Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Nature's Bounty: Veggie Filled Recipes

If you've been following my farm share and garden updates, you know that we've been spoiled by a bounty of fresh vegetables for a while now. A week before leaving for camp my fridge was filled to the brim between two weeks worth of our farm share, veggies from our own garden and gifts from two friends... I was overwhelmed!! In a good way, of course :)

I had to be creative in my use of everything we've had on hand. I didn't want anything to go to waste, yet I also didn't want to go spending extra money to follow complicated recipes to use them up. So this post can serve two purposes:

(1) Ideas on how to eat more veggies if that's a goal of yours and...
(2) How to use veggies in mass quantity if you have an over-abundance on hand

As part of any balanced diet, remember to pair your veggies with a source of lean protein and complex carbohydrate at each meal or snack!

Veggie Pizza

Once you have your crust, this is probably the easiest dish: choose from tomato or pesto sauce, add your choice of cheese and then whatever veggies your heart desires. This particular one has pesto, feta, red onion, tomatoes and peppers from our garden, beet greens and green onions from our farm share. I adore this recipe by Chef Chloe for the dough!

Burrito Bowls

Chipotle Black Bean, Corn, and Rice Bowl
 by Naturally Ella

I made this for our runner friends after another one of their crazy long runs and also for our farm share potluck a few weeks back. Think homemade Chipotle...this one contained sautéed corn, black beans, peppers, tomatoes onions, yellow squash and zucchini sauteed with a sprinkle of taco seasoning. Pair with brown rice, guacamole, salsa, cheese if you desire... it's a busy-night staple in our household and leftovers freeze nicely for lunches.

Stir Fry Rice Noodle Bowls

My husband loves ANYthing with noodles, and this is a much healthier alternative to the ramen he used to eat. Rice noodles can be found at any oriental grocery store, but regular grocers are now starting to stock it too. Just boil and throw in a sauté pan with your veggies...this particular batch contains more squash, raddachio greens, green onion, carrots and eggs.

Hummus Veggie Wraps

This has hummus, kale, avocado, tomatoes, yellow cucumbers, carrots, baked falafel and a few random edamame beans on a spinach wrap. Worked out perfectly to-go in the car for my recent travels!

Curried Veggies 

Russet and sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, radishes, beet stems, onion...Curry is the perfect catch-all recipe when I need to use up what veggies I have on hand. We use this for the curry sauce.

Stir Fry

Another go-to catch all dish for me, though my favorite go-to combination is eggplant with broccoli, tofu and quinoa.

Taco Bar

Sautéed veggies of choice paired with your choice of meat (or meat alternative), cheese, greens, guacamole!

Vegetarian Chili

Or as I call it, a veggie-filled bowl of awesomeness. This recipe by Emeril is a true winner and it's easy to make your own with whatever extra veggies you have on hand... On this particular day I paired it with ginger lime greens beans, which were a hit too! We ate the leftover green beans in the car as a snack. Skip the sugar in the marinade, it's equally great without!

Other veggie-filled recipe ideas include: veggie omelets or egg scrambles, veggie pasta, green smoothies... you get the point. Cut up any extras to make snack packs to eat with hummus at work or on the go. There are tons of options out there, so get creative! Hope this post helps jump start some ideas.

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