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Massaged Kale Salad Recipe

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“There are two types of people;
those who eat kale and those who should.”
 Bo Muller-Moore

This Massaged Kale salad is a fast and healthy alternative to a vegetable side or salad: This recipe serves 4-6 people.

Per Serving size: 185 calories; 15 g fat,  9 g carbohydrates,  5 g protein, 2 g fiber,  270 mg sodium,  340 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Includes Vitamin A (234% RDA), Vitamin C (159% RDA), and Calcium (18% RDA)

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Hand Held Spinach Pie Recipe

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“I was Popeye mad when I was a kid, and I’d eat spinach until the cows came Home.” Paul O’Grady

For all you Popeye Fans, Here’s a fabulous recipe for Hand Held Spinach Pie’s: they are absolutely delicious and easy to make!

Ingredients:
  • Fillo Dough sheets
  • 4 cups of Fresh Spinach
  • 1 clove of Garlic
  • 1 Large Onion
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Teaspoon mustard
  • 1 cup of Crumbled Feta Cheese

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Maple Water is Delicious and Nutritious

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My newest winter season fascination has been with Fresh Maple Water. My son Brian came up with the collection system design to eliminate contamination while collecting.

He drilled a 2 inch long hole in the Maple tree which is widened at the end to allow the hose and a cork to set in there tightly. Then sealing the edges with a hot glue gun to avoid leakage of the water from the tree. Next he assembled a shelf to hold the mason jar which has a hole in the cap for the tube: also hot glue gunned on the cap to seal off any contaminants from entering the jar. My Maple trees are all over 33 inches in diameter so I can put two taps in them, it’s recommended to tap the tree from 3 – 5 feet above the ground.

This system works great and has been giving us half to a full jar each day this week. Maple water is collected each year during the mid winter months for about 3-4 weeks time: depending on the demographic area you live in. The Maple tree takes up water from the ground when its very cold to protect the branches, then releases the water back to the ground when it starts to warm up. The temperatures in which it will flow out is from 26.5 degrees F to 44.6 degrees F. The sap starts to flow after each cold freeze when the air starts warming up again.

Personally, I keep a jar or two in my refrigerator to prepare my coffee or tea each day adding a slight sugary maple flavor to it. I’ve also used it in cooking soup and muffins for just a touch of added maple sweetness. For Maple Syrup you would need 40 gallons of maple water to produce 1 quart of Maple Syrup: I know people here in the mountain do use theirs for that but I enjoy simply the maple water. Read more

Traditional Persian Breakfast or Appetizer

By Meg Price

This Traditional Persian breakfast is delicious and unique!

With the hustle of morning routines, it’s difficult to find a breakfast idea that is fast and healthy. This recipe dish can be prepared easily the day before for the next few mornings.

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“To share a Persian meal with Iranian friends is to experience pleasure that goes well beyond the mere titillation of the palate.” Dileep Padgaonkar

Ingredients:

. 1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves/whole ( good idea to grow mint in the spring)

. 1/4 cup of leaf lettuce

. 2 radishes

. Sliced butter

. Feta cheese

. Triangle cut squares of Pita bread or Naan

. Sauteed eggplant with thin slices of 1/4 onion

. Lemon or lime slices

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Recipe:

  • Peel Eggplant
  • Saute Eggplant & Onion slices in a pan till cooked.
  • Cut Feta into small slab slices
  • Start arranging with a triangle of naan and add butter then Feta
  • Then layer with radish slice, mint and lettuce
  • Top with eggplant
  • Sprinkle with fresh citrus juice
  • Enjoy!!

This easy dish is a perfectly unique Persian breakfast or appetizer.

Let me know what you think! Meg

meg@springsoffthegrid.com or comment

meg & Liklly

 

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Edible Flowers: Roses Petals

 

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Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.

All types and colors of roses are edible: who knew! If you travel to areas such as India, Pakistan or Nepal you will find roses in many of the regional foods. They add rose petals to many entrees but also in jams, cake frosting, salads and milk shakes. Now when it comes to ice cream, they make all different color rose ice creams that are just as popular as our vanilla or chocolate. {Orange is my favorite color so my next project is to make some orange rose ice cream!}

An interesting fact is that roses and apples are fruit cousins; that’s why the rose hips look like small crab apples. Rose hips grow on the same branch in the place of the dead rose, as long as the bloom has not been cut off. Besides the nutritional value of rose hips, they also taste wonderful in many meals, teas or jams.

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* Do not eat roses from a florist as chemicals are frequently added.

* Do not eat roses that have been sprayed with pesticides.

* Discard the insides and only eat the petals (or the rose hips).

 

” Facts to know when eating roses:”

* Different color rose petals taste differently.

* The stronger the smell, the stronger the taste.

* Use the petals as soon as possible after picking.

* The best flavored roses are yellow & pink.

* Shrub roses have great flavor yet tea roses have hardly any as they also don’t have much fragrance.

* Roses are perfect to add to lettuce or fruit salads.

* A great touch to add to ice cubes for beverage flair.

* Try in homemade ice cream or milk shakes.

* Make Rose Tea by drying the petals first ~ then adding 50/50 mix with your favorite loose tea.

* Imagine all different color rose petals for frosting on your next cake or cupcakes then top with rose petals!

Send me photos of your creations and I will put them up on a follow up post!

Meg@springsoffthegrid.com

 

Superstar Smoothie Recipe

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“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”  ~Hippocrates

Written by Jenny Luca

​I recently became certified as a personal trainer and really find a lot of meaning in health and nutrition.  I try to make health and fitness fun, so it never becomes dull and boring.  Switching up my morning smoothies is always a fun way for me to look forward to finding new ways to keep healthy and fully energized during the day. This smoothie is the perfect blend of healthy, smooth, and yummy.

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Tangy Chicken Marinade & Glaze Recipe

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“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.” 
― W.C. Fields

This week our older kids came over for dinner and we were experimenting with a marinade and glaze for chicken breast: came up with a fabulous tangy delight!

The recipe can be used whether you are baking or using the outside grill. I actually have used this recipe now with both cooking methods and both were delicious. Since it’s mid September, the grill is still a fantastic choice with the cooler weather. Read more

Slow Roasted Tomato Recipe

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“Oh, I adore to cook. It makes me feel so mindless in a worthwhile way.” 
― Truman CapoteSummer Crossing

 

Fresh tomatoes are everywhere from farm stands, grocery stores and backyard gardens all around this country. With the enormous amount of tomatoes I’ve made fresh salsa, used in pasta dishes and roasted whole tomatoes directly on the outdoor grill: but last night I oven roasted three different kinds of tomatoes and the result was Delicious! The recipe and preparation was so easy and the dish goes with anything from pasta, polenta or any meat dish.

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Cast Iron Cookware is Timeless

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While meandering through antique stores this weekend,  I saw so many excellent quality Cast Iron frying pans and pots. These older cookware items hold their quality and value even if you see some rust. And a little known fact about Cast Irons is that it has a beneficial use of adding  iron to your diet.

Just like a well built house with dated wallpaper: the sturdy smooth edges cast iron cookware is like the well built house and the rust is like the dated wallpaper! I adore these pans as they last unlike Teflon which gets scratched and then unusable due to toxins. Mine are decades old and will be handed down for generations to come. Upkeep or Restoring the cast iron is very easy to ensure a rust-free and non-stick surface.

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