“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” | Audrey Hepburn
When we sold our house earlier in the year, the part I grieved the most was my garden. It wasn’t a really big garden or anything fancy, but that space had been such a retreat for me so many times. After the kids were in bed, I’d sneak out there and as I pulled weeds, my mind would clear. Often I’d take a basket out and come back in later, marveling at how a few raised beds could produce such a glorious harvest. Or maybe it was just because it doesn’t take a lot to make me happy? A small harvest has always done it for me.
When moving day came, I brought just a few planters with us. I’ve missed having a larger garden, but I know the day will come again. For now, I’m celebrating tiny amounts gathered, from my small container garden, because no harvest is too small to smile about. Imagine if we only celebrated big things? How boring life would be!
The other night I stepped out and grabbed a few sun-ripened jalapenos. I diced them up nice and small, and then added them to a combination of ground turkey, avocado, cilantro, garlic, bread crumbs, salt and pepper. With my hands, I formed the mixture into patties and then grilled the burgers on a hot and well greased skillet.
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. ~Mother Teresa
- 1 pound ground turkey or chicken
- 1 large ripe avocado - cut into chunks
- 2 chopped cloves of garlic
- ⅓ cup Panko crumbs or Almond meal (to keep it Paleo friendly )
- 1 minced Jalapeño pepper (optional but recommended)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 handful of chopped cilantro
- Add all ingredients to a large bowl and toss gently.
- Shape into desired size patties and grill inside or out. (I usually cook these on a grill pan indoors, it helps keep them moist and helps them to not fall apart…but you can certainly grill these outdoors, if you prefer.) When mixing and forming the patties – go gently to keep the avocado chunks intact. Using a more firm Avocado will help as well.
- Serve burgers on buns, lettuce or over a salad.
What small harvests are you celebrating right now?