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Summers Bounty

With summer coming to a close the back yard gardens and the local Farmers Markets are overflowing with nature's bounty. What's not to love about an abundance of fruits and vegetables readily available to grace the dinner table. Today this cool sunshiny day is beckoning and I am ready to celebrate these last days of summer.  I plan to enjoy every last ray of the sunshine, breathe in the fresh air and embrace all of the goodness that is being offered by Mother Nature.

So my journey to celebrate the end of summer begins at my local flea market.  This is a wonderland where all manner of vegetables and fruits are on display along with rusty road signs, antiques, hand sewn purses and decorated t-shirts.  I live in Amish Country so there is always plenty of fresh-from-the-garden options available at this time of the year. Needless to say it was a perfect day full of sunshine and the journey home was delightful with the wonderful aroma of fresh peaches, apples and squash filling the car. 

The next day as I am drinking my morning smoothie and staring at all these garden goodies, I am thinking about what wonderful dishes I can create.  But also, how much vitality these bundles of nutrition can impart to my family.  It is important to me that we take care of those we love, so I am sharing with you my garden inspired dishes along with a little note about the wonderful health benefits each dish can give to your family.  Enjoy!

  
 


Great seasonings to try with this dish:
Tuscan Farmhouse h.e.r.b
Mediterrenean r.u.b.s
Charmane's Bread d.i.p.s with a loaf of crusty bread

 

Harvest Stew
A rustic stew with all the flavors of Autumn. This unexpected meld of sweet and savory tantalizes the senses. A great vegetarian option, so full of flavor that even meat lovers will love it.  Click for Recipe >

Health Benefits: 
Squash with its tangerine hue has an abundance of carotenoids, shown to protect against heart disease. In particular, the gourd boasts very high levels of beta-carotene (which your body automatically converts to vitamin A), identified as a deterrent against breast cancer and age-related macular degeneration, as well as a supporter of healthy lung development in fetuses and newborns. What's more, with only a 1-cup serving, you get nearly half the recommended daily dose of antioxidant-rich vitamin C.

Source:
www.wholeliving.com

     
 

Great seasonings to try with this dish:
Thai Ginger sea s.a.l.t.
Roasted Garlic s.a.l.t.
Herbs de Provence h.e.r.b
   Honey Gingered Carrots
Fresh carrots from the garden sauteed with Ginger and a little honey become an elegant side dish. I used rainbow hued carrots to add visual appeal to this simple dish. 
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Health Benefits: 
 Although Ginger is best know for helping aid digestion this spice also contains some very potent anti-inflammatory compounds that help with arthritis and joint pain.  In addition it can help boost your immune system and help fight off colds.

Source:
www.whfoods.com

 

   
 

Great seasonings to try with this dish:
Tuscan Farmhouse h.e.r.b.
s.a.l.t. sisters Blend
Steakhouse seasoning h.e.r.b
  Tuscan Fried Green Beans
Fresh green beans from the garden that are seasoned with delightful Italian seasonings, bacon and onion. This was a simple dish to make that has the great flavor and was on the table in short order. Click for Recipe >


Health Benefits: 
 Green beans contain a wide variety of carotenoids and flavonoids that have all been shown to have health-supportive antioxidant properties, which are beneficial to our hearts.  In addition, the strong carotenoid and flavonoid content of green beans appears to provide some potentially unique anti-inflammatory benefits.

Source:
www.whfoods.com
     
 

Great seasonings to try with this dish:
s.a.l.t. sisters Blend
Lucchase's "Izzo Sicilia" r.u.b.s
Spanish Rosemary s.a.l.t. add some fresh Thyme
   Garden Vegetable Hash
Vegetables straight from the garden become a delicious savory dish that is topped with an over easy dipping egg. With a little slicing and dicing and a hot skillet this dish was on the table in less than 30 minutes. Click for Recipe >

Health Benefits: 
 Bell peppers are a source of valuable nutrients, fiber and antioxidants. Available year-round, bell peppers are at their peak in August and September. A cup of chopped peppers of any color provides more than 100 percent of the daily value of the antioxidant vitamin C, which supports tissue health and immunity. Peppers also provide folate, which supports the functioning of red blood cells and are a source of vitamin K, essential to the clotting function of blood.

Source:
www.livestrong.com