Harvest leftovers are very common. It’s what you do with them that matters. There is nothing more amazing than preparing food from your own kitchen garden.  What do you do with your leftover vegetables and herbs? Do you share with your friends or freeze?

With summer upon us, here are some great recipe ideas to use leftover harvest from a kitchen garden.

1. Green Smoothies

Green smoothies are a great way to use up any vegetables in your garden. A favourite easy green smoothie recipe includes spinach, green apple, celery, mint and coconut water.  Mint and spinach are very easy to grow and are great for a summer plant.  Body and soul have listed their top green smoothie recipes.  If you have any smoothie mixture left over then freezing it in icy-poles is a great idea for a cold snack for the kids.

2. Vegetable fritters from your kitchen gardens

Fritters are easy and you can add whatever vegetables you like. To combine the finely chopped vegetables just add an egg and some almond meal. Make sure you don’t forget to add the amazing fragrant herbs you have growing in your garden. Coconut oil is a good alternative for frying them in.  Serve with beautifully leafy greens from your garden and you have an amazing main meal or pack as a snack for your kids.

3. Herbal Iced Tea

With the hot weather why not use your fresh herbs to make iced tea.  It is as simple as gathering all you’re in season herbs and boiling it in approx 4 litres of water.  Add ice once it is cooled down. Peppermint and
Chamomile are my favourite teas. ABC have created a great list of the best herbs to grow for iced tea.

4. Salsa

Mexican recipes never go astray. There is nothing more summer than fresh salsa with lime juice. Salsa can be used or served with tacos, eggs and even with you BBQ.

5. Make your own tomato sauce

This is  a great alternative to the sugary tomato ketchup and sauce you buy in the supermarkets.  Quirky Cooking website has some amazing recipes including this tomato ketchup recipe.  If you do not have a thermomix then you can use a high-powered blender to puree.  This sauce is great as it can be used as a base for pizza, in pasta dishes and as a condiment for a variety of BBQ meats.

Enjoy your fresh, health food from your own kitchen garden!