Farm Fresh

Farmer's Market stash

In my quest for delicious, high quality ingredients, I often find myself perusing Farmer's Markets. This weekend, we branched out and shopped at the UC Irvine Farmer's Market, which claims to be the largest Farmer's Market in Orange County. Unfortunately, we arrived near the noon-time closing, and it was terribly crowded (note to self: go early next time).

One of the things I love about going to Farmer's Markets is that I feel like it forces you (in a gentle, enjoyable way) to focus on healthy foods. Everywhere you look (except for the baked goods), there are colorful, enticing choices that are good for you. Instead of feeling overwhelmed at a grocery store with 40,000+ items, you can feel good about walking around and selecting amazing seasonal produce. Just check out the bounty we brought home.

Now what, you ask? Well, we've already made:

  • Kale Salad with grape tomatoes, persian cucumbers, and roasted garlic vinaigrette...I wrapped the garlic bulb in foil and tossed it in the toaster oven for 30 min...easy!
  • Grilled Broccoli Florets (olive oil, salt & pepper)
  • Grilled Sweet Potato Slices (olive oil, salt & pepper)
  • Lightly Grilled Green Tomato Slices (olive oil, salt & pepper)
  • Fruit for dessert, just the way it is! Well, minus the pits.
  • Massaged Kale Salad with Avocado (kind of like this, but without the honey and sub'ing pepitas for sunflower seeds)

Just slow-roast a salmon fillet or throw some chicken on the grill, and you have a tasty and good-for-you dinner.

Well, it's about that time, so I've got to whip up another delectable dinner.