Happy 4th of July folks! July is here and there are so many things to love about summer! For me the best things in summer apart from the lovely weather are arrival of fresh vegetables and fruits – the berries, fruits and all the summer vegetables. This year I didn’t do much vegetable gardening since we have a landscaping project going on making my backyard not amenable to any sort of gardening. Alas! But I still planted a couple tomato and a basil in pots. And what I did do was to sign up for our local CSA (community supported agriculture) program through one of local farms and that gives me farm fresh produce every week for the entire summer! I am so psyched! I find it particularly exciting to wait for the weekly basket and not knowing what I might find there makes it so enthralling! Oh the endless possibilities! I feel like a little kid waiting for her christmas presents! 🙂
So this last Friday my bounty consisted of zucchini, beets, cherry tomatoes, cherries, blueberries, raspberries and some fresh basil pesto! How lovely isn’t it? As soon as I saw the beets with their greens I knew I had to put them in either a soup or a pasta. That way the kids would eat them without even noticing! And how right I was! I made this wonderful wholesome pasta dish with zucchini, beets, beet greens, cherry tomatoes in a basil pesto marinara sauce! It is amazing how using fresh ingredients can make such a big difference to an ordinary meal . In our case the humble pasta became the star attraction of our dinner meal where we also had a couple guests with us who enjoyed this dish as much as we did.!