It’s the middle of the week. You’ve got a refrigerator full of fresh, healthy vegetables at your fingertips, and a garden that’s bursting with ripe and ready-to-pick produce. And it’s time to make dinner, but you’re short on one thing: a fresh batch of healthy dinner recipes. Let’s face it: even our favorite recipes get old after a while. If you love to cook (and eat), you’re probably always on the lookout for new healthy dinner recipes that cook up quickly and taste good. I mean, there are only so many times that you can make the same recipes for dinner before you get so tired of cooking and eating the same easy zucchini recipes over and over that you just decide getting takeout is your best bet for dinner.
Maybe you don’t garden just so you can cook up healthy dinner recipes, but having a world of fresh produce just outside your back door certainly gives you an advantage when you’re faced with the age-old question of what to make for dinner. Healthy dinner recipes seem to have a bad reputation for being difficult to prepare and involving lots and lots of different ingredients. But making something healthy for dinner can be as quick and easy as reaching into your garden for a handful of whatever is in season when you use the recipes in Serving Up the Harvest: Celebrating the Goodness of Fresh Vegetables by Andrea Chesman.
Celebrate the goodness of your garden produce with this book.
If you’ve found yourself (and your family) getting bored with the same old healthy dinner recipes, the recipes in Serving Up the Harvest will get you out of your cooking rut. Healthy dinner recipes don’t necessarily have to be four-course dinners with dessert: the recipes you find in this cookbook include a wide variety of options like salads, soups, one-pot meals, and lots of easy and delicious side dishes.
The recipes in Serving Up the Harvest are arranged by season, starting in early spring and moving towards fall into winter. No matter what kinds of fresh produce is available in your garden or from your local farmer’s market or CSA, you’ll find healthy dinner recipes, helpful information about cooking techniques, and tips for preparing and storing your vegetables.
Inside this book, you’ll find:
- 175 healthy dinner recipes, salad recipes, dressing and sauce recipes, dessert recipes, and side dish recipes
- Recipes arranged by season starting in the spring and moving through summer, autumn, and winter
- Basic recipes for pizza dough, cheese sauce, croutons, roasted vegetables, vinegars, and sauces
- Information about easy basic cooking techniques like steaming, stir-frying, boiling, and blanching vegetables
- Master recipes for classic dishes like pesto pasta, crepes, fettucini alfredo, vegetable gratin, and quiche
- Helpful information about your favorite seasonal vegetables like asparagus, peas, corn, spinach, broccoli, beans, Swiss chard, and more!
- Basic instructions for preserving your garden harvest using cooking and food preservation methods like freezing, drying, and water bath canning
- Creative salad recipes that can be used as healthy dinner recipes for days when it’s just too hot to turn on the oven or the stove
- Dozens of recipes for homemade salad dressings that beat anything you can buy in a bottle at the grocery store
- Healthy ideas for delicious desserts to end your meal on a sweet note
In addition to the creative healthy dinner recipes that you’ll find in Serving Up the Harvest, you’ll also find great recipes for classic favorites like eggplant lasagna, fettucine alfredo, chile con queso, corn chowder, simple succotash, and classic potato salad.
Arranging the recipes according to what vegetables are in season either in the garden or at the farmer’s market makes this book a valuable addition to your cookbook collection. No matter what you might find popping up at the market or in your garden, you’ll find a creative or classic recipe here to enjoy the season’s best fresh vegetables.
With more and more homesteaders and city dwellers looking to get more in tune with the natural rhythm of the seasons, these recipes offer up fresh offerings of healthy dinner recipes to take advantage of what you have available in your local area. Eating with the seasons is better for everyone who wants to stay healthy and reduce their carbon footprint by focusing on eating food that hasn’t been shipped and trucked hundreds or thousands of miles from the place where it was grown.
The recipes in Serving Up the Harvest will help you think differently about eating in season while giving you the information you need to start getting more out of your backyard vegetable gardens.