Fast and Frugal Snacks Straight From Your Garden

Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer

During the month-long Eat From Your Pantry & Freezer Challenge, some of us have an added advantage–our summer gardens. If you live in a warmer region like I do, you may already have some yummy produce ready to harvest. So if your pantry or freezer starts to look bare, why not just walk outside and grab a fast and frugal snack straight from your garden?!

From the super easy veggies that require nothing more than picking, washing and (sometimes) cutting to the snacks that require a little more prep, you may have all you need for a great summer snack sitting right in your backyard.

Easiest Garden Snacks: Pick and Eat

These are the snacks that require little to no prep at all. Pick, wash and they’re ready to eat!

  • Carrots (peeled and cut into sticks if desired)
  • Sugar snap peas or snow peas
  • Berries
  • Cucumbers (peeled if desired)
  • Tomatoes (sliced if desired–or eaten whole like an apple!)
  • Celery sticks
  • Peppers: You will probably want to cut and de-seed bell peppers, but smaller varieties, like banana peppers, are fine eaten whole.
  • Melons-peeled and cut
Image by  jules:stonesoup

Ready in Minutes: Raw Snacks that Require a Little Prep

These snacks require a few minutes to prepare–and a few items from your pantry or freezer–but they are still pretty fast and most definitely frugal if you grow the produce yourself.

 A Little More Prep: Cooked Garden Snacks

These snacks may require a little cooking and refrigeration, but you can always make a big batch to eat on all week. These also require some items from your pantry, fridge or freezer. Bonus: Some of these can actually double as a side dish or light meal.

Want even more ideas?

I found this link to 80+ veggie recipes–many of which could double as side dishes or snacks. My eBook, Real Food, Real Easy, also has an entire section on healthy snacks–some of which require those garden-fresh ingredients. And right now I’m offering my subscribers a free smoothie eBook, with an assortment of smoothie recipes put together by a group of my blogging colleagues.

What are your ideas for some fast and frugal snacks straight from your garden?

Top Image by JMacPherson

About Erin O

Erin is a follower of Jesus, wife to Will and mommy to three little redheaded girls (born in 2008, 2010 and 2012). She is a life-long, professional dreamer and recovering overwhelmed homemaker. Her mission is to encourage, educate and empower her readers at The Humbled Homemaker to live a grace-filled, natural life. She is the author of a 200+-page eBook all about cloth diapering-- Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert: A Simple, Comprehensive Guide to Using Cloth Diapers.

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  1. I realize you probably couldn’t much on a ton of it, but I still want to brag on our raised gardens. Last night we made tacos, and my wife went out to pick the perfect amount of fresh cilantro. Not impressive to some, probably…but in our first year of backyard gardening…we high-fived each other! :)

    • Oh, you can brag on fresh cilantro all you want… it’s the best. Yum.

    • Hey–I killed my cilantro this year, so I think that’s wonderful!! If you like rice and bean dishes, try the Gallo Pinto I linked to above. It calls for cilantro! It’s traditionally a Costa Rican breakfast dish, but it seems more like a dinner to North Americans. But if you make a big batch you can easily make a small bowl into a mid-morning or afternoon snack.

  2. I’ve noticed that my kids eat so many more fresh veggies in the summer, because they just go outside and raid the garden. Their favorites are definitely snap or sugar peas, raspberries (we have a few canes growing in pots), baby carrots, radishes, and sometimes green onions. My husband and I always go for the cherry tomatoes. I love snacking from the garden– nothing else ever tastes quite as good!

    But out of things to make with garden produce, fresh salsa tops my list! I just can’t get enough of it. If only my tomato plants weren’t still less than a foot tall. Sigh… waiting is hard. :)

    • My girls absolutely love the sugar/snap peas as well, and we have wild blackberries (in the pic) we pick at my parents’ house. (We actually have our garden at my parents’ house because we live in a townhouse!) I love cherry and grape tomatoes as well! My husband’s favorite is banana peppers! Thanks for letting me post! :)

  3. I remember grabbing grape tomatoes and sugar snap peas from my dad’s garden as a kid while I was outside playing all summer. No need to ask or beg for snacks, my brother and I just grabbed what we wanted from the garden. My favorite were these little yellow tomatoes with a little neck about the same size as grape tomatoes. I don’t know what they are called, but I loved them!

  4. It’s been awhile since I had sugar snap peas. They are one of the best foods of spring and early summer IMHO.

  5. Thanks for including my links! This is a great list! Here in Maryland, gardens are just getting going. So far I only have tomato plants, and nothing on them yet! I’m hoping to get my garden going for real this weekend.

    • You have some great veggie recipes on your site, Anne! I wish I were that creative in the kitchen! We don’t have much here yet either…we skipped on planting the snap peas this year (wish we hadn’t but started the garden too late!), and that’s usually what we have at this point.

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