Friday, July 30, 2010

Using the Garden's Bounty

I have found that one of the suprisingly biggest challenges of maintaining our garden is harvesting and using all the produce in a timely fashion.  Since our girls are still so young, it's basically just two adults that are consuming everything.  While I love to share our harvest, I also am trying to get a good return on our investment, so we try to eat everything that we can.

In the two years that we've been seriously gardening, I've come up with a few different ways to use the vegetables we've planted.  Here are some of my favorite ides:

Bell Peppers:
 - raw with dip
 - in salads
 - sauteed with onions
 - diced and frozen for future use

- sliced with some Italiain dressing or balsamic vinegar and olive oil
- in homemade salsa (here's a favorite of mine)
- in salads
- to make sauce (I haven't done this much - would love your favorite recipes!)

- raw with dip
- in salads
- homemade refrigerator pickles

- raw with dip
- in salads
- sauteed with their greens (different, but not bad at all)

- pesto! (which can be frozen in ice cube trays)
- dried
- soup, pizza, pasta, etc. - anything Italian

- iced tea
- hot tea
- minted roasted potatoes
- dried

What are some of your favorite ways to use your garden's bounty?

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