Helping our picky eater through gardening

The past few months I’ve been dealing with a picky eater.  Not sure where she came from, but it all started one day I made pork chops.  Jala pretty much ran down to me the struggle of the animal and how she’s a self proclaimed vegetarian.

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This baffled me because she eats chicken nuggets, chicken tenders… anything not in the form of an actual chicken or animal.  Now, this also depends on what kind of day she’s having.  The other day she tore up a chicken leg.  So, we’re taking this day by day. 

I thought her garden would be very instrumental with getting her to try different vegetables.

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Yes, the vegetarian doesn’t eat many vegetables. 

Last week she harvest some spinach and swiss chard from her garden.

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Jala's harvest on top

She doesn’t eat cold salads, but she does like greens.  I figured, if I cook her vegetables and add some turkey bacon (yes, she eats turkey bacon) and sprinkle shredded cheese on top… it might be a go.

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She loved it and asked for seconds. She had another yesterday with swiss chard and chicken.  Hopefully, before the summer is over she would have tried many more vegetables that she hasn’t tried before.

Do you have a picky eater in your house? How do you get him/her to try different and new foods?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Garden to Table: Cooking with Garden Herbs

These past weeks I’m enjoying the herbs we have in the garden more and more.  We’ve been harvesting almost daily, dehydrating and storing in containers.

Last week I harvest some basil

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Some thai basil

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And lemon balm

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I picked a little less than a handful of everything. Cleaned it, and added it to 1 cup of olive oil and mixed it in the blender. 

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I used this herbal mix to marinate some chicken breast that I sliced into halves and cut into strips.  I placed the chicken in a plastic bag, poured the herb mix on top and marinated over night in the refrigerator.

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Now, I cooked this chicken two different ways and I prefer one over the other.

One way was I cooked some in a cast iron skillet to put on top of a salad.  This was my preference.

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The other way was putting some individual servings with vegetables in small corningware dishes.  Then cooking them in the oven.

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I received more flavor by cooking it on top of the stove in a skillet.  The freshness and flavors in the herbs were tasteful in every bite.

Have you been cooking with your fresh garden herbs?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Lemon Balm Tea, I love you

I’ve been growing lemon balm in my yard for some time now. Actually, I don’t remember when I planted it or where I bought it.  So it’s been awhile.

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Lemon balm is hardy in zones 4-9, which means if you are in any of these gardening zones, it’ll come back every year.

Just recently I began doing research on the lemon balm.  I found that if you make a tea from the leaves it’s a stress relief.  What I missed was it also helps with sleeping disorders.  Thankfully I don’t suffer from any, but after having a cup of tea one night… I slept like a baby.

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The tea is simple to make. Harvest 4-8 lemon balm leaves (tea cup 4 leaves larger cup 8).  Rinse, chop up leaves and place in your cup.  Next boil water, pour in cup on top of leaves and place saucer on top of cup to steep.  Add your favorite sweetener (optional) and enjoy the herb of your labor.

This tea will give you a good night sleep, great for stress, indigestion and list goes on.  You can also make it into a lip balm to heal cold sores.  It’s amazing what we can have growing in our backyard and not know it.

Hope you get a chance to try this tea.

Raise your own 😉
Nicole

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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The Celery Project Part 3 & Romaine Lettuce Update

Wanted to share how my celery & Romaine Lettuce is coming along.  Both are growing exceptionally well.  Today I added some fresh water to both of the planters.  The water tends to get slimy and yucky.

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So far, so good. 

Nicole

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The Celery Project Part 2 & Romaine Lettuce

Think that was last week or the week before that I shared with you my Celery Project.  Look how it’s taking off!

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I also added some Romaine lettuce to my experimenting as well.  I placed it in the water the day before yesterday and I can already see some new growth.

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My projects have taken over the planters that I originally bought for some herbs. Oh well, guess I need to hunt for more milk glass planters.

Have you tried regrowing vegetables from veggies you’ve purchased from the the store? If so, how has it worked out for you?

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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