Posts tagged ‘Veggies’

August 16th, 2011

Tuesdays At The Farmers Market

I am having the worst time being productive today! Holy cow! It seems as if all the productiveness of yesterday just flung itself out the window! What is UP with that?!

Toe is feeling a smidgeon bit better. It’s still quite black and purple and swollen but I can walk normally for the most part, it’s just when any kind of real pressure is placed on it it’s quite painful. I keep telling Alan I should be fine for the race on Saturday but then he just shakes his head at me as if I’m in denial.

Perhaps I am. Who knows.

Onto more fun stuff. I really was productive yesterday and finally updated a lot of blog things that I’ve neglected for months! Woo hoo!!! I added a bunch of plug-ins (finally got Google Analytics working) and I even added a new page! I’ve added a wedding section to the top of the main page and here I’ll be updating as the wedding plans progress for a quick reference. I’ll be giving you honest reviews of everyone we end up working with and it will obviously include the ups, the downs, the craziness of planning a wedding. Right now there are just categories and a link to my proposal but check it every few weeks for updates!

Since I started working from home I’ve been able to get around to doing things I’ve been meaning to do for a while now but haven’t had the opportunity. One of them was finally making going to the farmers market a regular thing!

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Every Tuesday I bound out of bed with thoughts of fresh, local produce dancing in my head! I grab a couple of bags and a whack load of produce bags and walk the ten minutes to the market. I already have certain stands that I go to for certain things (I bought some nectarines from the stand above) and I always make about two rounds, just in case I missed anything. When I first went, however, I was struck at the prices. I was always told they were cheaper but they were more on par with grocery stores and, sometimes, more expensive! But for local produce (some chemical free and/or organic), I didn’t mind. Thankfully, I can now say that it has indeed gotten cheaper! Today I grabbed three zucchini for only $2.50 and eggplant for $1! Corn is also cheap everywhere this time of year so I stocked up on that, potatoes for only a couple of dollars (both red and sweet) and the best deal: five cooking onions for $2!!! I made out like gangbusters today!

To top off my trip to the farmers market I always stop by the smoothie stand. This guy whips up real fruit smoothies (and I mean real, all he uses is fruit and ice) and I always have to grab one as a treat while I walk home with a happy, stupid grin on my face and two bags filled with produce.

Dinner tonight will include some sort of fresh corn, that’s for sure and I think the leftovers will be used for a black bean and corn salad for tomorrow!

Do you go to farmers markets? What’s your favourite thing about them? Are they mostly frequented by seniors and moms with kiddies in tow or is it just at mine?

September 29th, 2010

Squashed

When I was younger I hated squash. We only ever had it on special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas but I would never have it (same with sweet potatoes). Like liver and brussel sprouts, we rarely ever had it in the house so when it did appear, I’d balk.

Looking back, however, I realized that I don’t think I ever actually tried it! I’d just look at the orange colour and wrinkle my nose and reach for my Dad’s famous whipped mashed potatoes with LOTS of processed cheese slices melted into them.

Now? Alan and I love our squash (with the exception of pumpkin – I only like it in breads or carved with a candle in it )! Butternut, acorn, spaghetti, pattypan (or “pattycake” as Alan likes to call it) it doesn’t matter! Just give it to us! Squash, other than just being yummy, as so many nutritional benefits: iron, calcium vitamin A, high fibre, beta carotene and magnesium are all stuffed into these funny little root veggies.

While out at the grocery store last week Alan and I decided to try something new!

Kabocha. Say it with me: kabocha. Isn’t it fun?! Just sort of rolls off the tongue there, kabocha.

Kabocha is a Japanese squash that tastes a LOT like butternut squash only it’s rounder and green on the outside.

Quinoa Stuff Kabocha Squash

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This dish is super easy and left us both stuffed afterwards! Please forgive the orange tint on the photos, it was night when all was said and done!

Ingredients!!!

  • 1 Kabocha squash (they’re a bit bigger than acorn squash but look the same)
  • 1tbsp butter
  • 1/2c dry quinoa
  • 1c water
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper chopped
  • Other veggies if desired, all chopped up finely
  • Salt & Pepper


Preheat oven to 400*F and line a baking pan with tinfoil.

Step 1: Slice your squash into two pieces and scoop out its guts. Dab a bit of butter onto the outside of both squash (for a nice, juicy flavour) and sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper.


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Step 2: Place squash onto line baking pan and cook for 45mins.

Step 3: While the squash is cooking, get your quinoa ready by boiling 1c of salted water and adding quinoa to it, turning the heat down to low, covering and letting it simmer for 15mins.

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Step 4: While the quinoa and squash are cooking, add some oil to a pan and with heat on medium add garlic, onions and pepper. Cook for 10mins.

Step 5: Add veggies to quinoa and mix thoroughly.

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Step 6: When squash is just about ready, take it out of the oven and scoop half the quinoa mixture into the first half of squash and the rest in the second. Carefully pop it back into the oven for 15mins. Let cool for 10 – 20 mins!

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The only thing I would do differently next time is to try and stir up the quinoa once while cooking inside the squash because the top layer ended up being pretty crispy (almost hurt my teeth!) but the underneath was super yummy!

I also added the last of a Tofurky sundried tomato sausage but the fillings are endless! You could use the squash as a bowl if you like but you’ll have to really let it cool, Alan and I had to plop them into bowls.

I tell ya, it was pretty sad that the two of us, after digging into the squash itself, we just looked at eachother with huge grins on our faces. You would have almost thought we were eating ice cream we loved it so much!

Are you a squash fan? Which is your favourite and what’s your favourite dish to make with it?