quick cooked greens + more

First the greens.  Then the more.

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Chris and I typically eat a side salad with dinner every single night.

It’s vary basic and goes a little something like this:

  • greens + carrots + cucumber + sunflower seeds + almond oil + balsamic + apple cider vinegar

If I happen to have goat cheese or goat/sheep feta that gets tossed on too.  It’s easy to throw together while the rest of dinner cooks.  I simply pour on the oil, balsamic, and vinegar from their respective bottles directly to each salad.


Sometimes we like to change things up.

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It still baffles me that something of THIS color can grow from the ground! 

Food is just wondrous.

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So on those nights where we want something a little different, I make this.  It’s just as quick to cook as tossing together a salad and you end up eating at least double the greens.  They’re so much easier to eat in large quantity when cooked!

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Quick Cooked Greens [serves 2]

  • 1 large bunch fresh, sturdy greens [collards/chard/kale]
  • 2t tamari or soy sauce
  • 1/2T rice vinegar
  • 1/2T unrefined coconut oil
  • *4oz mushrooms + 1t coconut oil [opt]
  1. Wash the greens, pat to dry, tear the greens away from the stem, and give a coarse chop.  If you don’t pat them dry, they will become soggy when cooked.
  2. *If cooking mushrooms, wash, pat dry, and chop however you like.  Heat a large skillet over medium heat with 1t coconut oil.  Once hot, place the mushrooms in the pan.  Stir frequently and cook for 4-6 minutes until just softening and starting to brown.  Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 1/2T coconut oil in the pan.
  4. Once hot, add the greens and cook for 4-6min, stirring frequently.  It’s really up to you how cooked you want the greens. 
  5. After they are cooked to your liking, add in the tamari [or soy], rice vinegar, and mushrooms [if using].
  6. Stir for 20-30sec until well combined.

notes: You can definitely chop up the stems and eat them too.  I would cook those in the pan first, for 4-6min and then add the greens.  I usually keep the stems out as they are a bit woody for my taste.

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Now, on to the more!


Yes, Oprah!!

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What about Oprah?

I have a RECIPE in the APRIL issue!!

Can you figure out which recipe belongs to me?

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Most definitely the peanut butter!

I was contacted by a food editor at O Magazine back in January.  She asked if I would be interested in writing a recipe on how to make homemade peanut butter. 

Let me think about that…


3 1/2 months later, there it is!  Homemade Peanut Butter, which can be found on page 200 of the April issue.  My first magazine publication.

I’m still in a bit of shock + disbelief.

Oh yeah.  And excitement!!!

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Next up we have the dogs.

They haven’t made an appearance in awhile.

Nose focus.

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Left eye focus.

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Sad little thing.

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Granted, these were taken right after our walk and she was wiped out.  I don’t think she usually looks quite so sad.

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Aaaand, she’s asleep.  Sitting up.

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Let’s not forget about Kenna.  aka: Beans

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Focused on her eye.

50mm : f/1.4 : ISO 400 : ss 1/60

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I recently mentioned Chris was building us a raised garden bed.

Well here it is!

I cannot tell you how excited [and nervous] this makes me.  Hopefully I will be able to keep something alive.  This is my very first go at growing food [besides herbs].

photo 1

Chris used the tutorial from Sunset Magazine online.  I feel like this is the go-to guide for building a raised garden bed, as I’ve seen it all over Pinterest and other blogs.

We used:

  • untreated cedar wood [~$75 total - expensive, but important to use untreated wood for this purpose]
  • galvanized screws [~$30 total - best to prevent rusting + deterioration]

We did not use:

  • 1/4 inch metal wire mesh [expensive and we’re not too concerned about animals burrowing from underneath the bed]
  • pvc pipes + galvanized tube straps [these are used so the plants can be covered, which we’re not planning on doing]

Now we just need to fill it up!

I will keep you posted on our progress.

The bed is 4x8. 

photo 2

I used Dakota as a scale figure.  This is the only time she will be allowed in the garden bed!

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I think that’s a wrap!

Thanks for hanging with me as I try to get the new site up to speed.  Slowly but surely all of the links will work and photos will be back in place [about 15-20 posts have missing photos from the past few months].