How to Modify a Recipe to use Local Foods in Season

There are several benefits of eating foods that are locally sourced and at their peak right now:

  • The food is grown closer to you and hasn’t had time to spoil or lose its flavor and health benefits by sitting in a shipping container for a trip across the country.
  • Seasonal foods are harvested and sold at the peak of their supply so they cost less to farmers or distribution companies to harvest and get to your local store so you end up with the best tasting, healthiest, and most budget-friendly food available!

If you’re not familiar with what’s in-season where you live, it’s not too difficult to find out. Take a quick glance around the produce section of your grocery store or visit your local farmer’s market. Pay attention to trending prices, any specific foods in abundance, and the quality of the food –foods in season right now look fresh and appetizing! Or, you can check out and find what’s in season where you live.

Most of us find that we respond better to foods that are in-season locally and as we’ve begun the transition to Summer here in Santa Barbara, I can feel my body craving something new so when my clients invited me over to pick fresh peaches from their orchard last week, I jumped at the opportunity. My temperature tends to be on the higher end and I regularly test goitrogens to keep my thyroid functioning at a healthy level. I was excited to try peaches again so I swapped them in for apples in The Plan streusel recipe (below) and am happy to report that I passed! As we all know, when you test and pass a specific goitrogen like peaches, make sure to rotate them just once per week so you don’t develop a thyroid issue or intolerance from daily use. Luckily, chopped fresh peaches freeze very nicely! So what Summer foods are you getting excited to test?!

The Plan Apple Streusel Recipe

This recipe can easily be converted to a protein rich breakfast, just add ¾ cup of chia seeds to this recipe and have a double portion to start your day right.

appleStreusel Topping
1 ½ cup almond flour
1/8th cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ cup butter, at room temp

Apple Filling
3 apples, cored and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1/8th cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp cardamom
¼ tsp cloves
8 EIGHT 4 oz mason jars- lightly buttered

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
In a small bowl mix all ingredients for streusel topping by hand, or with a hand mixer. Set aside
In a medium bowl, combine all apple filling ingredients and mix well. Divide apple mixture evenly between eight mason jars. Top with ½ inch of streuseltopping, packing down firmly. Place mason jars on a cookie sheet to prevent toppling over.
Bake for 25-30 minutes until streusel topping is lightly browned. Serve warm.
Yield: 8