12 Recipe Ideas for Excess Garden Veggies

12 Recipe Ideas for Excess Garden Veggies

If you planted a garden this summer, just about now you might have more vegetables than you know how to use!  Gardening is a great way to save money and to grow good-for-you food that helps your budget as well as your family’s healthy.  But, if you end up with TOO MUCH bounty from your gardening efforts it can be tricky figuring out what to do with all of it.  Sharing is always a great idea, but sometimes there is even too much for that.  If your neighbors are tired of taking your excess tomatoes, zucchini and other produce, we have a roundup of ideas for you. These recipes offer creative ways to help use up all of those excess garden veggies.

12 Recipe Ideas for Excess Garden Veggies

1. Baked Tomatoes with Feta, Olive Oil and Fresh Basil ~Lori’s Culinary Creations
2. Roasted Asparagus with Garlic and Balsamic Vinegar ~One Creative Mommy
3. Easy Oven-Roasted Summer Vegetables ~The Kitchen is my Playground
4. Homemade Vegetable Chips ~Canadian Free Stuff
5. Fresh Kale Recipes ~The Thrifty Couple
6. Easiest Green Beans ~I Eat Therefore I Cook
7. Roasted Sweet Pepper Dip ~Keep It Simple, Sweetie
8. Nutella Zucchini Muffins ~Farm Fresh Feasts
9. Tomato Cheese Bread Recipe ~Thrifty Jinxy
10. Zucchini Carrot Slaw ~Turning the Clock Back
11. Fresh Homemade Garden Salsa ~Poofy Cheeks
12. Shortcut Zucchini Muffins ~Amanda’s Cookin’

Which of these tasty recipes is your favorite?

Easy Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Easy Buttercream Frosting Recipe

I am crazy about frosting!  In my opinion it’s the frosting that can make or break a good cake or cupcake.  I used to love eating frosting right out of the can, but now that I have been making homemade frosting, there is no comparison with how yummy it is compared to the pre-made stuff.  The good thing is that it really isn’t hard to make and it’s difficult to screw up the recipe.  Even if your proportions are off a bit, it still tastes good!

Of course you can flavor this frosting a bit with different extracts (almond, mint, etc) if you like and you can also add in some food coloring to add a little pizzazz to your baked goods.  Whatever you decide to do with it, this is one that you’ll probably add to your go-to list of recipes.  It’s on mine!

Easy Buttercream Frosting Recipe


1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups confectioners sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 tsp milk


Place butter, sugar and salt in mixer bowl and turn on low until combined. Increase speed to medium high and beat for a minute. Add in vanilla and milk and beat until light and fluffy – approximately 4-5 minutes. If frosting is too stiff, add in a few drops more milk until thinned to the consistency you like.

Kefir Crumb Muffins Recipe for Breakfast On the Go

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Kefir Crumb Muffins Recipe

With our busy and hectic lives, it’s hard to always eat a healthy diet. When you’re always on the run, it’s tempting to skip meals or grab a not-so-good-for-you bite to eat. I know that when I am really busy I will often put off meals until I am absolutely starving and then any willpower I might have to choose a healthy meal and make sure I get things I need like vitamins, minerals and probiotics goes right out the window.

If I have easy-to-grab and good-for-me foods readily available, that healthy eating plan is much more likely to succeed. One of the hardest times of the day is breakfast. On days that I stay home, I am pretty good about making myself a big smoothie that has frozen pineapple, mango and strawberries along with a banana, spinach and Lifeway Kefir. It’s an easy way to get my day off to a bang with a bunch of good nutrition.

Lifeway Kefir Probiotic Smoothie

One of my favorite parts of my smoothie is the Lifeway Kefir Lowfat Cultured Milk Smoothie I put into it.  It actually tastes great by itself too – with a smooth, tart taste.  It’s similar to yogurt and originated in  Eastern Europe over 2000 years ago. Lifeway Kefir contains 12 live and active Probiotic cultures that support the immune system and balance digestive health. It’s naturally Gluten Free, 99% Lactose Free and contains No Artificial Sweeteners and is rich in Calcium. To top it all off, Lifeway Kefir only uses milk that comes from cows that are not treated with pesticides, antibiotics, or synthetic growth hormones. The cows are grass fed and GMO free.

Back to my dietary woes:  Anyway – - As I said, days that I stay home are usually good.  But, days I’m running out of the house I often don’t take time to eat breakfast first and that often means heading to a drive-thru and getting something that is usually filled with fat and empty calories. Not how I want to start the day!

