Archives for March 2013

Hard Boiled Egg Sandwiches with Creamy Herbal Dressing

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What are you going to do with all those hard boiled eggs you decorated for Easter? I have a delicious Egg Sandwich with Creamy Herbal Dressing recipe I think you will like that will help get some of those eggs off your hands!

Stacked with vegetables, this sandwich is not only delicious but nutritious. I’ve been trying to approach every meal with the question: How many fruits and/or vegetables can I fit into this meal? This sandwich is one where you can stack the vegetables as high as you please.

The success of this sandwich is partially dependent on your bread. My King Soopers sells bread from a local bakery: La Baguette. I love their hearty breads when making a sandwich the star of the plate.

When buying your bread, check to make sure the first ingredient is whole wheat. If your bread says “multigrain” it often times is not whole grain.

While I’m calling this a recipe, it is definitely more of a suggestion. Vary the vegetables as you please and substitute whatever fresh herbs you have on hand in the dressing.

Egg Sandwich with Creamy Herbal Dressing

Ingredients

    For the sandwich:
  • Whole wheat bread slices
  • Spinach
  • Grated carrot
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Hard boiled eggs, shelled and thinly sliced
  • For the dressing:
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup basil
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

    For the sandwich:
  1. Layer all ingredients on whole wheat bread
  2. For the dressing:
  3. In a blender, blend all ingredients until smooth
  4. Pour dressing over sandwich ingredients. Top with remaining piece of whole wheat bread.
http://naturalgreenmom.com/hard-boiled-egg-sandwiches-with-creamy-herbal-dressing/

If you have any leftover dressing, it will keep for two weeks if chilled in the refrigerator.

All Natural Plant Fertilizer: Eggshells

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Will you be making hard boiled eggs for decorating this week? If so, I’ve got a helpful household tip you’ll want to use.

Don’t throw the water away after you cook your eggs. Instead, allow the water to cool then use it to fertilize and water all your houseplants!

Eggshells contain both calcium and carbon.

When you boil eggs for hard boiled eggs, some of the calcium and carbon get leeched into the water making a great fertilizer.

Water with this all natural fertilizer as you normally would.

The GBG It Works for Me

“The GBG: It Works for Me” is a weekly series. It’s all about that thing you’ve started doing that you’d wish you’d known you should be doing all along.

Solutions, quick tips, and shortcuts. Time savers and sanity savers. It’ll all be right here.

Have a solution, tip, or time saver of your own? Let me know by filling out this form, I’ll try then share!

Costco Car Rental Discounts | Save Big on Your Next Vacation

Costco Car Rental Discount

Are you a Costco member? Have you tried looking at Costco Travel for car rental discounts?

We’ll be traveling for the upcoming Spring Break and will need a rental car. As you well know, nothing drives up the cost of a vacation like rental car expenses.

Did you know you can use the Costco low price finder to compare prices between four car rental agencies: Alamo, Avis, Budget and Enterprise?

To be able to book a rental car through Costco, you must have a membership ID number and register on the site. Costco Travel operates separately from Costco.com, so you will need a separate log-in just for Costco Travel.

So how good are the rental car discounts? Costco Travel asserts they are able to use their buying authority to negotiate the best price, which they then pass on to Costco members. Since you can access the Costco Travel Rental Car website without any obligation, you can compare the prices for yourself. Of course, the amount of discount will vary from location and time of year. So your savings will vary dependent on your travel plans.

The good news is, you can get a price BEFORE you hand over your membership number or log-in. Prices can be viewed without registering, but before confirming a rental you will be required to register by providing your membership number, last name and email address, and you will need to create a password.

Another factor to consider if you are looking to use Costco car rental discounts: If you have the Costco American Express card and use it when you book your travel, you will receive 2% cash back on eligible travel purchases.

So the next time you need to rent a car, don’t forget to check out the prices from Costco!

And if you are traveling, you might want to see: Costco Gift Cards: 5 Ways This Discount Pays

Easily Upcycle Aluminum Cans Into An Easter Grass Centerpiece

Upcycle Aluminum Cans into Easter Grass Centerpieces

I’ve got a quick and easy upcycle project for those aluminum cans you might otherwise throw out. Transform them into an inexpensive but darling Easter grass centerpiece for your Easter celebration.

Start by collecting and cleaning out aluminum cans. Decorate them with colored paper using your homemade nontoxic and eco friendly glue and perhaps even a strip of Washi Tape if you have it.

Decorated Upcycled Aluminum Cans

Next, gather your supplies. You need your decorated upcycled aluminum cans, small rocks, soil and wheat grass.

