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Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting
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How to Protect Plants from Frost
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Tuna Cucumber Tomato Salad
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Italian Pasta Salad
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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Recipe
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How to Presprout and Grow Sugar Snap Peas
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Strawberry Soup
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Shredded Zucchini Tots
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Strawberry Milk
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Chunky Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
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Sugar Free Apple Muffins
12
Roasted Vegetable Sandwich
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Diet Coke Brownies
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Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies
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How to Grow Indoor Plants
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Chicken Vegetable Soup
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Creamy Garlic Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes
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Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna
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Vegetarian Taco Casserole
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The 30 Best Green Bean Recipes

Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting

Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting recipe.  Dandelion tea is filled with healthy benefits so enjoy these donuts for breakfast or dessert.  Includes a dairy free donut recipe too. 

Dandelion Tea Donuts

Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting recipe.  Dandelion tea is filled with healthy benefits so enjoy these donuts for breakfast or dessert.  Includes a dairy free donut recipe too. 

Maybe this blog should be called Brooklyn Donut Girl.   If you haven’t noticed I’m a bit donut obsessed lately…

What else am I obsessed with? Tea.  The craze started when I was elementary school and my mother started to serve me a cup each morning.  Let’s just say it rapidly increased to me declaring a lot of tea whenever I go through a airport.  It’s a strong love. 

Dandelion Tea Donuts With Chocolate Frosting recipe.  Dandelion tea is filled with health benefits so enjoy these donuts for breakfast or dessert.  Includes a dairy free donut recipe too. 

First, let’s talk dandelions. Yeah, I’m talking about those pesky flowers you probably curse under your breath about when you spot them in your garden.  Of if you’re like me, you cut them up, tie a string around them, throw on a garden dress and pretend to have a wedding in the garden.  30 years old and forever a flower girl.    

Dandelion Recipe

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How to Protect Plants from Frost

Tips on how to protect plants from frost.  These DIY methods are easy and helpful to both amateur and experienced gardeners.  By using these tips, your plants will be safe from cold and frost! 

Protecting Plants From Frost

There’s always a bit of danger involved when you plant your Spring vegetables.   In the Spring or Fall we are always trying to extend our growing season and with wildly fluctuating temperatures that can be a dangerous challenge for your plants.    This is how it usually always goes:

You plant your seedlings into your garden on a beautiful day,   you’re so excited for garden season to begin!   You go back inside, still smiling, and check the weather.  WHAT! IT’S SUPPOSED TO REACH NEAR FREEZING TONIGHT? Panic sets in!

Easy DIY tips to protect your plants from frost and cold. Learn how to harden off your plants, use bottles for heat and cover your vegetables.

Don’t worry.  We’ve all been there.  No matter how planned you are, the weather is unpredictable and early on you need to live a little dangerously. 

Use Bottles for Heat

Easy DIY tips to protect your plants from frost and cold. Learn how to harden off your plants, use bottles for heat and cover your vegetables.

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Tuna Cucumber Tomato Salad

HEALTHY Tuna Cucumber Tomato Salad with olive oil dressing! This super easy salad recipe is only 140 calories a serving! I love using fresh tomatoes, cucumber and onions from the garden! It’s completely dairy free too! 

The Best Cucumber Tomato Salad Recipe

This Tuna Cucumber Tomato Salad is the perfect fresh Summer salad.  Or if it’s not summertime, then it’s the perfect close your eyes and pretend it’s Summer salad!  It’s one of my favorite picnic side dishes! It includes a few garden favorites; tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion and fresh parsley so it’s ripe with flavor.  It also includes Albacore tuna which has a delicious, mild and clean flavor.  Trust me, you’re going to love it!
HEALTHY Tuna Cucumber Tomato Salad with olive oil dressing! This super easy salad recipe is only 140 calories a serving! I love using fresh tomatoes, cucumber and onions from the garden! It's completely dairy free too! 