Lifeway Kefir Measuring Cup

That’s where this awesome Kefir Crumb Muffins recipe comes in! As I head out the door on a busy morning, I can grab one of those along with a piece of fruit and feel happy to be eating something homemade!  This recipe is easy to adjust to make it as healthy, or unhealthy as you want it to be.  I have made a variation with half whole wheat flour and it still tastes great.  Another option is subbing applesauce for half the butter in the muffins and/or a Tbsp of soy flour in place of one of the eggs.  You can leave off the crumb mixture for a healthier muffin, or if you want to go for a more decadent treat, double the amount of crumb mixture!

Kefir Crumb Muffins Recipe


2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup Lifeway Kefir

Crumb Topping:

1/4 cup flour
2 Tbsp brown sugar, packed
2 Tbsp butter
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 12 muffin tins with paper liners or grease/spray with cooking spray.
To make topping, mix all four ingredients in a bowl and pinch together to make large crumbs. Set bowl in the freezer while making the rest of the muffins.
To make muffins, whisk together flour, baking powder and soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, mix together butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and Kefir. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients, stirring only until combined.  Let batter sit for five minutes.
Spoon batter into muffin tins.  Top each muffin with the crumb topping. (If necessary, break crumbs apart with fork before using.)  Press down a bit to make sure crumbs stick.
Bake 18-20 minutes or until golden.

Kefir Muffins Crumbs

Kefir Muffins Bowl

Lifeway Muffins

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Kefir Crumb Muffins for Breakfast On-the-Go

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Nice! Save 20% on Fresh Lemons + Recipe for Homemade Lemon Sugar Scrub

lemon scrub process

There is a hot deal on Saving Star right now to get 20% savings on fresh lemons! Lemons are a staple around my house – I use them in my water, homemade lemonade, to flavor meals and more!

Many grocery stores carry lemons for $.50 each, which makes this great deal:

Buy (1) Fresh Lemon — $.50
Save 20% with Saving Star
Final Price: $.40

Head over to print two of these per computer. Also, make sure to check out this great recipe to make your own lemon sugar scrub!You can find more current printable coupons at Coupons.comRed Plum,SmartSource, and SavingStar.

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Southwest Turkey Wrap Recipe for School Lunch or Work!

Southwest Turkey Wrap Recipe

Southwest Turkey Wrap Recipe

We all know that packing our own (or spouse’s) lunch for work each day or kids’ lunches for school is a great way to save a LOT of money over the course of the year vs. buying a lunch every day. But, after a while the same ‘ol peanut butter and jelly or ham and cheese sandwiches can get pretty boring.

We’re trying to find some fun new additions to the lunch box routine before back-to-school rolls around. (It will be here before you know it!) This Southwest Turkey Wrap recipe with a tangy homemade sauce is a great way to spice things up a bit. If you don’t like things spicy, you can leave out the chipotle chile and it will still be very tasty!

Southwest Turkey Wrap Recipe

1/2 cup Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
1 tsp Lime Juice
1 tsp Sugar
1/4 tsp Garlic Salt
1/2 tsp Ground Chipotle Chile
1/4 tsp Cumin
Corn Tortillas
Sliced Smoked Turkey
Colby Pepper Jack Cheese Slices
Leaf Lettuce

Mix ingredients for sauce together and place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours to allow flavors to marry.
Microwave each tortilla for 10 seconds to keep it from breaking while rolling.
Spread a thin layer of the sauce on the tortilla.
Place 1 slice of turkey on the tortilla.
Top turkey with a cheese slice.
Top with lettuce and roll. Secure with toothpicks and slice in half.

Southwest Turkey Wrap Sauce Recipe

Easy Watermelon Sorbet Recipe

Easy Watermelon Sorbet Recipe

With summer in full swing, there is nothing like a tasty, refreshing and COLD treat to cool off and enjoy. This Easy Watermelon Sorbet Recipe is easy to make. The most time intensive part of the recipe is cutting up the watermelon. This makes a delicious after-lunch or after-dinner dessert. It’s also yummy for a refreshing snack at any time!

Easy Watermelon Sorbet Recipe


1 cup Sugar
1 cup Water
8 cup Seedless Watermelon
2 tbsp Lemon Juice

Easy Watermelon Sorbet Recipe Ingredients

In a small pan, add sugar and water and bring to a boil. 
Cook until sugar is dissolved, then set aside to cool.
Puree watermelon in batches and place in a large bowl.
Add sugar syrup and lemon juice and mix well.
place in a 13×9 dish, cover and place in freezer until firm. 
Puree frozen mixture before serving.

