Happy Spring! It’s been a few weeks and all of the sudden, Spring has Sprung! We had the best weekend and spent almost all of our time outside tackling fun projects, household chores, and enjoying the sunshine. It was amazing!
One of my favorite parts of the weekend was planting my Summer Vegetable Garden. If you were reading last Spring, you know how much I love planting a vegetable garden. This year is no different and I can’t wait to see what grows. For the first time ever, I also joined a CSA and an organic free range egg share. We’re going to need some great summer recipes to use all of our produce…errr, what will hopefully be our produce. Fingers crossed.
So, here’s what we planted and some fun summer recipes that we’ll be making.
We love planting arugula, which is easily one of my favorite salad greens. Here are some amazing arugula salads to use fresh arugula:
It is amazing to go out and pick fresh mixed greens for a salad. The best part is that they’ll keep growing as you keep harvesting. I just use a pair of scissors to cut what I need. We love salads for dinner when it’s warm outside, and here are some of our favorites:
I keep hearing that kale is such a fad and that makes me so sad! We absolutely love kale in any form: raw, in salads, sautéed, or as kale chips.
Rainbow Chard is often overlooked in my opinion, but it’s great as a sautéed green. In fact, we often substitute it for spinach or kale. It’s delicious and it’s stems are so gorgeous!
The best part, or at least my favorite part of the vegetable (fruit) garden.
Brussels Sprouts have a bad reputation, but we absolutely love them! We like to eat them roasted, raw, sliced thin, in salads, any way they’re served…except boiled or steamed!
Now for the Herbs…
I keep the mint closeby, because we like to use it for everything from iced coffees, mojitos, and other delicious goodies.
We love using cilantro for pesto and for topping some of our favorite Tex-Mex dishes.
We all know basil is delicious in caprese salads, but it’s also delicious in salad dressings and as a topper for other dishes.
Flat Leaf Italian Parsley adds fresh flavor to just about everything. I love in meatballs, on roasted veggies, or in pestos.
Check back in a few weeks for some garden updates once things have had a chance to grow! In the meantime, we’ll return to recipes that get us in the mood for warmer weather.