You can never have too much of a good thing. That's the motto of this Recipe Revue, which is dedicated to the typical bumper crops of summer. Just when you thought you wouldn't be able to come up with another way to use the zucchini from your garden or the tomatoes growing in a barrel on your deck, we've had an inspiration.
Blueberry By You
Blueberry Vinegar is a delicious way to make use of this incredibly good-for-you fruit. Blueberries may help the body fight aging, cancer, and heart disease, and improve vision. What gives them their lovely indigo color is actually a powerful antioxidant called anthocyanin. The recipe combines blueberries with thyme and red wine vinegar. The result is an excellent marinade for chicken.
Three Sides of Summer
For a quick and simple dish that puts your tomato crop to work, try Tomato-Balsamic Relish. Diced tomatoes blend beautifully with balsamic vinegar and the condiment pairs well with grilled meat or fish.
Or get a pot of Tomato Basil Sauce going. The aroma of fresh basil is truly one of the joys of summer. Tomatoes are full of lycopene, another potent antioxidant. Tomato sauces can contain five times more lycopene than raw tomatoes, because the cooking process makes it easier for your body to use.
Veggie City Dip is another great use of tomatoes, as well as zucchini, peppers, onions and eggplant. Serve it cold with pita bread, crackers or tortilla chips.
Team summer squash like zucchini and pattypan with lemon and basil for a quick, easy, dynamite-tasting dish. See Summer Squash Sauté for directions.
Or get your whole grains and vegetables in one fell swoop with Brown Rice and Crunchy Vegetable Salad. It stars zucchini, arugula, bell pepper and scallions.
Another flavorful entrée featuring buttery-tasting squash is our Penne with Summer Squash, Zucchini and Sugar Snap Peas. This light dish is perfect fare for a sultry evening.
Zucchini Bread is the perfect solution for any foot-long produce you may uncover hidden under the leaves of the plant in the dwindling days of summer. Just like banana bread, it's yummy for breakfast spread with light cream cheese or pack some for a mid-afternoon snack.
Brown Rice and Crunchy Vegetable Salad
Penne with Summer Squash, Zucchini and Sugar Snap Peas
Summer Squash Sauté
Tomato Basil Sauce
Veggie City Dip