May is the month I get inspired to grow my own food. Now more than ever, with our food sources becoming impure by genetically modified foods (GMO’s), pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and the likes, growing your own food (GYOF) affords you high quality, fresh produce.
GYOF has many benefits. It keeps chemicals off your plate, reduces the impact on the environment, and encourages you to eat healthier, expand your cooking repertoire while inspiring you to try new recipes.
Our busy lives often cause good nutrition to fall down on the priority list. Americans eat an average of 4 meals a week at a restaurant or take out. Kids who loathe veggies may be more eager to eat them when they watch them grow. It gives them an understanding of the origins of the food they eat. And if that is not reason enough, it will save you money too!
May 10th is Mothers Day. This Mother’s Day, give her a gift that keeps on growing, both fragrant and utilitarian too. Take a large basket and simply fill it with herb plants like rosemary, peppermint, sage and basil. Top it off with a trowel and bow. This can be a daily reminder of how much she means to you.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH – MIXED HERB PESTO
- 2 -cup fresh basil
- 1 cup kale
- ½ cup chives
- ½ cup walnuts
- 3 medium garlic cloves, chopped
- 1/3 cup EVOO (or to desired consistency)
- S/P to taste
Add green, walnuts & garlic to food processor. With the motor running, add the olive oil in a steady stream until the pesto becomes creamy or to your likings. Add S/P to taste. Use over pasta or as a healthy condiment.
Susan Chasen is a Certified Nutrition & Health Coach. She is the founder of The Organic Teaching Kitchen. Susan offers nutrition and health coaching, nutrition workshops and “hands-on-cooking” classes to adults, teens and kids.
Other services include corporate Workplace Wellness Programs, School and Library Programs, a 21-DAY Clean Eating Cleanse, Kid & Teens Group Cooking Classes, Birthday Parties, Girl Scout programs & Wellness Events.
Check out TheOrganicTeachingKitchen.com for class and workshop schedule. The Organic Teaching Kitchen is located at 18 Old Post Rd. South, Croton-on-Hudson, NY. For more info, contact Susan at [email protected] or 914-582-9574. Call Susan for a complimentary consult.