Going Green Mama is currently avoiding weeding...
Cooking is the easiest in the summer. While I hate having the stove or oven on, the flexibility afforded us from our gardens more than makes up for it. After all, you can't get more local - or easy - than grabbing from your backyard.
While my garden is currently in a lull right now - between lettuce and beans and not quite ready for tomatoes - I thought I'd share five simple ideas for straight-from-the-garden meals.
Stir-fry: Think you're stuck with a few carrots, a handful of beans and other assorted produce that ripened at the "wrong" time? Think again! It's redone simply as a stir-fry.
Fruit soups: These are among my favorites for hot days. Simply puree melon, strawberries or other fruit in a blender, add optional yogurt, and enjoy a cool treat as an appetizer or main dish.
Gazpacho: While I'm not a fan of it personally, gazpacho is another simple way to use up your garden's bounty.
Pasta: Dice tomatoes, garlic and fresh herbs and toss with pasta and parmesan for a simple, low-fat, one-pot Italian dish.
Insalata Caprese: Slice tomatoes, fresh mozarella and basil. Drizzle with a little bit of olive oil to taste.
What are your favorite garden solutions?