Garden recipes!

from Michelle Jorgenson (more this week)–congrats to her for being so creative and resourceful with her spectacular garden (which will be featured on the GreenSmoothieGirl Makeover TV show, which we are almost done filming):

I love summer eating, because I try and use as much from the garden as I can.   You can tell your readers that if they don’t have a garden, try talking to their neighbors who do.   Often crops get out of control and gardeners throw away produce before they can get to it.   I just found a neighbor that has a HUGE patch of spinach and leaf lettuce.   It’s farther along than mine, and they weren’t using hardly any of it.   I asked if I can keep it picked so it won’t go to seed as quickly.   So I go pick it every third day or so, and it covers us for green smoothie ingredients.

So here’s some of the stand out  harvest recipes so far:

Salvadoran Radish Salsa

1 bunch radishes – any kind

3 tomatoes

1 small onion

1 bunch cilantro

1/4 t salt

juice from 1 lime

Chop all vegetable and mix.

Can also add the following for a hearty meal:

1 can black beans, rinsed

1 carrot, chopped

1 red pepper, chopped

1 C jicama, chopped

1 cucumber, chopped

1 T rice vinegar

1 more lime juiced

Salt to taste

(I just planted a second crop of radishes just so I can make this!   Made up the second version and took to a family reunion – only thing on the table that was gone by the end of the meal!)

I was determined not to throw away anything, so I figure out this recipe from the radish leaves!

 

Radish Leaf Pesto and Noodles

2 large handfuls radish leaves (from 2 bunches radishes), stems removed

1/4 C Parmesan cheese

1/4 C Almonds or pine nuts

1 clove garlic, cut in four

2 T olive oil, or more to get consistency you like

salt and pepper to taste

1 package whole wheat pasta (penne or rigatoni is best)

Put all ingredients in a high powered blender and process in short pulses.   You will have to scrape down the sides to get it all mixed in.   Add more oil is it’s too thick.

Boil a package of whole wheat pasta.    Cook it  2 minutes less than the package says.   Drain noodles but keep some of the cooking water.   Put noodles back into pan over medium heat, and add pesto.   Stir to coat noodles.   If too dry, add some cooking water.   Cook until pasta is done- 1-2 more minutes.   (Your noodles will taste so much better this way!)

Also can put radishes into any salad or stir-fry.   You’ll be surprised at how mild they taste cooked.

Emma makes soccer team, Tif off sugar, Megan stung by swarm

Highlights from yesterday at my house.

Emma was the original Green Smoothie Girl on this site when she was 11. (Anyone been here long enough to remember when she was the face on the site, not me?) She’s 14 years old, and yesterday she made the Timpanogos High School soccer team despite more girls trying out than ever before, because of last year’s state soccer championship. YAY EMMA, GO TIMBERWOLVES!

Here she is getting a congratulatory attack-hug by her older brother, who pitches on the baseball team for the same school (that has won state in baseball three of the last 10 years).

And here is that same, mullet-wearing older brother and his cute girlfriend Tiffanie, for whom I’d just made a Hot Pink Smoothie (Ch. 11) when Em walked in with her announcement. Tiffanie has just given up sugar, which she says comprised about 100% of her diet. I couldn’t talk her into carrots and hummus, but she loved the smoothie. Then Cade asked me to inform her what is in it, for the shock value. (It’s beets and carrots.)

He said, “My mom does that. She makes stuff that tastes really good but has all this crazy stuff in it that’s good for you.”

A bit later, I made this whole-wheat penne thing, with summer squash and baby tomatoes from my garden, and served it outside on the deck table. Everyone sat down and started eating just as about 20 wasps came up from a nest under the table, all around my daughter’s sweet little friend Megan. By the time we all got up and ran inside, she’d been stung 7 times.

I share this in case you don’t know how to treat bee and wasp stings: I immediately made a paste of baking soda and water and put it on the stings. Takes the sting out, works like a charm. Here’s a photo of Megan with soda paste. No tears, no swelling.

Good, Better, Best . . . Part III

I have more stuff to say (and photos to blog) about traveling and eating right, but by request, I interrupt:

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl, will you please continue the good, better, best discussion, specifically covering pasta, seasonings, nut butters, and fats?

Pasta: white-flour pasta doesn’t belong in the kitchen of a health-conscious cook. The more coarsely you grind your wheat, the more nutritious it is, since the blood sugar uptake is slower. Good: whole-wheat pasta Better: whole-spelt or -kamut pasta (ancient, unhybridized grains) Best: homemade pasta made from ground whole grains, soaked 8-24 hours in advance (too time-consuming for me, but some like to do this)

Nut butters: grocery-store peanut butter has trans fats and sugar added. Good: organic, natural peanut butter Better: roasted almond butter Best: unsalted, homemade raw almond butter made from soaked, raw, dehydrated almonds (I put them through the Champion Juicer with the blank plate on)

Fats: almost everything sold in the grocery store is refined, high-heat treated and rancid. Good: extra-virgin olive oil, other unrefined oils (mostly found in health-food stores) Better: virgin/organic coconut oil, refrigerated flax oil, unrefined grapeseed oil Best: whole foods high in good fats like avocados, nuts, and seeds

Seasonings: many in the grocery store have MSG added even if you don’t see it on the label, as well as sugar and refined salt, and other  chemicals. Good: unrefined sea salt (50+ trace minerals, still actually very slightly refined) Better: Original Himalayan Crystal Salt (84 trace minerals), Mrs. Dash Best: Kelp, herbs like basil, thyme, oregano, salt-free and chemical-free organic seasonings like anything by Spice Hunter at your health-food store