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Meals From the Garden
By Martha Thompson
Last week, I shared some of what is growing in my garden here at Star Roses & Plants. Today I'm sharing some of the meals I made with my harvest! I love to eat and I love to cook and I love to eat what I cook. There's something so thrilling and rewarding about growing your own vegetables and then preparing a meal with them. It's your very own farm-to-table! Although it's been a slow start in the garden this year (we've had some less than ideal weather in Pennsylvania), here are a few things that I've been able to make so far. You'll notice an overarching theme of zucchini...there's always so much of it! Tomatoes and zucchini: Although most of my tomatoes are struggling to turn ripe right now, I have been able to pick a few small red ones. So, with those, a fresh zucchini and some basil also from the garden, I made a quick sauce and put it over some quinoa pasta. Super easy and delicious!
Swiss chard and zucchini: Using some store bought produce, I added in my fresh-from-the-garden swiss chard and zucchini to make a hash that I topped off with a fried egg.
Zucchini: Again using some store bought produce and a fresh-from-the-garden zucchini, I made some spicy, roasted veggies and put them over pistachio couscous and topped it off with a lemon and mint (from my herb garden) vinaigrette.
Swiss Chard: For lunch, I like to go outside and cut a few pieces of swiss chard and make a salad with it! I added some store bought strawberries and balsamic vinaigrette to this one.
Mint: I added some fresh mint from my herb garden, strawberries and lemons to some water and let it sit for a while. A perfect summer refreshment.