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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Gaia's Spicy Microgreen Slaw




Gaia's Creations is about helping us all make more sustainable food choices. Living on Kauai, we are working to grow all we can and not depend on the mainland for 90% of our food as we have in the past. Many are saving their seeds as well.  For now, my goal with this blog is to encourage as many folks as I can to grow organic microgreens...(tiny greens sprouted and then planted in soil). My local class: FROM SEED TO TABLE IN 7 TO 10 DAYS--offers hands on training. Below this recipe, I offer an intro for all of you. A downloadable booklet with much more information will be available later this year.

Color, Texture and Flavor offer our eyes, nose and  palate a special treat. Here are two easy to grow microgreens in a yummy salad:

Gaia's Spicy Microgreen Slaw

2 cup carrots, peeled and grated
4 cups of shredded red and green cabbage
2 cup jicama, peeled and diced
1/3 c. radish microgreens
1/3 c. broccoli (or kale) microgreens
Optional: 1/2 c.sunflower or pumpkin seeds

I put carrots and cabbage through the food processor with grater blade...quick and easy.
Peel your jicama from the center of top or bottom, and skin will come off more easily.
Mix all but the microgreens in a bowl and toss with your dressing. Let flavors mix for an hour or so.
Then add the microgreens on top with an edible flower...like nasturium.

Dressing (This is a generous amount in case you have more vegs.--so go gently)


2/3 c. olive oil
2 tsp. sesame oil
1-2 Tb. Nama Shoyu or tamari
1 Tb.  agave nectar
4 Tb. rice vinegar
1Tb. Dijon mustard (or one of your choice)
2 tsp. fresh peeled and grated ginger or 1 tsp. ginger powder
1 clove minced garlic

Enjoy! Here is a chance to start this week growing your own microgreens. For a downloadable booklet, see below or printed or kindle version from Amazon.

STEPS TO GROWING YOUR MICRO GREENS

Start with healthy soil and a clean tray with drainage holes. Use fresh, unchlorinated water. Soak desired seeds (not mucilaginous or beets or cilantro) in water from 6-8 hours. Rinse well twice a day, and sprout until tails are 1/4" long; put on well dampened soil, gently pressing down. Cover with 1/8" soil and dampen it.  Cover tray with an inverted tray with holes and keeping lightly moist, allow to grow in the shade till greens are desired height. 
Most important are consistent watering, temperature and indirect light once they have rooted.

For more information, write gaiascreations@live.com. A simple downloadable (PDF) booklet is available. 













Monday, May 6, 2013

Upcoming Events and Opportunities to Share

My next class will be Sunday, June 16th in Kapa'a at 1pm. I also will be teaching a class at Kauai Athletic Club in Lihue, date still to be determined, and a class for Keiki ...our future farmers!!! Feel free to contact me about any of these events at gaiascreations@live.com

My main focus is on education. I want everyone to realize that they can have fresh, live food in 7-10 days, some of which you can keep harvesting through a second crop. Also, I have been growing wheat grass and barley grass for a few folks. I have made one batch of sprouted wheat bread. Delicious flavor with herbs, but a bit chewy for my taste. Will work on a better recipe.

Want to grow wheat or barley grass, but don't have a juicer....I just add some to my Vita Mix and create a smoothie. Here's my recipe:

1 cup coconut water (or other liquid: juice; kombucha etc.)
1 small banana
a handful of blueberries
a sprinkle of cinnamon
1 tsp. fresh ginger or 1/4 tsp. dried
1/2 tsp. fresh turmeric or 1/4 tsp. dried
a handful of fresh spinach or kale or kale microgreens
1/3 cup soaked almonds or other nuts
a small fistful of wheat grass
1/2 c. microgreens (your choice)

Blend thoroughly. I vary this. Make it to your taste. If you are in the islands, make some ginger lemonade and add instead of other liquids. It's delicious in this drink.

Let me know what you want to learn more about and enjoy the day!