Mealtime Madness Monday

If you've been around here in the spring and fall before, you know that I (erica) have a big garden. It never fails that I grow more weeds than vegetables, but there ARE some things to eat in there if you look hard enough! Here's some quick, easy, and nutritious recipes for you gardeners (or farmers marketers). Because, you know, a healthy body is a healthy mind (and a big book deal, right?)!

Grilled veggies - cut up wedges of zucchini/summer squash, brush on some olive oil (mix a couple dashes of balsamic vinegar in if you have it), sprinkle with seasoning salt and basil - lemon pepper is also good if you like that flavor. Grill for a couple minutes on each side. (you can also slice thin and do this on the stove - can throw in some onions, green/red pepper and tomato slices for an interesting touch, too - especially on kabobs) (if you're really in a hurry, you can also do it with Italian dressing)

Marinated cucumbers - mix 1/4 cup water, 3 tbsp vinegar, 1 tsp basil, 1 tsp sugar (or sugar substitute), a few dashes hot pepper sauce (optional). Slice cucumbers think and coat with mixture (also good with radishes and onions)

Super easy tomato soup for one - stick a tomato, some chopped onion, and 1/2 cup of V8 juice (or similar) in a blender and puree. Put in pan, bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper - top with cheese for an added treat!

Roasted potatoes - okay, this one isn't super nutritious, but it is super yummy - mix 1/3 cup olive or canola oil with a packet of french onion dip mix (the powder kind). Cut 4-5 potatoes into chunks, coat with oil, and bake in a cake pan for 35 minutes in a 425 oven.

In the midwest, it's never hard to find zucchini. By this time of the year, I'm usually begging people to take some because I've eaten so much. So here are some other ideas to fit some veggies in your and your family's diets! Zucchini Bread, Zucchini Pizza, and Chocolate Zucchini Cake!!

I made salsa this afternoon and my husband wanted a hot pepper from his mom's garden in it. It's been eight hours and my hands are still burning - trust me, I've labelled that one good so it doesn't get mixed up with anything I'll be able to eat! And yes, I'll remember the gloves next time!

christy and I are both back to work today. Although, for some reason, that didn't stop christy from coming up with a new account. Check us her out: http://ericaandchristy.tumblr.com/


  1. Ouch on the hot pepper incident! Thanks for the recipes. The cucumber one will come in handy--our plants are beasts and just keeping us more. And though my garden isn't the best this year, we'll have a couple of watermelons and some corn by the end of next month. Yay for yummy/healthy food :) (and yay for the ice cream you eat for dessert)

  2. Love this recipes! There's nothing quite like fresh veggies - love 'em :)

  3. When I cut hot peppers, I hold them with a fork. That saves my fingers and no need for gloves!

    Good luck back at school! We have another week.

  4. First, I can't believe Christy is trying tumblr---you are braver than I. Second, I fricking love zucchini bread so you can pawn some off on me.

  5. Recipes are just in time -- overload of veggies here.
    Were the comments over there just today?

  6. I'm so envious of your garden! And zucchini bread, ah, the best!

  7. Jess - I didn't have good luck with my cucumbers - they bred with the pumpkins and in the garden, biracial (hehe) veggies just don't fit in!! (seriously, they were giant and orange, but when you cut them, they looked like regular cucumbers. I pulled all the plants out).

    Vicki - apparently it was a habenero pepper. I'm pretty sure it could melt forks, too. My hands burned ALL NIGHT - and still do under the nails.

    And my husband mostly works with single guys, so I've been making a lot of zucchini bread lately that they've really appreciated! Everyone loves it!

  8. I've tried my hand at gardening with herbs. One year I did okay, the other year all my plants died from neglect. :p

    Yeah, I don't have a green thumb, lol.

    I really hope a healthy body isn't the only way, otherwise I'm sunk before I even get started! ;)

  9. I love my garden. We have a ton of herbs, and the tomatoes are doing rather well. Too bad the bunnies ate the squash. :(


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