Sunday, September 12, 2010

Lots of No-Fuss Veggies

We had a relaxing weekend and spent a lot of time outside, enjoying the warm weather. We also made it to two Farmers’ Markets and bought lots of fruits and veggies. We really enjoyed the fresh fruits and veggies and kept the meals really simple. In my opinion there is nothing better than fresh, quick, simple food (with little clean up.)

Farmers’ Market Trip #1

What we got:
  • Raw milk (for my thoughts on raw milk and raw milk products you can read my post here)
  • Raw milk cheese
  • Celery
  • Yellow and red bell peppers
  • Green and red grapes – they were delicious, sweet, and firm
  • Nectarines – they were juicy and flavorful
  • Marinated tofu – a little shortcut. The tofu is organic and tastes great. I love adding it to some stir fried veggies for a quick, delicious meal.
I sautéed the bell peppers and celery along with some carrots and onions and seasoned the veggies with soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, and sesame seeds.

We ate the veggies with the marinated tofu and a grain mixture. Fast, simple, and good.

We also had some sautéed salmon and a simple salad. I sautéed the salmon in some olive oil on both sides. Then I added the juice of two lemons over the salmon pieces. I seasoned the salmon with salt, pepper, and dried dill. When the salmon was almost done, I melted a small piece of butter on the top.

Farmers’ Market Trip #2

Here is what we got:
  • Salad mixture with edible flowers – I love the salad mixture and buy it whenever I can. It has about seven different greens in it and is really fresh. Plus, the edible flowers are so pretty.
  • Corn – The “corn guy” has THE BEST corn. He said he’ll be at the market two more weeks; I’ll miss the wide variety of fresh, local produce. But I have to remember that we are quite lucky here in California as there is some local produce year round…
  • Baby bok choy
  • Cantaloupes
  • Tomatoes
  • Grapes – They were even better than the grapes from trip #1!
  • Figs – They are quite ripe and will have to be eaten fast. I’m volunteering… :-)
  • Red and white radishes – They are sooo good with the salad mixture.

Questions: What was the highlight of your weekend? I really enjoyed our Farmers’ Market trips. What summer produce will you miss most? I will miss tomatoes the most (my favorite food ever). I’ll also miss sweet grapes and juicy stone fruit.

Be well,


  1. I didn't make it to one farmer's market this year. Can you believe it?! I work during the times that both of our markets are open. So sad. I still got plenty of local produce though, mainly from Giant Eagle and Whole Foods. I will definitely miss the juicy canteloupe/melon and tomatoes as fall approaches. Your capresse salad looks delicious and those tomatoes look SO RED!!
    I look forward to pomegranates and pumpkin.

  2. Aaah, I love the colors of fresh produce! It's always so enticing. But then, you have to clean and chop it all... ;)

    I think I'll miss my garden tomatoes the most!

    So glad you had a nice weekend with the family, Andrea!

  3. Looks like some good eats! I hit the farmers market too yesterday...first Asian pears, wohoo! I'm going to miss a ton of summer produce...

  4. The highlight of my weekend was probably my farmers' market trip as well! You came home with a wonderful bounty. :)

  5. Looks like you got a bunch of great stuff. The salmon looks yummy.

    I had a mellow weekend with my family - it was great.

  6. This is definitely motivating me to go out and visit our farmer's market. Unfortunately, we have just a few weeks left before they'll be gone 'til spring. Better make use of them while I can. :)

  7. There is supposedly one good farmer's market here in Vegas that I have yet to go to.
    I love everything you got. I am so hungry looking at your pictures.
    You just can't go wrong with tomato and mozzarella.
    I had a lot of fun times with friends this weekend!!

  8. Score! Wow you did great at the farmers markets! I can't wait to go home and have some eggplant from a co-workers garden. Starving!!

  9. M-m-m it all looks like good eats to me. I love salmon fixed like that. Sometimes simple recipes are the best.

    What will I miss, melons, berries, heirloom tomatoes, peaches and corn on the cob. Sigh.

  10. WOW! All your meals look fantastic! The edible flowers in the lettuce look beautiful. I miss the market...we've been too busy to go. I'll def miss the berries.

  11. Wow, you made some great purchases there. I agree little clean up is the best.

    I had class all weekend so it was not too exciting. I will miss nothing really since it seems it is there all year round. Even some berries because we are overseas any way and our stuff has to be brought in.

  12. Your produce is gorgeous! That bell pepper stir fry sounds wonderful! I love the sesame oil and sesame seeds...yum!

    Hope you're having a great week, Andrea!

  13. Great products at the farmers market and delicious meals!

  14. There is nothing better than coming home from a Farmer's Market with a bag of fresh produce! The best thing I ate over the weekend was our homemade sushi. Also, I'd have to say, the first Honeycrisp apple this season was pretty magnificent too.

  15. Wow that looks so good all those fruits and veggies and the meals too.

    I would miss the strawberries the most. We can buy them the whole year now but they are not as good as in Summer so I don't buy them in other seasons.

    But Clementines are coming again and love them too.

  16. Both trips looks like they were successes! I am wishing I had those beautiful tomatoes in my kitchen right now. I love the purple color, it's so unique.

    Simple meals are wonderful. It's been really easy for me to throw together veggie full meals with my weekly produce delivery I receive.

  17. big applause to your farmers market bounties! i struggled to use the kale and cauliflower i recently bought - too many dinners out!

  18. Definitely, I will miss peaches and tomatoes the most when summer ends. I look forward to them every year, and just gorge on them until they are no longer around.