Category Archives: Garden Gluttony

These are some favorite personal recipes that are just simple, summer fresh cooking… not elimination or true Paleo friendly, but still tasty ways to use up an abundance of fresh veggies from the garden.

These are also a big hit when company comes. I don’t have measurements for all of these because I always just eyeball it and every creation is its own unique version of delicious.

-Patty

Sassy Summer Salad

salad
Sassy summer salad – plated up and ready to eat!

Salad Ingredients:

  • Mixed greens
  • Your favorite summer berries
  • Pecan pieces
  • Crumbled coconut crisps (suggestion – Dang from Whole Foods, found in or near the bulk aisle)

Salad Instructions:

  1. Combine salad ingredients in whatever ratios you prefer.
  2. Toss with the dressing and serve immediately.

Tip: If you need to put your salad together in advance, put the dressing on the bottom of a salad bowl, next add your berries, then put the greens and crunchies on top. Toss only when you’re ready to serve. This buys you time and avoids soggy greens and coconut crisps!

vinegar and oil
Infused vinegars and oils for salad dressing from Green Olive in Short North area of Columbus on High Street

Dressing ingredients:

  • Persian Lime infused olive oil (2 parts)
  • Coconut infused white vinegar (1 part)
  • Honey ginger infused white vinegar (1 part)
  • ½-1 tsp cinnamon (to taste–optional)

Dressing instructions:
Combine dressing ingredients in a sealed jar and shake thoroughly.

Tip: Remember, you can always add more cinnamon, but you can’t take it out!

Zucchini Bake

zucchini bake
Photo and recipe courtesy of Leaves of Life.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium zucchinis, one sliced lengthways and one sliced crossways
  • Peppers sliced into large rings
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 2-3 tbsps chopped fresh basil
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper and dry oregano to taste

Instructions:

  1. Make one layer of round zucchini slices
  2. Top with a layer of pepper rings
  3. Make a layer of lengthwise zucchini slices
  4. Spread basil evenly over top and add another layer of round zucchini slices
  5. Finish with a layer of tomato slices, olive oil and fresh salsa
  6. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden on top

Tips:

Try some flavor infused olive oil for a little extra oomph.  Lime or lemon infused or Tuscan herbs would work well here.

Roasted Veggie Salad w/Hummus

salad beet

salad hummus
Photos and recipe courtesy of Leaves of Life

Ingredients:

  • Pile of mixed baby greens
  • Mushrooms, sliced or halved
  • Carrots, sliced into fourths or sixths
  • Red, yellow or orange bell peppers, sliced into strips
  • Zucchini, sliced into strips
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Hummus and salad dressing of choice

Instructions:

  1. Reserve cherry tomatoes and zucchini to add partway through the cooking process
  2. Toss remaining veggies in olive oil and spread out on a cooking sheet
  3. Sprinkle with salt
  4. Roast at 400 degrees for 25 minutes, stirring 2-3 times, and adding tomatoes and zucchini about halfway through
  5. Add to salad and top with several tbsp of hummus and dressing

Tips

Add some roasted chick peas or lightly toasted nuts for crunch.   Top with chicken or fish or serve those on the side.  Try Tessamae’s salad dressing from Whole Foods–made with olive oil and 100% natural ingredients.  Beet hummus adds color and flavor depth.  Add some chopped raw cucumbers, tomatoes or other veggies to amp up the antioxidants and switch up the flavors.  Other veggies that are nice for roasting if you have them: green beans, asparagus or green onions.  Keep in mind that green beans take longer to roast than asparagus and stagger their additions to the mix accordingly.  Changing up the contents keeps the flavors fresh!