Friday, October 18, 2013

Honey Glazed Turkey Breast Fillets

Organic Turkey Breast Fillets sauteed in portobello mushrooms, kale, onions, and fresh garlic cloves, w/a carrot & almond honey glaze.

Ingredients:

4 Turkey breast fillets (approx 1/4 inch thick)
4 tablespoons of coconut or olive oil
1 cup of sliced portobello mushrooms
1 1/2 cups of shredded fresh kale
1 medium sweet onion sliced
2 garlic cloves, sliced
1/2 cup of sliced almonds
1/2 cup of honey or 3 tbs of honey powder
1 large carrot (shaved)
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
Seasonings: garlic sea salt, black pepper, thyme, paprika, oregano (I use mostly organic seasonings*)



Preparation: Heat  2 tablespoons coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat until hot. Add sliced garlic, saute for 60 seconds. Add fillets, and cook for about 3 minutes on both sides until done. Transfer fillets to a plate. Add 1 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil to skillet. Saute onions, mushrooms, bell pepper until slightly brown, and add seasonings to taste. Add fresh shredded kale and saute for about 2-3 minutes longer. Return turkey fillets to skillet and toss.

Glaze: In a seperate small nonstick skillet add remaining 1 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil, saute shaved carrots and almonds. Add cinnamon, ginger and honey and saute for 1 more minute. Pour over fillets and serve with steamed rice, salad or other sides. .

Below are some pictures of a few of the organic seasonings I use daily.







Saturday, July 27, 2013

Quick Garden Update

An unusual soggy summer has taken its toll on my garden. We've had more rain during the months of June and July then all of 2012 combined; however, my bush beans, bell peppers, and tomatoes are doing fairly well even with the record high rains.









Fruit trees/bushes seem to like the heavy rains so far this season.
Pictured above is my new baby blueberry bush.  
      






                                                                                 
Raised bed garden update 06-29-13: This year is my first year of doing raised bed gardening and I think I'll be doing a lot more of raised beds in the future. I've had to plant a few sections over, due to the rains, but for the most part I'm happy with my newest garden project of raised beds. Here are a few pictures taken since my last post.




Raised bed garden update 07-26-13:
Finally emerging are collards, green leaf lettuce, cabbage and spinach.
The far left raised bed are pumpkins and melons.

 

 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Basic Gardening Essentials

Thinking about starting a small vegetable or flower garden this summer? Here are a few basic gardening essentials that may help to ensure your success. Before you get started grab a notebook and pen. Go outside and take a walk around your yard. You may need to grab a chair and sit for a moment and imagine what you would like your garden to look like or basically what your favorite vegetables and/or flowers are.

The size of a garden really has no limits. Gardening can be done in pots or plots or even indoors as long as there is plenty of light, rich soil and water. With light, rich soil and water you'll have all the basics you need to become a thriving gardener. Of course you'll need seeds too.

When shopping for garden seeds, you may first want to print out a vegetable planting chart for the region you live in to make sure you are planting the proper seeds at the appropriate time and before a freeze date for your region. You can just google your state for a planting chart. This is a before picture of  my vegetable garden. 


  
Below are a few pictures of my garden growth progress. Pictured are my bell peppers and bush beans. This year I decided to plant an organic garden using organic seeds, plants and organic fertilizer. 






Flowers Attract Pollinators - Bees!
They are also simply beautiful to look at.


Adding flowers to the garden is sexy!


I was so excited to be able to pick my first green bean harvest this year.
Green beans slowly steamed with fresh sweet onions are one of my favorite dishes.



I also planted a few more garden favorites. Tomatoes are just about the easiest to grow and can be grown in pots right on your front or back porch. I grow my tomatoes in my garden, but I also grow in pots. There are so many different types of tomatoes. Last year I made a mistake of planting purple tomatoes which weren't very tasty. This year I stuck with my favorite grape tomatoes for salads and big beefy tomatoes for sandwiches.




My next garden update, will be on raised gardening. After my first failed attempt this summer for planting lettuce, spinach, and cabbage,  I decided to do raised bed gardening for these vegetables. Some vegetables thrive in almost any type of soil, like tomatoes. There are other vegetables like lettuce that prefer a more rich, loamy soil that contains plenty of organic matter.  Below is a picture of my current garden project, my raised garden beds. I'm still in the process of planting a few more. As you can see my seedlings are already bursting through after just 5-6 days of planting. I'll be posting an update soon, so be sure to check back and happy gardening!







Monday, January 28, 2013

Spending Less Time In Kitchen! Black Bean Soup


With the cold winter days and nights now in full swing, I've been falling in love with my crock-pot. I had no idea that one of  the least expensive appliances in my kitchen, could turn out to be so invaluable. I've been spending a lot less time in the kitchen, which gives me more of "me time"! One of my favorite crock-pot recipes is my black bean soup. This recipe will really warm you up!

Ingredients:
2 cups of dried black beans, (soaked overnight, rinsed and drained)
2 large green bell peppers, sliced
1 large red bell pepper, sliced
2 celery stalks - chopped
2 onions, chopped
4-5 bay leaves
5-6 garlic cloves, chopped
(2) 32 oz containers of organic low-sodium chicken broth
2 cups of water
2 tsp of cumin
2 tbsp of organic brown sugar or molasses
2 tablespoons of olive oil
*1 tsp of Bragg's amino for flavoring - great for flavoring almost anything!
*Add additional vegetables for taste (I added some of my dehydrated sweet corn, tomatoes, etc...) 
* Optional ingredients

Combine all ingredients in 6 quart crock-pot, cook for 6-8 hours on low (remove bay leaves)


Serve as a soup or over rice!