Thursday, December 11, 2008

Market to Table - December 11, 2008

Remember all those gorgeous veggies I bought at the farmers market on Saturday? Let's just say I ate really well over the last week. With more vendors at the farmers market than there were last year, and the fact that we've started growing some of our own, it has become incredibly easy to eat locally all year-round! No one is starving in this house! Let's see, what did I do with all those local fruits and veggies...

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Veggies and Rice - Has anyone noticed that I eat a lot of rice? Just about every day at lunch, to be exact. Rice just seems to go with everything and is gradually taking the place of that bread addiction I once had. Don't get me wrong - I love a good sandwich, but wait until you catch what's in this rice dish... Cabbage, spinach, and green onion (all from my backyard garden), a little olive oil (farmers market), some carrot with greenery included (farmers market) a half cup of rice (local and bought in bulk), water, and just a dash of salt. These goodies simmering on the stove for an hour made the house smell divine. I've enjoyed this dish several times this week. Is it possible to eat too many veggies? I'm thinking not.

Steamed Veggies - Speaking of which, looking at that rainbow harvest from the farmers market, this dish was a no-brainer. It was time to get serious about steamed vegetables! This medley consists of green beans, carrots, and red potatoes (all from the farmers market), steamed for about 30 minutes. With just a dash of salt, these veggies were wonderful as a side dish or for those in-between nibbles. Yeah, I had a few of those this week. Mmmm. And with no added oil or butter, these are a great low calorie feast! Bring it on!

Fruit Salad - I'm not a big breakfast eater. I could get by on just tea (local mint and sage), but a nice bowl of fruit (and the occasional handful of local nuts) is enough to get me through until lunch. I absolutely love fruit, and what better way to start the day? Here is a fruit salad of grapefruit, orange, and kumquat (all local). I have something similar just about every morning. Surprisingly enough, with as much citrus as I've been eating, I haven't tired of it yet, but I'm sure I'll be ready for those strawberries come February. For now, a nice citrus fruit salad is A-OK with me!  

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Despite the cooler weather, eating locally just keeps getting easier and easier. And I have to say, we're healthier and happier for it. Go local! 

Have a great day everyone, and as always...

Happy (and  mindful) eating!

2 comments:

Jennifer (of Veg*n Cooking) said...

You put that bounty to very good use. I've been thinking about making a rice dish similar to yours for lunch for awhile now. I think I might, I bet I could make up a big batch and eat on it at work for a few days, it sounds so simple, yet so tasty, you can't beat that.

Local citrus, oh my goodness, I am jealous. I make "exception" during the winter for a box or two of California clementines. I enjoy them so much, but always feel pretty guilty about buying them.

I love that you are getting production from your backyard garden, it is such a rewarding feeling and you can't get much more local than that!

Heather @ SGF said...

Jennifer - the rice is fabulous. Give it a shot. You can put just about anything in with it and it works great!

The only thing that didn't make it to the post today was pizza. We were planning on using the tomatoes last night and getting a photo in today's blog, but with the radio appearance, I was too nervous to cook (he he). But I'm making sauce as I write this now and pizza will be in the oven tonight. Pictures soon...

The garden is really rewarding. I was a little worried about how the veggies would do in the snow, but the snow is all melted now and everything looks great. Pshew!