Archive for February, 2011

Sesame Cucumber Herb Salad

Posted on Feb. 26th 2011 No Comments »

  • Cucumbers (1/4 slices) - 4
  • Red onion (thin slices) - ¼ onion
  • Sesame seeds (toasted) - ¼ cup
  • Thyme (chopped) - ½ tbsp
  • Mint (chopped) - ½ tbsp
  • Parsley (chopped) - ½ tbsp


  • Olive oil - ¼ cup
  • Sesame oil - ½ tbsp
  • Red wine vinegar - ½ tbsp
  • Dijon mustard   - 1 teaspoon
  • Salt & pepper - to taste

First, wisk dressing ingredients in small bowl and set aside. Combine cucumbers, red onion, and herbs in a mixing bowl. Add dressing and toss to coat. Add sesame seeds at the end and serve.

Posted by poppa-d | in Cucumber, Onion

Menu Spotlight at Tryst Café

Posted on Feb. 22nd 2011 No Comments »

Local Beer Battered Green Beans at Tryst Café are a delicious delight that must be ordered when visiting Tryst Café.  Vibrant and crisp green beans are lightly flash fried in batter made from a local beer.  Some of the favorites to use are the hand crafted brews from San Tan Brewery.  House made sauces accompany the green beans. Choices include the spicy Sriracha Aioli, creamy Pesto & Cilantro or tangy Chipotle.  Enjoy a glass of house-made sangria while you graze on your crispy green beans.  Tryst Café offers a daily Happy Hour from 3-6 pm where you can create your own Tryst with small plate specials and specially priced cocktails.

-Tryst Café in North Phoenix is a family owned restaurant that focuses on ingredients sourced locally and organically.  Not only do they offer plenty of options for the organic foodie, they have a myriad of gluten free dining options too.

Tryst Café is located at 21050 N. Tatum Blvd #108 Phoenix, AZ 85050. Their website is http://trystcafe.com/

Crispy Organic Green Beans

Posted by Caroline | in Restaurant Review

Green Pie

Posted on Feb. 19th 2011 No Comments »

This is one on my favorite pies. We modified the recipe from www.101cookbooks.com Green Tart recipe. To make things a little more simple we bought our organic whole wheat crusts at Sprouts but you can use any of your favorite recipes for the crust.

Preheat the oven to 350F / 180C. Place a rack in the middle of the oven.

  • 1/4 lb. / 4 oz  spinach greens, de-stemmed
  • 1 bunch of basil
  • 4 small clove of garlic
  • 2 large eggs + 1 yolk
  • 3/4 cup veg. broth
  • 1/4 cup / 60 ml heavy cream
  • scant 1/4 teaspoon salt (more if broth unsalted)
  • gruyere cheese & a bit of crushed red pepper flakes, for topping

Chop the greens and garlic in a food processor. You can do this by hand as well, but in this case the processor makes quick work of this. Add the eggs and yolk, pulse. Then the broth and cream. Lastly, incorporate the salt and basil. When you’re ready to bake, fill the tart shell and bake for 30 minutes or so, or until the center is set, and has firmed up to the touch. About 2/3 of the way through I like to sprinkle with a bit of gruyere cheese. Finish with a sprinkling of crushed red pepper flakes if you don’t mind a bit of heat.

Posted by poppa-d | in Basil, Recipe, Spinach

Freezing Temps Lead to Crop Damage

Posted on Feb. 15th 2011 1 Comment »

Very Important- Please Read

February had an unusual Artic chill that spelled disaster for many crop growers in the Southern U.S and Northern Mexico.  On the night of Feb 3rdand 4th new record lows were recorded at 18 degrees.  These regions have experienced freezing temps at night throughout this month which has lead to crop failure and limited supplies of produce.  Smaller sizes, discoloration, softness and other issues may be expected in produce.  Nature’s Garden Delivered will continue to try to provide the highest quality of products however it is vital to understand the severity of this freeze occurrence.  A freeze of this nature has not been recorded since 1957 and may impact deliveries for the next few weeks.  We thank you for your patience and understanding and we will keep you informed as we learn more about the effects of this freeze.

Nature’s Garden Delivered

Posted by Caroline | in Vegetables

Lemon Aid (NGD Style)

Posted on Feb. 12th 2011 No Comments »

  • Lemons (squeezed) - 24
  • Sugar - ½ cup
  • Mint (diced fine) - 1/4 cup
  • Honey - 1 tbsp

Mix and serve on the rocks!

Posted by poppa-d | in Ingredients, Lemon, Recipe

Grilled Balsamic Asparagus

Posted on Feb. 5th 2011 No Comments »

  • Asparagus - 2 bunches
  • Olive oil - 2 tbsp
  • Balsamic vinegar - ¼ cup
  • Crushed garlic - 1 tbsp
  • Salt & pepper - to taste

Put asparagus, olive oil, Balsamic vinegar, and garlic in a gallon Ziploc bag. Incorporate all ingredients well and let sit for about 30 minutes. Heat grill to medium-high and put asparagus on the grill. Salt and pepper on grill; serve when asparagus is bright green in color.

Posted by poppa-d | in Asparagus, Garlic, Recipe

15 Organic Eats in Phoenix

Posted on Feb. 1st 2011 No Comments »

At Nature’s Garden Delivered, we provide our customers with organic essentials to cook and create great, healthy recipes. But we all like to go out for a bite once and awhile, and let someone else do the cooking!  If you want to stay organic and eat out on the town, here are 15 organic restaurants in the Phoenix area we encourage you to try:

  1. Urban Beans - Midtown Coffee, Smoothies and Organic
  2. Phoenix Public Market Urban Grocery & Wine Bar - Downtown Wine Bar, Sandwiches/Subs and Organic
  3. Echo Coffee - Scottsdale Coffee, Sandwiches/Subs and Organic
  4. Tryst Café - Northeast Phoenix Organic, Sandwiches/Subs and Breakfast/Brunch
  5. Fire Creek Coffee Co. - Cave Creek Coffee, Organic and Smoothies
  6. Picazzo’s Organic Italian Kitchen - Pizza, Italian and Organic
  7. 24 Carrots - Chandler Vegetarian, Organic and Smoothies
  8. True Food Kitchen - Biltmore/Arcadia Organic and Modern American
  9. The Breadfruit - Downtown Caribbean and Organic
  10. Pomegranate - Ahwatukee Vegetarian and Organic
  11. Slo Foods Organic Café - Scottsdale Organic, Modern American and American
  12. Golden Door Spa Cafe (The Boulders Resort) - Scottsdale Vegetarian, Organic and Sandwiches/Subs
  13. Herb Box - Scottsdale Organic and Modern American
  14. The Center Bistro - Tempe American, Smoothies and Organic
  15. Sunshine and Spice - East Phoenix Dim Sum, Asian and Organic

Do you have any more restaurants or eateries to add to this list? Let us know in the comments!

Posted by Abby Gilmore | in Green Living


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