Monday, August 8, 2011

Fresh Garden Veggies for Dinner

Fresh picked sweet corn, there's nothing that says summer more!  We can make a meal out of just sweet corn and we practically did last night except for the fact that we had so many other fresh vegetables to use that we more or less over did it at the dinner table!  There has been a blessing of zucchini, crookneck squash, and sweet for the first time this year I put them together in a stir fry.  Delicious!!

When you've made all the Zucchini Bread you care to make, and dried all of it that you will use in soups and stews for the is a great little throw together recipe
that is easy, beautiful and mouth watering tasty, that will help you use any abundance of garden veggies you may have.

Garden Stir Fry

3 medium zucchini, sliced
2 medium yellow summer squash, sliced
1/2 a medium onion, thinly sliced
1 sweet red pepper, sliced into strips
1 sweet green pepper, sliced into strips
1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon of Sesame Oil 
1 garlic clove, minced
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a large skillet, saute onion in oil until tender.  Add the zucchini, yellow squash, sweet peppers and garlic; stir-fry for 12 to 15 minutes or until vegetables are crisp-tender.  Season with salt and pepper.

This is the recipe as it is written, but here are different things I do and you can of course modify this with any extra veggies you have. 

If you don't have any Sesame Oil, just replace it with Olive Oil.

Zucchini takes longer to cook than sweet peppers, so cook just the zucchini and squash a few minutes before adding the sweet peppers.

I'll usually add a few basil leaves and oregano, or any other dried herbs I'm in the mood for.  I dry our herbs as whole leaves and then just crush a few into whatever I'm cooking at the time.

This year we grew some Red Chinese Noodle Beans and added them into the stir-fry too.  Basically anything from your garden would go in this.  Dice up your extra tomatoes and add them in half way through your cooking time. 

Or.....a garden fresh BLT is also a tasty treat this time of year...

And if you don't have a garden....visit your local Farmer's Market.  Eat fresh foods that are grown locally and support your local economy!  Your neighbor's will thank you, and you will be eating healthier.

I have to say that we have met some of the most wonderful people at our produce stand and even though we are able to teach them something about growing their own garden, they manage to teach us quite a bit too!

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