What to make with cucumbers and onions?

This is one of my favorite meals to make with cucumbers and onions! For this recipe you will need 5 large tomatoes, 1 small cucumber and 1/2 of a red onion.

Heirloom Garden Tomatoes

It’s still Winter here in NYC and I feel like we’ve had a colder than average last few months.  I’m sick of wearing my big Winter coat and pushing the stroller through the windy streets.  To comfort my need for wishing for a warmer day, I made this Summer feeling salad that has me dreaming of picking tomatoes in our vegetable garden.

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Italian Pasta Salad

EASY Italian Pasta Salad recipe!  This vegetarian recipe uses Italian dressing, tri color pasta, fresh cherry tomatoes, celery and arugula! It’s the perfect garden Summer salad!

Best Pasta Salad for Summer

When it’s hot out all I crave is fresh vegetables.    That’s why this Italian Pasta Salad is one of my favorite meals in the Summer! 

When it’s hot out, I don’t want to think about turning our oven on.  I also don’t want to even think about drinking or eating anything hot, instead I like to rely on chilled recipes, like Chilled Strawberry Soup and this Pasta Salad!

That’s why my family loves this recipe during the Summer months!
EASY Italian Pasta Salad recipe!  This vegetarian recipe uses Italian dressing, tri color pasta, fresh cherry tomatoes, celery and arugula! It's the perfect garden Summer salad!

One thing that I do enjoy about the Summer is that it means fresh vegetables are being picked in the garden by the handful.  And because this recipe is bursting with fresh cherry tomatoes, arugula and celery – it’s a garden lovers dream recipe!   I get so excited when we start to fill our basket with garden tomatoes, that means we’ll making this pasta salad often! 

If you wanted to add some more Summer time vegetables, you could even chop up some onions or green peppers to throw into this salad!

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

EASY to make Butternut Squash Soup that’s only 310 calories a serving! Roasted squash, carrots and onions make this a healthy creamy soup! Best served with crusty bread! Vegan dairy free recipe option included.

Best Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

This soup is the best because it’s easy to make, low in calories and full of flavor.  So many readers have told me they have made this for family dinner, or family holidays and there is never any left in the pot!  That makes it the best to me!

Each serving of this soup is about 310 calories.  If you serve this alongside some crusty bread and a green salad, you have a perfectly balanced dinner meal.    The soup is filled with butternut squash, carrots, onions, making it a healthy meal.

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe
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How to Presprout and Grow Sugar Snap Peas

Easy step by step instructions on how to presprout and grow Sugar Snap Peas.  By doing this you’ll be sure that the seeds won’t rot before they sprout under the soil resulting in a successful plant and many pounds of sugar snap peas to pick!

How to Grow Sugar Snap Peas

Presprouting Sugar Snap Peas is a important step to growing big Sugar Snap Pea plants.  By doing this you’ll be sure that the seeds won’t rot before they sprout under the soil (due to temperature).  It also guarantees that you won’t be wasting your time planting some seeds that might not even sprout at all causing you to wait and fall back in the garden season schedule.

Easy step by step instructions on how to presprout Sugar Snap Peas. By doing this you’re promised that your seeds won’t rot before they sprout under the soil resulting in a successful plant and pounds of sugar snap peas to pick!

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Strawberry Soup

Eat HEALTHY with this Strawberry Soup! This simple Summer time meal recipe uses fresh strawberries and yogurt to make a creamy chilled strawberry soup!  Each serving is only 205 calories!

Strawberry Soup

When NYC experiences heat waves, I crave this chilled Strawberry Soup!   With the temperature near 100 degrees the last thing I want to do is cook in the kitchen, so I came up with this cold strawberry soup that is easy to make and delicious!  

strawberry soup

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Shredded Zucchini Tots

EASY to make zucchini tots recipe that your family is going to love – even your picky toddler! These healthy nuggets are ready in less than 20 minutes total and are 136 calories a serving. Low carb and keto recipe! 

