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Recipe Index – Cocktails, Appetizers, Main Courses and Desserts

Looking for something new to cook today? This recipe index will help you navigate all of the recipes on our site.

These fresh, flavorful and mainly healthy recipes are made for your daily life, as well as for entertaining with friends. We love to help you celebrate the joy of food in everything you cook.

From cocktails and drinks to appetizers and desserts, your next gathering will be a success. Are you in the mood for something simple for dinner? No problem, check out our 30 minute meals to save some precious time.

And if  you love cooking with garden fresh vegetables, that is our specialty!

Recipe index

The Gardening Cook has hundreds of ideas in this recipe index for you to choose from.  

Just click on any of the images or the links below to go to that category page to find something new to cook for dinner tonight.


White bowls filled with appetizer recipes.


Snickerdoodle bars un a white bowl with fork and knife.

Bars & Slices

Vegetables on skewers on a grill pan.

BBQ Recipes

Cooked steak over greens on a cutting board.

Beef Recipes

Jalapeno bread on a grey board with a blue plaid napkin.

Breads, Rolls, Muffins

Eggs sunny side up with hash brown potatoes.

Breakfast Ideas

Bundt cake on a wire rack with a honey glaze in a small jug.


Funfetti truffle recipe on a silicone mat.


Tomato and olive casserole with cheese and basil.


Roast chicken with oven roasted vegetables recipe on a white plate.

Chicken Recipes

dark chocolate cookie recipes sprinkled with sugar.


Biscuits in a bowl with a blue checked cloth and words Red Lobster copycat cheddar bay biscuits.

Copycat Recipes

Banana and fruit with whipped cream and chocolate.

Dessert Recipes

Heat shaped bowl and spoon filled with parmesan dressing recipe and basil and cheese.

Dressings, Marinades, Sauces

Two mugs of spiced wine with Christmas decoration and a red napkin.

Drinks & Cocktails

Pan fried fish with fruit and slad on a red plate.

Fish Recipes

Baked caramel apples on parchment paper.

Fruit Recipes

Sprigs of grain with words Gluten Free Recipes.

Gluten Free Recipes

Healthy salad recipe with avocado and dressing on a white plate.

Healthy Recipes

Fresh spring rolls stuffed with vegetables.

International Cooking

Salad recipe with granola and chicken on a blue plate.

Paleo Recipes

Chicken alfredo pizza recipe with a yellow fork and blue napkin.


Pork recipe with noodles and vegetables in a frying pan.

Pork Recipes

Salad recipe with chicken, nuts, avocado and cabbage.


Ham and spinach wrap with garden salad on a white plate.

Sandwiches, Wraps

Seafood and angel hair pasta recipe in a gray bowl.

Seafood Recipes

German potato salad recipe with bacon and spring onions in a red bowl.

Side Dishes

Slow cooker filled with root vegetables and onions.

Slow Cooker, Crock Pot

White bowl filled with vegetable soup and red napkin and spoon.

Soups & Stews

Blue bowl and chop sticks with a Chinese recipe and spring onions.

Stir Fries

Roasting pan filled with a large whole turkey.

Turkey Recipes

Granola and oatmeal balls in a gray bowl with a blue checked napkin.

Vegetarian, Vegan


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Thursday 4th of March 2021

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Monday 14th of August 2017

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Monday 14th of August 2017

Hi Mary, You can find the recipe for miracle grow here Carol


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Wednesday 20th of January 2016

Hi Corina. Welcome to my site. I am glad that you find the information useful. Kind regards, Carol


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Monday 30th of March 2015

Love the recipe for homemade miracle grow


Monday 30th of March 2015

HI Terri. Glad you found the article useful! Carol