Showing posts with label garden to table. Show all posts
Showing posts with label garden to table. Show all posts

Friday, July 5, 2019

How to make salt and vinegar kale chips in a food dehydrator - the best way to get crispy kale chips that aren't soggy

If you are longing for a healthy vegetable chip that is crunchy and salty with the tang of vinegar but doens't have all the carbs of a potato chip, you are in the right place!

These salt and vinegar kale chips are crunchy and delightful and literally melt in your mouth. 

If you have been eating kale chips from the store, you have NEVER had a kale chip quite like these!

What is the secret to making the best kale chips that melt in your mouth instead have that gross, clumpy waxy feel?

A good dehydrator!
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Monday, August 13, 2018


How to make refrigerator dill pickles - no canning required!


This dill pickle recipe is so easy - I can't wait to teach you how to make it!

One of my favorite parts of tending a garden during the summer is a seemingly endless supply of fresh cucumbers! I grow regular salad cucumbers and a smaller, pickling variety because I love making fresh cucumber pickles for my family.

This pickled cucumber recipe is super easy. Because these are lacto-fermented dill pickles, you don't need any fancy canning equipment to make them.
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Saturday, May 26, 2018

how to make cherry limeade popsicles

Do you love cherry limeade? Do you ever wish you could turn your cherry limeade into a popsicle? Not just any popsicle, of course. Not a hard popsicle but the type of popsicle that is soft and easy to suck pieces off of.

Not only is this popsicle recipe the answer all your cherry limeade popsicle dreams, but it has a secret ingredient: zucchini! I know, I know. It sounds weird. But TRUST ME. This recipe won an award in a summer dessert cooking competition in 2014 when it was up against all kinds of things that didn't have weird vegetables in it. This recipe is GOOD.
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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Best detox water recipes - strawberry infused detox water recipe

Have you caught on to the infused water (or as some like to call it, detox water) craze yet? Why drink boring, plain water when you can make healthy flavored waters at home for hardly any money?

Doing something as simple as add fresh fruit and herbs to infuse water with flavor increases how much you enjoy your water - which makes you want to drink more - which gets you to drink more of the delicious infused water effortlessly!

Pssst. Incase you didn't know, I wrote THE BOOK on infused water / detox water recipes. Check it out on Amazon here!

....but back to the strawberry mint infused water recipe, because that's why you're here, right? 
This is one of my favorite recipes in the book! 

Something about the combination of sweet strawberries and fresh mint just mingle together in a way that is crisp - yet slightly sweet - in a way that is oh-so-refreshing!

We grow a mint plant mostly so I have a ready supply of fresh mint available for infused water! If you don't have your own mint plant, that's okay! Just pick up a small pack of organic mint in the produce aisle of your local grocery store or at your local farmers market. 
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Monday, January 2, 2017

Whole 30 is a fabulous way of getting yourself back in gear for The New Year.  Whether this is your first time through it, or your fifth, a tasty new recipe is sure to help you out.  

This dish is gluten-free, paleo, vegan, and vegetarian.  Perfect for all your dietary needs, and absolutely amazing!  You can add meat to it if you like, or eat it just like it is!  Trust me, it is plenty filling without the meat!  

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Sunday, November 13, 2016


The world is split in to two kinds of people, those who like Brussels sprouts, and those who don’t!  I must say, I am truly in the like camp, and I think more people would join me if they cooked their sprouts this way!

I think most of us have eaten those over-cooked Brussels sprouts, boiled for too long and all of their colour lost. They just sit on the plate, all pale green and mushy. Well, it’s time to make Brussels sprouts the star of your thanksgiving and Christmas side dishes!

I’ve gone for some classic seasonal flavours to make the sprouts sing-maple syrup and bacon-so that they will compliment your main meal. They are pan fried before being cooked in the oven, so they keep their beautiful colours and remain firm. When pan frying the batches, be sure to add seasoning, as this will help give that lovely salty sweet finish.

Just a handful of ingredients and 45 minutes to make (includes prep AND bake time) these sprouts are easy peasy.  You can also make these the day before you want to serve them, just keep them covered in the fridge and slowly heat back up in a saucepan.
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Friday, August 12, 2016


A few days ago, I bought some gorgeous vine ripened tomatoes. They smelled fabulous, and looked beautiful, so I took them home and made some super flavorful lime and cilantro salsa!  I can't stop eating it!  Really, it is SO delicious! 

You'll love this fresh, salsa, too - especially if you've been growing tomatoes at home or picking them up at your local farmer's market. For a fun twist, try making this with different colored tomatoes.

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Saturday, June 4, 2016



Last summer, my family spent seven weeks in France.  While we were there, we ate a number of meals from farmer's markets that lined the rivers.  They had wonderful, fresh produce that we thoroughly enjoyed, but the most delicious thing we ate from the markets were the strawberries.  They were so ripe, juicy and definitely the best strawberries I have ever tasted.  

My parents came over for a visit while we were there, and my mom commented that she had never had a strawberry that was so red all the way through.  They were heaven on earth.  

Due to the way large growing operations grow, manage and pick strawberries, you probably won't find such fresh and luscious strawberries at your local large chain grocery store. Instead, head to your local farmer's market, farm or produce stand to find the ripest, juiciest berries this summer.

