Monday, October 17, 2011

Cabbage, Salad, Green Beans and Potatoes... A Farmers Market Dinner

Our local farmer's market runs until mid november and I could not be more excited about it. Buying local means fresher vegetables and supporting your local economy. What is not to love! I mean how beautiful is this pepper! I also love the interaction with the growers and learning about where my food is coming from and how it was grown. Find out about your local farmer's market and get there to eat fresher and save money before the season ends. Also you can always check online to see if you have a local CSA (community supported agriculture) group that you can be involved in year round! This whole meal serves four people generously. First off: sauteed cabbage.

1 large head cabbage
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp organic unsalted butter
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Slice cabbage in half. Cut out core. Slice cabbage into thin strips.
Heat oil and butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Add cabbage and saute 20 minutes.
Season with sea salt and pepper. Serve

2 lbs organic golden potatoes
1 tbs olive oil
freshly ground black pepper
1 tbs seasoning salt

Wash and dry potatoes. Cut into eighths/ medium dice.
Line a cookie sheet with foil. Add potatoes. Add oil, pepper and salt. Toss.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Toss. Bake 20 minutes more.

2 lb fresh green beans
1 tbs organic unsalted butter
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
1/8 cup honey

Bring a large pot of water to boiling. Add green beans. Bring back to boil and cook 6 minutes. Drain.
Add rest of ingredients to pan. Stir. Bring to a simmer. Add green beans back to pan. Saute, stirring frequently, until liquid is absorbed, approximately 10 minutes.

It is possible never to get sick of salad. You can constantly change the lettuce used and the toppings. I usually do an all vegetable salad but occasionally add berries. The great thing is, just add whatever fresh ingredients you have in your refrigerator! This salad contained fresh, local red oak leaf lettuce, avocado, yellow tomato, carrot, red pepper,  and cucumber, all from my local market!

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