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This week we celebrate Earth Day, a day when we show our support for environmental protection through events and simple sustainable acts to help our environment. This year Little Lady and I are hard at work on a container garden that will give us fresh fruit, vegetables, and herbs this summer. I want to share with you our progress along with some tips on gardening with kids. I’m also sharing my absolute favorite, and easy, fresh guacamole recipe with you. By the end of the summer I should be able to use ingredients from my garden to create this delicious dish.
My family and I strive to live a simple life, which goes hand in hand with living green. The more we can take on ourselves, the less we rely on outside services. We spend less and create less waste while enjoying the fruits of our own labor. This year we decided to start gardening, for real. We’ve done a few pots of tomatoes in the past but nothing substantial. Our soil is not the greatest so we decided to do small containers on our deck and grow our favorite and most used fruits and vegetables.
Little Lady and I are doing most of the planting. I’ve learned quite a bit working with her this past week. If you are thinking of gardening with your kids, keep the following in mind:
- Start small. Kids respond well to a small project they can wrap their heads around and see through from start to finish.
- Let them get their hands dirty and get involved in every aspect of gardening. Picking out seeds and pots, planting, and regular watering.
- Plant a variety of fruits and vegetables. It’s amazing what a child will eat if she has a hand in growing and harvesting it.
It’s mid April in Wisconsin so our garden is just getting started. Until my herbs and vegetables come in I need to rely on my local grocery store for these foods. I am not growing enough to sustain my family completely, far from it, this is a hobby garden that will produce side dishes for a couple of meals each week. I rely on Pick ‘n Save for most of my fresh produce and other groceries. One of my favorite snacks year round, but especially in warmer months, is guacamole. There is nothing quite like fresh made guac!
When shopping for the ingredients it’s helpful to know what I am buying. Pick ‘n Save uses the health key™ system, a series of tags underneath products, that give shoppers a simple guide to eating better and living healthier.
This system directs shoppers to Vegan, Gluten Free, and Organic products throughout the store. It’s so easy to pick my favorite Organic chips out of the aisle. My Pick ‘n Save also offers an organic produce section. I choose to buy organic when I can. I like to know not only what goes into the food my family eats, but also how it’s grown. I feel good knowing I am feeding my family organically grown products free from nasty pesticides and other chemicals. This month I was able to get some great deals on my ingredients during the Think Spring Sale, head over to Pick ‘n Save’s website for more details.
My simple fresh guacamole is just a couple of ingredients and can be tailored to your taste.
Simple Fresh Guacamole
- 3 Avocados
- 2 Cloves of Garlic
- Juice of 1 Lime
- 1 tbsp Chopped Onion
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tbsp Fresh Cilantro
Finely chop the garlic on a cutting board then cover it with salt. Let sit for a few minutes then mash with the back of a spoon.
Mix avocados, garlic, onion and lime juice to your desired consistency.
Add chopped cilantro and stir, topping with a few sprigs of cilantro.
Serve with your favorite tortilla chips.
While at Pick ‘n Save I picked up a Cilantro plant in the Organic produce section. This is the one plant that will live on our kitchen counter. I am already enjoying picking a leaf here and there for cooking. I am looking forward to using this along with onions from our garden later this year to make our favorite guacamole.
Do you have a garden? Tell me about your favorite fresh recipe.
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