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10 Recipes to Use Up Summer Produce {Waste Not, Want Not}

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Don't let your summer garden veggies go to waste! Here are 10 delicious summer produce recipes to help you use it all up!If you’re a gardener, chances are you may have summer produce coming out your ears! Tis the season for zucchini, squash, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and cabbage! And tomatoes and corn aren’t far behind!!

Here is round-up of 10 Summer Produce Recipes

Waste not, want not!

Italian zucchini pieItalian Zucchini Pie?!! If you have too much zucchini, this recipe will help you put it to good use! It’s gotten rave reviews from almost everyone who has tried it.

German Cucumber SaladGerman Cucumber Salad – one of my favorite ways to use up cucumbers when there aren’t enough to pickle. This German cucumber salad is tasty, tasty, tasty.

Bacon, Kale, and Tomato SaladBacon, Kale, & Tomato Salad – A salad my sister created to use up the zillion pounds of kale I had last year! Bacon makes everything better and this salad is proof that even kale can be delicious with enough bacon. 🙂

Green beans with garlic and toasted almondsGreen Beans with Garlic and Toasted Almonds – One of my favorite ways to prepare green beans. These are also great as foil packets cooked over the grill. Delicious!

Fried Squash PuffsFried Squash Puffs – If you’ve never tried these, you should! I’m not a huge fan of yellow squash, but fried squash puffs are quite tasty!

Easy homemade roasted tomato sauceEasy Homemade Roasted Tomato Sauce– This is perhaps the most delicious and easy tomato sauce you can make from scratch! It freezes well and is such a great thing to pull out of the freezer in the middle of the winter.

Hobo CarrotsHobo Carrots – great for the grill! These carrots are another delicious side dish – perfect also for healthy camping food too.

Cowboy CaviarCowboy Caviar – This is a really delicious treat! We love this easy side dish as a side dish and a salsa both.

Sauteed CauliflowerSauteed Cauliflower – a very delicious way to eat your cauliflower! If you can grow cauliflower in your garden, here’s our favorite way too cook it.

no-mayo cole slaw No-Mayo Cole Slaw – This is a great recipe for picnics and outdoor eating! The best thing about this cole-slaw is that you don’t have to worry about it spoiling if you take to picnics or BBQs. We love the tangy goodness of this recipe.

Do you have a favorite recipe for summer produce? I’d love to check it out! Please leave a link in the comments!

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


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