What’s Growing in Our Gardens This Year?

We are delighted with the fresh vegetables and herbs beginning to grow in our gardens.  Summer is the time of year to enjoy the warm weather, exercise more and eat better. The Bloomfield Health Department would like to submit the following recipes featuring some of the more common vegetables used in household meals.

 

RECIPES
Mixed Bean Cherry Tomato Salad with Basil Vinaigrette
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 1 pound fresh wax beans, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extravirgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved (2 pints)
  • 1 cup loosely packed basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • Fresh basil sprigs (optional)

Preparation

Cook green and wax beans in boiling water 5 minutes. Drain and plunge beans into ice water; drain.

Combine vinegar, oil, salt, and pepper. Add beans, tomatoes, basil leaves, and onion; toss gently. Cover and chill. Garnish with basil sprigs, if desired.

Summer Squash Pizza
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Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut lengthwise into (1/4-inch-thick) slices
  • 1 medium yellow squash, cut lengthwise into (1/4-inch-thick) slices
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 (12-inch) packaged pizza crust (such as Mama Mary’s)
  • 2 plum tomatoes, cut into (1/8-inch-thick) slices
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) finely grated pecorino Romano cheese
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh oregano

Preparation

1. Prepare grill.

2. Combine oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, zucchini slices, and yellow squash slices in a large bowl, tossing gently to coat. Place squash mixture on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 2 minutes on each side or until tender.

3. Reduce grill temperature to medium.

4. Lightly coat pizza crust with cooking spray; grill 1 minute on each side or until lightly toasted. Arrange zucchini and squash over crust. Arrange tomatoes over squash; sprinkle with pecorino Romano cheese. Grill 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from grill; sprinkle with basil and oregano.

Studies have shown that community gardeners and their children eat healthier diets than do non-gardening families. Gardening requires physical activity and helps improve our over health.

Let’s put the long cold winter behind us and get out there do some work and enjoy the fresh air. Shut the TV and smartphone and begin interacting with plants and nature. It will help reduce stress and increase an individual’s sense of wellness and belonging.

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