Still Have Leftover Garden Veggies? Use Them In These 7 Summer Recipes

There is nothing better than a freshly-picked tomato on a hot summer’s day. Scratch that — anything freshly picked on a summer’s day. Fresh veggies are not only good for you, but they’re good for the soul too. While you can’t go wrong with eating them fresh, we’ve got you covered on some of our favorite recipes for those summer veggies!

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Zucchini Garlic Bites

Thanks to Grow A Good Life for this recipe!

 zucchini garlic bites

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Ingredients

– 1 cup of shredded zucchini (drained well)

– 1 clove of garlic (grated finely)

– ⅓ cup of breadcrumbs

– ¼ cup of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

– 1 large egg

– 2 Tbsp of chopped fresh chives (or 1 Tbsp of dried chives)

– 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley (or ½ Tbsp if dried)

– 1 tsp of chopped fresh basil (or ½ tsp if dried) 

– A pinch of salt and pepper

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with olive oil or non-stick spray and set aside. 

2. Use a box grater to grate the zucchini into a clean towel. Roll up the towel and twist it to wring out the moisture. 

3. Grate the garlic on the box grater. 

4. Add all of the ingredients into a medium bowl and mix well to combine. 

5. Shape a tablespoon of mixture into your hands. Form the mixture into small balls and place them on the baking sheet. 

6. Bake the bites for 15-18 minutes or until golden. Serve warm with marinara sauce.


Veggie-Loaded Stuffed Bell Peppers

Thanks to PureWow for this recipe!

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Ingredients

  • 6 large bell peppers (halved and cored)

  • 2 Tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil (plus more for drizzling)

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • ½ cup of quinoa

  • 1 onion (diced)

  • 1 hot chile pepper (minced and optional)

  • 1 or 2 zucchini (diced)

  • 2 ears of corn (kernels removed)

  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes (quartered)

  • 6 scallions (finely sliced)

  • 1 bunch of cilantro (chopped, about 1 cup)

  • 12 ounces of Monterey Jack Cheese (cubed)

  • Chopped basil or chives to garnish (optional)

  • Fresh lemon juice to garnish (optional)

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 475°F convection roast. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the peppers cut-side-down on the baking sheet. Drizzle them with olive oil and season with salt. Transfer them to the oven and cook until the peppers begin to blister — 15-20 minutes. Remove the peppers from the oven, turn them over, and set aside. 

2. While the peppers are cooking, bring a medium saucepan filled with water to a simmer. Add a big pinch of kosher salt to the mixture. Cook the quinoa until tender — 9-12 minutes or according to the package directions. Drain the quinoa through a fine-mesh sieve and set aside. 

3. In a large skillet over high heat, heat the olive oil until it shimmers. Add the diced onion and chile and immediately lower the heat to medium. Season the mixture with a pinch of salt. Cook and stir occasionally until the onion softens and begins to turn translucent — about 5 minutes. 

4. Add the diced zucchini and cook until it loses some rawness — about 2 minutes. You don’t want the zucchini to turn to mush, so don’t overcook it. Add the corn and cook for 1 more minute. Turn the heat off, add the tomatoes, scallions, and cilantro. 

5. Add the quinoa and stir to combine. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper as needed. Fold in the cheese. 

6. Spoon the filling into the cavities of the peppers. You can really pack them full too. If you have any extra filling, you can eat it by itself or serve it as a side. 

7. Transfer the peppers back into the oven and cook until the cheese begins to melt and the vegetables begin to brown — 8-10 minutes. 

8. Garnish with fresh chopped basil or chives and a squeeze of lemon juice if you want!


Crisp Baked Sweet Potato Fries with Basil Salt and Lemon Garlic Dipping Sauce

Thanks to Willow Bird Baking for this recipe!

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Ingredients

  • 2 sweet potatoes cut into thin ‘fries’

  • 1 ½ Tbsp of olive oil

  • 1 Tbsp of chopped fresh basil leaves 

  • 1 tsp of kosher salt 

  • ¼ tsp of freshly ground black pepper

  • ¾ cup of mayonnaise

  • 1 clove of garlic (minced)

  • 1 Tbsp of lemon juice

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F and line 2 baking sheets with foil and set aside. 

2. In a large bowl, toss the sweet potato fries in the olive oil and spread them out onto the baking sheets. Make sure the fries don’t touch and aren’t too crowded. Bake until they’re golden and crisp — about 45 minutes. If they’re smaller, they tend to cook faster so keep an eye on them. 

3. While the fries are baking, mix together the salt, pepper, and basil to make the basil salt. 

4. Combine the mayonnaise, garlic, and lemon juice in another small bowl to make the lemon garlic dipping sauce.

5. When the fries come out of the oven, sprinkle them with the basil salt and toss them around with a spatula. Spread them out again and let them cool slightly. 

