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Have you noticed how well dandelions thrive?

While getting this garden and my yard ready, I had to deal with many dandelions. It seemed such hard work to dig them up for nothing but the compost. Dandelions are good for us! So instead of seeing dandelions as a problem, I decided to put them to good use for the first time. Yes, I have used the leaves in salads or steamed them, like my father would for us when we had nothing else to eat.

I remember enjoying dandelion coffee but had never made it from the root and had no idea what to do with the flowers even though I knew they are edible.

I picked the dandelion flowers to make dandelion syrup and dandelion pancakes. I cut off the roots from the main plant to make dandelion coffee. It was a busy weekend filled with dandelions. There were not enough in my own yard, so I had to go to my neighbor’s yard to pick their abundant crop (after asking, of course).

The good news is that we can dig up as many dandelions as we want. The habitat is safe because many more will grow. I will continue picking and digging them every year with the pleasure of harvesting nourishing, free food.

(Watch for my next post, Dandelion Celebration. I have been experimenting and creating some very tasty recipes that I will share next week.)

Tasty Recipes with Home Grown or Wild Food

Carrots with Orange: Easy to grow lots of carrots; I ate the ones I grew right up until January.

Simple Garlic Zucchini: Quick easy recipe and tasty if you like garlic too.

Apple – Raspberry Jam: This jam was developed from picking apples at a neighbors and then combining them with my picked raspberries.

Power Spinach Salad: With all that spinach I had to get creative.

Braised Kale: A fast side dish.

How To Freeze Your Own Berries: This how I freeze all the berries I pick in my garden and in the wild.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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8:23AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Delightful! Have never tried dandelion pancakes before, sounds like a recipe to try out.
A garden fresh and free from toxins is always a delight!

7:04AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

My husband installed a raised bed for me just steps from my kitchen door. I was able to plant early and am already using my herbs and spinach. Tastes great!

9:56PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

Thanks for sharing!

9:29PM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

love to garden!

11:02AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

I love having a garden. Watching the food develop and ripen then eating it. I love buying little plants and watching them grow. Thank-You, for sharing

8:26AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

It taste better when you grow it yourself.

7:04AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

I've seen and heard so many hateful comments directed at the First Lady for simply suggesting that we eat more vegetables, and experiment with growing a few of our own.

4:53AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

Thank you!

1:50AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

Love it, thanks

1:37AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

There's nothing like picking your own veg.

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