How to Use All That End-of-Summer Produce

Food Network's Blueberry Whole Wheat Muffins

Photo by: Tara Donne ©FOOD NETWORK : 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Tara Donne, FOOD NETWORK : 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Food Network's Blueberry Whole Wheat Muffins

At this point in the season you might feel like you’re drowning in fruits and veggies. Don’t let all that summer produce go to waste. Here are some delicious and healthy ways to hold on to the goodness a bit longer.

Baked Goods

Bake an abundance of produce into muffins, cakes, pies cobblers, crisps and even cookies. User-friendly options include seasonal berries, chopped stone fruit and shredded summer squash and carrots. Herbs, onions, spinach kale and other savory items can be incorporated into breads, biscuits and pizza crusts as well.

Recipe to Try: Blueberry Whole-Wheat Muffins



Photo by: YelenaYemchuk ©YelenaYemchuk

YelenaYemchuk, YelenaYemchuk

Salads and Slaws

Get some extra mileage out of cabbage, kale, beet greens, kohlrabi and broccoli (stems and all). Shred or spiralize them, then give them a quick toss in a flavorful dressing. You can pack a whole bunch of nutrition into a side salad like this.

Recipe to Try: Cabbage-Kohlrabi Slaw

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved


Give chopped veggies a soak in a tangy brine to increase the shelf life and punch up the flavor. There are lots of pickling prospects beyond cucumbers — try carrots, chile peppers, green beans and cherry tomatoes.

Recipe to Try: Easy Pickled Jalapenos


Berries and stone fruit make obviously delicious choices, but also consider turning peppers and tomatoes into jammy goodness.

Recipe to Try: Tomato Jam

Frozen Treats

Blend or juice melons, apples and other fruit into fresh juices. Freeze the juice and then mash, or give it a frosty spin in an ice cream maker for the healthiest slushie you’ve ever tasted.

Recipe to Try: Watermelon Slushies



fresh blueberries

Photo by: Maris Zemgalietis

Maris Zemgalietis

fresh blueberries


Blend roasted and poached fruits and veggies into smooth purees; refrigerate or freeze them to use in baked goods, soups, smoothies and cocktails.

Recipe to Try: Roasted Banana and Blueberry Puree

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

Next Up

5 Quick Pickle Recipes For All Your Fresh Summer Produce

These pickled veggies can last, but once you taste ’em, they probably won’t last for long!

How to Use Your Slow Cooker All Summer Long

Call on your slow cooker all summer long to cook up tasty meals without heating up your kitchen.

How to Use Your Produce Before It Goes Bad

The best ways to use whatever fruits and vegetables you have on hand.

These Products Actually Make Preparing Summer Produce Fun

Chef'n's discounted products take all the work out of eating your favorite fruits and veggies.

Shock Value: How to Keep Summer Produce Fresh

Food scientists think they've found a way to extend the life of fresh produce: Shock it in warm water.