My Dad is soon planning to create a garden to supplement the other crops in our yard.
In addition to an Avocado Tree and a Tangerine tree, we also have a “Fruit Cocktail” Tree. The “Fruit Cocktail” Tree is several types of citrus, grafted onto the same trunk. Although it’s hard to tell since they are all currently green, the “Fruit Cocktail” tree (pictured: right) has Grapefruits, Lemons, and 2 kinds of Oranges growing.
Our neighbors also have a tree overflowing with Star Fruit (Carambola) so they’ve given my parents an open invitation to take as many as they’d like.
One of the highlights of my recent visit was feeding ducklings in our back-yard. We spotted a mother duck and 11 ducklings in the canal so we brought out some stale bread to share with them.
It turned out to be a show of nature at it’s finest. After a couple minutes, 3 turtles showed up and chased the poor baby ducks away. Soon after, 3 large fish appeared beneath the water’s surface, in direct competition with the turtles.
Mom’s Kitchen Sink Stir-Fry
Start cooking a pot of brown rice (we like Lundberg’s Country Wild rice), and set timer according to package directions (usually 45 minutes). Wash and prepare the stir-fry ingredients as the rice cooks. It should all be done within the 45 minutes it takes the rice to cook!
In a large pot with a lid, sauté ingredients in a small amount of canola oil in the order required to cook through:
- 1 lb. firm tofu, cubed
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1 inch of fresh ginger, finely chopped (or 1/2 tsp powdered ginger)
- 1/3 cup whole unsalted almonds
- 2-3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce (according to taste)
- A tablespoon of sesame oil,optional
- 1 package of sliced baby bell mushrooms
- 1 can (20-oz.) pineapple chunks with juice.
- 2 stalks of celery, sliced diagonally
- Several crowns of broccoli, cut into small pieces
- 2 small zucchini or yellowsquash, sliced
- ½ medium red or yellowbell pepper, diced
- 1 or 2 carrots, thinly sliced
- 1 can (8 oz.) sliced water chestnuts (to add crunch)
- ½ small red cabbage, shredded
- a couple hand-fulls of chopped Kale, stems removed
Finally, add ½ package fresh snow peas.
Cook just a few more minutes until the snow peas are crisp-tender.
Serve over the hot rice with soy sauce, hot sauce, and black pepper. Bonus points if you have Fortune Cookies!
Not only did this yummy meal fill our bellies, it also resulted in a nice treat for Dad’s new compost bin!
** Note: I’ve linked this up at “Wellness Weekend” on the blog Diet, Dessert, & Dogs. Check it out to see more healthy recipes from other bloggers! **
I’d love to hear from you!
What are your family’s traditional meals?
What Eco-friendly practices do you follow at home?