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    You are in: Home / Community Forums / Cooking on a Budget: OAMC, Make Ahead, Freezing & More / Budget Cooking in summer means using up veggies
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    Budget Cooking in summer means using up veggies

    Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:33 pm Groupie
    I grow a garden but also when let loose in a Farmer's Market/Farm Stand. I need to use things up. When zucchini or Swiss chard come in I make casseroles.

    I also freeze alot of veggies. I blanch them for the time recommended in up-to-date canning cookbooks. Most of the summer I get a handful at a time, but by the end of summer I have a container (or two) full of each kind veggie from my garden. I freeze each kind individually that way I can go in and grab what I need. If I want only one kind of veggie or if I want a mix I can grab what I want. I use shoe box sized plastic containers to store my veggies that way they stack nicely, bags wouldn't stack.

    I like making uncooked casseroles too. That way when I come home and am too tired to cook (I work as a cook, some days you just don't want to do it again). I can pop something into the freezer and rest while dinner cooks. I don't pre-plan meals so dinner takes 1 1/2 hours to cook. If I could just get around to pre-planning I would only need about 45 minutes.

    I will also do a bunch of baking too and put that into the freezer. The pies I make aren't cooked, just assembled. The rest are baked and ready to de-frost and eat.

    Some of my favorite dishes for the freezer are:

    Harvest Pumpkin Apple Bread
    Blueberry Filling for Pies
    Rhubarb Streusel Muffins
    Sausage Bean Soup
    Uncle Bill's Green Split Pea With Hambone Soup
    Freezer Apple Pie Filling - OAMC
    Big Batch Spaghetti Sauce, I use this to make lasagnas, or after I am done all my additions I could also freeze the sauce for a quick easy meal.
    Freezer Peach Pie Filling and Pie Freezing Method
    Red Lentil and Swiss Chard Stew
    Swiss Chard & Italian Sausage Lasagna
    Fried Zucchini Batter
    Squash Brownies
    Holiday Gingerbread Muffins
    Low Fat Pear Muffins
    Apple Oatmeal Muffins
    Zucchini, Sausage, and Feta Casserole
    Zucchini and Rice Casserole
    Zucchini Casserole
    Caramel Sauce, ok I didn't freeze this one, but capped when still hot and it had a weak seal, set in the frig it keeps for a couple months. I make it 3 times a year.
    Pizza Tot Casserole
    Zucchini Nut Muffins
    Buttermilk Pancakes for a Crowd
    Chunky Monkey Cupcakes
    Best Ever Banana Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
    Grab 'n' Go Breakfast Cookies
    Easy Rhubarb Jam

    I also make Swiss Chard Rolls, which are like Cabbage Rolls just I use Swiss Chard instead of Cabbage, so much easier because all I have to do is cut the vein out of the leave instead of all the work involved with cabbage.
    mums the word
    Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:31 pm Groupie
    Thanks Tasb, I saved a number of these recipes!
    Thu Sep 05, 2013 6:49 am
    Forum Host
    For the past couple of weeks especially, I'm finding that we're basing almost all our meals on fresh seasonal vegetables - eggplant parm (made a ful batch of that - the other half is for dinner tonight), saag paneer (picked up some nice spinach at the market, and I added kale from my garden - also made two meals for us), a roasted tomato sauce for pasta the evening we were making the sauce and canning tomatoes all day, and I even made a butternut sauce with loads of sage that was surprisingly good. And, of course, sliced fresh tomatoes are a staple on our homemade pizzas this time of year. icon_smile.gif
    mums the word
    Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:55 am Groupie
    My "garden" was just pathetic this year, so I am jealous of you all.
    I planted a few tomatoes, zucchini, beans and a pepper plant. My tomatoes are still green, and there are very few. My zucchini died, peppers are tiny things and the bean plant produced about 4 beans (not even kidding).
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    Thu Sep 05, 2013 9:44 pm
    Forum Host
    My garden was pathetic, too. My peach tree blossomed beautifully and then up and died on me - no idea why. The tomatoes produced all of about 5 tomatoes, the cherry peppers produced one, the cucumbers produced quite well, and I have been eating and sharing those. The potatoes grew ok, but I don't think there are any tubers.
    Sat Sep 07, 2013 1:31 am Groupie
    My garden is very pathetic too. The shelling peas are barely off the ground. The beans, only a couple handfuls. The lettuce and carrots are only a couple inches talk. Chard, only 1 plant, only couple inches tall. Zucchini only 2 small harvests, tomatoes 1 plant is doing well, getting enough for eating and drying some. Strawberries, they are eaten before I get there, and so many spider webs in there I am scared to dig around. Potato plants are small. Squashes aren't setting much. The only thing doing well enough are the sugar snap peas, and there aren't many plants. Thankfully the Farmer's Market is fairly cheap.
    Mrs. Moon
    Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:17 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    My garden was pretty lame this year too. The only thing that did really well were my grape tomatoes which I can't get rid of fast enough and some weird pepper I bought just because I had space for a couple more plants. Our cherry trees were amazing this year! It would have been the first year we had apples but our neighborhood hoodlums decided it would be better to through them all over the street. I am relying on our wonderful Farmer's Market.
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