It's that time of year again... when ginormous cucumbers seem to be the norm and the kids walk around gnawing on raw zucchini as a mid-day snack.
Last year, we put in a drip system and converted our large side yard full of dead grass into a garden. In it's second year, our garden is thriving and we're drowning in vegetables, literally. If I had to drown, this would definitely be the way to do it.
The kids sure are being great sports about all the vegetables, especially when I serve them boiled beets and corn on the cob for a snack. When they are hungry I tell them to just go out in the garden and find some cherry tomatoes or peas to snack on. Luke and Charlie have become very skilled at cutting lettuce for an impromptu salad. I have discovered that kids will eat almost anything if they feel like they had a part in growing it.
Eggplant Panini with Pesto (my kids even eat these)
Tomato Basil Pasta
Stuffed Bell Peppers
Curried Chicken and Rice Soup
Shish Kebabs with Grilled Vegetables
Other tips for using everything you can't preserve -
Add Zucchini and Spinach to EVERYTHING.
Grilled or Boiled Corn with loads of butter and salt make a delicious snack.
Make pesto from the basil and freeze it.
Turn the salad into a whole meal by adding a protein to it. i.e., chicken salad.
Throw everything in a pan and sautee it in olive oil. Sprinkle it with mozzarella cheese.