31 Recipes That Will Make Use of Your Garden Veggies, Fruits and Herbs

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Garden ProduceEach year at the end of summer anyone who has been growing garden veggies, fruits and herbs has A LOT of excess produce on their hands. I've been there, and I know it gets to a point where you’re wondering what you’re gonna do with it all. The picture to the right with the insane amount of produce in the basket is from my friend Mary's garden. The bigger the garden, the more ideas you'll need.

Ways to Preserve Your Garden Veggies, Fruits and Herbs


Veggies: Put pre-washed veggies in a freezer bag in the portion size you prefer. You can choose to put them in whole or cut them up depending on what type of veggie it is and it's water content.

Fruits: These are fantastic in smoothies! Wash and dry the fruit. Cut to desired sizes. If it has skin, be sure to peel it. Use a paper towel to pat the fruit to remove as much water as possible. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and make a single layer of fruit. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for about 5 hours.

Remove from freezer and put into freezer bags, eliminating as much air as possible. Return them to the freezer in the bags.

Herbs: Wash and completely dry herbs. If you only use the leaves of the herb, remove them and put into a freezer bag. If you use the stems, too, roughly cut them down into 2-inch pieces before bagging.

Alternatively, you can make herb ice cubes to use in various hot recipes. Place washed herbs in the your ice cube tray, filling it half way. Fill the rest with water or your most used stock (for me, it's chicken stock). Freeze overnight and put the cubes into labeled baggies.

Be sure to label and date each food on the baggie. Most fruits and vegetables will last 3-6 months in the freezer.


Fresh garden produce makes a wonderful gift. Fill a basket with some of your fresh picks and deliver to friends, family or anyone you want to make smile. It even works great as a customer gift if you're a business owner. And your favorite food blogger (*me waving excitedly*) would love it and likely make something with them and share with you.

Find New Ways to Eat Them

I reached out to my fellow food bloggers to make the ultimate collection of garden-heavy recipes. I’m fortunate to have so many wonderful people with a passion for cooking in my network.

Veggie Recipes

Zoodles in Meat Sauce

Crisp Cucumber Salsa

Healthy Summer Squash Casserole
Summer Squash Casserole

Roasted Broccoli Salad
Roasted Broccoli Salad

Creamy Corn & Zucchini Summer Skillet

Loaded Vegetable Beans and Rice
Loaded Vegetable Beans and Rice

Indian Spiced Leftover Summer Vegetable Fritters
Indian Spiced Leftover Summer Vegetable Fritters

Butternut Squash Kale Linguine
Butternut squash kale linguine

Stuffed Summer Squash
with Lemon, Mint and Feta Farro

Chilled Cucumber Soup
Chilled Cucumber soup

Making Zoodles

Cucumber & Tomato Salad
Cucumber & Tomato Salad

Stuffed Zucchinis with Taco Filling
Stuffed Zucchini with Taco Filling

Candied Jalapeno Slices

Farmer's Market Hash
Farmers Market Hash

Tomato Salad
Tomato Salad

Zucchini Feta Chickpea Burger
Zucchini Feta Chickpea Burger

Homemade Couscous
with Eggplant, Zucchini and Shrimp

Homemade Couscous with Eggplant Zucchini and Shrimp

Colorful Fiesta Kale Salad

Zucchini Veggie Sandwich
zucchini veggie sandwich

Roasted Vegetable Lasagne

Zucchini Fries with Whipped Feta Dip

Turkey Veggie Mix
Turkey Veggie Mix


Grilled Peaches
Grilled Peaches

Very Berry Fruit Salsa
Very Berry Fruit Salsa

Apple and Berry Chopped Kale Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
Apple Berry Chopped Kale Salad

Easy Fruit Salad
Easy Fruit Salad

Strawberry Greens Smoothie Packs
Strawberry Green Smoothie Packs

Pear and Goat Cheese Bistro Salad
Pear and goat cheese bistro salad

Nectarine & Avocado Salad


Low-Fat Pesto
Low-Fat Pesto

There are so many dishes you can make with fresh garden produce. Try these awesome recipes this season and tell me what you think!


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