LateMonday night we got home from an amazing week long trip up to the mountains of North Carolina. We drove up to stay with my in-laws in their home which is beautifully perched atop one of the great smokey mountains. The view is simply breathtaking.
One of the many perks of going up to the mountain house is that my mother-in-law has a fantastic garden. (I have serious garden envy!) She has actually been the inspiration for my own garden.
The kids absolutely love helping her in the garden and picking the vegetables as soon as they are ready (and sometimes a little prematurely too). They also love taking hikes up the mountain and picking the wild blackberries. I think more end up in their bellies than in the baskets they bring along.
My MIL had an abundant crops of zucchini, eggplant, and beets this year and so we spent the week trying out different recipes to make sure that we put the veggies to good use. There were a lot of meals that we ate out of the house because of the holiday festivities planned with community friends, but when we could we cooked from the garden.
We made gluten-free zucchini corn fritters, baked zucchini boats with tuna, stuffed eggplant with curried vegetables as well as various sautéed zucchini, and herb stuffed mushrooms. Everything was delicious and so nutritious.
Before we headed back down the mountain and on our way back home, my mother in law went out to the garden with the kids and came back with two large trash bags full of vegetables to send home with me. I was excited and a little overwhelmed with the amount that she gave me, but I am up for the challenge.
Yesterday was our first day back and I spent the day unpacking, cleaning, and cooking! I already made an amazing curried root vegetable stew and vegetable stock. Today I hope to move onto beet burgers and then later this week zucchini bread (or muffins), and zucchini fritters. I’m also looking forward to having another stuffed eggplant for lunch this week!
I will post the recipes and more pictures soon, but for now here are a few pictures of the kids enjoying mountain gardening! 🙂