The last farmers market of the season
I am sad
I have spent $20-30/week buying fresh veggies and learning how to prepare and preserve them.
And now another challenge....
I like salad - IF I have more than just lettuce in it.
And I like other greens in small doses - IN the salad. (I shared earlier this year about learning to add beet greens and radish greens in my salads)
but more greens? My local farmer has tons of beautiful greens....
I did try mustard greens - I like the flavor and spice but so far only to add to a sandwich or a bit in a salad.
but greens. Cooked greens.
Conjure up two childhood memories.
My brother's favorite birthday meal... (which I don't remember - hot dogs, I think) and.... spinach. Canned spinach. a Nasty mouthful of ICK.
And something my grandmother made. Greens. Boiled within an inch of their lives. with something greasy and pork-flavored. another Nasty mouthful of ICK
I really do prefer vegetables a little more under-than-overcooked.... and I must say these memories have kept me far far away from greens.
But the lovely produce in my farmer friend's fields... well
I need to learn.
So I bought some of everything - because half measures are not my style :-)
And this week.... I froze smoothie size bags of 2 kinds of kale and spinach.... I added a bit of each to tossed salads (and liked it).... and I tried a dish - kale with carrots. I think it would be good if you like kale :-) But I am still learning. As a side, I did not care for it - but I also did not HATE it :-)
I had also made green beans braised in soy sauce that night - and did enjoy a combo bowl of leftovers - brown rice, green beans and the kale dish. So I know now I can enjoy the greens if there is more than greens.
I will keep plugging away... eating local and seasonal is still a healthier, more cost effective option in the grand scheme of life and definitely is the direction I need to move in.
By the way - the website I used for the kale recipe is www.cookforgood.com. I found it years ago when I started experimenting with a book - Wildly Affordable Organic by Linda Watson.
This is one of the best books out there that can help you learn to cook and eat organic on a strict budget (She used the food stamp budget and managed)
so - how do you manage to eat fresher and healthier in your life?