I’m shopping the farmers’ markets pretty obsessively these days, and use whatever is available and in season to plan my weekly dinners. If you’re in need of a little inspiration for your haul this month, here’s a look at some of the ways I’m making use of August’s produce pickings. The items in the photo above cost me $40’I’m curious, would you pay more or less for the same amount of loot?’and will be used in several different meals over the course of a week.
Zucchini: I’m purchasing a spiralizer this week, and will be turning these into zoodles. Stay tuned for more on that. If I have any leftover, I’ll definitely be adding it to this egg salad for lunch’it’s utterly delicious and my kids devour it quickly.
Carrots: My plan is to roast these and add them to a salad with some beets I have on hand. I’ll top the dish with goat cheese and pumpkin seeds and serve it with a maple vinaigrette. My kids really like this rainbow salad though, so I’ll try to save enough for a big bowl of it, as well.
Multi-Coloured Fingerling Potatoes: Fingerlings are my favourite and I like them best when halved, roasted at high heat with sea salt and olive oil and served with whatever protein we feel like cooking.
Corn: I’m keeping this simple by grilling it and serving with a side of basil butter.
Green and Yellow Beans: Half will be steamed and tossed with butter, the other half will be breaded and baked to make green bean fries.
Cauliflower: Oven-roast the whole head after it’s been coated in olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and lemon juice. Serve topped with Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs. Alternatively, make a batch of our pasta shells with creamy cauliflower sauce for a quick and easy weeknight dinner (side note: my cauliflower-phobe loves this pasta).
Peaches: You can never go wrong with setting out a big bowl of homemade peach salsa to accompany some nacho chips. It’s a family favourite snack and one I’m sure you’re kids will love because it’s a little sweet and not too spicy.
Tell us, what are you cooking up with your farmers’ market fare this month?