The Lynne Gately Team LOOOOVES gardening and Lane County is a great area to start your own garden in! Whether you have a large yard or small, you can get creative and grow your own produce! Here are some great ideas for when you can’t keep up with your garden produce & don’t want them to go to waste!
- Make ready made freezer meals! Freezing your vegetables could be a great way to meal plan or for nights you don’t feel like cooking, you can throw a ready made meal in your slow cooker or Instant Pot & relax.
- Make Chili, Salsa or Tomato sauce & can it. (we’ve included an awesome salsa recipe at the bottom of this blog post- read to the end to find it!)
- Bake pies or bread & freeze them.
- Use for snacks in lunches or make smoothies. A lot of times you can get away with snacking on a lot of garden fresh veggies. Another great idea is to throw some in to a smoothie for breakfast. You can hide quite a lot of vegetables in a smoothie without tasting them
- Make veggie “spaghetti” noodles or find a great recipe for veggie substitues i.e. veggie “nuggets”.
- Donate to family or friends who didn’t have time to garden this year, you could also look in to sharing with donation centers around your area. Call around to the places you know accept donations and see if they could use any fresh produce.
~Garden Fresh Salsa Recipe ~
- 2-3 medium sized fresh tomatoes (from 1 lb to 1 1/2 lb), stems removed
- 1/2 red onion
- 2 serrano chiles or 1 jalapeño chile (stems, ribs, seeds removed), less or more to taste
- Juice of one lime
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Pinch of dried oregano (crumble in your fingers before adding), more to taste
- Pinch of ground cumin, more to taste
1. Prep the tomatoes, chiles, and onions: Start by roughly chopping the tomatoes, chiles, and onions.
Be very careful while handling the chile peppers. If you can, avoid touching the cut peppers with your hands. Consider using gloves or wash your hands thoroughly with soap and hot water after handling and avoid touching your eyes for several hours.
Set aside some of the seeds from the peppers. If the salsa isn’t hot enough, you can add a few for more heat.
2. Dice or pulse a few times in food processor: Place all of the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse only a few times, just enough to finely dice the ingredients, not enough to purée. If you don’t have a food processor, you can finely dice by hand.
3. Adjust seasonings: Place in a serving bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. If the chilies make the salsa too hot, add some more chopped tomato. If not hot enough, carefully add a few of the seeds from the chilies, or add a little more ground cumin.
Let sit for an hour for the flavors to combine.
Get creative with your other fresh veggies! Consider making it a cucumber salsa & cut back on the tomatoes! This also lowers the carbs in the salsa for anyone looking for low carb option!