Over the weekend I spent a couple of hours surfing the net. I was on a mission: finding some good kale recipes. Almost immediately I saw an amazing article title: Kale, the Beef of Vegetables. Of all the odd titles I have stumbled across recently, this has to top the list!
My first thought. of course, was, “no wonder I don’t particularly like it!” Then I cracked up (I do tend to amuse myself, easily). Look, I’m really, really, really trying to eat it and like it. Damn it! It is so good for my body that I should at least eat it and hopefully, learn to like it!
When I finally quit laughing at myself, I settled down and read the article. It was yet one more in a long series of articles extolling the virtues and benefits of kale. Did you know that it is full of : (more…)
Planting a garden is a small act in creating a long term plan. You plant seeds, water, watch and wait. And then one day you see a little shoot of green poking up the dirt. This is my very favorite part or gardening!
The miracle of life and growth always makes me happy! I walk around with a big grin on my face all day. There is nothing like a little miracle to remind me how wonderful life is and how grateful I am just to be alive. (more…)
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There must be some Italian buried in my genes! It would at least explain why I love pasta so much! When David found out he was gluten intolerant I was pretty sure my life was over. No more pasta??
Fortunately there are a lot of great gluten-free pastas on the market. After trying brown and wild rice, corn and quinoa, we decided we like brown rice best. But if you haven’t experiment with the kinds, you owe it to yourself to try.
This is my own version of veggie pasta based very loosely on a similar dish I once ate at California Pizza Kitchen.
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Let’s just say we do NOT live in a gardener’s paradise. We are on granite, desert mountaintop. Our soil is rocky and dry. We live close to wild life – rabbits, deer, coyotes and javelina use our side yard as a race way and eat everything in sight. And then there are small rodents and the birds!
Most gardener’s here either have securely fenced yards or have built raised beds (a big planter and filled it with soil). Some have both. They work great but are more or less permanent and expensive to build. David and I moved here last year. At the time we were not sure that we would be staying here permanently, so we leased a house for a year. Turns out we love it here, but now we need some time to find the place we want to buy. The point of all that is that we are renting and do not want to go to the time and expense of building a big fence or even raised beds. (more…)
Brown rice is probably our most flexible staple. We use it as breakfast cereal, for specialty rice dishes (like Spanish Rice), salads or a quick add to bean based meals for an extra protein boost.
At the end of every week we gather up any veggies we can find laying around, nuts and even beans. We throw them in a pan and add rice for a quick, thrifty meal. The trick is adding a good mix of herbs and mirepoix to give it great flavor without resorting to too much salt or soy sauce. (more…)
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The advantage of cooking a big batch of beans on Sunday is that even after making the Baked Beans, I still have some extra. There a probably a thousand ways to use extra beans.
One of my favorites is to make a quick soup to heat and eat for lunches or to add to dinner when you want a little something more. Lots of nutrition and great low calorie treat. (more…)
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