, but the big boy and I really enjoyed these.