Diced Watermelon

Nilla Kiss Pop Recipe

Nilla Kiss Pop Recipe 1

This Nilla Kiss Pop Recipe is perfect for party favors or party treats for kids AND adults. The crispy cookie and creamy chocolate makes a yummy combination. And they look cute too! To use as favors, just wrap in plastic wrap and tie with a ribbon around the stick. For a party centerpiece, place a dozen or so in a short glass or vase. You can play around and use any variety of Hershey Kiss, but I think the Hershey Hugs looks especially cute!

Nilla Kiss Pop Recipe

Nilla Wafers (or similar cookies)
Pop Sticks
Hershey Kisses

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Line a shallow pan with cookies – flat side up. Place a Hershey Kiss on top of each cookie.

Place in oven for about a minute, or until chocolate starts to melt. Keep an eye on them and don’t wait too long!

Remove from oven, press stick into each Kiss and press a second cookie on top of each.

Allow to cool completely. (You can speed up this process by placing them in the refrigerator.

Nilla Kiss Pop Recipe

Patriotic Snow Cones Recipe – Easy and Inexpensive!

Patriotic Snow Cones Recipe

Are you ready for a super easy to make, yet super fun treat for hot summer days?  This patriotic snow cones recipe will cool you off!  They are easy to make with Kool-Aid packets and very inexpensive!  This is enough to make a nice BIG batch of snow cones.  To make these extra fun to make, the syrup can be put in squirt bottles, which are  also cheap to buy!

Patriotic Snow Cones Recipe

Patriotic Snow Cones Kool-Aid Sugar

2 lb Sugar
1 qt Water
3 packets Unsweetened Kool-Aid (red, clear and blue)
Lots of ice

Patriotic Snow Cones Recipe Ingredients

Combine sugar and water in a large pot and bring to a boil.
Turn off heat and allow to cool.
Put each flavor of Kool-Aid into a separate container.
Divide sugar syrup equally between each.
Replace cap and and shake well.
Refrigerate syrup.
You can get an ice shaver or you can use a blender or food processor to crush ice.
Heap shaved ice up to form a ball on top of your cup.
Carefully pour syrup in thirds on top to make stripes.

$.94 Simply Potatoes Hashbrowns at Target – Use to Make Hashbrown Hamburger Casserole!

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There is a great new coupon available to save on Simply Potatoes products. You can use this at both Target and Walmart for a couple of great deals on frozen hash browns.

Target Deal Scenario:
Buy (1) Simply Potatoes Frozen Hashbrowns — $1.69
Use (1) $.75/1 Simply Potatoes Coupon
Final Price: $.94

Walmart Deal Scenario:
Buy (1) Simply Potatoes Frozen Hashbrowns — $1.84
Use (1) $.75/1 Simply Potatoes Coupon
Final Price: $1.09

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Use these to make this delicious Hashbrown Hamburger Casserole! It’s sure to be a family favorite!

Hashbrown Hamburger Casserole

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Save an additional 5% off every order, plus get free shipping online with the Target RedCard! Head over here to sign up and check here for more details on this program

Head over here to print this coupon. Also, check here for more Target match-ups and check here for more Walmart deals before you make your shopping trip! You can find more current printable coupons at Coupons.comRed Plum,SmartSource, and SavingStar.

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Easy French Toast for One Recipe

Easy French Toast for One Recipe


Often when I eat breakfast it’s just me.  I’ll usually end up making a smoothie and having a bowl of milk or a granola bar, etc.  But sometimes I want a REAL home-cooked breakfast even though it’s just me.  This easy French toast for one recipe is quick and simple to make – about 5 minutes from start to finish – and is perfectly sized to feed ONE person.  I end up getting protein from the egg, fiber from the bread (I use whole grain or the fiber-rich white bread) and drink a glass of milk with it.  That’s my idea of a yummy quick breakfast!!!

Easy French Toast for One Recipe

1 egg
2 Tbsp milk
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp butter
3 slices bread

Heat a griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. In a small, flat bottomed bowl, beat the egg. Add in milk, salt and vanilla. Stir. Melt butter on the griddle. One at a time, coat the bread slices in the egg mixture, placing each on griddle as soon as it is coated. Sprinkle each slice with cinnamon. Cook 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and cook the other side. Serve immediately with fruit, powdered sugar or syrup.