While preparing the garden you will find all sorts of sweet little creatures outdoors. Enjoy nature and have fun with them. We were emptying out some of our containers that were filled with water along the side of our fence. This particular one had flowers that produced and died off and it was time to plant them again. The pot had filled with water. When I went to empty the pot in preparation to add more soil and seed again I found this sweet little friend, our resident frog. We decided to let him stay here and keep his home in the flower bed. He tried to run off but we wanted him to keep his home so we refilled the flower pot and returned him in it. After observing the pot for about 5 minutes we found him approaching the rim of the planter and catching mosquitos and other bugs. We found him to be a great asset to our garden area as he is eating up many pesky unwanted bugs. Look around and you will be surprised what you see we have seen birds, squirrels, frogs, and lizards just in one day.
Enjoy the nature all around you.
If you have thought about starting a garden it is now time again to do so. Last year was our first run with an all organic garden and boy was it fun. Creating the four raised garden beds from scratch, planting the seeds, watering them and watching them grow was such a delight. Eating the delicious organic fruit, veggies and herbs was just such a treat. Our Asparagus, Kale, Romaine, Mint, Parsley, Cilantro and Beets endured through the year. Our crops yielded a great amount of food reducing our food bill all year long while also getting fresher local food. It was AWESOME. If you haven’t tried it you should. If you have children it is a wonderful family activity that everyone can get involved with.
Arugula & Turkey Peppered Quinoa
Serves: 4Ingredients: 13
Time: 25 Minutes
Fast, Fresh & Delicious
1lb Ground Natural Turkey Breast No Hormones or Steroids2 Cups Organic Red Quinoa, cooked
1/2 Cup Organic Arugula
1/2 cup Organic Tomatoes, diced
1 Avocado, sliced
1/2 Cup Organic Carrots, shredded
1/2 Organic Bell Pepper, diced fine
1 Organic Onion, chopped
1 Clove Organic Garlic, minced fine
1/4 Cup Organic Cilantro, diced
Sea Salt & Pepper to taste
Organic Corn Tortillas
Cook quinoa according to package directions 1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water ratio. When quinoa is halfway through cooking take medium skillet on medium heat. Add garlic and 1/2 onion minced fine. When onion and garlic are translucent approximately 3 minutes add ground turkey breast, bell pepper, and 1/2 cilantro chopped fine. Cook on low heat. When quinoa is done add to turkey mixture. While turkey and quinoa are cooking wash, slice, and dice onions, tomatoes, avocado, carrots and arugula. When turkey quinoa mixture is done season with sea salt and pepper to desired flavor profile. Then dress your taco with your fresh toppings. If you like you can top with some fresh Parmesan or Nutritional yeast for a zesty addition. Although they are just delicious as is you can also top with salsa.
These can be eaten as a salad without tortillas, put into a burrito, taco or eaten naked. We love to use the leftovers and make additional dishes for lunch like bowls top a salad or roll up in a wrap. These are super healthy, low fat, and very delicious for the whole family. Great for kids as you can get them involved in the toppings.
Optional: If you like spicy add one whole jalapeno minced to the turkey. No seeds equals mild, with seeds equals HOT!
Time: 5 Minutes
Yield: Serves 2
7 Ingredient Recipe
3 Egg Whites, scrambled1/2 Avocado, cut up into pieces
1/4 cup onions, diced
2 Medium mushrooms, sliced
1/4 Cup yellow or red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup Arame, soaked and drained
1/4 Cup almond or soy milk
In medium hot skillet sautee onions, mushrooms, peppers. Once hot and nicely sauteed add arame and egg whites. Allow to cook for 2 minutes then flip and cook on other side for 2 minutes on medium heat. Plate and top with avocado.
This is a super healthy and quick meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is loaded with great nutrition, and very inexpensive. I love to make this served with quinoa and, typically enjoy topping it with some hot pepper flakes. You can add spices to season it just as you like.
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