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Easy Way to Freeze Green Beans Without Blanching
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Mexican Vegetarian Lasagna
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Arugula Refried Bean Burrito
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Just Breathe Meditation Playlist
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Harvest This Weekend: Lots of Everything
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Garden Reveal – Here It Is!
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Buttered Cabbage and Rice – 20 Minute Meal
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Green Bean, Cabbage and Cheese (Just Like Macaroni and Cheese But Without the Pasta!)
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Sugar Glazed Cucumber Bread
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Fluffy Birthday Cake Muffins
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Cheesy Broccoli Quiche With Kale Crust (No Pie Crust Needed!)
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How to Remember To Eat Your Vegetables in the Fridge!

Easy Way to Freeze Green Beans Without Blanching

Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze green beans without blanching.  These green beans will last up to a year.

If your garden is anything like ours right now you might be picking pounds and pounds of green beans.  And if you’re anything like me, you really don’t want to turn on your stove to boil water to preserve your green beans during the Summer.  Last year I started to freeze our green beans this way and they stayed extra fresh, keeping their bright green color and crunch.   These frozen green beans last up to a year in the freezer making them a easy and economical way to save your green beans.

Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze green beans without blanching. These green beans will last up to a year.

Step 1: Take a step back and admire your green beans because god damn, you’re amazing, you just grew green beans!
Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze green beans without blanching. These green beans will last up to a year.

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Mexican Vegetarian Lasagna


Mexican Vegetarian Lasagna recipe that is filled with veggies, ricotta and mozzarella cheese!  Taco seasoning gives it a delicious Mexican flavor!  This is easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time for a quick weeknight meal!

We are loving this dish right now in our house because it’s easy to make and filled with garden fresh veggies and comforting cheese.   Many times I’ll  prepare this lasagna earlier in the day so all I have to do is turn on the oven and throw it in when it’s dinner time.   Whenever I make this I text Matthew a photo of the lasagna and he’ll text back hearts and swoony faces.    Back-to- school season is one of the busiest times of the year, and families are on the lookout for easy meals that deliver big on flavor.  This is a lasagna that the family will fall in love with.

Mexican Vegetarian Lasagna recipe that is filled with veggies, ricotta and mozzarella cheese! Taco seasoning gives it a delicious Mexican flavor! This is easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time for a quick weeknight meal!

This lasagna is filled with veggies that go perfect with the “Mexican” flavor.   Most vegetarian lasagna recipes use eggplant and zucchini but I don’t .  Why?  That’s easy.  We don’t grow those vegetables, hah.  Case closed.  Instead I use the veggies that are grown in our garden to make this as fresh as possible.  There’s kale, tomatoes, green pepper, jalapeno pepper, onion and black beans stacked inside 3 layers of lasagna noodles, alongside ricotta and mozzarella cheese.

Mexican Vegetarian Lasagna recipe that is filled with veggies, ricotta and mozzarella cheese! Taco seasoning gives it a delicious Mexican flavor! This is easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time for a quick weeknight meal!

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Arugula Refried Bean Burrito

Arugula Refried Bean Burrito is a healthy Summer meal made with canned refried beans and fresh arugula.  Dinner is made in 5 minutes!

Can you feel that Summer is here?  I sure can.    With the temperatures rising, the last thing I want to do is eat hot food.  Even worse, I definitely don’t want to turn on my stove!  These fresh burritos are full of vegetables and will cool you down.     They’re perfect to take already made to work, or you can take all the supplies to the park for a picnic with friends and let everyone make their own.

Arugula Refried Bean Burrito is a healthy Summer meal made with canned refried beans and fresh arugula. Dinner is made in 5 minutes!

You’ll need 4 flour tortillas.  I found these low calorie (60) sundried tomato and basil tortillas in the grocery store that I love.     My favorite canned beans are Goya (especially the Rancheros) and Rosarita.  You can eat these directly from the can, or you can heat them in the microwave for 1 minute.  If you’re going for homemade check out my Refried Black Beans recipe!

