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Homestead Hack: Keep That Broccoli Fresh!

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

An easy tip to keep broccoli fresh and crisp for several days during its storage in your refrigerator. It’s simple old-time wisdom I learned from my grandmother years ago.

If you’re wondering how to keep that fresh broccoli crisp for days, check out this Homestead Hack.

Keep broccoli fresh and crisp for several days during its storage in your refrigerator. Check out this simple Homestead Hack! #TexasHomesteader

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Fast Food: Remaking Leftover Steak & Veggies

by Texas Homesteader ~

Keeping the grocery budget low & eliminating waste is important in our household. Oftentimes that means Planned Leftovers. But sometimes it’s just making Fast Food by reworking leftovers into a brand new dish.

When it’s time to plan a meal I typically look at what I have to be used and build a meal around those things. That way there’s no food waste. And if I’m using leftovers, the bulk of the meal has already been cooked. All that’s left is to do is to think outside the box and use a little leftover magic. Bibbidy-Bobbidy-BOO – let’s see what we can do!

What do you do with leftover steak? Come see my Fast-Food solution of making a new dinner of beef tips & noodles with those leftovers. #TexasHomesteader

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Making Low-Carb Veggie Noodles, ZOODLES!

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I’ve heard about it for years, using squash in the place of high-carb pasta noodles. Some people eat spaghetti squash as a low-carb noodle substitute. 

But I’ve found for us it’s best to eat spaghetti squash just as a fun-shaped squash. To me the taste is nothing like pasta. (I do have a delicious Cheesy Spaghetti-Squash dish we enjoy.)

Other people swear by making spiral-type noodles using fresh vegetables. Supposedly it’s a more realistic way to enjoy a noodle-shaped vegetable in the place of pasta. My garden produced so much zucchini I really wanted to give the spiral-noodle thingee a try.

There are  various contraptions made to cut your squash into noodles and I decided on the Veggetti. 

Making ZOODLES! Veggetti got the highest recommendations from my FB followers. So I bought one to make low-carb noodles 'Zoodles'. See how I make 'em! #TexasHomesteader

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Texas Heat Superstar: Growing Malabar Spinach

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I love fresh spinach & I’m sure to plant it every year in my edible landscape garden. It’s beautiful, leafy-green and makes a lovely border. 

Oh, and you can EAT it! What’s not to love??!

But in our part of NE Texas the window of opportunity in enjoying fresh spinach is short. In no time our spinach bolts and becomes bitter. 

But I’ve recently been introduced to a completely different kind of spinach. One that grows vigorously in a vine. In the heat!

Malabar spinach!

Dark-green heart-shaped leaves that grow in a vine even in the Texas summer heat. Beauty, edibility and heat-loving staying power. #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: Free Vegetable Broth!

by Texas Homesteader ~

I like to use homemade broth for my cooking. Let’s face it – no matter what you’re cooking it’s just more flavorful when it’s made with broth instead of water. 

And it’s more nutritious too!  I make my own Chicken Broth from the bones of our chicken meals. And I’ve also made Turkey Broth with the leftover turkey carcass after Thanksgiving. 

And of course I’ve simmered veggie scraps into my own vegetable broth but there’s an even easier way! 

C’mon y’all, use my battle cry with me: 

“USE WHATCHA GOT!” 

Yeah, that’s the ticket! Check out this ridiculously-easy Homestead Hack…

I save nutritious vegetable broth that was previously wasted and use it for something I used to have to make myself or purchase. #TexasHomesteader

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