The Bounty of Gardening

This is a recent harvest from my garden. I’m learning the fine art of growing vegetables this year, and having a blast working in my garden, especially in the early mornings when everything is still and quiet.

When I was chronically malnourished and obese, I ate a steady diet of peanut butter sandwiches, processed cereal with milk, spaghetti and garlic bread, beef and noodles, cottage cheese, meatloaf, pizza, and chicken nuggets. A garden was not even a blimp on my radar screen of desire. Now, after a year of eating nutrient dense foods, just looking at a picture of vegetables makes my mouth water.

One of my favorite ways to serve zucchini and tomatoes is to line a rectangular, stoneware pan with foil (to simplify clean-up), and layer slices of yams, cut up zucchini, tomatoes, onions, a bit of minced garlic, Dr. Fuhrman’s MatoZest, and juice from one lemon. I seal everything with a top layer of foil, and put the pan into a 425 degree, pre-heated oven for an hour. Afterwards, while still encased in foil, I let it stand for another half hour before serving, which causes flavors to blend together. I then serve with a fresh pot of lentil stew, sliced cucumbers, (also from the garden), steamed broccoli, chunks of cantaloupe, and raw almonds, resulting in an inexpensive, delicious, and nourishing meal for any family.

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aunt cia - August 11, 2009 7:21 AM

sounds delish, Emily. Thanks for sharing!

Alicia - August 11, 2009 11:04 AM

Your recipe sounds delicious. I have all those items on hand I think I am going to make that tonight for dinner. Have you tried using a little wine instead of lemon juice?

Congratulations on the garden harvest. Looks like your first garden is producing quite well.

Earny - August 11, 2009 11:41 AM

Emily,

Have you ever tried a tomato called "Cherokee Purple". If not, you got to grow it next year, they are SOOO good. It is a heirloom tomato.

CJ - August 11, 2009 9:42 PM

Beautiful produce; I'm sitting here, way past my dinner time and your description is making me salivate.

I've tried a garden two years in a row, but neighboring trees cast too much shade in my yard, so I finally gave it up this year. I do have some tomatoes in pots in a sunny location, but that's just not the same as getting out into the dirt. I envy you and all other gardeners.

Emily Boller - August 12, 2009 5:54 AM

Thanks Earny for the tip. I'll look for "Cherokee Purples" in my seed catalogue next spring.

I want to hire a nearby farmer to plow and disk about an acre this fall, so that next spring I can try my green thumb at a blueberry patch. Our soil is that black peat, so I think blueberries would grow beautifully.

I wouldn't trade rich and colorful vegetables/fruit for all of the glazed donuts in the world!

Suze (rubyday) - August 13, 2009 2:58 PM

That sounds delicious! I can't wait to try it!

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