You don't have to be Popeye to enjoy a green meal. Whether you’re sweltering in the nation’s capital or keeping cool in the Windy City this summer, try recipes based on local , seasonal ingredients to keep the environmental impact of your grub to a minimum. This doesn't mean you have to give up on favorite dishes that call for ingredients from far away places. Rather, you can whip them up with a little creativity and substitutesfrom local harvests.
Don't know where to begin? Start with foods available at a nearby farmers market or raid the produce aisle for basil, bell peppers, green beans, summer squash, and tomatoes--all in season during July and August .
What's your favorite seasonal recipe? Have you found good substitutes for delicious but long-distance foods? Share your tips and ideas here.