Harvesting Greens

Lots and lots of them:

Spinach, mustard greens, arugula, kale, lettuce

Lots of beautiful sage

Snow pea

Happy Gardening!!

Getting the Garden Ready

It was a great day today to do some gardening. I cleared out all the garden beds and I was going to use woodchips to lay in the isles of the garden but I decide to use straw instead. I bought three bales from Spur Line today, thinking that would be enough but I should’ve got four bales. I’m so excited for this year!


There is stuff in the garden already growing.

Thyme
Sage
Chard
Strawberries
Carrots

Solarvore Sport Solar Oven

I bought myself a solar oven for my birthday! I just made red pepper kale frittata for breakfast. Took 1hr and 25m in the solar oven. So cool.

I just put dinner in the solar oven. Black bean chili! Can’t wait! Will take 4-6 hrs. Solar oven cooks like your slow cooker but only cooler. No electricity, no propane only need the warmth of the sun = Free!

So awesome cooking for Free! 

7 Layer Breakfast

 
I like to bake an egg inside a half of avocado, this was my plan for breakfast this morning – but came up with this instead. Makes 2 servings.

• 1 cup or more mashed avocado

• 2 chopped up tortillas or 4 corn to make gluten free

• salsa

• shredded cheese

• 2 – 6 eggs

• seasonings to taste: lemon juice, salt, pepper, chili powder, Italian seasoning etc.

Take individual portion oven proof cups and grease with coconut oil. Set aside.

Chop up 2 tortillas or 4 corn tortillas. Divide into 4 portions. Add one portion to each cup to form the bottom layer.

Take the mashed avocado and add some lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Divide equally into cups to form a nice 2nd layer of goodness.

Next add a small layer of salsa then the last two portions of tortillas.

Next add a layer of shredded cheese. 

For the eggs I recommend cracking individual portions (1-3 eggs depending what your cup can hold) into a separate bowl in case any shells are left behind. Once all small shell pieces are removed transfer into cup. 

Sprinkle with more cheese and season to taste.

Bake at 375 degrees until eggs are cooked about 20-30m. Keep checking after 10-15m. Try to keep the inside of the eggs runny. 

  ENJOY!

TOMATOES!

  Got all these tomatoes yesterday at a reduced price of $3.99! This is what I did with them today…

  

  9 trays of sliced tomatoes for sun dried tomatoes!
  3 half gallon jars of tomato pulp ready to use for salsa or sauces.  Before I jarred the tomato pulp I let drain for about 30 minutes or so to get tomato water.

  Got about 10 cups of tomato water. Great to use as water substitute for savory dishes, broth or just spice up and drink!

Microgreens: Pea Shoots

  

11/15/15: This morning was a busy one. Got up at 6 am, checked the dehydrator-cubes carrots & potatoes ready to store, along with the zucchini chips. Vacuum sealed everything.

Then decided to start some pea shoots. Rinsed the peas then spread them into my 5 trays. Inserted them into my EasySprouter. I’m thinking it will take 2 days to start sprouting. Once little tails start I will transfer to soil to grow.

To be continued . . .

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11/17/15: I checked on the peas this morning. They are perfect to spread on some potting mix later today.

  

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11/19/15: I finally got some time to place these beauties into some potting soil. 

Place a few inches of potting mix into your growing medium and water. Cover potting mix with one nice layer of pea sprouts. Then place another thin layer of potting mix on top of the pea sprouts. Just enough to cover. Then lightly water again.

  Cover and let sprouts grow in the dark until sprouts start to lift your cover. Make sure to water daily just enough to keep everything moist.
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11/22/15: Pea sprouts are ready to uncover and grow under lights or sun.

  
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11/25/15: sprouts look so beautiful! Going to let grow for a few more days.

  
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11/28/15: Harvest day!

   
 

    
    
Store in a plastic bag or container of your choice. Steam, add to soups or stews, use in wraps or salads. Yummy, so many ways to eat!

 
Pea sprouts would be perfect for garnishing platters!

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12/4/15: I was going to compost my soil from the pea sprouts but decided to get one more growth out of them…

  

Does your GLuten Free  bread crumble on sandwiches?

  
I go back and forth with gluten. I know my body is better without it but I just deal with hives here and there. It’s just so damn good and convenient!

Anyways, I hate when you bite into your GF bread sandwich and it crumbles, making you eat your sandwich way to fast instead of enjoying it slowly.

Well, this morning I decided to toast my GF bread then use for my sandwich. Wow, I was pleasantly surprised how it changes the texture of the bread. It wasn’t brittle anymore! 

Now I am eating Rudi’s Orginal GF bread. I’m not sure how this trick works with other brands, but it works awesome with this brand!