34 Ways to Use Up Your Garden Produce

34 Ways to Use Up Your Garden Produce

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By Daniel Preiato, RDN, Contributing Blogger

There’s almost nothing better than sitting down for a meal made straight from your home garden. In the summer, many home gardeners have tomatoes and cucumbers out the wazoo. They may have so much that they struggle to use all their produce before it goes bad. Here are some great ways to use that fresh garden produce before it ends up in the compost bin.

Ways to use Produce by Month



  • Refreshing sangria
  • Strawberry jam
  • Freeze berries for smoothies

Snap Peas/Beans

  • Roast and eat as a snack
  • Pickled snap peas



Cherry Tomatoes

  • Sun-dried Tomatoes
  • Slow-Roasted tomato sauce


  • Homemade pickles
  • Cucumber Salad
  • Tzatziki Sauce



Beefsteak or Heirloom Tomatoes

  • Traditional pico de gallo
  • Pasta sauce (can be canned)
  • Blanch and can them
  • Stuffed tomatoes

Summer Squash

  • Spiralize
  • Baked summer squash casserole
  • Zucchini bread
  • Squash Ratatouille



Greens (Collard, Chard, Spinach)

  • Green smoothies
  • Add to stir fries
  • Slaw
  • Green lasagna


  • Stuffed peppers
  • Roasted red peppers (can ‘em!)
  • Make fajitas!
  • Dice and freeze




  • Kale Pesto
  • Kale Chips
  • Kale pie
  • Add to a smoothie

Brussels Sprouts

  • Cut in half and roast
  • Clean and freeze them whole
  • Slaw
  • Brussels sprout casserole

These are just a few of the endless possibilities to enjoy your garden produce. Do you have a hard time using your garden produce? What are some of the ways you utilize your garden’s bounty? Please comment below!

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