The image that many people have of meals from their own garden is that there is an enormous amount of work in preparation. You have to grow your own fruit and vegetables, take care of them, water them, harvest them and then you have to prepare everything again for the meal. In today’s busy world, this is an image that does not appeal to many people. Still, food from your own garden doesn’t have to take much effort or time. We’ll tell you how to quickly and easily put a meal from your garden on the table.
Sommieg fruit and vegetables need less preparation when they come from your own garden. Take peas as an example: freshly picked peas from the garden can be served in their skins and still taste deliciously sweet. In addition, opening the peas can be fun for children. Tomatoes and most fruits are just as easy to prepare!
Most salad ingredients can also be easily picked, cleaned and served. You don’t have to look through the leaves with your own head of lettuce, looking for brown or withered leaves (although it’s a good idea to check for caterpillars – most gardeners have found one of these on their plate!).
Other vegetables that normally need to be cooked can be eaten raw when picked just before a meal.
Other vegetables need more preparation, especially vegetables that grow in the ground such as carrots, beets and potatoes. These vegetables do need to be cleaned and prepared, but you can still save time by planning ahead. You can often prepare them in batches or cook them. Because they haven’t been on the supermarket shelves for some time, they can keep the vegetables from your own garden longer. You can still eat them all week.
By showing the same dedication to planning our harvest as we do to prepare it, it becomes easy to have the vegetables ready in time for when we are in a hurry.
Let’s not forget that it’s not just about speed when cooking. We may feel that we don’t have time to cook, but this can also be because we see cooking as another job that we want to take off the list. In many cultures, however, cooking and eating together is a very social affair. It may take longer to cook with others around us, but if we can relax and enjoy ourselves we can see this as a social activity. In this way there is less time pressure.
From garden to your plate
The ideas above are all ways to combine the preparation of fresh food with our busy schedules. There are many ways you can quickly and easily prepare meals from your own garden. There are many ways you can prepare meals quickly and easily from your own garden, but sometimes you need to think a little better about this than when you buy a ready-made meal at the supermarket. However, there is no denying that the quality, taste and nutritional value of food from your own garden is so much better, that it is definitely worth the extra effort!