Saturday, January 21, 2012

These are a few of my favorite things...

You probably can't even guess what my two favorite greens are right now...they may not be my favorite after a month, but right now it seems I can't get enough of them:

Do you know what they are?  Cilantro is to the right and Green Lettuce Leaves to the left.  I bought the cilantro Thursday to add to a homemade salsa I was making. It was the last ingredient to be added and I thought it was what made the recipe fantastic!!  Then today for our breakfast lunch I added it to my egg whites. I admit egg whites have no taste but with a little salt, pepper, and cilantro you have turned drab into DE-licious!!

As for the green lettuce leaves, well, they are awesome to substitute for a salad.  My husband and I were first introduced to them at a friend's house. They used these them to make wraps of marinated short ribs, rice, and mushrooms. We came home and since then have used fajita chicken and pork chops all cut into strips.  Substitute the leaves for tortillas, add a little sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, and a touch of salsa and you have the makings of a very low-carb, yet satisfying meal.

I wonder what else I could use them for. Any ideas?


  1. Right now, I have lettuce AND cilantro growing in my gardens. Every year when the cilantro goes to seed, I disperse them all around the yard, that way I will have lots coming up in different places. Cilantro is kind of like like it or you don't. I do! I planted a couple different kinds of lettuce the end of September and it has grown so big and lush thanks to our mild winter. I also like to use them as lo-cal wraps! If it freezes down here, the crop will be ruined, but we will enjoy it until it happens!

  2. This may seem like a silly question but would it be possible to grow cilantro or lettuce in the big flower pots? My yard is not conducive to planting anything at the moment but I had a thought that if I could buy some good potting soil and big flower pots I quite possibly could grow them on my own. What do you think? Would it work?

  3. The lettuce that is doing so well for me, IS in a giant pot. Actually, I just threw some seeds in some not so nice potted *dirt* and the lettuce took off! Lettuce growing in big planters will be protected from critters....cats, dogs, caterpillars.....Cilantro is a bit more tricky. It only has two growing seasons. This year it was early, it's been growing all winter. Just TRY it! That's why I plant seeds in different places, I'm sure to hit a happy spot and they will grow for me! You could make a square foot type garden....and grow anything you wanted in a very small space. Good for the kids, too.

  4. AWESOME! I have a big one left at our house by the previous owner...and then another one that once held my favorite flowers. *sigh* They died during the hot, hot, dry summer. I'm going to try my hand at it. It would beat having to weed a huge garden...Ahh, memories from my childhood!!

  5. Kari, I see that lettuce and cilantro making another tasty and satisfying salad: toss on some shrimp sauteed with some garlic in a lil EVOO, whatever other veggies you like, (I add tomato wedges and shredded carrots), slivered almonds, and Braggs dressing. A few mandarin orange slices added to the mix will send your taste buds over the edge. SO delish!