From Garden to Glass — Guest Post

Hi all! I’m happy to introduce Chris from HealthSmartLiving.com! His blog is filled with tips on hydroponic gardening, healthy cooking, juicing and overall nutritious recipes. His website even includes a review of juicers. Juicing is a foreign concept to me and looking through his blog helped answer a lot of questions I had about it. Today, he is sharing a Spicy Tomato Juice recipe make from home grown tomatoes that looks oh so tasty! Let me turn it over to Chris…   I love August in Chicago. It’s warm, sunny, and all of my gardening efforts start to pay off. Even though we live in downtown Chicago with a 400 square foot yard, we still manage to pack a pretty good fruitful garden in. This year we grew tomatoes, peppers, onions and various herbs. You also have to be prepared to use a lot of fresh vegetables or watch them go bad. I hope to learn canning someday but it won’t be this year. Recently I made my first batch of tomato gazpacho and it was amazing. It also was really time consuming so I would call it a special occasion dish. Another simpler way I’ve found to use a … Continue reading

Vietnamese Noodle Soup (Pho)

I had a hankering for pho this week so I figured I would try to make it! This at-home recipe has a bit of a darker broth but boy does it taste good! I found this recipe on Food Network and was surprised at how simple it really was to make. The hardest part was slicing the beef super thin so that it can finish cooking in the broth. If you are worried that your slices are too thick to cook fully, just add the sliced beef to the broth and simmer for about 1 minute before assembling.   Ingredients: 8 ounces rice noodles 12 ounces lean beef sirloin, fat trimmed Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 1 large onion, sliced (or 2 small onions) 1 4 -inch piece ginger, unpeeled, halved 3 cups low-sodium beef broth 5 star anise pods 1 cinnamon stick 4 scallions 1 jalapeno pepper 1/2 cup fresh cilantro 1 tablespoon fish sauce 1 cup fresh bean sprouts

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