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5 Easy to Grow Superfoods

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 in Blog, Eat Green, Grow Green, Square Foot Gardening, Vegetable Gardening

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5 Easy to Grow SUPERFOODS

 

Have you wanted to start a garden, but you’re not sure what plants to start with?   With the right growing foundation,  anyone can have success with these 5 easy to grow superfoods! If you are new to gardening, you can easily grow these 5 SUPERFOODS with harvests from Spring to Fall and the Winter Squash will keep for several months after harvest in the perfect conditions. Leafy greens are easy to grow and a powerhouse superfood full of antioxidants, vitamins and fiber.

  1. Spinach:  This is a cool weather plant and one of the first to add to the garden. High in Potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin K,  Vitamin A and a great source for iron.
  2. Kale: This green powerhouse superfood is easy to grow and is a great cool weather option extending through the Summer and Fall.  Kale is high in Potassium,  Vitamin A, C and B-6 and a great leafy green source of protein.
  3. Swiss Chard: A great source for magnesium, Vitamin A and C.  Beautiful color and so easy to grow.
  4. Winter Squash:  This one requires a bit more space, but worth growing due to the lasting storage.  High in fiber,  potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and B-6. Butternut, Acorn or Spaghetti Squash are the easiest to grow and bumper crops will keep giving back over the winter months.
  5. Romain Lettuce:  Seasonal superstar for spring and fall crops, high in Vitamin K, A and Folate

If you aren’t into growing these 5 easy to grow superfoods, definitely find a local organic source, like a local farmer’s market to add these to your diet for nutrition and to meet the daily requirements of fruits and veggies servings.

See you in the garden,

Lori

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Applesauce Recipe

Posted on Aug 16, 2014 in Allergy, Blog, Dairy Free, Desserts, Gluten Free, Recipes

The apple trees are just amazing this year in Denver, last year, it was peaches. I was just thinking about making apple sauce to freeze and enjoy over the winter. Two years ago, we received a bunch of apples picked from a friend’s tree in Ft Collins and it was the first time I had made sugar-free applesauce and it was a big hit! These friend’s live an hour and half away and I knew a trip was not in the cards or even if their tree had produced this year.

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I see all the neighbor’s trees just hanging with so much fruit and the apples are falling and rotting on the ground.  And to my surprise, my neighbor posted this sign….

Free Apples

 

We pulled the truck up next to the tree to gather the high hanging fruit before the storm rolled in…… {oops, got him with his eyes closed}

Apples

 

Our apple loot….

Apples

 

Applesauce Recipe – Sugar Free

12 cups of peeled and sliced apples

3 tsp of cinnamon {more or less to your liking}

2 tsp of organic vanilla

2 cups of water

1/2 lemon fresh squeezed

Add water, cinnamon and vanilla to water bring to a low boil, peel and slice apples, and squeeze fresh lemon on apples, add to pot and simmer, stirring occasionally, keep on low until the apples break down and  mashed with a fork.  I prefer a chunky applesauce, if you prefer it more smooth creamy consistency, add more water.

Let cool, eat warm or cold.

Enjoy!!

xoxo,

Lori

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Berry Cream Pie Recipe

Posted on Jul 26, 2014 in Blog, Dairy Free, Desserts, Gluten Free, Recipes

This Berry Cream Pie Recipe is a childhood favorite. Growing up in New Jersey, I remember going to pick your own blueberry and strawberry farms and my mother making this delicious pie.  It was a once a summer treat!

I have kept with the tradition and make this pie every year.  My husband’s birthday is in July, right when berries are in season, so now the tradition has become my husband’s birthday treat.

Over the years, we have discovered gluten and dairy allergies in our family, so first the recipe was adapted to gluten free and now, it’s gluten and dairy free!  It’s still just as delicious!

Berry Cream Pie Recipe

 {Typically, I would make it deep dish in my favorite hand made pottery pie dish, but this year, I cheated with pre-made gluten free pie crust}

Berry Cream Pie Recipe

Gluten Free Dairy Free Version – Makes 2 – 8″ pies

Preheat oven to 400

2 8″ pie crust {pre made or make your own}

1 lb Strawberry

1 lb Blueberry

1/2 cup of Sugar

2 tbsp Arrowroot Powder

1/8 tsp Salt {or a pinch}

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1 cup Coconut Milk {full fat}

Wash fruits and cut strawberries in half or quarters and add both berries to a mixing bowl.

Add sugar, arrowroot powder, salt and cinnamon and mix together.  Mix until the sugar dissolves.

Add the coconut milk and stir.

Add to the pie crust dish. The mixture will pile high in the pie plate.

