So today I was out in the garden and I found this poor, dehydrated little orphan baby…
Because she was the cutest thing I have ever seen and she let me pick her up, I decided to take her in. She could hardly hop away and seemed lost. We are going to try to reunite her with her mama this evening. But first I am feeding her and taking a zillion pictures…
While I was out there I also found a BEAST of a zucchini. Who needs chemical fertilizer and GMO’s when you can get this in your front yard?!
I am definitely going to do a post very soon about why you should try to only eat local/farmers market produce. In short, they have much more nutrition than conventionally grown produce that you find in the supermarket. Since you are eating veggies anyway, you might as well get the maximum amount of vitamins and minerals out of it as you can deserve.
Today’s recipe is perfect for a hot summers day, especially here in Texas! I wish I had made it before the 4th, but c’est la vie. This is seriously the best Spicy Watermelon Gazpacho I have ever had.
Recipe: Serves 3-4
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 cup of watermelon (plus a few extra balls for garnish)
1 tbsp diced white onions
a slice of lime
half a lemon
1 tbsp cilantro (plus some for garnish)
Blend the diced tomatoes until they are to your desired consistency. Add 1 cup of watermelon, 1 tbsp onion, lime juice, lemon juice, 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, several shakes of chili powder and salt, a few shakes of cayenne pepper, and couple shakes of ginger. Blend again. Try it and if you would like to add anything else.
There is one more secret ingredient…
Half a shot of cointreau!
Mmm liqua in my dinna.
The cointreau is optional and totally depends on your tastes. I have had it without and it was just as delicious. Garnish with watermelon balls and cilantro. Enjoy!
Watermelon * a great source of vitamin A, C, B1, and B6. The antioxidants derived from the vitamin A help fight inflammation which contributes to many ailments, including heart attacks, diabetes miletus, and arthritis.
Tomatoes * also contain a LOT of vitamin A and C. Vitamin A is a potent antioxidant that has been shown in studies to reduce the effects of smoking. This does not mean it is okay to smoke, but if you do, it is a VERY good idea to make sure are getting lots of vitamin A daily. Tomatoes are also rich in lycopene, which has been proven to halt the growth of cancer cells!
Cayenne and chili pepper * both contain antioxidants and temporarily raise your metabolism!
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