Eat From Your Garden…

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

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Walking through my garden this morning, I stopped to see it’s beauty and smell my warm herbs as they bathed in the morning sun. I ran in to grab my camera for my Monday post and thought wouldn’t it be great if everyone had access to a garden for a Meatless Monday dinner and  actually Eat from your Garden.

fresh tomatoes

So I wanted to capture this feeling I had and share it with you today. What a simple concept but such a hard one to achieve if you don’t have the money to buy pots and soil, or the town you live in doesn’t permit front-yard gardens.  Community gardens are sprouting up everywhere across the U.S.  Try and find one and plant your own patch of herbs and vegetables, and together we can share and enjoy the love for gardening. You may want to try the American Community Garden Association for a garden near you.

And for Meatless Monday, select a grain, add olive oil to your pan and a little garlic, saute your greens, herbs and add your cooked grain. Simple and delicious.

These grains I chose today are nutritious and easy to prepare. Kamut, Spelt, and Bulghar, make great summer dishes.

This is my rainbow chard from my garden and I love to saute these and add them to any salad or as a side dish.

Greek Basil has become my all-time favorite herb to grow in my garden. So spicy with a cinnamon flavor.

For that special ice tea try lemon-herbs in your garden such as this one…lemon balm.

My lettuces are coming in and I’m so excited to have a fresh salad every evening for dinner.

A couple of my herbs I grow is an Italian small leaf basil and thyme .

Squash blossoms are a Greek  specialty and are stuffed and served in the summer-time all over Greece.

If you grow your flowers organically, you can throw them in your salads and dishes. They have a floral -peppery taste to them.

Recipes for Meatless Mondays, Grains, and Farmer’s Market Recipes can be found on my site.

 

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1 Laura @ Family Spice

Okay, I envy your green thumb!!! My tomatoes just weren’t happy this year. But, I do have chard!

2 Mary Papoulias-Platis

Yes! I love chard, and good recipes? Plenty to give-a-way in my garden…

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