Monday, July 5, 2010

Meatless Monday - Straight from the Garden

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?


Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

We've been making salsa and canning pickles all weekend, but my favorite is simply passing by the garden and popping a few cherry tomatoes in my mouth. Love that!

Daisy said...

The pasta and the stirfry ideas are fabulous. We're getting good at that. Don't open a can or thaw more meat, just grab the veggies that are handy and put them together!

Kathryn Grace said...

Favorite summer meals, all, except the gazpacho, which I never thought I'd like when I was younger. Now, though, if I had a garden, it would be on the table tonight! Sounds like the perfect summer supper, with a few tortillas on the side, warmed slightly in a solar or toaster oven. Yum!

Rosa said...

My garden isn't very productive this year, and it's mostly greens and berries (raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, mulberry) so we're just eating things as they come in.

But I'm still eating down what we put up last year and my favorite tool for that is fritters - last night we had corn fritters (corn, chives, egg, milk, flour, baking powder - fry like pancakes) and tonight we'll have zucchini fritters.


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