Here’s the secret to quickly making these centerpieces:

You can find wheat grass already sprouted and grown at the pet store!

Easily Make an Easter Grass Centerpiece

What a time saver! And if you are anything like me, and have waited until the last minute, you really don’t have time to grow your own wheat grass from seed. So pop on into your local pet store and pick up some wheat grass!

Make your Easter Grass Centerpiece:

  • Fill your upcycled aluminum can about 1/4 of the way with rocks
  • Add soil to reach about 1/2 way up the can
  • Transplant your wheat grass from it’s container into the can
  • Add water
  • Decorate your home!

Easter Grass

Straw “Bunny” Smoothie

Straw Bunny Smoothies

I came up with this Straw “Bunny” Smoothie with the upcoming Easter holiday in mind.

But seriously, can you think of a day when you don’t want a bunny smoothie? One of these Straw “Bunny” Smoothies would be perfect for cheering up the kiddos on those no good, very bad days.

Since the smoothie is made with all whole food ingredients, I figured two chocolate chips and a marshmallow didn’t negate all the healthy-goodness that is inside. However, if you are looking to keep the recipe all whole food, you could use large coconut flakes for the ears and two blueberries would be good for the eyes. Or reader Susan suggested cutting some bananas into ear shapes.

To get the ears in just the right shape, simply cut the marshmallow on the diagonal lengthwise. This shape helps them “stand up” in the smoothie.

The actual strawberry smoothie recipe is very basic so it can be changed to suit your family’s preferences. Don’t love pineapple? Add extra banana. Kiddo allergic to strawberries? Substitute cherries.

Of course, you could top Blueberry Green Tea Smoothie or Chai Tea Smoothie with a bunny face too!

Also, I made the smoothie with almond milk, but if you prefer cow’s milk or soy milk, use it.

Straw “Bunny” Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk (I used almond, you can use any kind)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cups frozen pineapple
  • Homemade Whipped Cream
  • chocolate chips, raspberries, marshmallows for the face

Instructions

  1. In a blender, frappe the milk, banana, strawberries, and pineapple.
  2. Pour into individual serving glasses. (Depending on the size of your glass, you get 2 to 4 servings)
  3. Top smoothie with whipped cream.
  4. Use a raspberry for the nose, two chocolate chips for the eyes, and a marshmallow cut on the diagonal for the ears.
http://naturalgreenmom.com/straw-bunny-smoothie/

Now that you have the kiddos covered, be sure to make some Berry Flower Straws with Cut Fruit for the grown-ups!

 

Make Easy Berry Flower Straws with Cut Fruit

Berry Flower Straws

These berry flower straws are so easy to make. There are no fancy knife skills required to cut the fruit. In fact, I can’t even give you an exact pattern to follow. It’s just not that complicated.

That said, even though these are super simple to make, it looks like you really spent a lot of time and effort. Which you didn’t, which is why you should make these.

Easter morning is a great time to make these. All you need are: Strawberries, Blackberries and paper straws.

Cut the top off the strawberry. Then cut the top so it looks jagged by cutting out small v-shapes. Poke the straw through the bottom of the strawberry and top with a blackberry.

Berry Flowers Cut Fruit

Ta-da! You are ta-done and everyone will love the extra effort you went to, and only you will know the extra effort really wasn’t much effort at all.

 Wouldn’t you love to be served a drink with a berry flower straw?

The GBG It Works for Me

“The GBG: It Works for Me” is a weekly series. It’s all about that thing you’ve started doing that you’d wish you’d known you should be doing all along.

Solutions, quick tips, and shortcuts. Time savers and sanity savers. It’ll all be right here.

Have a solution, tip, or time saver of your own? Let me know by filling out this form, I’ll try then share!

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Rainbow Fruit Parfait

Rainbow Fruit Parfait

How will you be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day?

How about starting your day with a rainbow that leads to a pot of gold?

This quick and healthy St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Fruit Parfait is quick to assemble and will fill your family with healthy whole foods. (Ditch the skittles! This is the best way to taste the rainbow!)

All this recipe requires is a rainbow of fruit, granola and greek yogurt. Layer them in the glass as follows:

Fruit Rainbow

  • Granola on the bottom (your pot of gold)
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Green Grapes
  • Pineapple (thaw some frozen or used canned if fresh is too expensive)
  • Clementine Slices
  • Strawberries, sliced
  • Top with a “cloud” of greek yogurt
  • Drizzle with a bit of honey if you choose

Warning: This is a highly addictive breakfast or snack that your kiddos will ask you for time and again! The good news is – it just doesn’t get any healthier than this!