I’m currently experiencing some post-Labor Day Weekend blues. It’s really starting to sink into my brain that Summer is wrapping up. And frankly, I’m not ready for that to happen.
I still have so much ice cream to eat!!!
Luckily, there is still an abundance of late Summer produce to be enjoyed. And that’s helping to elevate my mood. I know people are going crazy for pumpkin-everything right now. But here in New England, early September is one of the best times for local produce like tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers, corn and more! So I’m diving headfirst into all of these things.
Last week, I found the most precious baby eggplants at the farmer’s market and I knew instantly that I wanted them to become the focus of my September Eat Seasonal recipe post. So I grilled them up and served them on top of a creamy bed of goat cheese polenta. And then I finished off the dish with some homemade basil pesto and a handful of sliced plum tomatoes. It’s a recipe that totally celebrates Summer. But also has a bit of a “cozy” feel, too. In the past, I’ve treated polenta as one of those food items that I only make and eat during the cooler months. But now, I’m really digging this version with its Summery spin! And I can see myself using it more frequently in my kitchen throughout the entire year.
The other great thing about this recipe for Grilled Eggplant with Goat Cheese Polenta and Basil Pesto is that – for such a hearty dish – it’s relatively fast to prepare. You can have everything done in just about 30 minutes. Which is always a win in my book!
For more September cooking inspiration, check out my friend Becky’s monthly produce guide, which is filled with tons of great recipe suggestions and tips. I hope it will help make your transition into Fall a little bit easier. And if you make any of our #eatseasonal recipes, give us a shout out on social media. We would love to hear about it!
September Eat Seasonal Recipes
Small Batch Cherry Tomato Jam by Flavor the Moments
Hazelnut Zucchini Bread by Vintage Mixer
Balsamic Sausage Tortellini Bake by JoyFoodSunshine
Baked Enchilada Style Veggie Burritos by She Likes Food
Peach and Tomato Salsa with Pan Seared Tofu by Letty’s Kitchen
This post was originally published here on July 24, 2014. I’ve updated the photographs and text to better showcase this delicious (and easy!) Summer dinner.
Eeeek! You guys! I’m starting to have anxiety about the end of Summer.
I know, I know. It’s only mid-July. But last week my grocery store put out their Halloween candy and that kind of sent me into a feverish downward spiral. I literally just stood in the aisle staring at the rows of pumpkins and ghosts and felt an equal mix of extreme sadness and intense rage.
Cue anxiety attack.
Also, can we seriously talk about Halloween candy at the grocery store in July. WTF is wrong with everyone. Just NO! No, no, no, no, no, no, no…!!!
Anyways. Since eating always improves my mood, I went home and decided to whip up the ultimate Summer dinner: Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Coconut Lime Rice and Peach Salsa.
Fall: stand down. You’ve been warned.
This recipe has a couple separate parts that you need to prepare. But it’s so worth it. And all the steps are super easy. I promise.
The shrimp are spicy and crazy flavorful. And they take only a few minutes to cook up on the grill. And the fresh peach salsa is the perfect blend of savory and sweet notes. It’s great not only in this dish, but also on just about anything grilled: chicken, pork, salmon, etc. You can also put it on tacos. Or just scoop it straight onto some tortilla chips. You get the idea. Find a way to get this peach salsa into your body in any way possible.
But the coconut-lime rice might just be my favorite part about this whole recipe. Seriously. Making rice with canned coconut milk instead of water is a total game changer. It feels tropical and luxurious, but still easy. Just like how Summer should feel.
So tell me, how are YOU celebrating Summer these days? Give me some more ideas for my Summer bucket list. Because it’s not over yet, and I tend to make the most of it!