Summer Fest: Corn 5 Ways

by in 1 Food, 5 Ways, Healthy Recipes, August 4, 2010
Corn
Smoky Corn on the Cob - Photo by Con Poulos/FN Magazine

Each year, when corn season arrives, I take my kids to the local market to pick up some fresh ears. I love watching my kids gobble down what they picked out — our favorite is eating fresh corn straight off the cob. I could give you an earful (pun intended) of ways to prepare it, but here are 5 of my favorite ways to enjoy this nutritional powerhouse.

Summer Fest

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

Grilled On the Cob
Eating corn on the cob is pretty much an essential rite of summer, but throw yours on the grill with some smoked paprika and you’ll have everyone coming back for seconds (or thirds?).
RECIPE:
Smoky Corn on the Cob (pictured)

Soup
One of my all-time favorite soups, creamy corn helps warm me up on a rainy afternoon or cool summer night. Cook up a double batch and freeze half for another time.
RECIPE: Creamy Corn and Vegetable Soup

Raw Corn Salad
Peak season corn is sweet enough to eat raw, without the starchiness of off-season cobs. The fresh corn, tomatoes, mozzarella and basil in this salad create a perfect summer side that’s overflowing with vitamins and minerals, and, of course, flavor.
RECIPE: Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad

In Salsa
Looking for a new taco topper? This yummy salsa will do the trick. Salsa also makes a fantastic dip for tortillas or a flavorful topper for omelets (my fave), chicken or fish.
RECIPE: Grilled Corn Salsa

Candied
Yes, candied — it’s the side-dish equivalent of caramel corn! Best of all, this sweet-and-savory candied corn takes 10 minutes to prep.
RECIPE: Candied Corn

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Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. See Toby’s full bio »

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