Dinner Tonight: Rhubarb and Beet Salad

rhubarbKnown for it’s very tart flavor and bright red stalks, rhubarb is a versatile vegetable can enhance any meal. Packed full of nutrients including B complex vitamins, vitamins C and K, calcium, potassium and manganese, rhubarb could be considered a superfood.

If you have never cooked with rhubarb, it is very easy to prepare. Keep in mind that the redder the stalk, the more nutrient dense it is. Chop away the green leafy parts (they are toxic), and clean the rhubarb by wiping it with a damp cloth. Pull the stringy parts away from the stalk and now you are ready to use it!

Rhubarb and Beet Salad

4 medium beets, washed
1 1/2 cups rhubarb, cut into 1 1/2 inch diagonal slices
1/4 cup local honey
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
4 cups mixed salad greens Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Rhubarb and Beet Salad”

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What to Do With Your Pumpkins After Halloween

Pumpkin Carving at the Gallaghers
Pumpkin Carving at the Gallaghers

Are you wondering what to do with your pumpkins after Halloween? Don’t kick your them to the curb just yet. Whether you carved them, or left them whole, this mighty squash has plenty of life in it yet.

Composting is a wonderful way to recycle your pumpkin. If your city offers a composting program, then make use of it, especially if your jack-o-lantern has been out for a while. However, if you have a garden, compost it yourself. It is as easy as burying it in the ground. Worms love the soft flesh of pumpkins! Burying it also keeps any smells below ground, keeps unwanted bugs away, and keeps your soil happily full of nutrients before next year’s planting season. Needless to say, make sure to remove any candles, wax, or foil beforehand.

Here are three blogs that will give you tips on what to do with your pumpkin, once the ghouls and goblins have left.

1. What to Do With Your Pumpkin: Did you know that pumpkins are fruits? They are part of the same family as melons and cucumbers. If you have whole pumpkins with seeds still intact, this blog will give you plenty of ideas to make the most of this nutrient dense fruit.

2. Fantastic Benefits of Pumpkin: Plus get my recipes for roasted pumpkin seeds.

3. Interesting Fact About Pumpkin Pies: Read this link to find out why you may need to do some baking. Attention, men!  🙂

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