Eat Yourself Healthy

This teaching garden, located by the Oswald Visitor Center, features five of the best heathful plants that are easy to grow in a Minnesota summer garden, raised bed or even patio pot. These powerhouse plants deliver high vitamin content, micro-nutrients, fiber and anti-inflammatory properties. In July, we'll harvest the first crop of carrots, clippings of Swiss chard (steam stems and leaves for healthier, better texture eating) and see marigolds in full bloom. In August, we'll see tomatoes, basil, nasturtiums in full flower, peppers and onions once foliage dies down, pole and bush beans. Garden sage and rosemary look great, and we'll get clippings from marjoram and oregano.

Try the one-cup of health cooking challenge for a healthier family! See these *recipes featuring 1 cup or more of vegetables:
Carrot-Cashew Pâté
Savory Chard and Goat Cheese Tart
Squash-Pecan Croquettes
Roasted Red Pepper and Leek Sauce
Roasted Garlic-Tomato Sauce 

*Recipes from "Cooking Up the Good Life: Creative Recipes for the Family Table" by Jenny Breen and Susan Thurston. University of Minnesota Press, 2011.

Featured Veggies:
Swiss chard
butternut squash

Ted's Tip:
Easy to grow in garden, raised bed or patio pot