Tilapia Meal

This is a fairly simple meal to make.Take three or four baby bella mushrooms and wash them.  Slice and put aside.  Take a small summer squash and slice it as well.  Preheat a non-stick pan to medium high.  Melt two TBSP of butter in the pan.  Allow to melt.  Add the mushrooms and summer squash.  Allow to cook for about five minutes.  Add some cored and sliced jalapeno to the pan.  Add a chopped Roma tomato as well.  Add a four ounce tilapia fillet to the pan.  Sprinkle some of Trader Joe’s African Smoke spice mix on top.  Cover the pan and allow to cook until fish flakes easily.  There you have it.  A healthy lunch for one!

Healthy Lunch

Healthy Lunch

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A Refreshing Summer Treat

This tea has become my husband’s favorite summertime drink.  And the best part is there is no sugar needed!  To make this tea start with a pitcher and add a handful of blueberries to the bottom.  Add as much chocolate mint from the garden as you like.  Then add some lemon balm from the garden.  Chocolate mint and lemon balm are both easily grown herbs.  They do well as potted plants indoors as well.  Next fill with cold water.  Add three packs of your favorite celestial seasoning berry tea, I used the blueberry on this batch.  Finally add two packs of Bigelow tea flavored with orange rind and spices.  Let chill and enjoy!

Summertime berry tea with gluten free cookies

Summertime berry tea with gluten free cookies

Time for Salsa

Tomatoes and onions from my garden.

Tomatoes and onions from my garden.

Today I spent a few hours turning my fresh garden produce into salsa. I used tomatoes and green onions from my garden along with jalapeno peppers and an Anaheim pepper from the farmer’s market.

Peppers and fresh basil.

Peppers and fresh basil.

And here’s the finished products!

Salsa and spaghetti sauce.

Salsa and spaghetti sauce.

Cold Cucumber Salad

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I made this cucumber salad quickly. Best part was it requires no stove whatsoever! To make this salad follow these steps:

1) Take two medium cucumbers and skin each. Slice the cucumbers. Place in a salad bowl.

2) Finely chop one small red onion. Add to the cucumbers. Finely chop some baby yellow onions (I just pulled some onions from my garden). Add to cucumbers as well.

3) Take some fresh purple and sweet basil and chop. Add to cucumbers.

4) Add 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese to the salad bowl. Toss together. Add 1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil, 1 TBSP red wine vinegar, and 1 TSP apple cider. Toss salad. And there you have it. A cold cucumber salad!

What I paired it with:

Great summer meal!

Great summer meal!

I paired the cucumber salad with bacon wrapped medallions and grilled corn. To make the grilled corn on the cob follow a few simple steps. Peel off the husk. Brush each ear with a mixture of extra virgin olive oil and ground rainbow peppercorns. Grill the corn until you start hearing the ears pop. About ten to fifteen minutes. Once I got the corn on my plate I crumbled a few pieces of blue cheese on them.

Powell Gardens

The water garden.

The water garden.

The Powell Gardens in Kansas City, MO is worth the visit. I was lucky enough to visit last week with my mother-in-law, sister-in-law, and her two boys. I had to laugh because one of the boys (he’s 11) mentioned something about the possibility of snakes. Snakes are my husband’s sworn arch-nemesis.

The Powell Gardens takes a whole day. We spent four hours just walking around and even then we didn’t cover everything. If you live in Nebraska (anywhere in the Midwest really) check out their Prairie garden. It’s quite beautiful. They also have a water garden, a “white” garden, and a gorgeous chapel worth checking out. The chapel’s a great place to cool down!

But let’s get to the best part-food! Powell Gardens offers quite a bit of fresh veggies for sale. I was even able to get some seeds, Walking Egyptian onion bulbs, and Elephant Garlic for my garden. The seeds are all exotic stuff; salsify, white tomatoes, and an exotic eggplant. So looking forward to next year’s spring!

Another pleasant surprise at Powell Gardens was their food stand, Cafe Thyme. They had a lot of healthy options, including gluten free stuff. I loved their Popsicle. I had a honey mint cantaloupe. Delicious! So if you’re in the Kansas City check it out!

The down and dirty:

Admission:
Adults: $10- We paid $12 because there’s a festival going on.
Seniors: $9
Children (5-12): $4

Source: powellgardens.org/visiting