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Gardening for Healthy Meals

Ok, so I will confess that until I met my husband, I ate terribly! He often jokes that he saved me from a life of frozen pizza boats, and I will admit that eating a balanced diet, heavy in green leafy vegetables and low in red meats and dairy has proven to be the better option.

To help us eat more healthy and avoid the high price of organic produce, we decided to grow our own garden this year and today, we harvested our first item. Our garden contains lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, peas, jalapenos, and tomatillos. Our first harvest was lettuce.

Until today, I had never tried home grown lettuce before, and let me tell you, it is amazing! the flavor is so much better than any lettuce I have tried before, even from the farmers market. We built our garden using organic manure and top soil. We have weeded as needed and didn’t add any pesticides or fertilizers. Gardening helps to ensure that we can trust the food we are eating. With a nation wide salmonella scare, we can’t be too careful about the food we are eating.

As busy, working, individuals, we understand how hard it is to find time to cook a good, healthy meals, so I am going to start posting some of my husband’s amazing recipes. Tonight, we had a grilled salmon salad on our home grown lettuce with lemon basil pesto dressing.

For the dressing:

Blend together the juice from one large lemon, about 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar, and a bunch of basil. Once blended, drissle in olive oil, salt, and pepper until the dressing has a consistency and taste you like.

Poor a small amount of the dressing over a salad containing lettuce, grilled salmon, and any fixings you like. We used tomatoes, cucumbers, artichoke hearts, and home made croutons.

This is a light, summer recipe that is great with white wine. We pared the meal with Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonay. Enjoy!

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