I love gardening so much. It has long been a tool for coping, healing and pure enjoyment. I get to be outdoors on a beautiful day and am getting exercise at the same time. Sometimes walking and yoga can get boring, but with gardening you are squatting and strengthening muscles without even realizing it!
I feel a sense of pride and accomplishment when I grow a vegetable and cook it for dinner. To be a part of the full circle from seed to dinner table connects me to the earth and to my ancestors, and that connection makes me feel alive, happy and emotionally balanced.
I love gardening even more now that Penelope is here with me. When she sees a seed has sprouted or later when it has bore fruit, her joy and excitement is wonderfully contagious. And I know the reason she eats broccoli, carrots, spinach, and eggplant in spite of issues with food from her SPD is because she grew them and wants to taste them.
One day I will realize my dream of having my own farm, and I will be a fourth generation farmer. I am proud to have farming in my blood and my lineage. Even if there hasn’t been a farm in your family for generations, somewhere in your lineage is a farmer. It’s part of our collective consciousness to grow, nurture and harvest.
Because gardening is so important in my life, I want to share everything I know with you, along with some of my favorite fresh, grain-free recipes. I make slow cooker freezer recipes 75% of the week, but love to pepper in fresh meals and sides throughout the week for the pure joy of cooking and to add fresh vegetables to our diet, too.
From Your Garden To Your Family: The Mama and Baby Love Guide to Beginning Gardening with 50 Fresh, Grain-free Recipes is here!
For $9, you will get a beautifully laid out cookbook with lots of pictures and learn:
-How to build a backyard garden
-How to build an herb garden
-How to garden by the moon
-What to plant in each season
-What to harvest in each season
-Nutritional information for each in season vegetable or fruit, with tips on how to store, cook and season for optimal taste.
Plus, learn how to grow specific fruits and vegetables, and have recipes to go with each one, such as:
-Winter: Leeks, Beets, Citrus, Rhubarb, Greens, and Brussels Sprouts
-Spring: Radish, Peas, Carrots, Strawberries, Chard, Mushrooms and Mangoes
-Summer: Zucchini/Squash, Blueberries, Tomatoes, Watermelon, Figs, Peaches, and Eggplant
-Fall: Okra, Bell Peppers, Grapes, Apples, Pomegranates, Pumpkins, and Cranberries
I so hope that you will add more in-season fruits and veggies to your diet and get to experience the joy of gardening. I think my book is just the ticket to get you started off right. If you have dabbled in gardening before, it’s a resource to help you take your gardening skills to the next level.
I think that everyone has a green thumb, it’s just a matter of moving past the fear of failure, and being tenacious when thing get bumpy. Even master gardeners and farmers know that growing is always a huge experiment and the only way to grow a green thumb is to keep trying!
If you start a backyard garden soon, please show me! Use the hashtag #fromyourgardentoyourfamily so I can see!
Here is the full list of recipes included:
Roasted Salmon with Leeks
Leek and Potato Soup
Beet and Arugula Salad
Old School Marmalade
Grain-Free Rhubarb Crisp
Slow Cooker Brussel Sprouts
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Radish-Mushroom Chicken Soup
Split Pea Soup
Carrot, Pea, Radish Salad
Braised Sweet Carrots
Fresca Con Crema (Strawberries and Cream)
Slow Cooker Swiss Chard “Lasagna”
Mushroom-Onion Chicken Soup
Mushroom Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Grain Free Mac and Cheese
Zucchini Pizza Bites
Oma’s Blueberry Pie
Chilled Watermelon Soup
Peach Baby Back Ribs
Peach Vegetable Stir Fry
Grain Free Eggplant Parmesan
Roasted Chicken with Grapes and Onions
Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Chicken Curry Salad
Leftover Turkey Soup
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Homemade Cranberry Sauce