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Apartment gardening

One of the things I miss about living in a house is that I don’t have a yard, so I can’t plant a garden.  I don’t really have a green thumb or anything, I just like to pretend!  I’m really lucky though, because my awesome new loft has a great patio.  I decided to use some of my patio space to plant a potted garden.  Right after I planted it, it got cold again, then it rained a lot, so I think that my plants may not make it, but I’m going to keep trying with them.  I planted a jalapeño pepper, squash, flowers, and tomatoes.  I’ve already had a huge harvest on my tomatoes as you will see in the picture!!

20140524-071609-26169364.jpgJalapeño pepper – as you can see there are mushrooms growing in the dirt.  I’m sure that’s from all the rain.

20140524-071610-26170246.jpgThe squash doesn’t look too good.  I read that when it gets yellow, it has too much water.  All the rain must not be good for it.

20140524-071611-26171103.jpgI just thought the red and pink flowers were pretty.  The other ones are left over from my camping trip.

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My tomato plan has lots of tomatoes on it. I hope the birds don’t figure it out and start eating them!! 20140524-071612-26172865.jpgMy first harvest!! I may never have to go to the grocery store again!!! lol

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Balsamic Chicken Salad

When you are making one meal to last for the entire week, you might start to get sick of what you made, unless you are a little creative!  I found that putting things in a tortilla with cheese seems to help break up the week and not make the food taste so boring. Today, I didn’t have any tortillas, so I had to be a little more creative.

Ingredients:

Balsamic Chicken and Broccoli meal
Spinach
Mozzarella Cheese

 

I cut up the Balsamic Chicken, added the tomatoes and broccoli mixture to it and microwaved it for about a minute. Then I put all that on top of a bed of spinach.  I finished it off with Mozzarella Cheese and I had a GREAT salad for dinner!

Balsamic Chicken and Broccoli

Last week, I attempted a difficult recipe for my week of food. The lasagna was great and it lasted all week, but it was a lot of work. I’m so excited about my new meal plan of cooking for the whole week and not having to worry about what I eat every night. I’ve also started to try to make things that are low carb. I even bought low carb snacks to eat during the day.

This week, I decided to do something a little easier.  There was only one problem.  My dog, Cooper, decided to jump up on the counter and knock the crock part of the crockpot off and it busted in to a million pieces. Luckily, I still have a really small, not fancy crockpot, so I could still cook my weeks food. The only drawback to that is that the crockpot is a little small so I had to stuff everything in it.  I found this recipe on Skinny Ms and added the broccoli. I ordered a new crock from Sears, so hopefully, it will be here in a few days. By next week, I’ll be crocking a new recipe in the big crockpot.

Ingredients:

4 Chicken Breast (Frozen or thawed)
2 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 broccoli
1 medium onion sliced
4 garlic cloves
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp rosemary
1/2 tsp thyme
salt and pepper to taste

Put all the ingredients in the crockpot and let cook on high for 4 – 6 hours.

Here is what it looked like cooked.

I sliced up the chicken and then put the vegetables and sauce on top.

It was very tasty!  You must like Balsamic Vinegar to like this though!!

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