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First Bowl of Salad Greens from the Patio Garden

A few posts back I talked about starting my first edible green patio garden. I know this might not seem like a big deal to lucky country folk, but to us city types, especially those of us with very little experience, growing something that we can put in a bowl and then eat right away is a pretty amazing thing. I’m growing baby cabbage, beets, violas, and basil!

I know it doesn't look like much, but it gave me a salad!

I know it doesn’t look like much, but it gave me a salad!

With a handful of store bought organic arugula, here is the rest of my salad made up of the baby cabbage leaves, beet greens, viola greens and kumato tomatoes.

Arugla, baby cabbage, beet greens, violas, and kumato tomatoes. With date/mustard/ ginger dressing.

Arugla, baby cabbage, beet greens, violas, and kumato tomatoes. With date/mustard/ ginger dressing.

The dressing for this was pretty easy:

Appliances: Magic bullet

Date/Mustard/Ginger Dressing

4 Soaked Dates till soft

3 tbsp Flax Seed Oil

1 Big Pinch Grated Ginger

1 Clove Garlic

3 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Splash of Soy Sauce

Mix in Magic Bullet pour on salad.

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GROW YOUR OWN SALAD AND A NICE PACKAGE ORDER FROM NATURAL ZING

Hope this is the beginning  of many plants for my new organic patio salad garden

Hope this is the beginning of many plants for my new organic patio salad garden

I am not even going to pretend to know anything about growing anything but mold in my bathroom, but, corporate foods are becoming more and more tasteless and less and less nutritious , and even sometimes down right dangerous with pesticides and when they are GMO.

As an urban suburbanite (2 miles from the Pentagon and 6 1/2 miles from the White House) I am going to put in an honest effort into being more responsible for growing more of the food I prepare for myself and loved ones.

A couple of nights ago I picked up a cute basil plant when I was at Wegmans  and then today I picked up baby cabbage and beet plants as well as a viola plant at my favorite organic place in the Washington DC area My Organic Market or also called MOM’s.

When at Mom’s I also picked up a couple of bags of organic potting soil, and with the help of my darling BF, we had all the plants replanted in no time.

Now all I have to do is make sure they are watered and get enough sun and hope they will actually grow for me (yikes!)

Another thing from today is I placed an order two nights ago with a local family run raw food business called Natural Zing for raw cacao butter and hemp seeds and whooosh it came on my doorstep two days later (gotta love it!)

Raw Cacao Butter and Raw Hemp Seeds from Natural Zing!

Raw Cacao Butter and Raw Hemp Seeds from Natural Zing!

I am looking forward to making some special raw chocolates for friends and some nommies with the hemp seeds.

That’s all for today …Ta!

(HUGS)

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RAW VEGAN SOUP AND SALAD

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Who doesn’t love soup? It is a great way to take a handful of ingredients and create multiple meals out of it by putting them in a pot of water.

Raw soups are not unlike cooked soups in that they are made up of handfuls of this and that thrown into water, but instead of a pot it is the jar of a blender. Any fresh uncooked, not canned or processed produce can be added as in many ways raw soups are savory smoothies or like a salad smoothie.

Sometimes the best ones are just items you find in your crisper.

The soup I created tonight is a nice mixture of all kinds of wonderful flavors and it was so easy it was done in minutes.

Recipe:

Appliances used: Vitamix blender

RAW SOUP

In the jar of a blender add:

Handful of chopped kale or baby kale micro greens

Half a cup of sun-dried tomatoes soaked for at least 2 hours ( I did mine over night)

2 carrots loosely chopped

3 small stalks of celery loosely chopped

2 medium tomatoes quartered

1/2 a jalapeno pepper sliced

1 tbsp unpasteurized miso

I tbsp raw apple cider vinegar (Bragg’s has a good one)

Juice of 1 lemon

3 cloves of garlic

Add purified water to either halfway to three quarters up to the top line of the veggies.

I set my vitamix on smoothie and let it to it’s thing and voila SOUP!

Note: you can add any fresh veggies to this, please don’t feel you have to be dogmatic to this recipe, this is just what I created off the top of my head tonight. Be creative and use the veggies you like best.

With my soup tonight I had salad with a dressing I made myself:

Recipe:

Appliances used: Magic bullet

Miso Ginger Dressing:

1 tbsp miso

1 large pinch of fresh grated ginger

juice of 3 limes

1 tbsp raw agave

2 tbsp flaxseed oil

1 clove of garlic

Blend till nice and creamy

I pour this on a nice salad of mixed greens, sliced small heirloom tomatoes, 2 chopped green onion and a small chopped jicama root.

soup and salad

soup and salad

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