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Just Breathe Meditation Playlist

Feeling stressed?  Unwind with this meditation playlist! It has everything from sessions that are 5 minutes to guided exercises. 

This Summer I’ve had the pleasure of spending weekends surrounded by green grass, vegetables and silence Upstate in our garden.   Working in a fast paced stressful industry, living in NYC where you are never alone, making sure my 6 babies are taken care of (Husband + Cats) and wondering if my student loan debt will ever disappear leaves me stressed and feeling anxious during the week.    Sure, these stress issues are all things I chose for my life, but that still doesn’t mean I don’t contemplate or worry about them from time to time (I never complain about the cats though).

Last year I started meditating, first by myself, then trying some classes, and then settling by myself again, to see if learning correct breathing exercises and focused relaxation could help me.  Turns out, meditation works great and I saw immediate results in calmness after just trying a few times.  Meditation is a life long process, it’s not as easy as it looks.  Focusing your mind on peace and tranquility is hard work, and something I still struggle with when meditating, but practice makes one stronger.

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Harvest This Weekend: Lots of Everything

Hope you all had a great weekend everyone! We spent the weekend up on the land, camping over night. On Friday we ventured to the local County Fair where I ate my yearly funnel cake and kissed all the goats I could find. On Saturday we woke up on the land to cows moo’ing at a nearby field and sunshine.   With the garden all built now (did you see my reveal last week?) we’re in full harvest mode, picking pounds and pounds of vegetables each week to travel back with to NYC.

So what’s growing?  Lots of everything.  We still have some of our spring veggies (kale, collards, cauliflower, etc).  Our sugar snap peas are finally winding down, but still picking a pound every week.  Then we have the beginning of the Summer veggies.  We picked our first tomatoes and peppers this week, with hope that the corn will be ready next week.  The weather Upstate is very different than growing in NYC due it’s colder temperatures so it feels weird to just only beginning to pick tomatoes.  With that said, the weather is great because it can grow “colder” veggies in the Summer. For example, we picked Brussels Sprouts this weekend – in August! Awesome!  Bonus awesome because this is the first time successfully growing Brussels Sprouts. Garden high 5s.  I’m so excited to eat them. 

We picked: Kale, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Cucumbers, Carrots, Green Peppers, Jalapeno Peppers, Green Beans, Sugar Snap Peas, Tomatillos, Tomatoes, Onions, Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts. Whew.  

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So let’s dive in….!

This Summer has been all about potatoes! We dug up our first plant a few weeks ago, digging up a additional plant every weekend.  When it’s time to dig up the potatoes it’s like Christmas morning – pure excitement!  Matthew and I gather around the potato plant, digging it up with a shovel and our hands calling out each potato we spot.  It’s one of my favorite garden activities!  We planted  Gold and Red potatoes. The Red potatoes came from “potatoes gone bad” in our cabinet in the Spring.  The Red potatoes were a bit of a happy experiment!
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Garden Reveal – Here It Is!

The big reveal of our vegetable garden for our Upstate Adventure!

Can I get a drum roll please?  After months of hard work, the garden is ready to be revealed in all it’s corn growing, pumpkin pollinating, tomato loving glory!  I’ve teamed up with Lowe’s to raise the curtains on the garden and reveal it!

Are you ready?

Brooklyn Farm Girl's Colorful Vegetable Garden in Upstate New York. Purple Pink Garden / Garden Inspiration!

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Brooklyn Farm Girl's Colorful Vegetable Garden in Upstate New York. Purple Pink Garden / Garden Inspiration!

In our Upstate adventure, building the garden was first on the list.  Can you believe this was where we started a few months ago?
Brooklyn Farm Girl's Colorful Vegetable Garden in Upstate New York.

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Buttered Cabbage and Rice – 20 Minute Meal

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Buttered Cabbage and Rice is a comfort food recipe that only takes 20 minutes from start to finish!  It’s a great back to school dinner recipe! 

