Greek Night!

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I absolutely love my CSA, but lately we have been getting way more than we can eat.  It upsets me when I throw away veggies that we just could not use before it went bad, so this week I told myself we would try to use all of it so I do not waste more food.  Yesterday we had gotten three big cucumbers and I really did not want to just cut them all up and add them to a salad in hopes we would eat it every night, so I decided to make a Greek Tzatziki sauce and make chicken and tofu gyros for something different for dinner!  The recipe is so easy and so delicious that it will definitely be made again.

Ingredients-

1 big cucumber- peeled (or partially peeled), deseeded, and diced- I had about 2 cups

2 cups plain greek yogurt

3 garlic cloves- minced

2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

2 tablespoons fresh dill finely chopped

**Dash of salt and pepper to taste- If you like a little spice add 1/8 (or more) Cayenne pepper

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Mix greek yogurt with cucumbers and garlic.

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Add dill and lemon juice and mix altogether.  Add salt and pepper to liking.

Refrigerate 1+ hours before using.

~Enjoy

~When you make your own foods you know exactly what you are eating, and for that your body will thank you. Remember to always eat for your body~

‘Tis the season for Blueberries!

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Blueberries are in season, and when they are in season they are GOOD!  I am not the biggest blueberry fan.  In fact, up until a few years ago, I pretty much hated them.  They were the fruit I threw in the garden when my grandma wasn’t looking because she put them in her fruit salad and I disliked the taste that much!

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So, when my friend suggested blueberry picking a few years ago, I was skeptical because I knew how much I really did not like them.  However, because of her son, I went.  After picking the first one, I was happy we decided to go and was hooked on farm fresh, organic blueberries, however not a fan of the store bought ones.

I realized the difference between the two- one being from the supermarket and one being from a farm- the pesticides on the blueberries from the store must have made them taste differently to me.  Blueberries have 52 known pesticides on them including Carcinogens, Hormone disruptors, and others.  If there are 52 known pesticides, I am sure there are many more that are unknown.

When buying organic and local, not only am I helping out the farm that I am purchasing them from, but I am also helping my body by eating organic foods without all the pesticides that will kill my body, and taste buds.

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Now that I do like blueberries, we went blueberry picking again this past Monday and we picked only 7 pounds of blueberries!  Yes- 7 pounds!  I did have to put a bunch in my freezer so they would not all go bad!

Not only do they taste good, they are very beneficial to the body-

– Packed with vitamin C, E, B2, Niacin, and Folate

– Phytonutrient Quercetin can reduce severity of allergies when eaten continuously day to day

–  Contains minerals such as Iron, Magnesium, and Potassium

–  Contains Salicylic Acid- which helps with thinning of the blood and reduces pain making it a natural form of aspirin.

– Rich in Proanthocyanidins which can help decrease wrinkling and disease associated with aging.

– Because of Catechins that are found in blueberries, which activate fat burning cells, they can aid in weight loss, especially belly fat surrounding the abdominals.

Blueberries are good for the body, for the skin, and most of all your taste buds!  Do yourself a favor and pick up some organic blueberries today from your local farm or farmer’s market- I promise, you will not be sorry!

Eat them from your hands, with some yogurt, in a smoothie, or even add them to your favorite salad!

When you know what you are eating, your body will thank you!

Turkey Burger Twist On The Grill!

There is a local restaurant that I have been going to for years.  They are known for some different dishes including a turkey burger made with spinach and topped with artichokes.  As much as I love going out, I do know it is not always the healthiest choice.  The grease foods are cooked in at restaurants are not good for your digestion system or your stomach.
Last night was a hot night and perfect to grill, so I decided to try making my own version of the turkey burger with spinach in it, and OHMYGOODNESS they were delicious!!  Maybe even better than going out- and a lot cheaper!  Best of all, they were prepared, with only 6-7 ingredients,  and ready to eat in less than a half hour!

Ingredients-

2 Garlic scapes- I get my scapes through the CSA we belong to.  If you can not find them, you can use one or two fresh garlic cloves, minced.
1/2 yellow onion- quartered
2 handfuls spinach
1 package of lean organic ground Turkey meat (I do not recommend the extra lean meats because they will not hold the same with out a filler such as eggs or bread crumbs.)
dash of pepper
Artichoke hearts- Drained
Provolone cheese-  OPTIONAL
English Muffin

Turn BBQ grill on- medium heat.
Place garlic scapes, onion, and spinach in food processor and pulse until ingredients are finely chopped.

Turkey Burger Prep

Mix with turkey meat in bowl and add pepper.  Mix together using hands.

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Start making patties. I made four- however if making sliders, you can make the patties smaller and get more burgers.

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 Once grill is hot enough you can place burgers on grill.  5-6 minutes on each side.
While waiting, turn on stove and heat artichokes on low heat. Take off stove last four minutes of grilling time and add to burgers outside.
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If using cheese, now is the time to add that as well.  If you want the english muffin heated, you can add to top layer of grill during this time as well.

After 12 minutes, burgers are done, and you are ready to indulge!

When you take the time to make your own foods, you know exactly what you body is getting, and that is the best way to nourish yourself!
When you eat for your body, your body will thank you!

Enjoy~