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Healthy Eating

11 Nov

Over the last year, I’ve really tried to improve the healthiness of the food I eat.  I’ve been a vegetarian for 18 1/2 years thanks to my animal family. Let’s face it–it was MJ.  I just couldn’t eat meat after him.

MJ (from 2013)

That means I have way less cholesterol in my diet, only from my dairy products.  I do love my dairy though, and I don’t think I could ever give it up.  The homemade mozzarella and yogurt are so much better than store bought.

Adding blueberries to some of the yogurt I made last weekend.

Seriously, I never want to go back to the over-salted mozzarella you buy.

Still milking Zinnia!

After my mom’s heart attack last summer, it really put the pressure on to cut the excessive sodium out of my diet, especially since I have heart disease on both sides of the family.  All of the prepackaged meat alternatives I was cooking with have tons of sodium.  I’ve spent the last year figuring out how to make my own meat substitutes.

slicing turkey seitan for sandwiches

I can do a pretty passable turkey, chicken, ham, roast, hamburger, and bacon.  They have no cholesterol and very little sodium.  But it’s hard to find the time to make it from scratch.

perfect for pizza, quiche, or sandwiches

The hardest part of cutting down on sodium was looking at my beloved vegetable stock and realizing it had to go.  I cannot believe the amount of sodium in basic vegetable stock you buy in the store.  One of the reasons I planted such a big garden this past summer was to raise the vegetables to make my own.

The garden largely failed this year, but I got my turnips and tomatoes, and I bought the rest of the vegetables, and my homemade vegetable stock has no sodium added.

Last month, I saw a news report on a new push for the food industry to cut back on the amount of sodium they add to foods because people can’t even cut the sodium out of their diets the way our food industry is set up.  I will attest to how hard it is.  The french fries we made from the potatoes we grew had no salt added, but the time it takes to cut, parboil, dry and freeze them compared to just opening a bag from the store is very restrictive.  But they are delicious.  You can actually taste the potato!

I’ve finally made the compromise to just do one potato when I want fries and deep fry it in the fry daddy instead of freezing a bunch at a time.  It might not be quite as healthy, because of the fat, but it is still way healthier than the store bought.

It makes me grateful to be out here where I can have a big garden and the goats and chickens to provide me with so much of my food.

Severe

4 Oct

Well, the drought continues, and the latest drought monitor (released last Thursday) saw my farm drop into the severe classification.

The weird thing is, this is the best yield I’ve ever had with my soybeans.  But they’ve done a lot with beans to make them more drought tolerant.  It has definitely worked.

I’m pretty sure I’m going to lose trees from this.  My lilac bush seems to have given one last gasp of life in producing a blossom in  Sept/Oct.

I don’t think it will live.  The green/yellow leaves in the background is my plum tree.  All the little ones coming up died; I just hope it makes it.

I have never had as bad a garden year as this. The pumpkins were rotting.  It’s just horrible.

Found a few peppers my last visit up there.

My sweet corn, colored corn and popcorn were really non-existent.

I really hope this drought ends soon.  I might try to scale down the size of my garden next year.

The Garden

27 Jul

I’m sort of trying to keep up with the garden, but this has not been a good year to try and garden between the drought and the deer.  This corn is so pathetic. I can’t believe it has little ears on it.

sweet corn

As a bonus, the dragonfly likes the corn.

I’m afraid the tomato plants are dying.  Hopefully all those tomatoes will be able to ripen before they completely dry up.

I left some volunteer squash plants growing, and I had no idea what kind.  This one looks like a spaghetti squash.  That’s good since I didn’t plant any of them.

I did get nice turnips.  I promise I really tried to find recipes to like, but I am not a fan of turnips. I can very definitely say that now.

The reason I planted turnips was to try canning my own vegetable stock.  I got the turnips, but that was about it.  I decided to just buy carrots and celery and try it anyhow.  It seems to have turned out pretty good.  I just need to try it in a recipe (but it’s too hot for soup right now).

I also am optimistic that I’ll have a good potato harvest since this one was just right there on top of the ground.

That would be good since I ordered a potato French Fry Cutter.  It works pretty slick.

Hopefully, I have a lot of potatoes to use it on.