You may not think much of the vegetable leaves that hang down onto your garden soil, but, the buggies and fungal-uglies are just lurking around, waiting to nibble the edges or to spread disease/fungus...
Keep it clean!
Pull out your snips and pruners and clip off any leaves that are lying down on the soil or are partially buried in the soil. Make sure your tools are clean and sharp enough to make clean cuts. Otherwise, you may introduce fungi and bacteria into a mashed or mangled cut site.
Now. What to do with all those leaves you remove?
Do the perfectly good ones need to end up in the compost pile?
Your garden can do double duty to put food on your table! Turn them into delicious, nutritious, Green Smoothies!
Cauliflower Leaf Green Smoothie Recipe
1 c. cauliflower leaves, washed and torn (Kale is also GREAT leaf to use in smoothies)
1 large, ripe banana, peeled & diced
1/2 medium seedless English cucumber, diced
1 c. Frozen tropical fruit blend (mango, pineapple & strawberry) - approximately 5-6 pieces of fruit
1 scoop Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
1 tsp. Manuka Honey (or, use your favorite honey)
1/2 c. water (or carrot juice)
I use a NutriBullet (by Magic Bullet) to blend my smoothies.
Pack the leaves into the bottom of the cup, then loose-pack everything else. Ingredients may go slightly over the Max Fill line, but, filling with water only halfway to the Max Fill line will offset the total amount of liquid from the other ingredients after they're liquefied. This should keep your unit from leaking due to overfilling.
Pulse for 10 seconds. Remove cup from the unit and invert to force the liquefied portion down into the leaves. Return cup to unit and pulse for approx. 20 seconds more, or until the green leaves drop down and the bits are emulsified.
Pour your smoothie into an insulated hot/cold cup that can be placed in the freezer for future meals. Simply move the cup to the refrigerator the night before for a quick and easy breakfast meal the next morning!
Note: The pulpy portion will eventually separate from the liquid portion if your smoothie is not consumed right away. Simply thaw your smoothie, return to the blender cup, and pulse for a quick 15 seconds to reblend.
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