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5 Minute Mexican Burrito Bowl
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Marinated Overnight Italian Diced Tomatoes (No Boiling or Peeling Needed)
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Mexican Vegetarian Lasagna
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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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Crustless Broccoli Cheese Quiche
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Melted Kale Arugula Cheese Sandwich
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How To Freeze Bok Choy Whole To Use in Udon Soup
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Vegetarian Brown Sugar Collard Greens
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Blueberry Cornbread Muffins – Solar Cooking, No Electricity Needed!
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Roasted Tomato Salad
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Creamy Bok Choy Spaghetti
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Slow Cooker Black Beans (Perfect for Tacos!)
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45 Minute Vegetarian Chili
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Mexican Arugula Corn Salad
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Corn and Tomato Rice Salad
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Meatless Cheesy Taco Casserole
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Leftover Spaghetti Skillet with Tomatoes and Green Peppers – How to Bring Spaghetti Back to Life!
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Easy 4 Ingredient Watermelon Soup

5 Minute Mexican Burrito Bowl

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Vegetarian Mexican Burrito Bowl that includes rice, refried beans, corn, tomato, pepper and salsa.  Perfect for work lunches or quick dinners as it only takes 5 minutes to make!

Day 3 of Tomato Week!  Monday was Marinated Italian Diced Tomatoes.  Tuesday was Creamy Roma Tomato Soup.  Now I want to show you how to easily use fresh tomatoes in a Mexican dish. 

I am loving this 5 minute burrito bowl right now because it’s quick, filling, delicious and uses fresh vegetables from our garden.   It’s perfect for lunch (at home or take to work) because it’s so fast to make.  I like preparing 2-3 bowls worth of ingredients in the beginning of the week, so I can just throw everything in a container, head to work and then microwave it once it’s lunch time.   If you’re craving a quick Burrito Bowl for dinner, this is the recipe for you too!  You could even add some extra protein to it, such as chicken or more beans.   

Vegetarian Mexican Burrito Bowl that includes rice, refried beans, corn, tomato, pepper and salsa. Perfect for work lunches or quick dinners as it only takes 5 minutes to make!

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Marinated Overnight Italian Diced Tomatoes (No Boiling or Peeling Needed)

These Italian Diced Tomatoes are marinated overnight with spices for full flavor. Unlike other diced tomato recipes no boiling, water bath or peeling is needed!  Bonus how to make tomato paste below the recipe!

Let me welcome you to tomato week!  If you didn’t see in last week’s garden video it’s raining tomatoes for us in New York so I’ve been spending lots of quality time with our lovely tomatoes in the kitchen!  Today I’m going to show you these Marinated Overnight Italian Diced Tomatoes which are easy and delicious! Tomorrow is all about creamy tomato soup!  Later this week I’m giving you a quick tomato/rice dish that is perfect for taking to work for lunch! And finally I’m going to pick tomatoes, lots of them, and show you many photos of them like any proud tomato Mother would.  So let’s jump in to tomato week!

These Italian Diced Tomatoes are marinated overnight with spices for full flavor. Unlike other diced tomato recipes no boiling, water bath or peeling is needed!

We use diced tomatoes frequently in recipes so I like to always have some on hand.   Last year I only made a few homemade batches but we went through them quickly so this year I was determined to make at least twice the number of batches to freeze.   There’s 2 ways to go about making diced tomatoes, there’s the longer process of boiling and removing the peels (which is delicious but it takes time), or there’s this way whith is also delicious but is quick!  We are picking at least 50 pounds of tomatoes a week right now so I need to be careful of time, or I’ll have to quit my job because preserving vegetables can sometimes be a full time job!  In this recipe, all you have to do is cut them up, marinate them over night in the refrigerator and then cook for 30 minutes.   You can also duplicate this recipe as many times as you need per how many tomatoes you are picking.  For example the recipe calls for 5 tomatoes but I quintupled it because I had so many tomatoes!   

These Italian Diced Tomatoes are marinated overnight with spices for full flavor. Unlike other diced tomato recipes no boiling, water bath or peeling is needed!

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Mexican Vegetarian Lasagna

This Mexican Vegetarian Lasagna Bake is filled with veggies, noodles, ricotta and mozzarella cheese! Taco seasoning gives it a delicious Mexican flavor! This healthy meal recipe is easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time for a quick weeknight meal, all you have to do is bake it!

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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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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Crustless Broccoli Cheese Quiche

Crustless Broccoli Cheese Quiche is a easy dinner recipe your family is going to love. Instead of the traditional pie crust, you use kale to line the bottom of the casserole dish. Sprinkled mozzarella cheese on top makes it extremely cheesy! It’s the perfect way to sneak in veggies!