This is a easy comforting meal filled with vegetables from the garden that I hope you’ll love as much as I do.   Right now kids are going back to school, creating havoc on the Fall schedule.  There’s school, sports, activities, homework and there’s also you! Don’t forget to take care of you!  I wanted to create a recipe that would be ready in 20 minutes that is still wholesome with fresh ingredients – a meal you’ll feel good about serving the family. Enjoy!
Buttered Cabbage and Rice is a comfort food recipe that only takes 20 minutes from start to finish!

The main vegetables in this recipe are cabbage and peas, 2 things that we have in abundance right now in the garden.   I’ve always liked cabbage, but this Summer I turned into a real cabbage lover.  I can’t get enough of it, especially sauteed and buttered!  Yum.   Our sugar snap peas are coming to a end this season, what’s left is those monster peas that are busting through the pods.   The recipe calls for 1/2 peas so you can either use frozen peas (cook them first) or you can shell fresh peas.   Use whatever you hand on hand and is easiest.  
Buttered Cabbage and Rice is a comfort food recipe that only takes 20 minutes from start to finish!

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Green Bean, Cabbage and Cheese (Just Like Macaroni and Cheese But Without the Pasta!)

This Green Bean, Cabbage and Cheese casserole is just like Macaroni and Cheese but without the pasta!  It’s a savory, comforting, cheesy dish that uses fresh vegetables.  Your family will love it!

With pounds of green beans and cabbage to be picked in the garden I have been trying to come up with new ways to eat our veggies.  For dinner one night I was craving macaroni and cheese but wanted to use our vegetables so this unique macaroni and cheese but without the pasta casserole dish was created!  

This Green Bean, Cabbage and Cheese casserole is just like Macaroni and Cheese but without the pasta! It's a savory, comforting, cheesy dish that uses fresh vegetables. Your family will love it!

This recipe uses 1.5 cups of fresh green beans, one head of cabbage and cheddar cheese.    It’s a great side dish or main dish that is comforting, but doesn’t make you feel too bad because look at all the vegetables you ate! 🙂   This would make a great new casserole dish for the holidays, as well as a everyday dinner when you have lots of green beans and cabbage.  We are big fans of this dish in our house and I hope you will become one too!

This Green Bean, Cabbage and Cheese casserole is just like Macaroni and Cheese but without the pasta! It's a savory, comforting, cheesy dish that uses fresh vegetables. Your family will love it!

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Sugar Glazed Cucumber Bread

If you are looking for a delicious recipe to use your garden cucumbers in – this is it!  The Sugar Glazed Cucumber Bread is made with 1 cup grated cucumber, similar to zucchini bread.  A powdered sugar glaze is poured on top once baked! 

This weekend there were many surprises in the garden. The monster pumpkin plant just won’t stop growing.  There was a 5 pound bag of potatoes waiting for us under the soil.   Carrots were pulled.   Jalapeno peppers were picked.   Cucumbers were spotted.   These are all vegetables I was hoping for, but maybe in a few weeks…. but in typical garden fashion, they make their own rules and showed up to the party early.  I couldn’t have been more happy to see them!

I saw a few baby cucumbers growing on the vine last weekend but somehow those babies transformed to multiple large cucumbers in just a few days, ready to be picked and enjoyed.    My Half Sour Pickle recipe is a favorite way to use cucumbers, but I was trying to figure out how to bake with them.  This Sugar Glazed Cucumber Bread was created because of that!  This bread is similar to Zucchini Bread, but instead is made with grated cucumbers.  After the bread cools, a delicious powdered sugar glaze is poured on top to make it really special.    This is our new breakfast recipe that I’ll be making weekly until the cucumbers finish in the garden.

If you are looking for a delicious recipe to use your garden cucumbers in - this is it! The Sugar Glazed Cucumber Bread is made with 1 cup grated cucumber, similar to zucchini bread. A powdered sugar glaze is poured on top once baked!

Now let’s get baking!

