Summer Garden Recipes

CucumbersI love going to the garden and picking my own vegetables. Fresh from the garden produce tastes amazing. Last summer I shared with you my favorite refrigerator pickles recipe made healthy. Healthy refrigerator PicklesWhen I picked the first batch of cucumbers last week, I planned to make pickles again. After I got started, I realized I did not have much honey on hand, so I decided to try something new. I substituted coconut palm sugar for the honey. The coconut palm sugar gave the pickles (and onions) a darker, carmel coloring, and a slightly different flavor, but they are very tasty. I would not hesitate to substitute again. Refrigerator PicklesLast year my garden would not cooperate with producing zucchini. That is not the case this year.ZucchiniSo I am in the process of finding new ways to use zucchini. One recipe I found that has already become a hit with my family is Crusty Parmesan-Herb Zucchini Bites. Melinda substituted Mozzarella cheese the other night for parmesan and said that was yummy too.

I had bananas that were ready to be made into bread and looked for a recipe that also used zucchini and found this Zucchini Banana Bread recipe. It called for 3 bananas and I only had two, so I added more zucchini to make up for the third banana. I substituted coconut palm sugar for the brown sugar in the recipe. I also added about a tablespoon of cocoa powder (just because…) We just taste tested and the loaf probably won’t be around very long in my house!Zucchini Banana BreadWhat are your favorite recipes for summer garden produce?


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