If your summer vegetable garden is progressing like mine, you’re probably up to your ears in zucchini and tomatoes by now. But there’s only so much zucchini bread you can make before you start pawning off the bounty on neighbors, friends and family.
What’s an overwhelmed gardener to do?
At Secret Ingredient, we’re cooking up a ton of fresh, exciting vegetable recipes to make the most of the season. Here’s a look at what we’re loving right now…
Easy Ideas for Using Summer Veggies
- Zucchini Tomato Bake: Double up on the produce with this tantalizing, gluten-free zucchini tomato bake from Delish. With the addition of traditional Italian ingredients like basil, garlic and Parmesan, this dish can be made in big batches to share at potlucks or family dinners, and the leftovers make a great lunch the next day!
- Gazpacho: Blend peeled tomatoes, peppers, onion and garlic with seasonings like oregano, balsamic vinegar and Worcestershire sauce for a refreshing cold soup. This makes an excellent appetizer or side dish for any meal. My favorite recipes always include raw or roasted red peppers, like this gazpacho from Bon Appetit.
- Bruschetta: Grill slices of baguette with olive oil and garlic, then top with chopped tomatoes, grilled zucchini, basil and/or fresh mozzarella. The beauty of bruschetta is that it’s a wonderful platform for any toppings you’d like—and thus a great way to use up that extra produce.
- Pesto: Got a garden full of basil and nothing to do with it? Make a batch of pesto! Simply blend basil leaves with olive oil, pine nuts or walnuts, lemon, garlic, salt and Parmesan cheese (if desired). Store your finished pesto in a glass jar in the fridge and use it to dress up sautéed veggies, pasta, paninis or even your morning eggs.
No Time to Make These Vegetable Recipes?
There’s no point in growing your own food if you can’t enjoy it! Here at Secret Ingredient, we can prepare creative, tasty vegetable recipes using ingredients from your very own garden as part of our Personal Chef Services.
Whether you’re unsure what to do with the veggies in your CSA share or just need to use up those extra cucumbers, ask us about incorporating more local produce in your weekly menus. If you’re not a client yet, contact us here to schedule your first meal service.