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Fluffy Birthday Cake Muffins

Fluffy Birthday Cake Muffins that taste just like cake!   Recipe makes 12 muffins.

Sprinkles and bright colors make everything funner, that’s why I love baking with them!  Rainbow Birthday Waffles,  Sprinkled Butter Cookies, Confetti Cake Batter Brownies,  and Rainbow Crunch Granola Bars are some of my favorite colorful treats but now we’re adding a new member to the sprinkle family – Fluffy Birthday Cake Muffins!

These Birthday Cake Muffins are super fluffy, just like a birthday cake – and they taste just like it too!  I include sprinkles inside the batter and then add additional sprinkles on top once in the muffin pan to give them a bright rainbow color all over!    These would be perfect for a Birthday Celebration, but they would also be great for just adding some cheer to a breakfast or bringing a snack gift to leave in the kitchen at work.

Fluffy Birthday Cake Muffins that taste just like cake! Recipe makes 12 muffins.

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Cheesy Broccoli Quiche With Kale Crust (No Pie Crust Needed!)

This Cheesy Broccoli Quiche is a easy to make dinner recipe!  Instead of the traditional pie crust, we’re using kale to line the bottom of the casserole dish.  It’s the perfect balance of cheesy and vegetables!

“This is one of the best meals you ever made” said my husband Matthew eating this quiche while eyeing up the last piece in the casserole dish.  I thought I’d post this first because if my meat loving husband can fall in love with this Broccoli Quiche made on top of kale leaves, then I think that’s the only review I need!

This Cheesy Broccoli Quiche is a easy to make dinner recipe! Instead of the traditional pie crust, we're using kale to line the bottom of the casserole dish. It's the perfect balance of cheesy and vegetables!

This quiche is filled with broccoli and kale.  The broccoli is the main contents of the quiche while the kale acts as the pie crust.   I was really craving a quiche but I didn’t have any pie crust and I wasn’t in the mood to make a homemade one so the sudden idea of using kale leaves to lie in the bottom of the casserole dish as a crust popped into my mind.  I have to say this might be one of my most genius kitchen ideas to date because it worked beautifully. The kale turns a bit crusty while holding in all the contents of the quiche.    I was worried that the wet ingredients would fall through the kale leaves but this quiche is not wet or soggy at all.  The eggs bake perfectly. The cheese melts perfectly.  When cutting it into slices it all holds together perfectly just like if you used a pie crust, but you didn’t and you saved yourself some calories.

This Cheesy Broccoli Quiche is a easy to make dinner recipe! Instead of the traditional pie crust, we're using kale to line the bottom of the casserole dish. It's the perfect balance of cheesy and vegetables!

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How to Remember To Eat Your Vegetables in the Fridge!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fujifilm Wonder Photo Shop. All opinions are 100% mine.

Do you forget what vegetables you have in the refrigerator?  With this simple photo project you’ll never let your produce go bad again!

One of the worst things is seeing food go to waste.    Do you sometimes buy beautiful greens at the grocery store, use them for 2 days, and then somehow they get stuffed into the crisper drawer in the fridge to be forgotten about until you notice a funky smell?  It happens.  And it’s terrible.

Even worse is when you grow those vegetables and they go bad.  All that hard work that went into planting the seeds, transplanting the plants, watering them for months, sprinkling powder in mid Summer under the hot spot because those damn caterpillars really need to get away from your broccoli plants.  All for nothing.  Because you forgot you had that beautiful head of broccoli and now it’s bad.    That is a case of garden guilt that you will never forget.  Truthful note, I have wasted a few vegetables and have then sat down on my kitchen floor and cried about it.  It gets rough.

This tip is easy.  You can go the simple route and keep a piece of paper on the fridge with all the vegetables that you need to eat written on it.  Or you can make it a little more pretty then that –  that’s where I introduce you to this photo project.

Supplies:
Vegetables
FUJIFILM instax® camera and film

Do you forget what vegetables you have in the refrigerator? With this simple photo project you'll never let your produce go bad again!

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