Monday, June 11, 2012

For the first time since I moved into my current home, 6 1/2 years ago, I am growing a garden.  Yay!!!!

In my old neighborhood, there were lots of feral cats.  It turns out that feral cats are helpful for the urban gardener, as they keep unwanted (and I mean unwanted) pest populations under control.

In my current neighborhood, there are no feral cats, so I have to be very careful not to create a welcoming environment for unwelcome guests.  Therefore, no backyard garden other than herbs in a window box.

To my great delight, the absolutely fantastic Peterson Garden Project opened several community gardens on the northside of Chicago, and I got a spot with my friend, Dani, in a garden one mile from my house.

Urban Garden Raised Bed
Our Garden, Day 1!

We're growing cucumbers, tomatoes, spinach, beans, lettuce, peppers and cauliflower in our 4x6 garden spot.  It's going to be great to eat food that we've grown.  We're already having a blast gardening with our kids.

Until, then, though it's farmers' markets and grocery produce for us!

To turn my carrot sticks into a fresh lunch, I created a bright, lemony dip with ingredients from my pantry and some fresh lemon.  It has no added fat, and it's rich in fiber and protein.  It would make a lovely base for a sandwich with fresh tomatoes, greens and cucumbers, too.  (Hmmm ... I can't wait til my garden's ready!

I made this very lemony by using two small lemons.  For a more subtle flavor, just use one. 

This would be a great addition for a Meatless Monday lunchbox!

Lemon Artichoke Bean Dip

I shared this recipe with Allergy Free Wednesday, Allergy Friendly Friday, Wellness Weekend and  Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays.

Lemon Artichoke Bean Dip
Makes 2 cups

1 15-ounce can canellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 15-ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and rinsed
1 large garlic clove
zest and juice of 1 or 2 lemons (depending on preference)
1/4 teaspoon salt

Puree all ingredients together in food processor or blender.

Happy Cooking!

Find more tasty recipes in Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes.

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