“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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Melted Kale Arugula Cheese Sandwich

Healthy Kale Arugula Sandwich with Melted Cheese that is only 250 calories! This delicious open faced sandwich is perfect for lunch or a meatless dinner. 

With so much kale growing in the garden right now, we’ve been picking pounds worth every weekend to bring back to the city and wonder the frequently asked Summer question “What are we going to make with it?”.   Kale pesto is a favorite, as is Potatoes and Kale, but I wanted to start to bring the kale into my lunch so I quickly created this Melted Kale Arugula Cheese Sandwich.  I say quickly because it took me less than 15 minutes to make the sandwich, photograph it and eat it.  Since you’ll only have to worry about Step 1 and Step 3,  this sandwich will take you 5 minutes.

Healthy Kale Arugula Sandwich with Melted Cheese that is only 250 calories! This delicious open faced sandwich is perfect for lunch or a meatless dinner.

First, start out with some delicious kale and arugula.  Our kale comes straight from our very green at the moment garden.
Healthy Kale Arugula Sandwich with Melted Cheese that is only 250 calories! This delicious open faced sandwich is perfect for lunch or a meatless dinner.

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How To Freeze Bok Choy Whole To Use in Udon Soup

If you have too much bok choy, don’t worry, you can freeze it. Follow these steps to freeze bok choy whole so you can use in udon noodle soups for months to come!

We have so much bok choy right now.   Maybe it was a crazy idea planting over 90 plants.  But maybe it was a great idea so we can enjoy it in our favorite udon noodle soup throughout the Fall and Winter months.  Right now it’s hard to imagine cold weather as it’s humid and hot in NYC, but it’s easy to freeze bok choy whole so you throw it in your udon soup once the weather starts to get cold.

If you have too much bok choy, don't worry, you can freeze it. Follow these steps to freeze bok choy whole so you can use in udon noodle soups for months to come!

In the past I showed you how to freeze cut up bok choy without it turning mushy but in this recipe we’re going to leave it whole as I prefer it that way served in Chinese noodle soups.

Steps:
1. Wash your bok choy good to remove any dirt.  Air dry it or use a cotton towel. You want to make sure you get it pretty dry before freezing.   I use my Oxo Salad Spinner to wash all my greens, it’s one of the best purchases to use during garden season.  The salad spinner is great because it gets the greens dry too.  
If you have too much bok choy, don't worry, you can freeze it. Follow these steps to freeze bok choy whole so you can use in udon noodle soups for months to come!

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Vegetarian Brown Sugar Collard Greens

Simple Vegetarian Collard Greens recipe.  These greens are simmered in a brown sugar vegetable broth making them full of flavor!

With lots of greens to pick in the garden we are having a side dish of collard greens weekly at the dinner table.  I love these collards so much I’ve been making a big batch to take to work to eat for lunch a few times a week (partnered with some cheese/crackers because I love a mismatched lunch).  So many Collard Greens recipes call for chicken broth and bacon, but in this recipe I’m using vegetable broth to make it Vegetarian friendly.   I’m adding a little bit of brown sugar into the vegetable broth to balance out the natural bitter flavor that collards give, but not making it too sweet.

Simple Vegetarian Collard Greens recipe. These greens are simmered in a brown sugar vegetable broth making them full of flavor!

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Blueberry Cornbread Muffins – Solar Cooking, No Electricity Needed!

Delicious blueberry cornbread muffins that are baked in 30 minutes in a solar stove, no electricity needed!

Lets talk about the 2 big things in this post:
These Blueberry Cornbread Muffins are delicious! They’re moist, full of flavor and I’ve been dreaming about them ever since I finished the last one.
Yes, seriously, these muffins are made with no electricity! No gas or electric oven! These are made in a solar stove, meaning they are being cooked with the help of that bright beautiful sun in the sky.  Solar cooking is pretty amazing and life changing.  

Delicious blueberry cornbread muffins that are baked in 30 minutes in a solar stove, no electricity needed!

Since it’s Summer time and you’ll be spending lots of time outside at picnics, camping, gardening etc I thought it would be a perfect time to introduce you to solar cooking.  As I mentioned above it’s life changing and I’m obsessed with it.  The first time you cook with just the sun it’s a stunner of a moment.   You’ll feel so proud and happy for doing the world good. You’ll also tell all your friends and family that the food you are serving them is solar cooked because it’s that cool.  Everyone will be amazed.

