Diggin In The Dirt

by Hope Sewell on May 24, 2011

in family, kids, recipes

One thing I love about summer is fresh vegetables!!  I’ve always wanted a garden….but more than that, I’ve always wanted to BE ABLE to garden!!  My thumb is as black as wet coffee grounds!!  I’m just not good with things that grow in dirt.  I don’t know what it is.  I can handle a pot of petunias like nobody’s business but that’s about it.  Thankfully my in-laws enjoy gardening and can actually pull it off.  Last week when it was cooler we went out to pick a few potatoes, squash and zucchini.

Lilly enjoyed sitting with her basket (meant for potatoes) and filling it with dirt.
 But it didn’t take her too long to want to get in on the potato diggin’ action.  Here she is with Papa.
It’s a lot like finding Easter eggs!!  So fun!
They were always proud to find a big one!
While we were digging potatoes, Keith was cutting some squash and zucchini…(looks like he needs to get out from behind the desk and get some sun on those white legs!!  They’re blinding me just looking at them right now!  😉

This was actually my first time EVER to dig potatoes.  It was addicting…but my children wouldn’t share their spoons for long and I wasn’t about to do it with my bare hands like Papa!!
Found one!!
She was proud of her potato but shortly after this I heard her tell Papa she was ready to go wash her hands.  :)
Here’s our bounty!!
Now….what are we going to do with all this fun??  Well, I LOVE to roast vegetables.  Dice the potatoes small, and the squash and zucchini, add some onion, grape tomatoes, and broccoli.  Drizzle with olive and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Pour it all out on to a baking sheet (in a single layer) and pop it into a hot oven (I normally do about 400º for about 20-25 minutes or so).  These are SO good!!  Goes great with anything grilled…chicken, steak…etc.
You could also do a baked potato casserole.  That’s super yummy!!!  Squash and zucchini casserole, zucchini bread, you could always bread and fry them (but you know that’s not my forte’). I almost forgot that we also like to put them on the grill.  Do it just like you would for the roasted veggies but put them in a grill pan and put them on the grill instead of the oven.
Another way I like the squash is baked with Parmesan cheese.  Slice them in half lengthwise, sprinkle with salt and pepper, drizzle them with a little olive oil and sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top (surely you don’t use the can….right???).  Bake these around 350º for about 30 minutes or so.  These are melt-in-your mouth good to me.  
Vegetables.  The possibilities are endless!!  Who knew right??

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