Thursday, May 21, 2015

5 Must-Grow Veggies for Home Gardeners #2

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5 Must-Grow Veggies for Home Gardeners

Deciding what you are going to plant in your garden can be an overwhelming task especially if you have limited garden space.  Over the next few weeks I will be sharing with you the top 5 veggies that I think are the most important for the Home Gardener to be growing in their garden (I will also be including recipes).

I know I know - a tomato is a fruit & NOT a vegetable - However, I'm going to include tomatoes in this series since we mainly create savory dishes with tomatoes as opposed to sweet dishes and since most of us refer to tomatoes as a vegetable anyway. 

Tomatoes are also so important to grow in your garden for many reasons but the most important reason for me is preserving or canning tomatoes.  There is a never ending list of winter meals that can be made with homemade tomato sauce!  Of course, fresh tomatoes are always the tastiest and the healthiest but home canned tomatoes/sauce is a very close second both in taste and nutrition.

There are many tomato varieties to grow in your garden but I recommend Roma tomatoes for canning sauce.  Here are some fun tomato varities:
Three Unique Tomato Varieties

3 Tomato Varieties, by Angie Ouellette-Tower for

Now for the RECIPES - click on each title below to view the entire post & ENJOY!
Grape Tomato Pasta Salad with Spicy Sour Cream
Grape Tomato Salad by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo 003_zps6785c74c.jpg
Tomato Desperados - SNACK

Green Fried Tomatoes by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo 004_zps4b68a81e.jpg
Tomato Bacon Cheese by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo 008_zps48fb5d39.jpg

Here is my recipe for tomato sauce which is more than just pasta sauce!
Making & Canning Tomato Sauce

And then 6 different meals that can be made with home canned tomato sauce as the base!
Tomato Soup Made from Home Canned Tomato Sauce
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  1. This post has me so excited for the tomatoes growing in our garden! I hope we get to can some more sauce this year. There's nothing better than the fresh stuff!

  2. I always include tomatoes in my "veggies" thoughts, even if they are really fruit!

  3. Wow thanks for the recipes!! Last year I had a huge amount of cherry tomatoes. I didn't know how to preserve them, and we couldn't eat them before the ruined. Again thanks for the ideas.

  4. You come up with the best recipes..I swear!

    Thanks for linking up with Green Thumb Thursday! I hope you'll stop back again this week!


  5. I absolutely love this! Thanks for sharing it with us. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you tomorrow night at 7 pm. We can't wait to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

  6. My tomatoes are beginning to turn red, I am so excited! I would add one more thing to your must have gardening list, BEETS! They are easy to grow, so versatile and you can eat the entire plant. Plus, they are super healthy! Thanks for this great article!

  7. CONGRATS Angie! Your post is FEATURED at A Themed Linkup 110 for Grilling Recipes from the previous linkup for Vegetable Gardening.


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