Our amazing Martin's employees and Mom's - April, Maddie and Kelly grabbed their kiddos and engaged in a fun gardening activity to celebrate Earth Day's 50th anniversary. 

While the stay at home order may not have you out and celebrating in ways you normally would, we know investing the time now in creating a home garden will allow you and your family to reap the benefits for fresh produce all spring and summer long!

Plus, if you want to share a little bit of sunshine with friends and family, the seed bombs shown in the video make the perfect doorstep drop off package.

It can be fun to select which items to grown in your garden. But what happens once the produce sprouts, grows, and is ready to be picked? Here are a few family fun recipes to look forward to creating together!

Homemade Pizza Sauce
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 Tbsp tomato paste
2 cups fresh tomatoes, diced
1 tsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. oregano, chopped

In a small saucepot, heat the olive oil then add the onion and garlic. Cook, stirring, over a moderate heat until translucent. 

Add tomato paste and stir in. Cook for the 2-3 minutes. Add in the remaining ingredients. Allow to simmer uncovered for 20 minutes on low heat. Sauce should thicken. 

Cucumber Avocado Salad
1 cucumber, sliced
1 avocado, chopped
1 tsp. freeze onion
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tsp. chopped parsely

Mix ingredients together in a large bowl. Allow to marinate together for a few hours before serving. 

Easy Veggie Dip
1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 Tbsp. garlic powder
4 1/2 Tbsp. fresh dill, chopped
1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped

Combine all together and chill for an hour before serving.

Twice Baked Butternut Squash
1 medium butternut squash
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
2 Tbsp. plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1 Tbsp. olive oil

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut each squash in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Place cut side down on baking sheet. Cover with foil and bake for 50 minutes.  Remove from oven.

Once squash is cooled, scoop of flesh. In a large bowl, mash squash with salt pepper, Greek yogurt, and cheese. Spoon back into skins. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes. Serve.


For a printable version, click here: Earth Day Family Recipes