Anyway, when I was pregnant with Xander, I tried guacamole for the first time. I was at my father-in-law's house and one of his friends made some home made guac and brought it over for everyone to enjoy. The guy actually looks JUST like Alton Brown who you may know from several Food Network shows, such as "Good Eats" or "Iron Chef America". Well, being that I was 4 months pregnant and would eat random things I had never tried before, I decided I would give it a shot. Oh. My. Gosh. I loved his guacamole! I actually shoveled it in and made little moaning noises because it was just that good.
I have been on a mission to perfect my guacamole recipe. I have now succeeded in this mission. The absolute KEY to making the perfect guacamole is all in the herbs. I use fresh Cilantro. Paired with the tartness of the lime juice, the savory garlic, fresh tomatoes and roasted corn, the minced jalapenos, salt, freshly ground black pepper and cayenne, the freshness of this herb truly is the star of the dish. There is just something about Cilantro that makes it a natural standout. I add this herb to many dishes, but it truly shines in my guacamole. If you're nice, I just might post my recipe!
But why go to the grocery store to find your fresh Cilantro when you can easily and effortlessly grow your own in the comfort of your own home? That's right! With The Simple Garden, anyone can grow wonderfully fresh and flavorful herbs, fruits and vegetables indoors! This is a wonderful family project as well. We are doing our Simple Garden with my 11 year old's assistance. These kits are so simple to use, and come complete with everything you need for a successful indoor garden. There are even helpful grids to show how far apart to plant the seeds! Yep, they have thought of literally everything! You can use this system outdoors, too, by the way!
I received a complete kit to review. It came with an easy to understand garden manual, soil mixture, potting containers, and I even received a special lid to create a simulated greenhouse to keep the budding plants at a contant ideal state for maximum growth! Also included for my review were the LiteStik, an indoor growing light that acts like the sun, and the WaterStik that allows you to visibly see the current level of hydration in the Simple Garden! They are even color coded so you can tell at a glance whether or not the plants are in dire need of watering. It even tells you if the soil is TOO moist! How cool is that?!
I also received The Simple Garden Junior. This is a wonderful kit that is ideal for growing fresh herbs. I love the compact size of this product. It fits perfectly on a sunny windowsill, and it's a cheerful addition to any kitchen decor. The Simple Garden Junior Herb Garden Kit gives you everything you need to start your own Herb Garden. The Simple Garden Juniors unique self draining system protects against over watering. The Herb Garden Kit comes with the planter and tray, seeds, soil, planting template and a planting guide. I am growing Basil and 2 Cilantro plants in the 3 pack Simple Garden Junior I received. Here's what the kit looks like:
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BONUS FROM ME:
As if you weren't already excited enough about The Simple Garden, I would like to share my perfect guacamole recipe so you can make it using your The Simple Garden Junior Kit to grow the Cilantro!
Brandy's Simple Garden Guacamole
- 3 Haas avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/2 cup roasted corn
- 1 minced jalapeno or serrano chile *Grow this with your Simple Garden!*
- 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced *Grow this with your Simple Garden!*
- 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro *Grow this with your Simple Garden!*
- 1 clove garlic, minced
In a large bowl place the scooped avocado pulp and lime juice, toss to coat. Drain, and reserve the lime juice, after all of the avocados have been coated. Using a potato masher add the salt,pepper, cumin, and cayenne and mash. Then, fold in the corn, tomatoes, cilantro, and garlic. Add 1 tablespoon of the reserved lime juice. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour and then serve. YUMMY!