Many foodies will attest that there is nothing more delicious than vegetables and fruits from the garden. Enjoying your bountiful harvest from your garden will increase your vitamin and mineral intake and help you maintain a well-balanced and nutritious diet, which is especially important for gut health as you age. If you’re looking for new ways to serve your fresh produce, try these delicious recipes that feature common vegetables, herbs, and fruits you can find in your garden.
Fresh fruit frenzy
Fresh fruit is packed with fiber, flavor, and various vitamins and minerals!
- You can serve mixed fruit in a big bowl or mix all the garden fruit you have into a delicious drink – like this Fruit salad smoothie.
- For a sweet breakfast, top your toast or English muffin with Raspberry jam.
- Crispy Garden Salad with Lemon and Pesto is a contest-winning recipe that features fresh yellow summer squash, baby cucumbers, peas, and green onions. Pesto and zesty lemon zest add flavor, and crumbled and thickly sliced bacon pieces provide a crisp topping. This salad is light and easy to prepare.
- For a classic garden salad that pairs well with soup, try the Ultimate Garden Salad. Toss your mixed greens with garden fresh cucumbers, scallions, tomatoes and avocado. Stir crumbled feta cheese into mixture and drizzle with homemade balsamic vinaigrette. To add protein, top with grilled chicken, eggs or bacon.
- If your garden is full of juicy berries, you’ll love this super easy Mixed Berry Salad with fresh strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. Toss them in a homemade honey and poppyseed vinaigrette and garnish with fresh mint leaves if you have them.
A hot bowl of soup is especially satisfying on a cool, windy day and can be comforting if you’re sick. A soup full of ingredients picked from your garden is arguably tastier! Depending on what you put in it, classic vegetable soup is packed with essential nutrients. You can also modify different recipes to include your crops for each season.
- World-renowned chef, best-selling author and television personality Alton Brown’s garden vegetable soup recipe contains garden favorite vegetables like leeks, carrots, potatoes, green beans, tomatoes and corn. Fresh parsley, minced garlic, kosher salt and black pepper add flavor.
- Another popular variety is broccoli and cheddar soup. This Broccoli Cheddar Soup 30 Minutes offers a delicious mix of broccoli, carrots, onions and cheddar cheese. If you like Panera’s version, you have to try this quick and easy recipe.
- Taste of Home offers a twist on chicken soup that includes fresh dill and garlic, carrots, onions, peas, and fresh baby spinach. The delicious, low-calorie Dill Chicken Soup also features whole wheat orzo pasta and shredded roast chicken.
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Delicious main courses
You might not realize how many palate-pleasing main dishes you can create with ingredients from the vegetable garden!
- This Garden vegetable pie includes fresh zucchini, summer squash and is covered in cheese – it’s a must! This recipe also calls for tomatoes, sweet onions and fresh basil leaves. Bonus: Using a pre-baked pie crust cuts down on prep time.
- Lasagna is a classic comfort food, and you won’t even miss the meat in many vegetable lasagna recipes. As with soups, feel free to adjust this easy and flavorful pasta cook to include any fresh veggies you have on hand. The best vegetable lasagna uses peppers, zucchini, carrots and diced spinach. To save prep time, use no-cook lasagna noodles. Swap or add mushrooms, chopped eggplant, summer squash, kale and roasted red peppers if desired.
- Finally, vegetarian pizza is a versatile food that you can enjoy for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a late-night snack. You can whip this up Grilled vegetable pizza, which brings out the flavor and keeps your kitchen clean. This recipe includes eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, red peppers, red onions, cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, pesto and fresh basil – but use whatever toppings you prefer!
These are just a few garden recipes to try. Your favorite family cookbooks, cooking websites and blogs, and social media cooking groups can show up a whole lot more!