The good news is that I've managed to whittle down all those veggies in the fridge far enough so that this weekend, I actually NEED veggies. The bad news is... Well, there isn't any bad news. The weather was gorgeous, my garden is growing, and every meal was drool-worthy!
Stirfry and Rice - It just looks like Spring, doesn't it? As usual, I just start pulling food out of the fridge: a carrot, a couple mushrooms, some onion, a little squash, don't forget the chard, here's some broccoli, and the cabbage. Everything gets chopped up and tossed in a frying pan with a little drizzle of olive oil, then a pinch of salt, stir in a little cooked rice... Voila! Veggie stir-fry and rice, and just about everything is local (both the salt and squash are not local, but everything else is). Mmm! Local taste good!
Vegetable Soup and Rye Bites - Any time I have an overabundance of veggies, I just whip up a pot of soup and then can it so that it's ready for a quick meal any time (with no veggies ever going to waste). The problem is, that with such a wonderful and steady (year-round) supply of fresh, local veggies, I actually have to make an effort NOT to buy foods so that I can occasionally dip into all those canned veggies, soups, and stewed tomatoes lining the pantry shelves. Well, this week the soup was calling to me so I pulled out a canned of all-local, homemade veggie soup that I canned early last fall. Looks like there's mushrooms, potatoes, spinach, purple hull peas, onions... and probably a bunch of other goodies in there from another season's harvest. All I know is that it was delicious even 8 months later... especially 8 months later now that purple hull peas haven't been in season since last summer. Mmm. And that's some of the rye bites (homemade rye bread, spices, and olive oil) that I purchased a couple weeks ago at the farmers' market that make wonderfully spicy crackers.
Not pictured were the local strawberries at breakfast, many more delicious stir fries with both local rice and local wheat berries, my homemade tortillas made with flour from the farmers' market and rolled with my homemade local peach jam...
You know somehow eating locally makes the simplest of meals the most mouthwatering. Trust me, I'm no chef and you don't have to be when you eat local. The food? It just speaks for itself.
Hope you're enjoying some wonderful local foods in your neck of the woods. As always, Happy (and mindful) eating!