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,