With local food, it's hard NOT to have a dynamic week in culinary adventures. With new foods coming in season and my veggie garden in almost full harvest, there's just so much to choose from. Here's a few of the things I enjoyed this week...
Spaghetti Squash Primavera - I have a hard time deciding which I like best: the spaghetti squash seeds toasted with a little olive oil and salt or the spaghetti squash strands. Either way, I can't get over my love for this simple veggie (so much that I planted one in the backyard this spring). Unfortunately, my plant isn't producing yet, so this squash came from our farmers' market, but as usual, the spaghetti squash hit the spot. The squash "noodles" make a gorgeous and functional base for a primavera sauce and with an abundance of greens ready for harvest in the backyard, the sauce leaned in that direction. Topping those squash "noodles" is sauteed green onion, collards, lambs-quarter, basil, white eggplant, and tomatoes. All these primavera goodies came from my backyard except the eggplant and it came from the farmers' market. It just doesn't get any more local than that!
Salad - With so many of those wonderful veggies in the backyard, salads are a must! This is a favorite combination - kale, lettuce, onion, lambs-quarter, and tomato (all from my backyard garden), topped with some Texas pecans, dried cranberries (farmers' market), and some of my oil and vinegar dressing (equal parts olive oil and apple cider vinegar, then salt and pepper to taste). It's wonderfully filling, super tasty, and a nice cool meal for these hot summer days. Mmm, mmm!
Stir fry - Even more of those backyard veggies have made an appearance in my stir fries this week. Pictured here is onion, chard, collards, lambs-quarter, and lettuce (all from the backyard); stir fried in olive oil (farmers' market). Once all the veggies are soft, I added in some black beans (not local) and brown rice (local - bought in bulk from Houston area). Somehow these stir-fries always turn out delicious... I think it's the super fresh veggies!
So what local foods are you enjoying this week?