What’s in Your Garden?


What’s in Your Garden?

I love fresh produce, especially straight from the garden, and right now it is prime picking season. Each spring I question whether or not I want to go through the hassle of starting a garden again. Those summer months can be brutal– things start to look a little dry, weeds take over, and it is much harder to maintain. Come June, though, I have no doubt that I made the right decision when I get to pick that first ripe tomato straight off of the vine and pop it my mouth. To me there is nothing better than a tomato straight from the vine.

The first eggplant of the summer, hiding in the weeds.

The first eggplant of the summer, hiding in the weeds.

Having fresh vegetables at my disposal makes those hot summer days in the garden completely worth it. Even more inspiration for me to grow some of my own food is to show my daughter where her food comes from.  This will hopefully start and encourage a lifetime of healthy eating habits.

Currently, my garden is producing tons of zucchini, cucumbers, green beans, tomatoes, peppers, and a variety of herbs. I just saw my first eggplant of the summer! I also have a small blueberry plant that is almost ready, but many times the birds are faster than I am getting to them.

Some of my vegetables!

Some of my vegetables!

There are so many delectably tasty summer recipes to make that it is hard to decide on one to share with you, but here is one that I enjoyed recently. It requires a Zucchini spiralizer; I have the Zoodle but any brand will work. If you don’t have one, peeling the zucchini in long strips will also work, but it may require a little more time.

Lemon Herb Zucchini Noodle Salad

Recipe from: TheHealthyMaven.com

Prep time:  10 mins, Total time:  10 mins, Serves 2

 

Ingredients

  • 3 large zucchinis, spiralized
  • 1 large celery stalk, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Spiralize the zucchinis into noodles
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients, toss to coat, and serve.

 

I hope you enjoy the bountiful fresh produce this summer. Feel free to share some of your favorite summer recipes or tell us what is in your garden

Well Wishes!

Lynae

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