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!

Vegan Pasta with Butternut Squash “Cheese”

Vegan Pasta with Butternut Squash “Cheese”

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So this delicious recipe was actually a mistake. I wanted to make cubed butternut squash, roasted in the oven but it was way too hot in my apartment to turn the oven on. So in skillet, I added the butternut squash with vegan butter. The butternut squash did not hold its shape but instead it started to become mushy. I went with it and added in some frozen broccoli. After tossing it in the pasta, it had a very similar texture to macaroni and cheese. So it felt like I was eating mac n cheese but really was eating butternut squash. This recipe is a must try!

 

What You Need:

Cubed, Butternut Squash

1/2 stick of Vegan Butter

Salt

Pepper

1 Tablespoon Dried, Crushed Garlic (can use less but I really enjoy it)

1 Teaspoon Dried Ginger

1/2 cup of Soy Milk

Lentil Pasta (you can use any kind you like)

What To Do:

In a skillet pan, add 1/2 the amount of vegan butter in to melt. Place in butternut squash and season with salt and pepper. Place a cover on top and stir every so often. Add in other seasonings. When the squash gets soft, it will start to fall apart. Continue to mash it until it is completely cooked. Add in 1/2 bag of frozen broccoli and cook until soft. Toss with pasta and serve warm.

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Enjoy xoxo!

Buffalo Cauliflower

Buffalo Cauliflower

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I love anything that is made with buffalo sauce, especially chicken wings. I’ve heard that people have used cauliflower instead of chicken to lighten up the recipe. This recipe is simple to make and equally as delicious!

What You Need:

1 Head of Cauliflower, chopped

Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

Gluten Free Bread Crumbs

Buffalo Sauce

What To Do:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and drizzle a little bit of olive oil on a cookie sheet. Toss the cauliflower in the oil with salt and pepper. Top with a sprinkle of bread crumbs, (I used about 1/4 of a cup). Cook for about 40-50 minutes, flipping once, until the cauliflower is soft.

In a sauce pan, heat up the buffalo sauce and add the cauliflower in. Mix until all the cauliflower is covered in sauce. I love hot sauce so I used more but start with 1/4 cup and add more until you get the desired taste you want. If the buffalo sauce is too spicy for you, add in some local honey before you add get cauliflower. Enjoy!!

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Creamy Vegan Avocado Basil Gluten Free Pasta

Creamy Vegan Avocado Basil Gluten Free Pasta

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What a mouthful haha but this creamy vegan pasta is amazing! You have just the right amount of healthy fats without all the bad junk. With a hint of lemon and a kick of crushed red pepper, you can’t go wrong.

What You Need: 

2 Ripe Avocados

1/2 cup Fresh Basil Leaves

2 Whole Garlic Cloves, peeled

1/2 lemon, squeezed

1/3 cup Olive Oil

1/3-1/2 cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk

Salt and Pepper to taste

Pinch of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

Broccoli, florets (2 small heads)

10 Cherry Tomatoes, sliced in half

Gluten Free Pasta

What To Do:

In a pasta pot, boil water and cook gluten free pasta.

In a skillet, add a drizzle of olive oil with the broccoli and season with salt and pepper. Cook until it is soft but still a little crunchy.

In a food processor (or blender), add the avocados, basil, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, coconut milk, and spices. Blend until all the ingredients are smooth and silky.

In the skillet pan, add the broccoli, pasta, and sauce. Heat until all the ingredients are warm and incorporated together. Top with the sliced cherry tomatoes.

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Enjoy xoxo

Whole Roasted Chicken

Whole Roasted Chicken

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Not going to lie… I have had this recipe sitting in my blog for weeks now.  This was the last meal that I made with my mom before she passed.  My mom used to joke when we would cook together that I was the cook and she was the cleaner.  She would walk around the kitchen following me as I cooked, cleaning. I think that this recipe holds a lot of sentimental feelings and it was hard for me to post it.  It was like reliving the last few weeks with her before we found out she had cancer and was in a coma. All the good memories that now are mixed with the bad.  Sometimes those bad memories out weigh the good ones. It takes on a darker meaning to the point of wanting it just to stop. So, I have to just put one foot in front of the other. Find joy in the memories of my beautiful mother and the time we spent together. To let the bad memories have a space but not consume my life.

Here is the original post… hope you enjoy xo

I love roasting chicken!!! It is easier than you think and it is one of those meals that you can just put in the oven and leave for a couple hours. I like to pair mine with veggies that roast with the chicken in the oven. It is a great meal for a group of people or a Sunday dinner.

 

What You Need:

Whole Chicken (antibiotic free, no hormone chicken)

Whole Onion

Two Lemons (cut in quarters)

Mushrooms (cut in half and save for later)

6 Large Carrots, sliced long way

Butter

Fresh Herb Mix for Poultry

Salt and Pepper

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What To Do:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place your chicken in a roasting pan. Run your fingers under the chicken skin to loosen it from the meat. Under the skin, rub a generous amount of butter on the meat.

Take the onion and place inside the cavity as well as one half of the lemon. Squeeze the rest of the lemons on top of the chicken and sprinkle salt and pepper all over. Place the carrots around the chicken.

Take half the fresh poultry seasoning and place all over the top of the chicken. Divide the other half and put one part into the cavity of the chicken and the other part around the carrots. Take the squeezed lemons and place with carrots.

Cook for an hour and then add the mushrooms around the chicken. Total cooking time is typically about 20 minutes per pound. The internal temperature of the chicken should be at least 185 degrees F.

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“Takeout” Style Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli

“Takeout” Style Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli

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Sometimes I have cravings for Chinese takeout but being a Celiac and having many food allergies, Chinese really isn’t an option. This is my version of Teriyaki Chicken and Broccoli. I paired it with white rice but using brown rice is just as good.

 

What You Need:

1 Chicken Breast, cut into cubes (sprinkled with pepper)

Sesame Oil

1/4 cup Brown Sugar

1/4 cup Braggs Liquid Aminos

1/8 cup Water

2 tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar

2 Garlic Cloves, chopped

1 teaspoon Fresh Ginger, chopped

1/2-1 tablespoon Cornstarch

2 Heads of Broccoli, chopped

Rice

What To Do:

In a bowl, prep your sauce. Mix together brown sugar, Liquid Aminos, water, rice wine vinegar, garlic, ginger and cornstarch.

Cook the rice according to the directions. While the rice is cooking, in a sauté pan, drizzle a light coating of sesame oil. Be careful! This oil is powerful! Add in chicken pieces and cook.

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In a separate pan, drizzle a little bit of sesame oil and add in broccoli. Mix around occasionally and when the broccoli starts to get soft, take it off of the heat. Add the broccoli to the chicken. Pour in the sauce and let the flavors incorporate.

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The sauce will start to thicken up. Once the sauce is your desired consistency, pair it with the rice and enjoy!

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