It's hard to believe, but summer is over and fall has appeared. 

I loved walking my dog to my local farmer's market and picking up fresh produce and big leafy heads of romaine lettuce, kale, greens of all kinds and whipping them in to lovely green smoothies.

I do have a confession to make.  I did very little micro green growing over the summer.  There was so much at the market's, and my heart was into supporting our local farmers and taking advantage of all the great fresh produce.

But, my heart has now come home.  The greens are ready to start sprouting and my body is ready to start benefiting from all those micro nutrients again.

I found another favorite this year to add to my smoothies.  Dandelions!  Yes, your common dandelion so many people put chemicals on top of to try to rid them from their yard.  I am a bit ashamed to admit, that I used to be one of those.  But for the last few years, I have stopped chemical application for the sake of our health and our planet earth.

Now, I am very excited to grow some micro greens and add some FREE dandelions to my smoothie.  I'm not sure how long I will have to continue to be able to harvest my dandelions until the harsh weather sets in, but I'm going to take advantage of it now while I can.  My smoothies are going to be so nutrient dense, I just won't be able to stand it.  This is reason to shout for joy!


 
Here's a great way to use the last of your green harvest.
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Spinach Pesto

10 oz./310g
spinach, fresh 
3 oz./90g 
pine nuts, toasted
3 oz./80ml
extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup/60g
parmesan cheese
3   
garlic cloves
1/2 oz./15g
fresh lemon
1/2 cup/15ml
water, as needed
 sea salt to taste
   cracked white pepper to taste




Yield: 3 cups / 750mlSecure lid on Vita-Prep® container. Set speed controls to Variable, #3. While machine is running, feed cheese through lid. Gradually increase speed to Variable, #8 for 10 seconds until finely ground. Add remaining ingredients in Vita-Prep®container. Secure lid. Set speed controls to Variable, #10. Using the Accelerator Tool, press ingredients into the blades until a gritty paste is achieved, approximately 20 seconds. Set speed control to High. Continue to process mixture, adding enough water to achieve desired consistency, approximately 20 seconds. Use Accelerator Tool to press ingredients into blades.
*suggestions: Serve with all types of pastas, use as a plated sauce base for fish, veal or chicken, use in a squeeze bottle as an intense green color addition, accompanying sauce or salad dressing.