My solar stove of choice is the GoSun because it works great, is super light (ol “weak arms Pamela” can easily carry it) and looks pretty slick.  With us spending weekends up on the land with no electricity we rely on campfires and this solar stove to keep us fed.  I started using the GoSun a few weeks ago where I easily threw all the ingredients for a cheesy pepper egg omelette into the stove, came back 20 minutes later and breakfast was served.  I love this because time is valuable in the garden so I can just walk away from the solar stove and let it cook while I’m playing in the dirt.

Delicious blueberry cornbread muffins that are baked in 30 minutes in a solar stove, no electricity needed!

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Roasted Tomato Salad

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Fresh tomatoes are roasted with olive oil for 25 minutes to make this Roasted Tomato Salad.  It’s a perfect way to enjoy your fresh Summer tomatoes!

Well we aren’t quite there yet, but we’re close.  Tomato season is almost here! We put our tomato plants in the ground in the beginning of June so in the next few weeks I hope to see (and pick) all the fresh tomatoes I can dream of!  To get you ready for tomato picking season, I created this yummy Roasted Tomato Salad which is perfect as an appetizer, a side dish (especially with pizza), a snack (I eat them with a fork!) or you can throw the tomatoes on a sandwich (like grilled cheese!) or into pasta.  These roasted tomatoes are super versatile and super yummy so I hope you enjoy them.

Fresh tomatoes are roasted with olive oil for 25 minutes to make this Roasted Tomato Salad. It's a perfect way to enjoy your fresh Summer tomatoes!

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Creamy Bok Choy Spaghetti

Creamy Bok Choy Spaghetti is a delicious healthy meal that your family will love! It only uses 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese and takes under 15 minutes to make!

The garden is filled with bok choy right now.  Every week when we come home from the garden I’m carrying a few pounds of it, thinking of new recipe ideas.    The words “creamy” and “bok choy” dont usually go together but this recipe was such a hit it’s become a staple in our kitchen during bok choy season.

You’ll need 12 oz of bok choy for this recipe, either from your garden or a grocery store.  We grow baby bok choy (we use these seeds) in the garden and it’s a wonderful fast growing plant.  Because we pick it when it’s baby sized, you just yank out the entire plant.  I love baby bok choy so we have planted over 90 plants – crazy, I know!  If you end up with lots of bok choy plants at once, don’t worry, it freezes really well!

Creamy Bok Choy Spaghetti is a delicious healthy meal that your family will love! It only uses 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese and takes under 15 minutes to make!

A bonus of this recipe is that even though it’s “creamy” it’s a pretty healthy dish.  I only had to add 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese to create a nice creamy consistency.  That’s the only cheese you need which is pretty good considering lots of other “creamy” dishes are using cups of cheese.    Also I recommend a skinny noodle, like simple spaghetti, instead of a hollow noodle (example is rigatoni) as it won’t absorb the creaminess as good.   
Creamy Bok Choy Spaghetti is a delicious healthy meal that your family will love! It only uses 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese and takes under 15 minutes to make!

Now let’s get cooking.

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Slow Cooker Black Beans (Perfect for Tacos!)

Slow Cooker Black Beans are slow cooked with spices for 4 hours.  They make delicious tacos!

I’m guilty of it.  Yup, the big sin.  What’s that you ask? Oh, it’s shameful. Sometimes I buy…. canned black beans.   What’s my excuse?  They’re so easy, all I have to do is take the lid off, heat them up and they’re ready to go.    And yet, that bag of dried black beans sits on the bottom shelf (always) at the grocery store, for half the price and twice the amount and I always look at it for forgiveness “Dry black beans, I’m so sorry, I just don’t have time, I’m so so so sorry”.  Then I throw the canned beans in my cart and run out of the aisle before the dried black beans can look at me again.

Once I started growing our own black beans, I started to see the beauty of dried beans.   The only thing that was holding me back 100% from joining the dried bean team was the overnight soaking, which I almost always can never remember to do (we aren’t a house that plans our meals in advance).  So I came up with this recipe of throwing them in the slow cooker for 4 hours which leads to a yummy bean perfection!  

Slow Cooker Black Beans are slow cooked with spices for 4 hours. They make delicious tacos!

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45 Minute Vegetarian Chili

Delicious Vegetarian Chili made in 45 minutes that even meat eaters will love!

Last (last) weekend we had some pretty amazing canned chili for lunch on the land.  The chili was filling, tasty with great spices and had that very important texture that ground meat gives in dishes.  The thing is though, this was vegetarian chili.  After I exclaimed for the 20th time how great this chili was (everyone agreed – vegetarians and meat eaters) I then made it my goal to make similar style homemade chili.  This 45 Minute Vegetarian Chili recipe was born!

