Because of my cooking aversion, I tend to stick to easy meals (as I'm sure most of you have noticed). I like the simple things - a bowl of fresh fruit, a hearty sandwich, a slice of veggie pizza, a bowl of brown rice (the kind the sticks together in a big mass of rice-y goodness)... Sure, nothing I make would be found in a five star restaurant, but you wouldn't find me there either. Simple works for me.
Rice Wraps - That being said, I managed to jazz up my rice dishes this week with some collard greens. With a cup of brown rice (Brazos Natural Foods) cooking one one burner, I chopped and sauteed some carrot (farmers market), green onion (backyard garden), mushrooms (Farm Patch Produce Market), spinach (backyard garden), and a tomato (farmers market) until the veggies softened; then added a 1/2 cup of cooked black beans (DiIorio Farm and Market). When the rice was ready, I added it to the veggie mix. Next, I scooped a few tablespoons of the veggie-rice filling into three collard green leaves (farmers market) and wrapped them up like a burrito. I added some to the side of the dish to nibble on and I even had enough leftover for dinner that night. Let me tell you, it was fabulous! Of course, that side dish of fresh watermelon (Farm Patch Produce Market) doesn't hurt anything (sorry, I had to rub it in a little). And it's all local!
Potato Stir Fry - Some of the rest of those farmers market finds from last Saturday became a wonderful potato stir fry. Let's see. I chopped up some carrots (farmers market), red potatoes (farmers market), lettuce (left from farmers market two weeks ago), green onion (backyard garden), mushrooms (Farm Patch Produce Market), and a tomato (farmers market) and tossed it all in a frying pan with some olive oil (Sandy Oaks). Once the veggies have softened, dig in!
I don't think it gets any easier than that! And the beauty of a stir fry is 1) there's no limit to the variety of veggies you can add to the dish, 2) you can easily add more veggies to serve as many people as you'd like, and 3) it's fast and easy! My kind of meal AND I used all local foods!
Whole Wheat Rolls - Ok. One more picture. Talk about food porn - how about these gorgeous buns! Pictured here are only half of them. I made them for a Groundhog Day party this weekend. We're each supposed to bring "groundhog" themed food (be creative, our host said). Well, these rolls have been made from "ground" flour. I also thought about bring root vegetables, but these rolls are just too pretty and I wanted to show them off. Unfortunately, the only thing local about them is the honey (farmers market) and well, the water. But the organic whole wheat flour, the salt, the oil, and the gluten flour were all purchased at our local natural food store and both the flour and salt I bought in bulk using my own containers. So they aren't entirely local, but I feel good supporting a local business and there's just nothing like homemade bread!
Anyone drooling yet? Look, you don't have be a famous chef to enjoy the harvest at your local farmers market. You don't even have to like cooking. With easy meals like these, you can enjoy the wonderful flavors that only fresh, local food can provide, and still have plenty of time for fun!
So what local foods made their way to your table this week?