Garden Vegetable Recipes

Garden Vegetable Recipes

Summer is the perfect time to try your expertise (or luck) growing your favorite vegetables in your own home garden.  A grower can experience such a confidence with growing their own vegetables that are healthy, beautiful, and nutritious to eat.  Below you will find a variety of recipes that contain some very popular summer vegetables.  These recipes may fill you with some yummy delights or may spark your own interest in trying a variation of the listed ingredients.  Either way, may you enjoy the products of your own garden throughout the warm, summer months and beyond.

The first recipe is a delectable tomato sauce that is especially tasty when served with Italian-themed dishes, such as lasagna, tortellini, or meatball subs.  It also pairs well with baked potatoes, egg dishes, or even on top of salads.

Ingredients:

Approximately 2 lbs. of chopped fresh tomatoes

1 cup diced onions

1 minced garlic clove

Drizzle olive oil over all vegetables

Sprinkle of salt and black pepper

Chopped fresh basil

Chopped fresh oregano

¼ cup dry red wine

Directions:

All of the above ingredients may be added together and marinated for a crisp, cold sauce…or all of the above may be slowly sautéed in a pan and served as a warm sauce.  This is a unique feature of this marvelous recipe.  Once prepared, the sauce may be kept in the refrigerator for about one week.

The next scrumptious recipe involves a summertime favorite — the watermelon.  For a twist that you may not have tried before, slice or dice your watermelon as you usually do, then add the following spice blend for an interesting, spicy flavor.  

Ingredients:

1 tsp. chili powder

½ tsp. cumin

½ tsp. coriander

½ tsp. black pepper

¼ tsp. salt

When these ingredients are mixed together to make the spice blend, sprinkle it over the watermelon pieces and allow the mixture to set for about 3-5 minutes before thoroughly enjoying.  This recipe is best served well-chilled.

Lastly, you will find a garden vegetable drink recipe.  This drink is full of vitamins and nutrients that aim to give you a healthy boost of multiple vegetables.  The flavor is yummy and the benefits are beyond compare.

Ingredients:

A handful of kale or spinach leaves 

2 medium red tomatoes

1 medium carrot

1 medium cucumber

1 small red or orange pepper

½ lemon

½ tsp. ginger

½ tsp. cinnamon

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in food processor or Vitamix and blend thoroughly.  Remove any foam off the top of the mixed liquid.  Best to refrigerate for at least one hour prior to serving.  Leftovers may be kept in refrigerator for about 2 days.

In conclusion, these recipes include just a few things that you can do with the produce from your own garden, or vegetables found at a farmer’s market or the grocery.  See which recipes you like and perhaps create a few new ones of your own.  Enjoy!

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