Delicious Vegetarian Chili made in 45 minutes that even meat eaters will love!

(By the way – Caroline’s is the best canned Vegetarian chili ever.  If you need some cans to take camping or to stock up your pantry, definietely try it!)

The chili is made up vegetables: tomatoes, bell pepper, corn, carrot, jalapeno and diced green chilies.  Now comes the beans: black and kidney beans.  There’s plenty of spices: garlic, bay leaf, cumin, oregano, chili powder salt and pepper.      We’re going to give it that texture that ground meat gives it with meatless crumbles.  If you’re a meat eater and you’re thinking “yuck” you better check yourself because these are good (I promise!).   It has the same texture consistency of meat while being tasty.  I recommend using Neat or Morningstar brands for crumbles.    Matthew (husband) is a meat and potatoes guy. His dream meal is a pot roast with mashed potatoes and he even says how good this recipe is, so you can trust me (and him). 

Delicious Vegetarian Chili made in 45 minutes that even meat eaters will love!

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Mexican Arugula Corn Salad

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I’m about to say something I never thought would be typed.  Are you ready?

Here goes.

I love this salad.

There’s something about this Mexican flavored Arugula Corn Salad that leaves me seeing hearts in my eyes.  The olive oil/lime juice dressing that coats the arugula greens, tomatoes and corn leaves me craving this salad for lunch and dinner.   I love Mexican flavored dishes, so the lime, cumin and (small) dash of red pepper flakes gives this such a burst of flavor making this a exciting salad!

Mexican Arugula Corn Salad

With the weather turning to Spring and Summer (it was 70 degrees this weekend!) I’m taking a step back from hot soups for lunch and instead am craving something fresh and crunchy.   What’s growing in the garden dictates our meals, so I’m looking forward to picking our fresh vegetables, dicing them up and having a big bowl of salad for lunch.  And what’s even better is there no time waiting for lunch or dinner to be heated,  this Mexican Arugula Corn Salad is made within minutes.  

Here’s a video that shows just how easy it is to make this salad!

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Corn and Tomato Rice Salad

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This is a sponsored recipe post written by me on behalf of Minute® Rice.  This Corn and Tomato Rice Salad is perfect for dinner, picnics and potlucks.  With it’s Mexican inspired flavor it’ll be a hit with everyone!  And even better, it’s ready in 15 minutes!

I’m in love with this rice salad.   I took a version of this recipe to a potluck last week and I’m proud to say it was the first dish that was empty.     This is a great fresh ingredient recipe that lightens up dinner.    You can serve it as a side dish or a main dish, preferably served alongside some fresh bread.  What I especially love about it is that due to the lime juice, crushed red pepper flakes and cilantro it has a Mexican flavor added to it.  Anyone else love Mexican flavored everything?  This salad is so good you could even fill up a burrito with it and call it dinner.

This Corn and Tomato Rice Salad is perfect for dinner, picnics and potlucks. With it's Mexican inspired flavor it'll be a hit with everyone! And even better, it's ready in 15 minutes!

And because I love fresh recipes that are quick to make, this salad is ready to serve in 15 minutes.

The main ingredient is Minute® Whole Grain Brown Rice so you’ll have great-tasting fluffy rice in just 10 minutes.   Brown Rice is a nutritious option as it has similar nutritional values to regular long cooking brown rice, but it’s done in 1/4 the time.  I love brown rice because of it’s versatility – you can use in cheesy casseroles or light lunch options.    One tip to get the tastiest brown rice is instead of boiling in water, try vegetable broth.  

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Meatless Cheesy Taco Casserole

Meatless Cheesy Taco Casserole – yum! By substituting black beans and corn for ground meat, we can make a delicious Meatless Cheesy Taco Casserole that will become a family favorite!

Hi everyone – I hope you’re having a great week!  I’m typing this post from the glamorous back row of a Boltbus that’s traveling back to NYC from Washington DC (more about that next week! I went to the White House! OMGZ.) I’m sorry it’s been a little quiet around here but with building the garden on the land, R+R work, writing/shooting, and some travel (for work) this week has been tough.   I also have to go to the accountant for my taxes tomorrow so this week is super rough. 😉   I ate 2 donuts today. I feel so guilty. 

This Meatless Cheesy Taco Casserole is one of our favorite dinner recipes.  It’s one of those dishes that you don’t get sick of having multiple times a week (we love it that much).  Since going vegetarian, I’ve had to figure out how to change my recipes and that’s what I did for this casserole. Instead of ground beef, I’m adding in black beans and frozen corn.  Mix that with some elbow macaroni, fresh tomatoes, green peppers, tomato soup, taco seasoning mix and taco cheese and you have the perfect weeknight meal!  I don’t want to call this recipe healthy, because it does have the word “cheesy” in the title, but the recipe only calls for 3/4 cups of cheese and if you want you can even add less.   My husband who still eats meat (but hardly does because I’m the chef of the house) loves this meal and doesn’t miss the ground beef at all!  You know it’s a winner when he requests Meatless Cheesy Taco Casserole every week!

