How Does Your Garden Grow?
Patricia Zifferblatt | July 15, 2006

What to do with all the vegetables that are over-growing in your garden? Easy! Just ZAP them! Get them into liquid form because they make excellent drinks, salsas, salad dressings, marinades, and soups. Take any of your homegrown veggies (or the ones you buy at the farmer’s market), and process them in a juicer or food processor in whatever amounts you desire.

Tomatoes--always a good place to begin because they provide plenty of water as well as phytonutrients such as lycopene. Then let your imagination soar as your garden grows: celery, onions, green, red, or any other pepper, cucumbers, garlic (if you like), zucchini, or other squash, and so on. They can be processed together in any amounts; just let your taste buds be your guide. Add a little olive oil and herbs--such as oregano, basil, and parsley--and play Michelangelo in the kitchen, creating your own work of art!

I’ve used freshly blended vegetables as sauces when baking chicken or fish, in soups, and stews. Gather up any vegetables you desire and soup them, spoon them up, drink them, enjoy them with chips or on salads, freeze them for the winter months, use as marinades--the ideas are endless!

And don’t forget fruit--try some real, honest-to-goodness fruit juice for a change! Maybe add a little no-calorie sweetener, and drink up. Make popsicles for the kids, spoon the fruit juice over low-cal ice cream, or use it as a base for a wonderful vinaigrette for your salad.

When you’ve become a juicing virtuoso, start combining fruits and vegetables. A little carrot juice added to orange juice and peach juice is heaven on a hot afternoon. Throw in a few ice cubes as you’re juicing, and don’t stop drinking till your brain freezes!

So, go for it--the garden is waiting!
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