The Healthy Eating Resolution


With the echo of the New Year still ringing in our ears we firmly vow to keep our resolutions. We raise our glasses, now filled with water and green tea, to a healthy New Year! Champagne sounds so much more elegant, but we have a new vision and what perfect timing … as we plan our garden for the new season, we envision ripe red tomatoes, green leafy spinach and our fit and trim waistline all the by-product from the homegrown goodness in our own backyard.

Along with many carefully chosen vegetables to grow, I am planning a special healthy herb garden.  I have a location in mind and the idea is to construct raised beds and hope the sun is not too hot in this location.  In the past I have grown herbs and used them in recipes fresh and have also dried them for future use.  Most air dry very well and add a nice taste of flavor to any dish.  I will be sharing recipes as the season moves along.  What inspired this herb garden-healthy eating notion was the fabulous Rosemary Cookies I made during the holidays.  Along with the usual Christmas cookie baking I wanted to incorporate herbs for healthy snacking.  I have to admit these cookies used the herb Rosemary but they really aren’t that healthy, they are extremely delicious though!  What makes them so good is the combination of light airy dough with the strong taste of rosemary … Superb!

Rosemary Cookies

Rosemary Cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
4 cups flour
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary

Combine all ingredients, except rosemary and mix thoroughly.  Now gently mix rosemary into the batter.  Form dough into small balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Flatten each one.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Keep an eye on them as they bake since you don’t want to overcook them – a pale golden brown is the desired color.

1/13/2009 2:55:19 PM

By the way, Mother Earth News has had some articles about growing oats as a cover crop, so you might search their site and see what you can find. Apparently it's easy to grow, since it's basically a grass. Of course the Johnson grass out where I live has seedheads big enough I always wonder if it's edible ...

1/13/2009 2:53:37 PM

I have some quinoa I haven't gotten around to cooking yet. (Jean, it's at the Merc, in the bulk section.) I've been meaning to try it since I first edited a story about it several years ago. It's just not something I think of .... But maybe if I see an irresistible recipe ...

1/12/2009 4:37:02 AM

Jean - The recipe makes a huge batch and since our son is still home from college, there's no problem they will get eaten! Next time I may half the recipe or try freezing half the dough. I did order a grain book "The Book of Whole Grains: The Grain-By-Grain Guide to Cooking, Growing and Grinding Whole Cereals, Nuts, Peas and Beans" and there is another out there by Gene Logsdon which is out of print, but it looks like you can pre-order so he must be printing another edition. I think grains are important to the diet especially since they seem to fill me up so I don't constantly pick on other foods all day long! I know it's not easy finding information on this Lori - I did pick up some flax seed and wheat grain yesterday and am going to experiment and plant to see what happens ... gotta start somewhere! I did find Homegrown Harvest online that has different grain to purchase so may go that route.

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