Happy 4th of July and a recipe!

Happy 4th of July everyone!  I hope that you are all enjoying the holiday (unless you are not in the US, and then I hope you enjoy your weekend!).  

I picked my first pepper yesterday from the garden.  It is always exciting to pick the first fruits of the garden.  It means all of my craziness is starting to pay off!  I harvested our garlic scapes this past week as well.  After I picked that pepper, I knew I would need to whip up a fresh tomato sauce to have over pasta for lunch.

I love summer for how easy the food is.  Everything is so fresh, and often I can make a meal out of whatever is in the garden - the reason for the garden to begin with, by the way!  This is a dish that I make all the time, it is quick and easy and the kids enjoy it.  Since I was low on fresh veggies, this is really just for one person, but you can easily double/triple/quadruple the recipe for however many people you may have sitting at your dining room table.

Fresh Tomato Sauce over pasta

1 tomato
1 green pepper
1/4 of a sweet onion
1-2 garlic scapes
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil for the pan

Chop up all ingredients.  Add green pepper, onion, and garlic scapes to a pan drizzled with extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil.  Saute over medium high until softened, ~4 minutes.  Add in tomato, with juices and seeds.  Turn heat down to medium and saute until tomatoes are softened.  Serve over pasta or zucchini noodles with a little parmesan cheese.

This is a fresh and easy summer meal.  And I was happy that the pepper and garlic scapes came from my garden, the tomato was local.  The onion and olive oil was not.

During the summer I try to incorporate at least one local ingredient in every meal that I make.  Sometimes that is easy, sometimes that isn't so easy, but it is a good goal to have.

How is your garden growing?  Do you try to incorporate local foods in your diet every day?


  1. Congrats on your first harvest! There just is something about peppers - I have the hardest time growing them! Why is that? Mine look - eh....we will see if we get any...this recipe looks great, I always make a fresh pasta sauce and love eating local whenever it's possible! If only our weather coorporated but I'm enjoying it while it lasts! Happy 4th!

  2. It looks delicious. We have something from the garden daily and I put up what we can't eat each day to save for winter. Lots of work now but in February, when the snow is falling and it's frigid outdoors, it's nice to remember how hot it was six months earlier.

  3. We've just gotten the first tomato cherries, baby yellow squash and peppers from our garden in the past week! I am very interested in planting a fall garden for the first time ever....I want to continue this easy meal-planning thing.


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