Caprese Salad

Food doesn't have to come in shelf-stable packages to be convenient. And we're running a 5-week campaign to help transform you into a fresh-food aficionado, one who plans meals-and forages snacks-from the healthy ingredients stashed in your fridge. (If you're just learning about our Keep it Fresh Challenge here, be sure to go back and check out our past weeks' challenges.)

This Week's Focus: Plan a Menu, Starting with One Seasonal Ingredient as Inspiration

What better way to plan a menu than to start with an ingredient that's in season?

Eating with the seasons is all about anticipation and then savoring what is ripe at the moment-the first tangerines of the winter that light up the market, the season of stone fruit, then the arrival of heirloom tomatoes, followed by the wild shapes and colors of squash in the late fall.

Right now, my garden is brimming with fresh juicy tomatoes. My family eats them straight off the vine-but they're also fantastic in salads, soups and sauces. Check out these great tomatoes recipes.

And, of course, one of the best treats of late summer is sweet corn. It just doesn't taste as delicious at other times of year. Try some these tasty sweet corn recipes soon, or you'll have to save them for next year!

Looking for delicious ideas for what to do with green beans? Or zucchini? Get inspired by browsing those collections-and the other recipes and tips on our Keep It Fresh page.