Regardless of where you shop for berries, here are my best tips for choosing the most delicious, juicy strawberries, and storing them so they stay fresh as long as possible.  

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016


Are you looking for a healthy, protein-packed lunch recipe? These tuna stuffed avocado cups will not disappoint! This recipe is simple and delicious - and it's Whole 30 compatible to boot. That's a win all around!
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016



Roasted red peppers are divine.  They are the perfect addition to soups, sandwiches and warm salads. And they are a cinch to make! Just a bit of time in the oven, and you will have some fabulous homemade roasted red peppers!  These are perfect for an easy dive into home cooking!  

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Friday, August 1, 2014


Do you have a ridiculous quantity of zucchini in your garden? I not only have too many zucchini but somehow I can't see them until they are HUGE! Here are some of my zucchini next to my 1 month old:
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

This recipe is brought to you by Stonyfield.
My family is chronically late for things. So much so that friends who spend any large quantity of time with us will frequently give us a different time to arrive to events than they tell the other people. Want the Bonhams to show up around 3:30? Tell them to be there by 3. I wish I were joking.

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

This post is brought to you by Stonyfield.

For the last three months, I've been working with Stonyfield as a brand ambassador. This has given me a chance to try out even more of their products (I was already a huge fan!) as well as try and develop tasty recipes for you (like the "Sneaky Green Smoothie" I wrote about last month).

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Sneaky Green Smoothie Recipe #creativegreenliving
Green smoothies are so good for you. Feeding your kids spinach will give them a high dose of vitamin A as well as a good boost of Vitamin C and Calcium. Combining it with nonfat, high protein greek yogurt from our sponsors at Stonyfield provides a great boost of both protein and calcium - perfect for little growing bodies!

The problem, of course, if that many kids are averse to eating or drinking green things- even when it doesn't "taste green". So what's a mom to do? Be sneaky of course!
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Saturday, September 7, 2013

The are lots of reasons we grow our own garden but the primary reason is to have enough tomatoes for canning. There are high levels of BPA in metal-canned tomatoes - higher than any other canned food product. This year my garden is doing even better than last year and I have a LOT of tomatoes (learn my secret about how to plant strong, healthy tomatoes here). Here are some great tomato recipes - both for your fresh tomato bounty as well as tasty things you can make with your canned tomatoes.

Antipasto Veggie Pizza from Creative Green Living
Crockpot Italian Pesto Chicken from Miss Information
Tomato & Goat Cheese Tarts from Richly Rooted
Pakistani Kima (Beef Curry w/ vegan option) from Whole New Mom
Pesto, Tomato & Goat Cheese Stuffed Portobellos from The V Spot
Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes from Mom Endeavors
Zucchini Tomato Lasagna from Hydrangea Hippo

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Thursday, September 5, 2013


Some pasta primaveras are made with heavy cream sauces - which are their own kind of tasty but definitely heavy on the calories. This dish is a much lighter pasta primavera and is chock full of veggies. The veggie to pasta ratio is almost 1:1. It is light and tasty and a great way to use your garden bounty for dinner!

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Monday, September 2, 2013


And so it begins. The season of tomatoes. The primary reason I moved to a community garden plot two seasons ago was to have the capacity to grow enough of my own tomatoes to can a year's worth of diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. Last year, I succeeded but I also tossed the skins, cores and scraps of my first few batches because I didn't know any better!
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Saturday, July 27, 2013

If you're like most gardeners in the United States right now, you have way more zucchini than you know what to do with and not enough friends who aren't growing their own. I've got a great collection of 25 things you can make with your garden bounty from main dishes to desserts - some of them you can't even tell have zucchini in them!

Grilled Zucchini Pizzas from Kalyn’s Kitchen 
Antipasto Veggie Pizza from Creative Green Living 
Zucchini Frittata from Yesterday on Tuesday 
Stuffed Zucchini from Happieness is Homemade / 
Grilled Fish Provencal from The Nourishing Home 
Summer Squash Pizza Pasta from Don’t Waste the Crumbs
Cheesy Zucchini Bake from Mom Endeavors 
Zucchini Casserole from Blessings Overflowing 


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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Did you know that bell peppers have 2-6 times the vitamin C content of an orange? Peppers (especailly organic peppers) can be pricey - $1 or more a piece. Luckily they are easy to grow and great way to save you money on your grocery bill.

Important: Know when the right time to plant is! Don't plant your peppers until all danger of frost has passed. Where I live, that's about mother's day weekend. Use this tool to check when your average last frost date is.

Supplies

  • Pepper plants (choose healthy looking plants but avoid those that already have peppers)
  • Shovel or trowel
  • Epsom Salt (do NOT use table salt. it will kill your plant)
  • Measuring spoon
  • Water
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Chicken & Kale Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms

Even before I started my Shaklee 180 plan, I loved stuffed mushrooms. In college it was my signature dish. In my 20's, it was not unheard of for me to order a stuffed mushrooms appetizer as my entree when eating out. Now that I am doing Shaklee 180, mushrooms are my new BFFs because they are a free food. In addition to being very tasty, they are high in selenium, protein and B vitamins.

I paired mine with fresh asparagus spears sauteed in coconut oil. I normally like some kind of dip or dressing (even just plain balsamic vinegar) on my asparagus but the virgin coconut oil I used imparted a tasty nutty flavor that made additional condiments unnecessary.

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