Friday, November 25, 2011

Confessions of a Recovering Food Addict

The garden is my favorite place to spend my time. Seeing it each day filled with beautiful fresh vegetables is exciting. That reality has not always been the case. Several years ago I was much more likely to spend my time at the fast food places filling my stomach with fries and milk shakes or sitting in front of the TV snacking. I was a junk food junkie and my palate wanted nothing of real food. I was addicted processed carb's and fried foods. Through a 12 step program and a great deal of research on eating real food I came to understand my life depended upon eating fresh whole food. I have been transformed by a diet of real food straight from the garden. I lost 100 pounds and I have maintained that for over 4 years. The best of it is how great I feel every day, Real food is real life.

Mustard Green pea soup

Kick up your standard pea soup recipe with a mess of mustard greens. I had a pot of pea soup and some fresh mustard greens from the Levy garden so I put 2 cups of broth in the blender and 3 cups of the greens and pureed them. Then I stirred the greens into my soup and wow it was souper. Try this new way to get your greens. I think I will bump up my lentil soup next time.
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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Ami's Salad

I made a delicious salad tonight – thought I would send the recipe. The amounts I'm not good at – next time I will remember to measure but it was delicious! I think this is close to what two salads would be. Thanks for all the wonderful, happy lettuce from Nathan's Garden!! I had such a great time moving those little lettuces today, they are FILLED with LOVE from me :)

In large bowl mix:
1 leaf – mexican oregano - finely chopped
Mixed lettuce greens
2 large radishes 
1/2 yellow pepper
Handful of pea shoots
Handful of crushed walnuts
Sprinkle crumbled goat cheese on top

In another bowl mix:
Juice from 1/2 a lime
1 teaspoon of honey
1 teaspoon olive oil
Splash of vinaigrette
Dash of salt/pepper