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Tag: indoor gardening

Winter-Meets-Spring Quinoa Salad


When we talk about seasonal produce, we are generally referring to those that grow locally during a specific time of year. There is of course a caveat with winter – when the ground is frozen solid, “seasonal” still includes those fall crops that store beautifully throughout the cold months – mainly, winter squashes and root vegetables (thus the many hearty stews and comfort foods that winter is known for). As we near the close of winter, however, our palates start to bore of those roasted and crock-pot-treated root vegetables, and we crave sweetness, lightness and crunch. That’s where this salad comes in. Continue reading

Indoor Gardening: Sunflower Shoots


I had one of those Target experiences the other day – where you go in to kill time and walk out with $70 in purchases. But I’m ok with that decision because my prizes included two cheery glazed terra-cotta pots to start my sunflower shoots. And this is the time of year when we can really benefit from brightening things up with a splash of color – my adorable sunflower shoots in matching pots were just the thing for me! Continue reading

Indoor Gardening: Grow Sprouts in a Jar


If you know me, you know that I value nutritious, whole food, but I am also frugal at heart, a quality I have my dad to thank for. But it can be hard balancing these two, often opposing, values – I know that keeping fresh and/or organic produce stocked in your home can break the grocery budget, especially in the winter when produce prices are higher. Of course starting a garden is a great solution, but a small step you can take now is to grow fresh, nutrition-packed sprouts in a jar on your countertop. Continue reading