Recipe Ideas

Recipe Ideas Using your Organic Southwest Garden

Your beautiful growing garden is a reflection of you working together with nature to truly create something special. Don’t let your harmonizing stop there, honor your garden by making wonderful recipes with these lovingly grown ingredients.

Spaghetti squash, basil and garlic are all recommended to grow in the Southwest, and they happen to be the 3 main ingredients of this delicious entrée.

Southwest Garlic Basil Spaghetti Squash

spaghetti squash Ingredients:

-One minced clove of garlic
-A few pinches of chopped basil
-One medium Spaghetti Squash
-One tablespoon of butter or margarine
-Salt to taste (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put the spaghetti squash in the oven to back for approximately an hour and 15 minutes or when tender. Cut the tender squash in half lengthwise, remove the seeds and scrape out the inside using a fork. The fork will create spaghetti-like strands. Place those in a bowl.

In another small bowl you can stir together the chopped basil, the minced garlic glove, butter or margarine and optional pinch of salt. take that mixture and toss it into the squash strands until it is melted together.

Additional basil can be sprinkled on top for garnish. Enjoy!

Homegrown Salad Blend

Ingredients for the salad:

-Any vegetables or suitable fruits that are ripe in your garden. These foods taste wonderful separately but making new, fresh salad blends is a great way to let them compliment one another. Similar to being companion plants, they can be companions on the plates as well.

salad blendIngredient for the Dressing: (Ginger Honey Soy Dressing)

-4 Tbs. Olive Oil
-2 Tbs. raw organic honey
-2 Tbsp. soy sauce
-2 Tbsp. garlic minced
-2 Tbsp. Ginger minced

Directions:

Wash, Chop, dice and mince your chosen garden ingredients.

Use a food processor to blend The ginger, honey, garlic and soy sauce. As it is blending slowly drizzly the olive oil over top until it turns into a dressing consistency. Toss in your garden goodness & enjoy!

Organic Fruit Salsa

Ingredients: (Fruits known to thrive in the southwest gardens)

-Strawberries
-Blackberries
-Blueberries
-1/4 C sugar (optional)
-A squeeze of lemon(optional)

Directions:

wash, dry and chop up your fruits. If you like your salsa thick and chunky cut them into bigger pieces, for less texture cut them smaller or blend them. Toss the fruits together in a bowl. You can squeeze a little lemon juice on top to add acidity (optional) you can sprinkle sugar in and toss (optional). Cover with plastic wrap and allow to chill in refrigerator. Once chilled you can serve over a favorite cookie or eat with a spoon. Enjoy this fresh twist on salsa!

fruit salsa As you can see caring for your garden can be fun and enlightening. A wonderful tip shared among the gardening communities is to keep a journal for your garden. Be as creative or statistical as you would like but it is helpful to write what worked for you, what didn’t work, recipes you enjoyed using your ingredients, any questions that come up, experiences you had, people or connections you may have made, and anything worth noting to take you into the next year.

Caring for your garden is so much more than planting and growing seeds, it’s an investment in life. You may end up seeing just as much growth in your garden as you see in yourself or in your family. You probably wouldn’t be caring for an organic garden if you didn’t have a heart or deeper understanding for nature and for health. Gardening is certainly a way to honor that insight you have. Enjoy the process, it’s special and not much compares to growing something you can be truly proud of.