BOOK GIVEAWAY + More: Homesweet Homegrown Book and Organic Seeds for YOU

‘Tis better to give, yes?

The lovely Robyn Jasko, author/gardening extraordinaire, is giving away a bunch of goodies to Save the Kales! readers. Remember when she showed us around the Grow Indie Garden?

(Here’s a little video refresher, check out the first four minutes🙂

Because she’s the sweetest pea in the pod, she’s giving away some books and seeds, and here’s YOUR chance to get them.


A copy of Homesweet Homegrown signed by author Robyn Jasko and
Illustrator Jennifer Biggs.
She’s also throwing in one of the Kaleidoscope garden collections,
featuring 20 different varieties of easy to grow, organic, heirloom

Varieties include:
Rainbow Carrots (mix of Atomic Red, Bambino, Cosmic Purple, Lunar
White and Solar Yellow carrots)
Summer Squash Melody Mix (contains yellow crookneck, Straightneck,
Dark Green Zucchini, and Bennings Green Tint)
Mixed Radishes (red, pink, purple, and French breakfast mix)
Fall Pumpkin Mix (Featuring White Casper pumpkin, bright orange
Cinderella, Dickinson pie pumpkin and Jack O Lanterns for carving).
Melon Mix (Featuring Hearts of Gold cantaloupe, Orange Flesh Honeydew
and Green Flesh Honeydew varieties)

homesweet homegrown book

This is an adorable and endlessly informative book. The cheerful illustrations will encourage even those with the reddest of thumbs (those would be the opposite of green thumbs, right?), and the tips and recipes help you make the most of your personal harvest. Read the glowing reviews!


1. Head over to the STK! Facebook and/or Twitter page

2. Leave a comment/tweet telling us what plant you’d grow if you could grow ANYTHING, real or imagined. An avocado tree in Pennsylvania? A bush that churns out mugs of hot coffee to folks on the street?

3. A winner will be chosen at random by December 28th (and maybe more than one, Robyn is very generous!)

homesweet homegrown book illustrations


It’s nice to daydream about warm tomatoes and plucking peppers by their stems as we creep deeper into these dark, sometimes dismal, winter days.

You can learn more about Grow Indie, Homesweet Homegrown and get your entries in!

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EPISODE 5: HOME SWEET HOMEGROWN, Grow Indie gardens, The Joyful Elephant, Stir-fry Shepherds Pie and Vegan Breakfast Bowl

We travel to the Grow Indie test gardens to meet DIy gardener and book author Robyn Jasko.

In the kitchen, we make a Stir-fry Shepherds Pie with Wasabi Mashed Potatoes, followed by a breakfast or dessert of a Rice Bowl with Stone Fruits, Ginger and Cinnamon topped with an pretty pistachio garnish.

Finally, we meet Lehigh Valley nutrition coach Michelle of The Joyful Elephant, who helps people transition to a plant-based diet.


  • 4 russet potatoes, peeled
  • 3 portobello mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 block tempeh, crumbled by hand
  • head of broccoli, florets cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/4 green cabbage, chopped

Boil a pot of water on the stove, enough to cover the potatoes, and add salt. Boil until potatoes are soft, about 20-25 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool.

Add 1 Tbsp olive oil to a large pan, then add the onions and mushrooms. Let the onions get translucent, about 4 minutes. Stir to avoid the veggies sticking to the bottom. Add the crumbled tempeh to the pan, letting it brown and stirring so it doesn’t burn.

If the veggies are sticking to the bottom, add a little soy sauce or Bragg’s to loosen them up.

Add the broccoli and cabbage to the pan. Make the dressing (if you haven’t done so) and add that, stirring it through the veggies. Let veggies cook until broccoli is crisp-tender, about 5 minutes.


  • 2 Tbsp tamari/soy sauce/Bragg’s
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp agave
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, grated

Whisk everything together in a small bowl.

Vegan Stir-fry Shephards Pie with Wasabi Mashed Potatoes


  • 4 peeled, boiled potatoes, cooled off
  • 2 Tbsp water, with 1 tsp veggie broth base (or just veggie broth)
  • 1 tsp wasabi paste (more or less to taste)
  • pinch of salt

Use a potato masher to mash potatoes — or if you have a fancy mixer, use that! When potatoes are mashed, add remaining ingredients. You don’t need to add vegan butter or oil, but you can for a richer flavor.

Note: DO NOT EVER “mash” potatoes in a food processor. They get very gummy and are… awful.


Turn oven to Broil. In a casserole dish, dump the veggie mixture and make an even layer. Add mashed potatoes on top. Add fresh cracked black pepper. Put the dish in the oven til the potatoes start to brown, about 10 minutes (but keep and eye on it, your oven may be different!)


Vegan Breakfast Rice Bowl with Stone Fruits, Ginger and Cinnamon


  • 1 and 1/2 cups cooked brown rice (or grain of choice)
  • 2 peaches, chopped
  • 2 purple plums, chopped
  • 1/2 cup blueberries


  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1-2 inches ginger, grated
  • 1 Tbsp agave
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (use the good stuff!)
  • chopped pistachios to garnish

Add rice and fruits to a large bowl and mix. Add dressing and mix with rice and fruit. Get a handful of shelled pistachios,  wrap in saran wrap, and use a hammer (or heavy object) to gently crush them into pieces, and use them to garnish the bowls.

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The People We Meet

Robyn Jasko of Grow Indie, and Home Sweet Homegrown with Jaime K of Save the Kales!

Meet Robyn Jasko, author of Home Sweet Homegrown  book and gardener extraordinaire! Robyn runs the Grow Indie test gardens in Kutztown PA,  and, an AMAZING website and resource for all things DIY/organic gardening.

Meet Michelle of The Joyful Elephant – Plant Based Nutrition Support. Michelle is a food coach and works with her clients to meet their health and dietary needs through education, hands-on work, and support to help people make a smooth transition into plant-based nutrition. Michelle is certified through courses from two of the top plant-based doctors, T. Colin Campbell (as seen in the film Forks over Knives), and Dr. Fuhrman of the Eat to Live program.

Michelle of The Joyful Elephant, and Jaime K of Save the Kales!


The Joyful Elephant facebook page

The Joyful Elephant website

Grow Indie facebook page

Grow Indie website

“Home Sweet Homegrown” by Robyn Jasko, book order site