Posted on Jul 6, 2016 | 0 comments

There is so much ‘out there’ that can be so healthy for you – and it’s FREE! I love picking fresh dandelion, lambsquarters and my favorite – calendula petals! All free and fresh from my non pesticide abode.

So, after reading various recipes online, I decided to make one of my own and here’s what I came up with, if you want to try it. After whisking all of this together, simply take a muffin tin (grease it WELL) and then pour some of the mix into the tins to fill about 2/3 of the muffin tin. Pop in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes and then chow down! You can also freeze any extras for a fast and healthy breakfast or snack.

calendulaJust for more info – calendula has antioxidant properties. It has sudorific, emmenagogic, and antispasmodic properties, but it is mainly used for skin care and treatment. It has great anti-inflammatory properties and is helpful with treaing wounds, acne, ulcers, bed sores, varicose veins, rashes, eczema, and related conditions.  And as a healthy sideline, the petals have been used since the Middle Ages as “the poor man’s saffron” for coloring cheeses, butters, and dishes. From the Elizabethan era, both petals and leaves were used in salads, however the leaves were a bit strong ( I like them though!). One can also use the petals to flavor soups and stews.

dandelionDandelion leaves – always use the tiny leaves as they are not as bitter as the older ones. Use in salads, stir frys, and salves and poultices. These greens also contain vitamins C and B6, thiamin, riboflavin, calcium, iron (crucial for generating red blood cells), potassium (to help regulate heart rate and blood pressure), and manganese. Other nutrients present in dandelion greens include folate, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper. WOW!

lambsquarters

 

Lambsquarters – packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Check this out –  3.5 ounces of raw lambsquarter, about 1 cup of greens, has a whopping 73% vitamin A and 96% vitamin C of recommended daily allowances suggested by the USDA. Not only that but it’s chock full of the B vitamin complex including thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin.

Now how’s that for staying healthy on the sly!

 

 

Healthy Breakfast Surprise

  • 6 eggs, whisked
  • Just a bit of milk or half and half or almond milk
  • 1 garlic – minced or powdered garlic
  • Coarsely chopped small onion
  • Handful of  finely chopped fresh dandelion leaves, lambsquarters & calendula petals
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh tarragon, optional
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lambsquarters, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh calendula petals
  • 1 squirt of Olive Oil
  • Pepper and salt to taste and top it off with

1/3 cup fresh mozzarella crumbled or feta

 

 

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