Cucumber, Gogi Berry and Quinoa Super Salad

Today I’ve got a packed post filled with a vegetarian recipe, pictures from the garden and stories of what we grew. It’s an eclectic mix that I’d love you all to enjoy.

Like most of us I am usually busy and on the go, either to work, dropping the kids off of having to run some errand or other. I love it like that, it keeps me busy and happy. What I do have to remember is to eat well and I like to make sure that all of us at home have good food to keep us fueled up and healthy.

We grew cucumbers on our patio garden this year and have been amazed at how well they grew and how huge a cucumber plant actually gets, it’s massive. They took ages to germinate but once they got going they grew so fast. I have been using them fresh off the plant and really enjoyed creating new dishes for them to go in.

The additional ingredients today have been supplied by Indigo Herbs who sell organic and quality assured products. They have a huge range of foods with which they wish to inspire and motivate you on a journey to a healthier lifestyle. I spent ages on the site looking at all they have on offer including; natural health guides, superfoods, wholefoods, herbal teas, aromatherapy and lots lots more.

Cucumber, Gogi Berry and Quinoa Super Salad
The cucumber plant that I’ve grown this year. It’s taking over the patio!

This Cucumber, Gogi Berry and Quinoa Super Salad that I am going to be showing you today is just the ticket to give a boost to your body that will help set you up for the rest of the day.

The Protein packed Tricolour Quinoa Grains are a great wheat free alternative to rice or pasta and I’m sure you’ll agree they give it a wonderful burst of colour.

Cucumber, Gogi Berry and Quinoa Super Salad
Uncooked tricolour quinoa

I love the sprinkle of pine nuts at the end. These nuts have a beautiful sweet flavour and are soft to bite into. If you have any left over from the packet then you can use them in my carrot tops pesto sauce which can be set aside for later in the week. Pine nuts are actually the seeds from the pine tree and they contain a wealth of antioxidants, including vitamins A, B, C, D, and E.


The recipe is vegetarian, vegan and super healthy!

5 from 8 votes
cucumber, gogi berries and quinoa super salad
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Cucumber, Gogi Berry and Quinoa Super Salad
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
A Vegetarian and Vegan Recipe
Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
Author: mainy - myrealfairy
Ingredients
  • 1 Medium cucumber
  • 50 g Gogi Berries
  • 150 g Tricolour Quinoa Grains
  • 1 Tablespoon Organic Pine Nuts
  • Half Teaspoon Coarse Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 1 juice Lemon
  • 50 ml Rapeseed Oil
  • 1 Clove of Garlic - minced
Instructions
  1. Rinse the quinoa grains, place in a saucepan with double the amount of water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes.

    Cucumber, Gogi Berry and Quinoa Super Salad
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, chop your cucumber into big chunks
    Cucumber, Gogi Berry and Quinoa Super Salad
  3. Mix in the gogi berries
    Cucumber, Gogi Berry and Quinoa Super Salad
  4. Add the salt
  5. Mix together the lemon juice, Rapeseed oil and minced garlic.

  6. When the quinoa is ready, place in a large bowl and pour over the lemon, oil and garlic dressing while it is still warm.
  7. Mix in the cucumber and gogi berries.
  8. Sprinkle with pine nuts
    Cucumber, Gogi Berry and Quinoa Super Salad


Goji Berries 150g. Organic Royal Quinoa Grains 1kg. Organic Shelled Hemp seeds 250g 

Cucumber gogi berry and quinoa super salad

Disclaimer: I was supplied the ingredients by Indigo free of charge to use in my recipe. Everything you see is an honest view and use of the products and I was delighted by the products as you can see!

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Pesto made with carrot tops. You have to try this!

This dish is so easy to make and the idea that you can make super yummy pesto made with carrot tops is a great idea. The amount of green carrot tops that just end up in the food bin is really daft and finding that they can be put to good use is pretty cool.

We have been growing vegetables this year which you can see in my free pallet patio garden post and you can actually see the carrots as they started off there. They have come out all shapes and sizes which is really cute.

pesto made with carrot tops

We eat lots of pasta at home and it’s a really quick supper for our family which can fit in with our busy homelife. Pesto has long been a favourite but I had rarely made it before. Then when I was looking for ways to use the leftovers from some of my home grown vegetables I stumbled across someone saying to try it in pesto. I adapted the general idea and had a play and came up with this recipe which is quick, easy and very adaptable to the amount of ingredients you have to hand.


pesto made with carrot tops
One of the many advantages of this recipe is that it’s an all in one recipe. Everything into the mixer and blitz for a couple of minutes.

pesto made with carrot tops

Once made you can store for up to two weeks in an airtight container in the fridge. Try it out on chicken or tofu too.

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Pesto made with carrot tops
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

This delicious Pesto made with the leafy green carrot tops adds a new dimension to Pesto Pasta. Also great to be smothered over meat or vegetables for your BBQ or main meal

Course: Main Course
Servings: 6 people
Author: Mainy - myrealfairy.com
Ingredients
  • 100 ml Rapeseed Oil
  • 1 bunch Green leafs from carrot tops
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 10 leaves Basil
  • 1 handful Hazelnuts
  • 25 grammes Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Wash the leafy tops of the carrots well in cold water to remove any soil

  2. Peel a garlic clove

  3. Put all of the ingredients into a small blender with a chopping setting.

  4. Whizz for approximately 2 minutes until it is all chopped to a smooth paste

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Free Pallet Patio Garden

Easy Step by Step Guide

Fancy growing your own fruit and veg? I thought the same and am now managing just that! Here’s how to build your own free pallet patio garden.