Zucchini Tots

This weekend I had 3 gorgeous zucchini squashes sitting in my refrigerator.  What should I do with them? I thought about muffins, I thought about zucchini cookies, but I didn’t want to make something sweet – I wanted my zucchini savory.  Always thinking of how to bridge the gap for family meals between adults and toddler approved I made these Shredded Zucchini Tots.  

Zucchini Tots

You guys, these are SO GOOD.  How good are they? Well let me tell you.  They’re so good I’m thinking about growing zucchini squash in the garden this year JUST so I can make these tots! 

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Strawberry Milk

Natural homemade recipe for Nesquik Strawberry Milk using fresh strawberries.  This milk is easy to make, and much more healthy than the store bought version!  Also includes vegan strawberry milk option. 

Strawberry Milk Recipe

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Chunky Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

CHUNKY Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies is an easy homemade from scratch recipe.  These are one of my most requested cookies to bake for my family and is always sold out at bake sales! 

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter.   Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies are the key to my cookie loving heart.  The cookies rise beautifully giving them a chunky style that you can sink your teeth into. There’s chocolate chips melted inside along with the taste of peanut butter in every bite.  

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

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Sugar Free Apple Muffins

Sugar Free Apple Muffins Recipe! They are only 48 calories a piece!  These easy to make healthy muffins are perfect for apple picking season!  I love them to work for breakfast or a afternoon snack! Makes 20 mini muffins.

Sugar Free MuffinsHealthy Sugar Free Muffins

I am taking a break from sugar right now and I have to tell you, it’s hard.   Everything has sugar in it!  Or if you go to the grocery store and read the labels, it seems like nearly everything does, even food that you wouldn’t have guessed.

 English muffins? Sugar.  Those delicious “natural” raspberry preserves? So much sugar!  Multigrain bread? Sugar.  Spaghetti Sauce? Sugar (make your own!).   Granola and Crackers? Sugar.  It’s in everything! 

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Roasted Vegetable Sandwich

Healthy Roasted Vegetable Sandwich recipe that’s filled with veggies. This easy to make vegetarian dinner meal is only 550 calories, including roll and cheese!

Roasted Vegetable Sandwich

Roasted Vegetaable Sandwich

What I love about roasted vegetables is that it’s plug and play.  I am using mushrooms, green peppers, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, potatoes and green beans in this recipe because they’re my favorite and they’re in season veggies from the garden but you do you.  Want to add onions, broccoli or squash? Go for it.  Ready to get your hoagie on?

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Diet Coke Brownies

Easy to make Diet Coke Brownies recipe that only requires 3 ingredients. These chocolate brownies are so fudgy!

Diet Coke Brownies

I made these brownies over the weekend and they were a giant hit.  We’re talking fighting over crumbs.  We’re talking pushing and shoving in the kitchen (but softly). We’re talking every woman and man for themselves.  Can you believe that such brownie grabbing would be caused by 3 simple ingredients?

Diet Coke Brownies

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Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

Super soft vegan peanut butter cookies recipe!  This easy 1 bowl recipe makes 18 cookies, each at 150 calories, making them a guilt free dessert!  Cookies are ready in 12 minutes!  Gluten free option available. 

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies are so soft, tasty, and can you believe they’re vegan?  That’s right!  There is no milk or butter in these cookies!  

I’ve been trying to stick with a dairy free diet, and with recipes like dairy free mashed potatoes and vegan pancakes, it makes it easier.  But what I’m craving is a handful of cookies! More specifically, peanut butter cookies!    

So I grabbed my apron and 1 bowl (yeah, it’s a 1 bowl recipe!) and set out to make some vegan peanut butter cookies!  Verdict?  YUM YUM YUM! 

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How to Grow Indoor Plants

Need some inspiration on how to grow indoor plants?  Check out Summer Rayne Oakes’s NYC apartment – it’s a real jungle!

