Vegetarian, Vegan, or Omnivore, we all eat our veggies (or at least we should). Sometimes though, it can get a little dull. Would you like those steamed, sauteed in a pan with olive oil, or in a salad? Most of us were raised with frozen or canned veggies which leaves little room for creativity. Sometimes, though, the same old just isn’t going to cut it, and you need some new ideas. Weather you’re an avid gardener with a crop of veggies taking over your kitchen, a regular at the local farmer’s market, or just someone looking for new ways to get their veggies and make sure their family does as well, here are 25 Recipes That You Can Make Using Fruits And Veggies From Your Garden.
Today is Campus Sustainability Day (October 26, 2016). Growing your own fruits and veggies is a fantastic way to live a more sustainable life while also allowing you to take pride in the fruits of your labor (pun intended). We hope these recipes inspire you to live at least some days in a more sustainable way. If nothing else, they’ll help you incorporate the use of some fruits and veggies into your kitchen.
Preserve your herbs for easy cooking!
While this first one isn’t a recipe per se, it’s a great tip to start us off. If you grow your own herbs or have ever bought a french bunch at the grocery store, you’ve probably found yourself wondering “What do I do with all this?” at some point. This tip shows us how to save our fresh herbs in a way that will be useful for many recipes.
Baked Zucchini Fries
A fantastic, seasonal, healthy side dish, Zucchini Fries and dipping sauce are a favorite among adults and little ones, and a good alternative to traditional “burgers and fries.”
Garlic Parmesan Roasted Carrots
This recipe is a simple savory side dish that may suit those more reluctant to eat cooked carrots. Bonus: you get to show off the entire pretty carrot.
Easy Refrigerator Pickles
Not only are these quick and simple (unlike some pickle recipes which call for weeks of sitting in a brine in a cool dark place), they make a lovely, easy hostess gift for cookouts or holidays.
Slow Roasted Tomatoes
There are so many uses for a good roasted tomato – top a pizza, add to soup, hot or warm pasta dishes, or just as a snack. This is an easy recipe that freezes well and will help preserve and stretch those beautiful summer tomatoes.
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Beet, Carrot & Apple salad
This salad is paleo friendly and a beautiful addition to any fall table. All three main ingredients are in season in fall, so you can easily eat seasonally.
Triple Berry and Goat Cheese Bruschetta
Looking for a savory and sweet way to use those berries from your garden? Try making a sweet Bruchetta with goat cheese as an appetizer! If you’ve never had berries and basil together, you should make it a priority to do so. Check out the blog for a version using fresh cherry tomatoes as well if you’re into traditional bruchetta.
Broccoli And Cheese Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
How beautiful would this look as a Thanksgiving side dish? This recipe is also a good, filling dinner option for those are trying out Meatless Mondays or watching their caloric intake.
Quick Strawberry Jam
Quick and easy 3 ingredient jam that doesn’t require canning or any special equipment to make, this jam can be used in the traditional PBJ way, as well as a delicious filling for cakes or a pancake topping.
These fritters are a healthy alternative to traditional potato pancakes made with zucchini.
Kohlrabi Chips and Ranch Dip
Kohlrabi is one of those vegetables that has just started becoming popular in the US in recent years. Very garden friendly, this Asian veggie is starting to pop up everywhere. Here’s a snacky alternative to the usual grill or stir fry options.
Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad
If you are blessed by nature to have an avocado tree in your yard or live somewhere that avocados happily grow, it’s worth the investment to incorporate them into your diet on a regular basis. They’re tasty and full of good fats, as well as nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. Make this beautiful salad and serve with grilled shrimp or chicken.
Crispy Parmesan Tomato Chips
Salty, crunchy, cheesy goodness. Who says potatoes have to be chip king?
Summer Vegetable Tian
So pretty and easy, this side dish shows off the beautiful fruits of summer, and the hardest part of prep is simply slicing the veggies.
Grilled Brown Sugar Peaches
These are every bit as delicious as they sound, and they allow you to make dessert on the grill. With only two ingredients and minimal prep, there’s no reason not to try this when peaches are in season.
Autumn Minestrone Soup
This falls into the “comfort food” category for sure, but it still packs a healthy punch.
Roasted Chicken and Veggies
If you live in a house of meat eaters, this bright colorful dish is sure to please all the omnivores at your table while still being a 15 minute healthy dinner.
Vegan Carrot Soup With Caramlized Onions
This soup is perfect for when the fall weather shows itself. The recipe makes a lot, so it’s good to freeze some, half the recipe, or invite some people over to sit in front of the fire. It’s also vegan (as the title suggests), gluten free, and suitable for those following a paleo diet.
Avocado Brownies with Avocado Frosting
Never fear, those who have an insatiable sweet tooth, who look at lists of recipes of fruits and veggies and think “Who will think of me!?” We’ve got you covered. Gluten free avocado brownies made with honey are a delicious, healthier alternative to traditional brownies, while still being far more decadent than a sorbet or fruit salad.
Margherita Zucchini Boats
These boats take the flavors of a margherita pizza and put them in a low-carb zucchini, a simple tasty meal for one or for the whole family.
Vegan Tomato Basil Soup
Who doesn’t love grilled cheese and tomato soup? Make the vegan version of this classic comfort food with tomatoes and basil from your own garden, perfect for a rainy day or cheering up a sick friend.
Spicy and sweet, these are a delicious snack or addition to sandwiches, tacos, gift baskets…we could go on. Four ingredients and a little bit of time, and you’ll be impressed with yourself that you made these.
Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried Green Tomatoes are a Southern cooking staple for a reason – they’re delicious. This recipe is a twist on the classic plain cornmeal coating, with panko breadcrumbs for extra crispness and a kick from some cayenne pepper. Make as a side dish to steak night or as an appetizer.
Oven Roasted Cauliflower Steakes
Cauliflower is a great alternative to french fries or potatoes if you’re trying to watch your carb intake. These cauliflower steaks are quick and leave room for you to add your favorite seasonings or cheese if you’d prefer. This same method can also be used with cabbage.
Garden Fresh Salsa
Everyone should make their own salsa at least once in their lives, and this is your chance. This recipe shows you how to make delicious salsa at home, without making it too watery or full of tomato seeds.