If you’re like me in the fall you constantly have a countertop full of fresh produce from the garden. You want to eat it fresh instead of just canning, freezing, or dehydrating it. Sometimes it can be tricky to think of ways to eat it without just making a bunch of salads. Here are 10 non-boring ways to eat your hard earned produce.
Blanch them quickly and then eat them with fondue.
Slice up eggplant or zucchini and put pizza toppings on top! Then you can grill them all up together and make grilled mini pizzas! Make sure to soak the eggplant slices in salt water first or they’ll be too bitter.
Fresh Mozzarella, basil, fresh tomatoes and Balsamic Vinegar is hands down, my favorite way to eat fresh tomatoes.
Throw your fresh produce in with your eggs in the morning.
Loaded salads are probably the most obvious way to eat your produce. Carrots, radishes, peppers, pickled veggies, and kohlrabi are my favorites from the garden.
Roll them up in your sushi! Julianne carrots, radishes, cucumbers, scallions, zucchini, cabbage and mango and then have a sushi making party! Don’t forget the soy sauce, pickled ginger, wasabi paste, and seaweed wrap. Here is the kit we used to make our sushi. Or you could just dump all of those ingredients in a bowl and make a sushi bowl.
B.L.T Heavy on the T!
To the right in the white bowl is my favorite salsa! Combine a jar of regular salsa, homeade is the best! And then add additional chopped up tomatoes, cucumbers, cilantro, garlic, black beans, corn, peppers or honestly whatever you have! Dash liberally with your favorite hot sauce and stir up. This is constantly in my refrigerator in the summer. Sometimes I put it in a bowl and melt cheese on it before I dig in with my chips.
To the bottom left is just couscous with olives, basil, oregano, tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, garlic, some kale finely minced up, and your favorite vinaigrette. Again, add whatever you can for this fun take combining the Middle East and Italian cuisine.
Top left is the beginning stages of kohlrabi and cabbage sauerkraut.
Spring Rolls! Get some rice paper and soak it for about 60 seconds in a baking pan with water so it’s covered evenly. Then take out the sticky paper and add shrimp, tofu, or chicken. And similar julienned vegetables from our sushi recipe! Cabbage, cucumbers, lettuce, vermicelli noodles, carrots, cilantro. And dip in the best peanut sauce on the planet!