While we all continue to stay safe and do our part to help flatten the curve during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important to remember one simple thing: we can still get outside. At-home grilling season is still in full swing, and nothing says spring and summer like enjoying a walk around the neighborhood, and a blissful family dinner on the deck, patio or in the backyard. More and more people are getting outside and taking advantage of the beautiful spring weather, and for good reason. Barbecuing at home is a great way to channel passion for food and confidence in the kitchen all while enjoying the great outdoors and diving into your favorite grilled summer dishes — including the taste of crisp, vibrant vegetables. There are countless ways to enjoy grilling season, whether you’re a committed vegetarian, a “flexitarian,” or simply looking for ways to make beans and veggies the stars of your backyard spread.
Use Ingredients You Have on Hand
At home, people have more time than ever to get creative, refresh their daily menus and savor meals outside with their families. Eating at home also limits food waste. In fact, according to a Hunter study, 57% of Americans are wasting less food in recent months, and 60% are seeking ways to use the ingredients they already have in their pantry. Canned beans and vegetables are a wholesome family staple that provide your household with unlimited possibilities, from satisfying snacks to decadent desserts. Green Valley beans, sweet peas, corn and green beans can be easily added to side dishes, salads, salsas and dips all year long to make your family’s favorite go-to recipes unexpectedly healthy. Use our recipe page to find inspiration to cook with your favorite organic veggies.
Try Plant-Based Recipes on the Grill
Plant-based protein has certainly made a splash in the food world, from snacks and meal solutions to fast food restaurants. Creating your own plant-based burgers and other alternatives at home is easier than you think. Right now, Americans are preparing vegetables 66% more often according to Hunter. Consider swapping your go-to beef or turkey burgers for a black bean veggie burger to enjoy some organic and super satisfying protein courtesy of Mother Nature. Green Valley organic black beans, pinto beans and garbanzo beans are all tasty plant-based proteins that also serve as an excellent source of fiber. Our soft, hearty black beans contain half of the recommended daily fiber intake in just one cup, and our pinto and garbanzo beans both add plump, earthy flavors and textures to every dish. Try this pinto bean and quinoa burgers, or another black bean or veggie burger recipe to switch up your grilling routine.
Upgrade your Favorite Picnic Sides
The yummy summer sides you love don’t have to lack the nutritional value you need. All of Green Valley’s organic beans and veggies are grown and harvested in the USA at the peak of freshness, so you can guarantee the fresh taste you love year-round. Even a classic pasta salad can be enhanced with just a few simple ingredients. Green Valley organic sweet peas are more than meets the eye, adding sweet, yet savory notes and beautiful green color to each recipe while also being rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. Toss in peas to a pasta salad with tuna, or even enjoy them with pieces of crispy prosciutto on top. Add plump organic garbanzo beans to a Greek salad or try a classic three bean salad from scratch.
Prepare Healthy Snacks
It’s no secret that we’ve been doing a lot more snacking during the day — especially in households with children. Why not make some healthy snacks at home to enjoy out on the patio, deck or porch this summer? Instead of turning to the same old bag of chips or french fries, prepare guilt-free, wholesome snacks and appetizers that you and your family can enjoy at home, at the park or on the beach. Roasted garbanzo beans are packed with protein and deliver a super satisfying crunch that rivals any processed chip and can be devoured by the handful. Guacamole is also a classic picnic and summertime treat. Our avocado white bean basil dip brings you the same fresh, soft texture and flavors you love with added fiber, protein and iron.
Reimagine Healthy Foods
The familiar aroma of grilling outdoors can be one of the most comforting aspects of spring and summer. Cooking mouth-watering dishes that also give your family the nutrients their bodies need to thrive is a win-win for everyone. Now is the perfect time to branch out and help your family experience vegetables in a new light while appreciating quality time around the table. With Green Valley organic beans and vegetables, you can enjoy the same tastes and indulgences you love while still leading a healthy lifestyle.
What are some of your favorite ways to incorporate veggies into your meals? Share your recipes with us on social media, and for more inspiration visit our website.