Easy Vegetarian Collard Greens recipe, these are the best! Collard greens are simmered in a brown sugar vegetable broth making them full of flavor! Only 68 calories a serving making them healthy!
Vegetarian Collard Greens
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.
Kale Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and olive oil dressing is a healthy salad recipe! This easy salad includes massaged kale, cherry tomatoes and sweet peppers to make it a gorgeous rainbow salad! This salad is perfect for family dinners and big crowds.
Kale Salad Recipe
Do you ever have a meal that you become obsessed with? All of a sudden you don’t want a different meal every night, you want this one dish every single night until you get sick of it (which doesn’t seem because possible because you love it so much). That’s how I feel about this kale salad recipe! I LOVE IT!
I’ve been living on this salad for lunch and dinner. Even if Matthew talks me into making something else for dinner, I have a big side dish of this salad because I crave it so badly! A few years ago I wasn’t even that into kale, and then we started growing it and my life was changed forever. Move over lettuce and arugula, there’s a new best green for salads in town and it’s name is kale!
4 HOUR JUICY Slow Cooker Meal for a 6 Pound Whole Chicken! This easy recipe makes the entire meal in the crock pot, including potatoes and other vegetables! You’ll love how simple it is to cook a HEALTHY Rotisserie Chicken meal! This is one of my favorite Crockpot dinners!
Slow Cooker Whole Chicken
I’ve been really big on Slow Cooker recipes lately. Just last week I shared with you my Slow Cooker Bread, and this week I’m sharing the main course to go with it – a whole chicken! This chicken is juicy, full of flavor and is so easy to make!
This recipe makes a 5-7 pound whole chicken in the slow cooker in about 4 hours on high. Alternatively you could set it to 7 hours on low.
How to Make a Juicy Chicken
The key to making a juicy chicken in the slow cooker is that you want to give it some liquid to become moist, but you don’t want it to sit in the liquid. The solution is that you cut up a bunch of vegetables so the chicken has a “bed” to be placed on, keeping it above the liquid for the majority of cooking time.
For the liquid I used chicken broth, to keep the flavor in the right pallet. You could however play around with it! Do you want a citrus zest? Add some orange juice. Apple juice will add some sweetness. Just remember your veggies are cooking in it as well.
Step by step guide on how to grow tomatoes from seed. Walks you through the process of growing seeds indoors, hardening off and planting in the garden! Learn how we grow hundreds of pounds of tomatoes every year!
How to Grow Tomatoes From Seed
Growing tomatoes from seed is one of the most rewarding experiences for a gardener. Tomatoes are easy plants to grow and produce bountiful harvests for cooking (hey tomato sauce! hey diced tomatoes! hey stewed tomatoes!), storage and snacking. Gardeners usually plant the same two or three varieties from their local garden store but growing from seed opens your garden up to thousands of new juicy possibilities.
What Do Tomato Seeds Look Like?
There are many varieties of tomatoes but two types – determinate and indeterminate. Determinate tomato plants, also known as bush tomatoes, are more compact plants (generally 3-4′ tall) that are good for smaller gardens and that set all their fruit at the same time. After the fruit on the top bud of determinate plants sets the plant stops growing and is finished.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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!
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
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?
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?
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!
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!
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.
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.