Clean Eating: Smokey Pork Chops w/ Maque Choux-Style Vegetables #31photosin31days

I made this recipe from Clean Eating magazine before, but at that time I didn't have the smoked paprika nor did I have a jalapeno pepper.  (Okay, honestly, I chose NOT to use a jalapeno pepper because I was afraid it would make the dish too hot, and I'm a wimp when it comes to hot and spicy foods) This time, however, I had both items and used them!

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I used some tomatoes from our garden instead of buying the grape tomatoes from the store - I think that might've improved the taste considerably! - the green bell pepper is ours as well, and the little jalapeno pepper was from the garden of a co-worker of mine.

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The dish turned out beautiful and delicious, and I will definitely be making it again. The jalapeno was not hot at all (another of my co-workers who is an amazing cook told me to remove the seeds and wash the pepper off really well to remove the oils that cause the heat; I did and it seemed to work!), and the smoked paprika has a lot more flavour than the plain paprika does. Next time, however I will be doubling the vegetables, because it's supposed to serve 4, but there's no way there's enough veggies for 4 people!


Middle of August Garden Update

The squash plants might be on their last legs, but the rest of the garden is in full swing this week:

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I still got one good-sized zucchini today and found another little yellow squash, but I left that for next week:

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I'm still waiting for these two big green peppers to go red. I think it's just been too cool for them to turn. 

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The tomatoes, OH THE TOMATOES!!! I harvested a bunch of them, but there are SO many more that will be ready during the week as well as next weekend:

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 So, I got a pretty good haul again this week, including the biggest tomato we've harvested so far this year (from the Big Bertha plant):

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And, I got it in the nick of time, considering it was starting to split! Anyway, until next time, cheers!


Earthbox Garden: Week 15

Our little garden continues to grow and be amazing!

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I harvested another large zucchini and see a smaller one I should be able to get probably Tuesday, along with a small yellow squash. There are several lovely blossoms on the yellow squash plant and I saw a couple bees working in them!

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The bell peppers are still looking good, too. One plant has three big peppers, but I have decided to leave them to see if they will turn red. I had to harvest one small one because it was burned.

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Both tomato plants are FULL of tomatoes in varying sizes and colours. I grabbed three perfectly ripe red ones today, but I saw several that were just turning and will be ready for harvest by next weekend (if not sooner!): 

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Here's my harvest for this week:

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I chopped up the tomatoes and pepper and added them to a pasta salad with chunk tuna for a quick and delicious lunch:

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Gardening Update

Welcome to this week's Earthbox Garden update!! The tomatoes are still going strong, as are the peppers. The squash plants are fading, but still producing. So far this appears to be a very successful gardening year for us!!

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I went ahead and harvested the yellow squash and the bigger of the zucchinis:

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The rest of the backyard is outrageously overgrown. I'm going to have to do some serious chopping, deadheading and clearing out, but .... not this weekend! Maybe later!

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Earthbox Garden Update

Our garden still looks awesome and is still producing lots of veggies!

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The tomatoes are going like gangbusters, and there's even a little red tom in there almost ready to harvest!

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The two pepper plants each have some little green bells on them ... I'm still waiting for some nice, sweet reds!

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The squash are both doing okay. I grabbed two zucchinis and noticed a couple others that should be ready next week. The yellow squash had more failures than successes, but I did see a couple bees working away at the blossoms, so hopefully we'll get a couple more of those before the plants totally die out.

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The rest of the yard is insane! Those one shrubs I cut down earlier (I think they're cat mint) are HUGE again and they've bloomed so they're covered with bees. I'm going to wait until the blooms die dwon before cutting them COMPLETELY down. Frankly I hate them, and intend to dig them out this fall. The grasses are outrageously tall, too, and while the landscaper said I would only need to cut them down once a year (in February, he said, after the last frost), I'm thinking I'll have to cut them down way before then.

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Weekend Gardening Update

Well, the garden is coming along pretty well. The tomatoes are doing great  (well one is doing fantastic and the other one is getting completely crowded out by its Earthbox roommate, but is still green and healthy-looking), both pepper plants are starting to grow (although the box still isn't taking much if any water) and each have produced a small green bell pepper, and the squash and zucchini are still producing as well. Yesterday I harvested a small yellow squash (as well as the two peppers), but left a couple tiny zucchinis to grow a few more days. Here are the pics:

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I used one of the green peppers in a tuna pasta salad for lunch yesterday, and the yellow squash I steamed along with one of last weekend's zucchinis for dinner, all the veggies were delicious! I'm looking forward to getting a lot more produce soon!


Another BIG One!

Check out this ginormous zucchini that my mom found lurking in the garden yesterday:

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I just harvested several huge squash this past weekend, and I don't know how I missed this! I mean, just look at the size of it compared to the measuring spoons! It's a monster!!! Thank God my mom found this one, or it might've gotten big enough to come through the kitched window!