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05/01/2012, By: LeAnna Jean

With vibrant sunshine, flowers blooming, and the perfect amount of rain- California spring and summer seasons provides plentiful varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables. Lucky's warehouses are located in the Central Valley, close to major farming areas. In the summertime most of our produce is grown within 100 miles of our warehouse and 90% of our produce are locally grown in CA, just a day’s ride from farm to warehouse! And just a few days from farm to table!

You can live deliciously this summer with California Grown Produce:

  • Apricots
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Berries (Blackberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Blueberries-Spring & Early Summer)
  • Cherries
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Leafy Greens
  • Melons (Cantaloupe, Casaba, Crenshaw, Honeydew, Watermelon)
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Peppers
  • Plums
  • Snap beans
  • Strawberries
  • Summer squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

Sizzling Summer Recipes:

CA Summer Salad

4 cups mixed greens or baby spinach

1 cup sliced nectarines

1-2 cups sliced strawberries or mixed berries

¼ cup sliced red onion

½ cup cubed mozzarella cheese

2 cups sliced grilled chicken

¼ cup raspberry vinaigrette

Sliced almonds (optional)

Toss all ingredients in a large bowl. Spoon onto serving plates; sprinkle with sliced almonds if desired. Serves 4

Watermelon Ice Pops

3 cups chopped seedless watermelon

½ cup sugar

½ cup water

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Place watermelon cubes in blender; puree. In small pot combine sugar and water; place over medium heat. Simmer 3-5 minutes; stirring. Remove from heat; stir in watermelon puree and lemon juice. Spoon mixture into ice-pop trays, freeze until mushy; insert ice-pop stick in each holder. Freeze until firm.

BBQ Chicken Kabobs with Plum Sauce

1 lb chicken breast, cut into 1 ½-inch cubes

4 plums, pit removed, cut into chunks

1 EACH sweet yellow onion, bell pepper AND yellow squash, cut into chunks

½ cup Sunny Select BBQ Sauce

½ cup Asian Plum Sauce

Coat grill rack with non-stick cooking spray. Preheat grill to medium heat. Thread chicken, plum, and vegetables on 8 metal or water soaked wooden skewers, alternating chicken, plum, & vegetables. In small pot or microwave safe dish, add BBQ and plum sauce. Heat until hot; stir. Pour ½ cup sauce into small bowl for basting. Grill kabobs 3 to 5 minutes per side or until chicken is cooked thoroughly, turning occasionally and brushing frequently with sauce. Discard basting sauce, if any. Serve with remaining (non-basting) heated BBQ-plum sauce.

Serve with grilled potatoes and vegetables, garden salad, and shortcake sandwich for dessert!

*Shortcake Sandwich: Sliced pound or angel foods cake layered with whipped topping, sliced peaches, plums, & berries topped with second slice of cake! Yummy

Happy Healthy Cooking! -LeAnna Jean

Last Updated Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 01:06 AM.