Sunday, June 15, 2014

Cooking From The Garden-Summer Salad & Stuffed Baked Zucchini

I love it when there is something wonderful ready to harvest from the garden.  If we aren't growing it, then there are farm fields all around me and a couple of fabulous farmers markets, so there is always something fresh to choose from

We have some of the most wonderful vine ripened tomatoes and they taste soooooooooo good.  Perfect for my all time favorite summer salad.

Cucumber Salad

This is such an easy chop salad.  I've already peeled one of the cucumbers and washed the tomatoes.

 Next, I just slice up everything in rather thin slices.

 Then just arrange in layers of onion, tomato and cucumber - repeat until the dish is full.

 I use bottle dressing, but making your own is really easy too.

 Cover everything liberally with dressing.  Place plastic wrap over the top, put in fridge to marinate for a couple of hours, then serve.  This is such a great cool salad and perfect with any main dish.  My favorite is to BBQ a steak, roast some corn on the cob and a generous serving of the salad.

Our garden has kept us and most of our neighbors well stocked in tomatoes.

Stuffed Baked Zucchini

 Slice two zucchini in half length wise, and scoop out the seeds and pulp, leaving about a 1/4 inch boat.

 Sautee some onions in oil  - -

 add 1 lb of ground beef and season with garlic salt.  Brown well - - -

 use one small can of tomato sauce and some italian seasoning --

 put them in the meat mixture ( I used about a tablespoon of italian seasoing ) and cook for a couple of minutes to incorporate the seasoning flavors.

 Take off the stove and add a small handful of shredded cheese.  I used a jack/colby mixture.

 place into casserole dish and spoon meat mixture into the zucchini boats.   Add approx 1/2 cup water to bottom dish.

 top with mozzarella cheese slices.  Cover with foil and bake at 350 for approx 30 minutes until the zucchini is tender.

 Enjoy.  This makes a fabulous main dish.  I serve with a tossed salad and some garlic bread.  One of my family favorites.

So if you have a garden, cook up something wonderful with all those veggies.  If not, be sure to visit the farmers market this time of year.  Home grown, fresh out of the garden tastes so good.

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to my wonderful husband who grows all this wonderful produce for me to cook.

I am out of town,  so Inspire Me Tuesday will not go live until Tuesday morning at 6:00 AM Central Time.  See you then.

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  1. Wow Marty! That just looks delicious! I love fresh veggies from the garden... I did not get to plant a garden this year..very few farmers markets around me :(.. I am so craving fresh green beans and new potatoes.. Your zucchini recipe looks yummy. Have a great Sunday! Blessings!

  2. I love the sound of both of these recipes. Unfortunately when I tried to PIN this page it won't let me get to the recipes again. I love your blog and look forward to reading it every day!

  3. This looks great! I'm def. going to have to make the stuffed baked zucchini for our next dinner party! Thanks

  4. Happy Father's Day Marty!! This looks so good my mouth is watering from it all. I was at the Olive Mill and bought a book on Extreme Gardening. I often see in magazine articles all the veggies you can grow here, but it's hard to get used to the when and how's of this weather. I see now that it's possible to do and I look forward to starting a garden veggie box. If you have a chance, I would love to see you do a blog post on your garden. It's been a long time since I have visited and am getting back to blogging. I am glad you are still here doing your sweet thing, Char

  5. Both recipes sounds great. I love cooking from the garden.

  6. My mouth is watering…I have to try your recipe!!! Beautiful tomatoes!

  7. Yum Marty this all looks so good. Have a great week end away. Safe travels.

  8. Your tomatoes look wonderful. Just hope I can get a few from my puny plants. I do better with Fall tomatoes.
    Happy gathering.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  9. I'm envious of your garden tomatoes Marty! Also lovin' that cute piggy cutting board:@) Have a great week!

  10. Gosh both of those recipes look good! I think we need to plant zucchini next year! The tomato, onion and cucumber salad looks good. We're growing everything but the onions right now too.

  11. Just one question: what do you do with all that good zucchini "meat" you scoop out? Sorry if that was in there and I missed it.

    1. I'm sorry, I saved the meat part and put it in my salad.

  12. Fresh veggies and summertime cooking never looked so delicious! Thanks Marty.

  13. Zucchini is something I've stayed away from because I never knew what to do with it. Thanks so much for showing me a recipe that I think I might actually LOVE!

    Your tomatoes are enviable and the salad looks like the essence of simmer. I'm so jealous!

  14. Ooh, Love me some freshness from the garden! Gotta pin the recipe too! LOOKS SO YUMMY! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  15. I wish I was your neighbor. I stopped trying to grow tomatoes years ago, because the squirrels always ate them before I did. I can live on tomatoes alone through the summer months and miss them so much when the season is over. Your salad and Zucchini recipes look so good. Thank you for sharing them. laurie

  16. that zucchini boat looks delicious, i will definitely be trying that out!

  17. This does sound like a great home meal! :)
    Thanks for the menu.
    Hope your having a great trip.

  18. Oh my gosh Marty! Both of these recipes look amazing! I love the summer salad. Perfect for these hot days we're having and the zucchini looks and sounds delicious. Even my picky eaters might try that! Great recipes!