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Herbed Kale Pesto

Kale_at_Manna_2014.JPGI don't know about you guys, but I have a TON of kale coming out of my garden right now! Aside from braising, massaging and smoothie-ing kale, I love to incorporate it into homemade sauces like pesto! This recipe is a template, so please tweak flavors to your liking!


1 bunch of cilantro or parsley

2 cups de-stemmed kale (any variety)

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Watermelon and Balsamic Salad is one of my favorite summer salads!

Watermelon and Balsamic Salad

Watermelon is great on the grill, too!  Cut thick ole slabs of watermelon and grill for a couple of minutes on each side! YUM!

Watermelon and Balsamic Salad

4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
2 cups watermelon cut in 1/2 inch squares
1 tablespoons minced red onion
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 dash black pepper to taste
24 sprays Wish-Bone Salad Spritzers Balsamic Breeze Vinaigrette Dressing

1. In large bowl combine romaine, watermelon, onion, salt and pepper.

2. Spray with dressing, toss gently and serve.

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Summer Zucchini Cakes with Creamy Green Chile Sauce

Date Night Dishes... A fresh startI love this recipe as it is great for a main or side dish and you can use that bounty from your garden or the Farmers' Market for a really fresh meal! It can also be prepared on your outside grill, so no need to heat up the kitchen, unless it's date night ;)

- Patsy Walker

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Serves 2-4


  • 1-1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup diced roasted red peppers
  • 1 clove of fresh pressed garlic
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive Oil

Creamy Green Chile Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons of diced green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon of diced fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • A sprinkle of smoked paprika


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Kid Friendly Snack Recipe: Build Your Own Trail Mix

Trail-Mix-c-791x1024.jpgCheck out this delicious snack that students made during Garden Classes and Dirt Club this school year! 

Ultimate Trail Mix Recipe  by Super Healthy Kids is a great way to introduce different food/nutrient groups as well as empower kids to make choices about the food they are making. 


Choose as many or as little of the options from each category below.

  • Nuts: Peanuts, Walnuts, Cashews, Almonds, Brazil nuts, Hazelnuts, Pine nuts, Macadamian nuts, Pistachios
  • Seeds: Sunflower seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Watermelon seeds, Hemp seeds, Flax seeds, Sesame seeds
  • Cereals/Grains: O's cereal, Chex cereal, Granola, Popcorn, Sesame sticks, Crackers, Pretzels
  • Dried Fruit: Dried cranberries, Dried cherries, Dried raisins, Dried dates, Dried mango, Dried apricots, Banana chips, Dried pineapple
  • Extras: Coconut, Chocolate chips, Chocolate covered raisins, yogurt covered raisins


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Lemony Red Lentil Soup

WD_OKCG_Final_WDandPotluck_10.22.16-021.JPGI made this recipe for the Ohana Kuleana Community Garden POTLUCK in May. It's a favorite of mine right now. I found it in the "Thug Cookbook." Enjoy! - Mia

Servings: 4 as a main or 6 as a side
Cook Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 – 1 onion, chopped 
  • 1 baking potato, peeled and cut in bite sizes 
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (if you don’t have coriander use another 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups red lentils, rinsed
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice ( I used the juice from 1 lemon)


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Good food on a tight budget

Eating well doesn't have to cost a fortune. Here are some great recipes to eat well for $5/day.

Plant-Based on a Budget: How I Ate Well on $5 a Day

From Forks Over Knives

Day 1:
For my first day, I shopped at the local Mexican market.

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Let's eat!

OKCG_food_basket_Leesa.JPGAs enthusiastic vegetable gardeners one of the primary reasons we grow is to EAT! And boy do I love to eat, I'm guessing you do to!

Have you ever attended a potluck with a bunch of gardeners? They sure bring some good food! And it's becuase as gardeners we appreciate the flavors, colors, and textures that nature provides us. We put intention into eating becuase we put energy and love into growing the food we eat.

So let's share our favorite ways for eating the food we grow!

DSCN2215_(1).JPGPlease post your recipes here.

(I'm drooling just thinking about all the new ways I am going to learn to eat zucchini!)

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