Berry Cream Pie Recipe

 

To keep the oven clean and keep the crust from burning, wrap aluminum foil under the pie dish and up and over the pie.  Bake for 1/2 hour covered and for the last 15 minutes, pull back the foil.  Once the juices are bubbling, you’ll know it’s done.

This pie is best served chilled with homemade coconut cream strawberry ice cream.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Jersey Tomatoes

Posted on Apr 26, 2014 in Blog, Eat Green, Grow Green, Square Foot Gardening, Tower Garden

Celebrating 20 years in Colorado this year, there are 2 thing I miss about my home state New Jersey: the Jersey Shore and Jersey Tomatoes!

Colorado’s our best kept secret is our beautiful weather, especially in the winter. Jersey, on the other hand, when you fly into Newark, the armpit of the state, the last thing you think about is the best kept secret, a delicious Jersey tomato {or the beach}.

New Jersey is known as the “Garden State”. There must be something in the soil that makes tomatoes so juicy and delicious!

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I have fond memories of driving the tree canopy, back winding roads and stopping at a local farm stand for a brown paper bag of tomatoes. I’d eat them like an apple! So delicious! It’s like eating a Colorado Palisade Peach with all the juicy yumminess dripping down your arm.

On a quest to grow my own Jersey like tomatoes in Colorado, I started a raised garden. Let’s just say my “ignorance on fire” created huge success! {We’ll not total “ignorance on fire”, I don’t have a landscape background, so I do know how to grow plants, but I was’t as knowledgeable with vegetable growing}.

Maybe you don’t have the experience of a yummy Jersey tomato, but most can relate to a home grow tomato from our own garden or one shared from a friend. They are just simply delicious and can’t compare to a store bought tomato. This goes for anything you can grow local in your own back yard. It just tastes better!

This is what I have learned, as I grew out of my “throw it in the ground and let it grow” concept, not everyone has success with this way of growing and not everyone has the space time or green thumb. As I dove into learning more about growing vegetables, I have learned we need to care about our natural resources and environment as well as understanding the right conditions for growing vegetables. There are two systems I found that require no digging, no bending, no weeding, and no kidding! These systems are environmentally friendly too!!

My passion is to help others grow their own food and experience the yummy flavor and high nutrient density foods and have success like I have. You can do it, it’s easy!

One system is called Square Food Gardening, developed by Mel Bartholomew and the other is Tower Gardens designed by Tim Blank. Both systems are designed on a small foot print, high yield and nutrient dense food designed for the new and experienced gardener! Both these systems really take the guesswork out of gardening and create success for the gardener.

With my system, when I started gardening, I had success, not every gardener experiences this level of success. If you take the time and energy to build a garden, find a system to create success!!

If you’d like for information about gardening and growing your own produce this summer, sign up for my newsletter for “Green Tips” to your inbox and sign up for one of our classes on Meetup, you can find us at Live Life Whole Gardeners.

The Green Coach,

Lori

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Tower Garden Safety

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 in Blog, Eat Green, Grow Green, Tower Garden, Vegetable Gardening

Safety?  In the garden? When growing a Tower Garden, keep safety in mind.  The Tower Garden grows with electricity and electricity and water are not a a good mix!! Be sure to have the proper safety measures in place when setting up your Tower Garden.  Have a ground fault electrical plug and keep the extension cord wires off the ground.  I came across this camping idea which is a perfect solution for the Tower Garden.

 

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Photo Credit:  Farm Journal

Supplies Needed:

1 bucket (I picked up a 5 gallon bucket from the big box store)

1 drill bit

1 U clamp (optional)

I decided on a 5 gallon bucket because it’s more sturdy than a sand bucket and I think it will handle the sun better too! This is an easy project to create safety around your Tower Garden!

Meet me in the garden,

Lori

 

 

 

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Butternut Squash Soup

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 in Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo, Recipes

With a bumper crop of Butternut Squash this year, and hail that beat it up, I had to make something before it all went bad.  Just to give you and idea, this is a pile of just the outer peel!

Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash Soup

  • 2 butternut squash medium size
  • 1 apple peeled and sliced
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 Tsp sage
  • 2 Tsp olive oil
  • 2 Quarts organic chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • Dash salt and pepper

Sautee in a large stock pot onion and garlic in olive oil until clear.

Add chicken/vegetable stock

Add sage and salt and pepper.

Peel and cube butternut squash & apple and add to pot.

Let it get to a boil and then turn down to a medium heat and cook until tender when poked with a fork.

Blend the cooked butternut squash with stock in a food processor or a Vitamix.

Mangia, Mangia!!

Lori

 

 

 

 

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