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With the Spring season here and temperatures finally beginning to creep up, gardening in our home is officially underway. Keeping our garden organic is top priority so we are always sure to choose USDA organic seeds as well as natural soil and plant food. Miracle-Gro Organic Choice products are perfect for keeping in line with those guidelines and are also top quality. We began to use Organic Choice soil and plant food about a month ago with our indoor garden and our plants have since flourished! Be sure to check out my first post here to see the progress our plants have made. Unfortunately, we are still unable to move our plants outside to natural light as the temperatures are still unpredictable (we just had snow last week!). We have still started to prepare our backyard garden area for when the plants are ready to be moved and the temperatures have stabilized. See below the beginnings of all of our plants including kale, spinach, hot peppers, swiss chard, squash and more!
The best part of having our own garden is being able to create fresh, healthy, and unique recipes with everything that we harvest. One recipe that is super nutritious and uses common organic garden produce is for Quinoa Burgers. This is a great vegetarian meal that is filling, delicious, and perfect for warm summer nights!
Easy Quinoa Burgers
(recipe adapted slightly from Whole Living)
1/2 cup rinsed quinoa
1 medium carrot, cut in large chunks
6 scallions, thinly sliced
15 ounces great northern beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cucumber, thinly sliced
2 cups kale
4 slices swiss cheese
4 whole wheat burger buns
1. In a small saucepan, bring 3/4 cup water to a boil; add quiona, cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook until liquid is absorbed, 12 to 14 minutes; set aside.
2. In a food processor, pulse carrot until finely chopped. Add cooked quinoa, half the scallions, beans, breadcrumbs, egg, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; pulse until combined but still slightly chunky.
3. Form mixture into four 3/4-inch-thick paties (dip hands in water to prevent sticking). If too soft, refrigerate 10 minutes to firm. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium; cook burgers until browned and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes per side.
4. Once burgers are thoroughly cooked, immediately place in bun and top with cheese. Add sliced cucumbers and kale.
Are you ready to start your own organic garden? Head over to major retailers like Home Depot, Lowes, or Ace Hardware to purchase Organic Choice products and all of your other gardening needs! Also be sure to check out Miracle-Gro Learn And Grow for useful information and suggestions on various types of gardening.