Now in my 16th month of being a locavore, I pretty much have the hang of all my favorite meals. I shake things up with something new from time to time, but for the most part, I enjoy the oldies but goodies with a little twist here and there depending on what's at the market in any given week (or these days, what's ready to pick in the backyard garden). Here's what made it from the market to my table this week:
Cabbage Stir Fry - Similar to last week's stir fry (keep in mind I have a lot of cabbage out in the garden), but not exactly. This week's cabbage stir fry started out with (you guessed it) cabbage and green onion, both from my backyard garden. Then I chopped a carrot and some broccoli (from the farmers' market), as well as a couple mushrooms (local Monterrey mushrooms from the Farm Patch). Everything was sauteed in a drizzle of olive oil (farmers' market) and served over a bed of brown rice (bought in bulk from local company RiceSelect). This marks week 3 of cabbage stir fries in one form or another, and I have yet to tire of the beautiful blend of flavors, or the idea that I grew some of these goodies in my backyard. Local is awesome (and it tastes great too)!
Strawberries - Now that I finally found more local strawberries, I just had to show them off. A few of these for breakfast each morning, and I was a very happy camper. Mmmm, berries in February. Keep 'em coming! I froze most of the berries I picked up this week, so there should be many more berry breakfasts to come. Not to mention that some day soon I'll be heading off to a local pick-your-own to pick them myself. I'm learning and will surely be prepared with more canned and frozen fruits next winter!
Potato Stir Fry - One more stir fry for you this week. The market is plum out of sweet potatoes so I've moved on to my second favorite tuber - red potatoes. Another easy recipe consisting of a little chopping and sauteing. I took a couple medium sized red potatoes (farmers' market), added some chopped green onion (backyard garden), and some of those Monterrey mushrooms (Farm Patch); and sauteed them in a little olive oil (farmers' market) until the veggies softened. Voila! Easy dinner that's local and Oh so good! (oh, and don't forget, leftovers taste GREAT for breakfast!)
Mac-n-cheese and Steamed Veggies - Here's another Dave dinner. Again, not entirely local, but this is a good example of ways to incorporate local into your meal if you're not ready to go 100% local. Let's see... the mozzarella cheese in the mac-n-cheese is from our local Sand Creek Farm and Dairy, and of course the steamed veggies are entirely local (carrots and broccoli from the farmers' market). Tasty!
There it is! This week's "Market to Table." Hope you enjoyed the photos and have been inspired to work a little local magic in your own kitchen. Remember, if I can do it, anyone can do it. So give it a whirl and find out how good local food can be.
Have a great Thursday, everyone. And as always, Happy (and mindful) eating!