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Mexican Sweet Potato Quinoa Casserole

October 1, 2020

Combine the healthy flavors of ingredients you already have on hand to make a large dish to feed a gathering of family and friends. Completely vegan and gluten-free, we use sweet potatoes, but you could easily sub in yellow or white potatoes instead. Ingredients: 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 1 cup white quinoa 1 12 ounce jar of salsa 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes 1 4 ounce can of diced green chilis 2 15 ounce cans black beans 3 Tablespoons DIY taco seasoning 3 cups vegetable broth Optional toppings: cilantro, avocado, and…


Tuscan Bruschetta

September 28, 2020

Tuscan Fettunta 4 large slices country bread, toasted 2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved 1/4 cup/50 ml extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling Salt 2 T chopped mixture of fresh herbs: rosemary, golden thyme, tri colored sage, basil & Italian parsley Cannellini Bruschetta 4 large slices country bread, toasted 2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved 2 cups/500 ml cooked cannellini beans 1/4 cup/50 ml extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling Salt 2 T chopped mixture of fresh herbs: rosemary, golden thyme, tri colored sage, basil & Italian parsley Avocado Bruschetta 4 large slices country bread, toasted 2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved…


Meet the Urban Apple

September 25, 2020

The History of the Urban Apple Neolithic Period (9000 B.C.) Malus sieversii, the primary forest tree of what is today, Western China. Widespread in the Tien Shan mountain range. Bronze Age (2500 B.C.) The dispersal begins along the Old Silk Road and cultivation of apple trees in near East (Turkey, Syria, & Iraq). Persian Empire (500 B.C.) Cultivation is widespread. Alexander The Great (300 B.C.) Cultivation is introduced to the Greek World. Greek knowledge of the art of grafting continues with Roman horticulturalists. Budding, grafting, and rootstock techniques are recorded by Roman writer Pliny. Malus domestica is born! Roman Empire…


The Real Mojito

September 15, 2020

A refreshing drink to have on a hot summer evening, the mint in this mojito will help to cool things way down. Ingredients: 10 fresh Mojito mint leaves (or peppermint or spearmint) ½ lime, cut into 4 wedges 2 tablespoons white sugar, or to taste 1 cup ice cubes 1-1/2 fluid ounces white rum ½ cup club soda Directions: Place mint leaves and 1 lime wedge into a sturdy glass. Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime to release the mint oils and lime juice. Add 2 more lime wedges and the sugar, and muddle again to release…


Eating in Season

September 11, 2020

Eating in season is not something most Americans practice, but why? There are many positive impacts of doing so. Here at Colonial Gardens, we strive to provide the Blue Springs and surrounding communities with the resources to eat with the seasons. What does that look like? Colonial Gardens grows or partners with local farms to provide fresh produce sold in our Market. Not only do we provide local produce, we support other local farmers/artisans by carrying their products. We carefully curate these vendors to fit our values and that also pair nicely with the products and produce we provide as…


Roasted Beet and Citrus Kale Salad

September 1, 2020

Ingredients: 2-3 medium size beets1 large Naval orange, sectionedOrange zest & juice5-6 stalks of mixed kale, de-ribbed and chopped1-2 Tbsp honey2-3 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar1 tsp fresh, chopped rosemary1 tsp Kosher salt3 Tbsp olive or walnut oilFresh ground pepper, toasted nuts, or goat cheese for extra toppings Directions: Peel and wedge beets. Toss in oil, salt, and rosemary. Spread out evenly on an oiled sheet and roast until tender at 400 degrees. Let cool. Whisk or blend honey, vinegar, oil, orange zest, and orange juice for dressing. Combine chopped kale, roasted beets, orange sections, and any other desired toppings in vinegarette…


Herb-Marinated Grilled Bison Steak

August 28, 2020

Ingredients: 1 pound Bison Sirloin Steak 2 pieces, or other lean cut For the Marinade: 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard Juice of half lemon 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper 6 Branches fresh thyme whole 1 tsp rosemary 2 cloves garlic peeled and cracked Directions: Whisk together all marinade ingredients except the thyme branches and garlic. Place the steaks in a shallow glass or steel container. Place the thyme branches and rosemary on top and a cracked garlic clove on each steak. Cover with the marinade. Rub in on both sides until well coated. Cover…


Colonial Kombucha Cooler

August 10, 2020

Ingredients: 1.5 oz. Ketal One Botanical Cucumber and Mint 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped mint 1 lemon wedge, squeezed and juiced 3 ounce Health-Ade Pink Lady Apple Kombucha Directions: Mash the fresh mint into the lemon juice in a glass with the spoon. Strain and add the vodka and lemon/mint juice to a chilled glass with ice. Top with the Kombucha and garnish with an apple slice and twist of lemon. Recipe Inspired from Goop


Health With Houseplants

August 3, 2020

Nowadays, most people have houseplants, because of course, the aesthetic of plants aids in your interior design! But plants are not only just visually appealing, they also provide several physical and mental health benefits. A study out of Japan by Dr. Qing Li found that Forest Bathing, or simply just spending time in nature, may reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and anger. As well as strengthen the immune system, improve cardiovascular and metabolic health, and boost overall well-being (Berkeley Edu). So, the more you collect plants to create a forest or jungle like vibe within your home, the better! Plants act…


Herb and Lemon Salad

August 1, 2020

Ingredients: 2 medium carrots, peeled, very thinly sliced into rounds ½ small red onion, very thinly sliced, rinsed, patted dry 4 radishes, thinly sliced into rounds 2 cups torn mixed tender herbs (such as mint, parsley, and/or dill) 3 cups torn lettuce and chopped kale mixed ½ large cucumber sliced into rounds Salad dressing 1 T white wine vinegar 2 T grain mustard 2 T Dijon mustard 3 chopped garlic scapes 1 cup extra virgin olive oil Juice of 2 lemons squeezed 1 tsp Kosher salt, 1 tsp freshly ground pepper 1 T honey Directions: Toss carrots, onion, radish, cucumber, lettuce,…


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