So without further ado…here’s our favorite taco casserole!

Meatless Cheesy Taco Casserole - yum! By substituting black beans and corn for ground meat, we can make a delicious Meatless Cheesy Taco Casserole that will become a family favorite!

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Leftover Spaghetti Skillet with Tomatoes and Green Peppers – How to Bring Spaghetti Back to Life!

You’ll never throw away leftover spaghetti again once you make this Leftover Spaghetti Skillet with Tomatoes and Green Peppers! It’s so easy to bring your spaghetti back to life! 

Spaghetti is a tricky. I don’t mean the process of making it, that’s usually easy. The tricky part is figuring out how much spaghetti you have to make.  Have you ever asked your loved ones “How hungry are you?” in hopes they will tell you precisely how hungry they are so you make the exact amount of food.  Usually the answer is “Sorta hungry” or “Very hungry” which both aren’t that helpful.  So into the boiling pot goes the entire box of spaghetti.  9 out of 10 times, there will be spaghetti left, which then goes into a glass storage container into the refrigerator until someone decides they want to eat leftover spaghetti.  Many times, I’m afraid to admit, noone wants to eat that leftover spaghetti and it goes bad.  I hate wasting food.  It’s the worst.   So I set out on how to bring leftover spaghetti back to life, so it wouldn’t go to waste anymore!

You’ll never throw away leftover spaghetti again once you make this Leftover Spaghetti Skillet with Tomatoes and Green Peppers! It’s so easy to bring your spaghetti back to life!

Hack to bring leftover spaghetti back to life:
Put 2 cups of water in a large skillet.  Bring to a boil.  Add leftover spaghetti and cook 30 seconds. Drain water. Serve!
.You’ll never throw away leftover spaghetti again once you make this Leftover Spaghetti Skillet with Tomatoes and Green Peppers! It’s so easy to bring your spaghetti back to life!

Now you’re all done and ready to make this delicious Leftover Spaghetti Skillet with Tomatoes and Green Peppers!  
This dish is quick and easy (it takes 5 minutes to make).   It’s full of  diced tomatoes and fresh green peppers which makes it great for a vegetable filled Winter or Summer meal.    Sometimes in the Winter we can get dragged down by heavy casseroles or soups, but this dish is the opposite of that.   Along with the vegetables, this spaghetti is coated in olive oil and Parmesan cheese which makes you feel like you’re eating a Summer time meal!
You’ll never throw away leftover spaghetti again once you make this Leftover Spaghetti Skillet with Tomatoes and Green Peppers! It’s so easy to bring your spaghetti back to life!

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Easy 4 Ingredient Watermelon Soup

Watermelon soup is a delicious warm soup.  In just 10 minutes using watermelon juice, lime juice and ginger you have a tasty healthy soup!

Yes, it’s the last day of February and I’m giving you a watermelon recipe because I like to go against the blog rules of only putting recipes on your site that are “in season”.  To be honest, watermelon can always be in season if you freeze your Summer watermelons.  If you ever have a watermelon that you think you can’t eat completely, don’t let it go to waste! Just chop it up, or turn it into watermelon juice, throw in the freezer and you’ll have it for months to enjoy!    That way it can be Winter and you can enjoy this Hot Watermelon Soup!

(This is watermelon juice that I freeze. I just throw chunks of watermelon in the blender and then measure 2 cups into a freezer bag).
This Hot Watermelon Soup is very simple to make witWatermelon soup is a delicious warm soup. In just 10 minutes using watermelon juice, lime juice and ginger you have a tasty healthy soup!

This Watermelon Soup makes me happy because I just want to grab my sunhat and a shovel and run to the garden.  I have been getting the garden shivers lately.  You know the garden shivers, right?  It’s when you’re so excited for the garden season that every time you think about what you’re going to grow you just start to shake with excitement.  I’m not a doctor but I will confirm that garden shivers are not dangerous at all, instead they cause happiness.   When I eat this Watermelon Soup, either in the Summer or the Winter, it makes me think of the garden and all the great memories that come along with it (not to mention the power of saying “I grew this!”).   So I like to consider it a happy soup!

Watermelon soup is a delicious warm soup. In just 10 minutes using watermelon juice, lime juice and ginger you have a tasty healthy soup!

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