Colourful Gardens, Barbecues and Eating Healthy — Oh My!

I just got back from one of my favorite gardening centres with the rest of this year’s vegetables that we will be planting in our garden. I say the rest because Little Bird and I already started some peas, ground cherries and heirloom tomatoes in doors a couple of months ago from the seeds we saved from last year’s garden. Little Bird also took some vegetables in to her daycare class for them to grow as we planted a little bit extra just in case some didn’t make it. They are pretty excited about planting them as they aren’t your average tomato and are great for teaching kids that tomatoes come in many different colours.

This year, we are planting a total of 12 different tomato plants and nine of them are different heirloom varieties. I can’t wait to see the different colours that begin popping up in the garden. We will have yellow, orange, red, pale pink, green, purple and some multi-coloured tomatoes. Last year I made a really easy and cheap tomato and onion salad that was the perfect side for our summer’s BBQ recipes. The recipe comes from my mother-in-law who is a fantastic cook and it is a great side dish that I will share here. If you have tomatoes and onions, you probably have the other two ingredients as well.

Tomato & Onion Salad (AKA Best BBQ Side Dish Ev-er!)

2 tomatoes
1/2 onion
*vegetable quantities can be adjusted based on how much you want to make/eat

Cut up onion into small/medium pieces and put into a bowl. Sprinkle some salt on the onion and squeeze the onion in the bowl. By adding the salt and squeezing the onion, you will remove the acid and bad taste and the onion will become more sweet. This will take a few minutes. Add salt as you squeeze if needed.

Cut up the tomatoes and add to the bowl, then mix with a spoon and add salt and pepper to taste.

We barbecue year round, but there is something about barbecues in the summer that just can’t be beat. I am in my last week before we welcome our new daughter in to the world and all I can think about is gardening, hanging out in the yard and barbecuing.

As you know, I am a Life Made Delicious Connector and I’ve been hanging out on their website trying to find some easy recipes to try out this summer and there are a lot on there. Head on over and search the term ‘BBQ’ or ‘Grilled’ and you’ll see what I mean.

I also want to share a General Mills program with you that you may or may not have heard about. Launched in 2006, the General Mills Champions for Healthy Kids grants program was created to encourage communities across Canada to improve the eating and physical activity patterns of young people (ages 2 – 20). To date, 25 grants of up to $5000.00 have been awarded in Canada each year since its inception and 2011 is no exception. So, if you know someone or a group who may want to be considered for a grant, more information is available at I was thinking that this may be a great opportunity for a daycare or school out there that want to teach their kids about gardening and growing food.

I want to hear from you, what is your favorite summer meal?

*Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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3 comments… add one
  • Eileen May 20, 2011, 12:38 am

    Purple tomatoes? wow, I need to get out more. I had no idea they had such a thing. And I have been gardening since I was knee high to a snap pea! LOL!

  • SamiJoe May 17, 2011, 8:50 pm

    Alberta beef, corn on the cob and salad with veggies fresh from the garden!

    Happy Planting! (I’m doing mine this long wknd…)

    • Sheri Landry Sheri May 17, 2011, 8:56 pm

      Hey Sami – I’m jealous that you are doing it this weekend. I forgot about corn on the cob – so yummy!

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