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Yummy Meatball Recipe

I made a version of “Mainstay Meatballs” from the “Cooking to Cure” book and they came out so yummy that I just had to share. There are so many ways to play with this recipe – I hope you love these versions and create new ones that you love as much!

Growing Your Own Mental Health Food

  Springtime means many things but to a gardener, it means, “time to get the garden ready!” There is nothing more wholesome and full of beneficial nutrients than homegrown food. There is also a great deal of gratification in being involved in the planting, growing, harvesting, and preparation of fresh food. So many people are missing out on this experience because we’ve gotten too busy or have just become reliant on store-bought food out of habit. Of course we can buy fresh, healthy food in supermarkets and, even better, farmer’s markets. Some people have difficulty buying a lot of fresh food, especially if they have families to feed, because fresh food can sometimes be more expensive than processed food. Fresh food, especially vegetables, is so important for creating and maintaining good mental health that I thought it important to talk about how almost anyone can grow at least some of their food for much less money than it costs to buy it. Vegetable seeds are very inexpensive and can produce many pounds of food from one packet. One of the things I hear frequently is, “I don’t know how to grow anything and, even if I did, I don’t have space for a garden”. To which I respond, “No problem!” There are many ways to grow vegetables with limited space or even no space at all. You don’t have to have acres of land to grow vegetables. Of course, the more space you have, the more you can grow. But almost everyone has at least a small stoop or fire escape or a sunny window where some pots or planters can be placed. Rooftops on flat-topped buildings are an excellent and often overlooked place for growing vegetables. Vertical gardens can be made from inexpensive materials and mounted on outside walls requiring no ground space at all. A single bale of straw can be used to grow a lot of food and can be placed on a sidewalk, driveway, patio or other area with absolutely no dirt! Even old tires filled with dirt make great planters. You don’t even need a planter, just open a bag of planting soil and plant directly into the bags! Community gardens are popping up in more places too where you have access to your own small plot and can learn a lot from other, more experienced, gardeners. Once you figure out “where” to grow, then you can decide “what” to grow. If you have limited space, I would say the two primary considerations would be choosing the most nutrient dense vegetables that take up...