Eat Veggies, save the planet

Tahini Salad Dressing
November 26, 2009, 1:51 am
Filed under: recipes

This has become our favorite dressings. The secret is raw, organic tahini which can be difficult to get. I prepare it using a stick blender , but I am sure you can also make it in a regular blender. We use it not only on salads, but also on rice dishes, pasta dishes, etc.


  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice with pulp
  • 1/4 cup tamari
  • 1 TBSP maple syrup
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 TBSP of diced onion
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  1. Blend the first 7 ingredients together.
  2. Add the water and blend again.



freezing broccoli
November 25, 2009, 3:17 am
Filed under: canning and freezing

I never liked the broccoli that I bought frozen in the grocery, but last year I froze 1 quart and was surprised by how tasty it was. So this year I grew 15 broccoli plants so I could freeze alot.

Freezing is so easy compared to canning. I washed the broccoli. Cut it up as if I was going to cook it. I put a 2 gallon pot on to boil and filled a clean sink with ice water.

I put the broccoli in the boiling water, stirred and timed it for 3 minutes.  I got it out quickly with tongs and a slotted spoon. Then I dumped it in the sink to cool for 3 minutes.

I took it out, let it drain in the collander and then measured it. A quart went into each ziplock freezer back.  I labeld each bag with the vegetable name and date. I sucked out the air, zipped the bag and put the bag on an open shelf in the freezer to freeze quickly. The next day I put the frozen broccoli bags in a pile in the freezer with other stuff.

So easy.