Harvest leftovers are very common. It’s what you do with them that matters. There’s nothing more amazing than preparing food from your own kitchen garden and making your own kitchen garden recipes. 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 kitchen garden recipes using harvest leftovers.
1. Green smoothies
Green smoothies are a great way to use up any vegetables in your garden. A favourite easy green smoothie recipe of ours includes spinach, green apple, celery, mint and coconut water. Mint and spinach are very easy to grow and are a great choice for your summer garden. Body and soul have listed their top green smoothie recipes and they are all amazing. If you have any smoothie mixture leftover then freezing it in iceblocks 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 beautiful leafy greens from your garden and you have an amazing main meal or portions for the lunchbox.
3. Herbal iced tea
When we have hot weather, why not use your fresh herbs to make iced tea. It’s as simple as gathering all your in-season herbs and boiling in approx 4 litres of water. Add ice once it’s cooled down. Peppermint and Chamomile are my favourite teas. ABC has created a great list of the best herbs to grow for iced tea.
Mexican recipes never go astray. There’s nothing more summery than fresh salsa with lime juice. Salsa can be used or served with tacos, eggs and even with your BBQ.
5. Make your own tomato sauce
This is a great alternative to the sugary tomato ketchup and sauce you buy in the supermarkets. The quirky Cooking website has some amazing recipes including this tomato ketchup recipe. If you don’t have a thermomix, then you can use a high-powered blender to puree. This sauce can be used as a base for pizza, in pasta dishes and as a condiment for a variety of BBQ meats.
Enjoy your fresh, healthy food from your harvest leftovers in your own kitchen garden. No need for any waste here.