Last year I had a new patio and it’s a great area to sit out in as it captures a lot of sun.  The boys use our garden to play football and I learnt the hard way that football and plant borders don’t mix well! I actually get upset when I see the ball thud into the plants and race over to see whats happened. The boys then scurry away waiting to see if yet another tomato plant has bitten the dust.

So when the patio was laid I started thinking of ways that I could enjoy growing some fruit and vegetables on the patio.

I wanted a way to use recycled products and make something that really made the most of the small compact space we had.

Here’s a step by step guide to how I made this brilliant pallet patio garden out of mainly recycled bits and bobs, for free!

Free Pallet Patio Garden
Our blank canvas!
Free Pallet Patio Garden

We put a base down so that the structure wouldnt sit directly on the slabs and cause too much discolouration.

Free Pallet Patio Garden

Here is my other half fixing a free pallet that we picked up onto the back of the crate used to deliver the patio slabs in. If you can get hold of more pallets then use them to make a crate. You can find them on free sites or even in skips.

Free Pallet Patio Garden

We had some weed suppressor mat in the shed and if you havent got anything like that hanging around then they are easy to pick up very cheaply. I just wanted something lining the inside that would help with keeping the pots contained and not having the water running straight out onto the ground.


Free Pallet Patio Garden
The you are all ready to go and start putting in the pots that you wish to have there. What I found useful was that on the sunny days I can move the pots onto the top of the back pallet and they can make use of the sunshine. When it’s a windy day they can nestle back into the base and be a bit more protected.

free pallet patio garden

You can see by these photos how the plants are coming along. The potatoes are growing well and the carrots on the right hand side in the base are showing nicely. I’ve planted onions next to them as apparently they fend off one of the mites that would eat the carrot tops.

free pallet patio garden

Come back soon for an update and more than likely a recipe made out of some of the home grown veg. It will be great to see you again.

Have you got any tips on growing veg in small spaces? You might be a seasoned pro or just starting out. I’d love to hear.

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Sensor Night Light Review

My youngest still likes to have a light on somewhere upstairs which is fine as it helps him settle and he’s happy. Over the years I’ve tried different ways to make this happen; I’ve tried the plug-in night lights, leaving the landing light on and various themed lights.

Sensor Night Light Review

I’ve had the chance to review this sensor light for Hamswan which has a variety of uses. As you can see from the picture above it’s a really contemporary design and for me it can fit into any room without the need to be hidden away. It’s also something that if you’re using it for the kids, they won’t grow out of the design which is a problem I’ve had over the years with something suddenly being too babyish for my boys and they wont go near it!

This one is stylish and handy, it even has a hanging ring that you can use to pop it up on any wall if needed.

One of the best ways to see this light in action is to watch my youngest who loves to ‘vlog for his mummy’s blog’ under the name of little G. He’s one to watch out for the future I think *surprise surprise* Have a look here and you can see the light in action.

It’s really easy to set up and it comes with a USB charger cable. If you are like me then the last thing you need is to be trying to work out how to work something, normally while the kids are running around and one eye on the other 5 things you’re doing. You can get this out of the box, push the on button and you are good to go. When you do charge it usually takes 3-4 hours, and it will last for 4-100 hours after a complete charging (depending on the brightness used).

The unit is sealed so it’s great for keeping little curious fingers out of it. Great for peace of mind and leaving in the kids room. The light is soft and the big bonus which we liked is that you just have to wave your hand over it and it comes on. Then leave your hand above it and it will dim or get brighter. For me this was a first, I hadn’t seen this before on a night-light.

I think that this has lots of uses – for example – it would be great for when you have to get up to do the night feeds for the baby. I remember those days well, even though they are 8 years ago – there are some things we never forget! I remember being so tired I would bump into things in the dark or be dazzled by the bright lights in our hall. The dimmed light of this one would be perfect and we have already earmarked another one that we will buy when the boys step sister has her baby. Another present sorted that is actually useful and beautiful looking.

Sensor Night Light Review

I think that you can see above that I have sneaked it into our room as I think that these look really nice on our bedside tables. I often wake in the night so this soft light shouldn’t disturb my other half and I can have a little read without waking him!

Don’t worry, I did put it straight back into little ones room afterwards, he would not have been impressed to wake and find it gone bless him.

I’m happy to be able to offer you a great discount of 15% when you buy one. Here is the link that will take you to the Sensor Light and enter the code: 770001OF when you check out. I’d love to know what you think about this one and night lights in general. Have you had to use them for your children or do you like them for yourself.

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Disclaimer: I was gifted one of these night lights for the purpose of this review. All comments are mine oh and my sons own words and I think it’s pretty clear that we love it! Thanks for reading. There are no affiliated links in this post. 

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