What To Do With Your Lettuce- Part 2

What To Do With Your Lettuce- Part 2

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As we continue on with this series, part one was about freezing your herbs with oil (Read the last post if you missed). This time, we are going to talk about all that lettuce I planted.

I am not going to lie, I have never grown lettuce before and had no idea what I was really doing.  I read online how to cut the lettuce so it would continue to grow. How you can achieve this is by cutting the outer leaves and leaving about an inch of the crown.  This will allow your lettuce to keep growing.

But, what if I don’t feel like eating my lettuce right away. What can I do with it so it won’t spoil?

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What You Need:

Lettuce

Bowl

Veggie Cleaner

Paper Towels

Water

 

 

What To Do:

  1. Rinse your lettuce according to your veggie cleaner or if you don’t have one, just rinse your lettuce to get rid of excess dirt.
  2. In the bowl, put a folded piece of paper towel covered in water (the paper towel, not the bowl) on the bottom.
  3. Add the lettuce in the bowl, pile them so they have some room to breathe.
  4. Put a damp piece of paper towel to cover the lettuce.  Make sure you rewet this paper towel once it gets dry.
  5. When you’re ready to eat it, it will be waiting! Just don’t go too many days otherwise your lettuce will not be that great.  I did this overnight and only had to rewet my paper towel once.  The lettuce was still crunchy and fresh tasting.

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It was so nice to have lettuce that I grew.  I know where my food is coming from (my mini garden haha) and I control what I feed my plants.  #nogmo #nopesticide  Bam! I feel like a real adult!

 

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What To Do With Your Herbs Part 1

What To Do With Your Herbs <<Part 1>>

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I love, love, love when the weather gets warmer and I can start planting herbs. This year, I am also growing tomatoes and lettuce. So the problem is, what can I do with all these herbs?

This will be a multi-part series throughout the Spring and Summer of ways to use herbs and veggies throughout the year.

One of my favorite (and easy) recipes to use with my extra herbs is chopping them up and putting them in an ice cube tray and freeze them with oil.  When you need to pick your herbs, like basil and parsley (which were the two that I used), sometimes you do not have enough to make pesto or you were trying to just shape your plant. The great thing about this recipe is that you can use any mixture of herbs and different oils.  Get <<C.R.E.A.T.I.V.E>>

 

What You Need:

Fresh Basil and Parsley (or another kind of herb)

Olive Oil and Coconut Oil (any oil will work)

Ice Cube Tray

What To Do:

  1. Pick your herbs and wash them with veggie wash.herbs 1
  2. Chop the herbs into small pieces.herbs 2
  3. Put the herbs in ice cube trays. You can make any type of mixtures you want. I made two just basil and two just parsley and the rest I mixed both together. I also used olive oil in some and coconut oil in some (1tablespoon so you can keep track for recipes)herbs 3
  4. Put the ice cube tray in the the freezer.  When frozen, I like to put them in a bag labeled when I made it and what it is.  herbs 4
  5. Whenever you need fresh herbs for a recipe, you now have them ready to use at anytime by just reaching into your freezer! This is especially great in the Winter!

Mediterranean Cucumber Salad

Mediterranean Cucumber Salad

Cucumber Salad

I love Greek food! It is probably one of my favorite cuisines and easily adaptable to gluten free cooking. My grandma recently told us (within the past few years) that we are part Greek, so let us enjoy some great food!

This cucumber and tomato salad is quick to make.

Cucumber Salad

What you need:

Cucumber diced (I used ½ very large English Cucumber)

Two Tomatoes diced (I used vine tomatoes)

Feta Cheese (1/4 block, broken up with a fork)

Garlic Vinaigrette (I got this at a local supermarket)

Salt and Pepper

Cucumber Salad

What to do:

  1. Dice cucumbers and tomatoes.
  2. Salt and pepper to your liking (Remember the feta is kind of salty, so you might not need as much salt. You can always add more, not take any away).
  3. Add feta and drizzle on some garlic vinaigrette.

Cucumber Salad

Tomatoes are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients. Vitamin A, C, folic acid, beta-carotene, and lycopene are just a few of the important health benefits we receive when eating tomatoes. Choline is a super important nutrient found in tomatoes. Studies have proven that choline helps reduce chronic inflammation! When you have Celiac Disease or Inflammatory Disease (or both), you struggle with chronic inflammation. It is important to make sure your diet is rich with anti-inflammatory foods and incorporating tomatoes is an easy way to help support decreasing chronic inflammation.

How are you going to incorporate tomatoes into your lifestyle?

xoxo Jenn