You guys know I’m big on growing A LOT in a small space.  After all, look at our 4×4 garden we planted last year – you can grow hundreds of pounds of vegetables in a small space!  

Grow a garden in a small space

What else can you do?  In a small space you can grow indoor plants!

I came across this video of Summer’s apartment which can be described as a real life jungle.  She lives in her Brooklyn apartment with over 700 plants, caring for them for about 30 minutes a day.   Summer says she spends about $100 a month on plants.   

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Chicken Vegetable Soup

A easy Chicken Vegetable Soup recipe that is ready in 35 minutes. This is my family’s favorite Winter soup that uses fresh vegetables!  We use Instant Potatoes to make the broth more creamy!

Chicken Vegetable Soup

I am in love with this Hearty Chicken Vegetable Soup    This soup is delicious because it’s full of vegetables to fill you up and keep you warm during the winter months.    It’s also incredibly easy and quick to make.    At the end we throw in some instant potatoes to thicken up the soup to make it a bit extra creamy.   Instant potatoes are my new favorite thickener for soups, I love using them this way.  

A easy Chicken Vegetable Soup recipe that is ready in 35 minutes. This is my family's favorite Winter soup that uses fresh vegetables!  We use Instant Potatoes to make the broth more creamy!

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Creamy Garlic Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes

These CREAMY Garlic DAIRY FREE Mashed Potatoes are the best!  Enjoy this easy to make vegan mashed potatoes recipe that uses broth and olive oil instead of milk!  Perfect for everyday dinner or Thanksgiving – you won’t believe how good and healthy these are!

Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes

It’s been 11 days without cheese or milk.

11 days.

11 days.

Let’s rewind a bit before I demand (nicely) that you offer some support (I need it).

I’ve decided to try to go dairy free to help with some health issues, none that I will go into detail about until I know if it actually works for me or not.  

Going dairy free is something that has been brought up to me multiple times in passing and readings and finally I woke up and decided “let’s do this”.  

These CREAMY Garlic DAIRY FREE Mashed Potatoes are the best! Enjoy this easy to make mashed potatoes recipe that uses broth and olive oil instead of dairy products! Perfect for everyday dinner or Thanksgiving - you won't believe how good these are!

Cheese is something I love dearly (let’s be real) so all of a sudden saying goodbye to cheesy casseroles, mac and cheese, pizza and simple cheese slices hasn’t been easy, but at the same time it hasn’t been impossible.    

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Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna

VEGETARIAN MEXICAN LASAGNA Bake is filled with vegetables, 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!

Mexican Lasagna

Mexican food isn’t just about slow cooker tacos or taco casserole –  it’s also about lasagna! 

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.

Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna

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.  

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Vegetarian Taco Casserole

Easy to make Vegetarian Taco Casserole recipe. Instead of meat, we use lots of vegetables and beans. This Mexican Casserole takes 30 minutes to bake.

Vegetarian Taco Casserole

taco casserole

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 trying to make more vegetarian meals for my family, I’ve had to figure out how to  change my original taco casserole recipe and that’s what I did for this dish.  Instead of ground beef, I’m adding in black beans and frozen corn.  

Mexican Vegetarian Recipe

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.    You could even skip the cheese if you want to! 

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The 30 Best Green Bean Recipes

A collection of the 30 Best Green Bean Recipes using FRESH green beans!  Bookmark this page for your garden green beans!  Dishes include casseroles, salads, crockpot, Instant Pot, roasted, Southern and Chinese recipes!

The Best Green Bean Recipes

We pick green beans by the basket in the garden.   It always begins with a couple green beans, and then a handful, and suddenly you’re picking 5 pounds of beans and wondering “What should I make?”.

My favorite green bean recipes are Scrambed Egg Casserole wth Green Beans, Chinese Green Beans and Slow Cooker Green Beans. If you have too many green beans, don’t worry, you can freeze green beans too! 

fresh green bean recipes

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