6. Serve with the lemon garlic dipping sauce!


Heirloom Tomato Caprese Frico Cups

Thanks to Foodie Crush for this recipe!

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tomato frisco cups

Ingredients

Heirloom Tomato Salad:

  • 1 pound of cherry heirloom tomatoes (quartered)

  • ⅓ cup of roasted red bell peppers (thinly sliced)

  • 2 Tbsp of capers

  • ¼ cup of roughly chopped parsley leaves 

  • Half of a small lemon (juiced and zested)

  • 2 Tbsp of olive oil

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Goat cheese crumbles for garnish

Frico Cups:

  • 2 cups of grated parmesan cheese

  • Zest of 1 small lemon

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. 

2. Mix the parmesan cheese and lemon zest in a small bowl. 

3. Place a Silpat mat on a rimmed baking sheet. Using a 2 ½ inch biscuit cutter, drop 1 slightly rounded teaspoon of cheese mixture onto the Silpat, tapping the cheese lightly to form a circle. Place 6 total circles on the baking sheet with 2 inches between each row. 

4. Bake the rounds for 8 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly. 

5. Work quickly while the frico is still hot and transfer the rounds with a spatula or knife into a muffin tin and gently press the mixture into the tins. If the rounds become too cool and brittle, place them back in the hot oven for a minute. 

6. Let the frico cool in the tins for 3-5 minutes and remove. Repeat the process with the rest of the mixture. 

7. While the fricos are baking, toss the tomatoes, roasted red bell pepper slices, capers, and parsley leaves in a large bowl with the olive oil, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Season with kosher salt and finely ground pepper. 

8. Fill the parmesan cups with about ¼ cup of tomato mixture and garnish with more salt and pepper and goat cheese if you want. 

9. Serve at room temperature.


Chilled Heirloom Tomato Soup

Thanks to Cannelle et Vanille for this recipe!

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Ingredients

  • 3 medium heirloom tomatoes (stem removed and diced)

  • ½ cucumber (diced)

  • 3 scallions (diced)

  • 3 Tbsp of olive oil

  • 2 Tbsp of red wine vinegar

  • A small bunch of oregano

  • 2 sprigs of thyme

  • Salt and pepper

  • Avocado oil to garnish

  • 2 slices of toasted bread

  • Idiazabal or Manchego cheese (shaved)

Directions

1. Puree all the ingredients in the blender and chill for 1 hour. 

2. Serve with toasted bread rubbed with tomato and shaved Manchego cheese!


Bell Pepper Nachos

Thanks to Delish for this recipe!

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bell pepper nachos

Ingredients

  • 4 bell peppers (cut into wedges)

  • 2 Tbsp of extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1.2 tsp of ground cumin

  • ½ tsp of chili powder

  • ¼ tsp of garlic powder

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 + ½ cup of shredded Monterey Jack

  • 1 + ½ cup of shredded cheddar

  • 1 cup of guacamole

  • 1 cup of pico de gallo salsa

  • ½ cup of pickled jalapeño slices

  • ½ cup of sour cream 

  • 1 Tbsp of milk

  • Lime wedges for serving

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 425°F and line two small baking sheets. Toss with olive oil, cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder. Season generously with salt and pepper. Lay the wedges on the baking sheets in a single layer, cut side up. Bake until the peppers are crisp and tender, about 10 minutes. 

2. Top the bell peppers with both cheeses and bake until the cheese is bubbly, about 10 minutes. 

3. Top with guacamole, salsa, and pickled jalapeños. 

4. In a small bowl, whisk the sour cream and milk together and drizzle the mixture over the peppers. Squeeze a lime wedge on top and serve with more lime wedges.


Portobello Melts

Thanks to Taste of Home for this recipe!

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Ingredients

  • 2 large portobello mushrooms (stems removed)

  • ¼ cup of olive oil

  • 2 Tbsp of balsamic vinegar

  • ½ tsp of salt 

  • ½ tsp of dried basil

  • 4 tomato slices

  • 2 slices of mozzarella cheese

  • 2 slices of Italian bread (1 inch thick)

  • Chopped fresh basil

Directions

1. Preheat the broiler. Place the mushrooms into a shallow bowl and mix the oil, vinegar, salt, and dried basil together. Brush the mixture on both sides of the mushrooms and let them stand for 5 minutes. Reserve the remaining marinade. 

2. Place the mushrooms on a greased rack of the broiler pan, stem side down. Broil the mushrooms 4 inches from the heat until tender.  This should take about 3-4 minutes per side. Top the stem sides with tomato and cheese. Broil until the cheese melts, about 1 minute. 

3. Place the bread on a baking sheet and brush with the reserved marinade. Broil 4 inches from the heat until lightly toasted, about 45-60 seconds. Top with mushrooms and sprinkle with chopped basil.

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And there you have our favorite summer time recipes for your garden-fresh veggies! What recipe are you trying first? Comment below!


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