Need some healthy meal ideas from the garden? You’re good to GROW!

As summer comes to a close, gardens are yielding a bounty–and five New York Restoration Project community gardens near and dear to Fidelis Care are no exception.

Whether you’re getting fresh produce from one of these Fidelis Care-sponsored community gardens, or growing your own in your backyard, balcony or windowsill, you can never have too many ideas for what to do with your healthy harvest.  That’s why we took stock of our NYRP community garden crops, and scoured the web for great recipes to give you a little inspiration in the kitchen.

The gardens produced a number of healthy options to add to your next meal. For example:

Herbs like cilantro and basil, rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and anti-inflammatory properties. Try them in this recipe for Black Bean Tacos with avocado cilantro lime sauce from thegardengrazer.com.

Fruits like cherries, apples and peaches, are low in calories but high in essential nutrients like potassium, Vitamin C and folate. Mix it up with this healthier take on a classic snack: apple nachos with peanut butter and chocolate from trialandeater.com. Swap out or skip the nut butter or replace the chocolate with dried fruit if you’re minding allergies or extra calories.

Greens like spinach, kale and collards are filled with vitamins A and K, help lower cholesterol, and contain more iron than a hamburger patty.  Stew them into a flavorful main course or side dish with this delicious recipe for Ethiopian Collard Greens from africanbites.com.

Savory starches and veggies like corn, onions and eggplant are filled with beneficial phytochemicals that help with everything from vision to digestion. Fresh tomato and corn salsa as prepared by Robin Donovan from Epicurious is a perfect summer condiment.

Have you visited one of NYRP’s community gardens yet? If not, we hope to see you there. And if you’re growing your own fruits and veggies, we wish you a bountiful harvest!

Here are some mouth-watering ideas for how to put all of these nutritious ingredients together:

 

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 “Fidelis Care is committed to promoting healthier lifestyles for New Yorkers – especially in the neighborhoods where they live,” said Chief Marketing Officer Pamela Hassen. “Through our partnership with the New York Restoration Project, we are encouraging local residents to enjoy the benefits of gardening and learn more about healthy nutrition together.”

Fidelis Care plans to host a number of community events at the gardens for local New York City residents and Fidelis Care members. Among the events are nutrition workshops, gardening clinics, and garden restoration volunteer projects. Back-to-school events will also take place to promote gardening and nutrition education among children. Learn more and find an event near you at www.nyrp.org/calendar!