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So I’ve wanted to make this “Farmer’s Market Friday” thing, a thing. I usually go to the market on Saturday, but I’m creating meals from the beautiful produce all week long. Farmer’s Market Friday is a way for me to capture and share the fun and delicious dishes I created using local produce. Not only does it foster seasonal cooking, it also inspires me to choose foods I’ve never cooked with before (like purslane; but those recipes didn’t turn out so well, so I’ll give purslane another try some other time!).

tomato recipe

Last week, I kept it simple: tomatoes and bell peppers. But not just ANY tomatoes and bell peppers. Ravishing, multicolored tomatoes and purple bell peppers!

farmers market peppers

Aren’t they just gorgeous?! They’re so attractive I didn’t want to eat them. Just let them sit in a pretty bowl on my kitchen counter so they can grace my eyes each time I walk in.

Needless to say, that is not what happened. Instead, this did…

farmers market

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Tomato Polenta Bake

Creamy corn specked polenta topped with juicy, fresh tomatoes. Baking it adds a slightly crispy outer layer to the polenta, and elicits the sweetness of the tomatoes.

1.5 cups polenta, cooked

1 cup corn kernels mixed in (I stripped the kernels of leftover cobs)

1/2 cup grated jalepeno white cheddar (or any of your favorite cheese)

1/4 inch thick tomato slices to cover the top of your polenta

olive oil, salt & pepper to taste

– Add the corn and cheese to the warm cooked polenta and place into deep baking dish.

-Top with tomato slices and drizzle with salt and pepper.

-Bake at 400 for 25 minutes or until tomatoes are slightly blistered and maybe slightly charred.

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fresh tomatoes and corn

 

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Cannelinni Lemon Pasta Salad

1/2 pound pasta, cooked (any kind of bite sized pasta)

1 can cannelinni beans, drained and rinsed

2 cups finely chopped kale

2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

zest and juice  of 1 large lemon

2 TBS olive oil

1 TBS sunflower seeds

salt and pepper to taste

-Combine all ingredients and toss to evenly coat. Refrigerate and eat cold for best results.

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healthy pasta salad

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Andouille Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

3-4 bell peppers, seeded with tops cut off and reserved

1-2 andouille sausages, cooked and chopped into small bite-size pieces (I used leftover sausage so it was already cooked)

1 cup cooked quinoa

3 cups raw spinach

1/2 large red onion

3 cloves garlic, minced

handful fresh basil, minced

olive oil, salt, pepper

-Preheat oven to 375 and place peppers into oiled baking dish.

– Heat oil in medium saute pan and saute onion, garlic and basil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add in spinach to wilt.

– Mix veggies and sausage with quinoa and stuff peppers with quinoa mixture. Top your peppers and bake for 30-45 minutes, until peppers are done to your likeness.

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andouille stuffed peppers

 

 

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