Arlington Farmers’ Market

I woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed on Saturday and decided to head over to the Arlington Farmers’ Market. If you are not familiar with the area it is pretty yuppie and very expensive and yet tons of young folks live there (not sure how they afford it). I was warned I needed to get there when it opens (8 am) so I made sure to gather my reusable bags and head out bright and early.

It is in the Courthouse area and actually there was plenty of parking all around. Another plus, it was raining a little so the crowds were light.

They had all kinds of produce there with everything being fresh and in season since it is locally grown. The prices were definitely cheaper than the grocery stores, I was worried since it was a “yuppie” region they might try and up the prices. I ended up with a basil “bush,” lots of veggies (think tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant and asparagus) as well as some buffalo meat, YUMMY!

Although I was totally spoiled by my market experience in Boulder CO, this was a good find and I will definitely be back! If you live in a different area you should check for a farmers market, they are becoming very popular and are popping up all over! Google is always a good start as well as Yelp, share your local farmers market experiences as well as any tips for saving money while shopping organic.

Advertisements

Shrimp Wraps

That yummy shrimp I ate yesterday I had again for lunch today, it is really tasty even though it’s kind of ugly…

The concept was a shrimp cake however when I flipped them on the stove they fell apart and became “scrambled shrimp.” Luckily they are flavorful so I am still eating them.

The recipe is as follows:
-1 lb shrimp, peeled, deveined
-1/4 cup full fat coconut milk
-1 jalapeño minced
-1 tablespoon minced garlic
-1 inch of ginger grated

So you dump everything in a food processor/blender and pulse around 10 times so that they are well blended but still a little chunky.

Then in a skillet over medium heat I added a couple (3ish) tablespoons of ghee.

I used the tablespoon (small cakes, for traditional larger cakes use a bigger spoon) to scoop up the “cakes” and drop them in the heated butter and let them brown. Clearly I did not leave them long enough and that is why they fell apart during flipping so my cooking time (adjusted for success) is 6 minutes on first side. They will be brown on bottom and turning pink on top.

Ideally you could eat them as appetizers, my plan was to plop them on salad. Since they were of the scrambled variety I decided to do lettuce wraps…. I just go with the flow!

I made an easy sauce, 1/4 cup full fat coconut milk, 1 tablespoon almond butter. You can throw in any extras you see fit (herbs like cilantro or some jalapeño to spice it up) and ENJOY!

20120821-133034.jpg

Zucchini Fritters

I cranked out another delicious meal this afternoon, while listening to the Searching for Sugar Man soundtrack, still amazing!!

On the menu was steak, zucchini fritters and salad. Pretty easy meal and who doesn’t love steak?? Steak is the reason I could not be vegetarian mm mmm mm, makes my mouth water! We got some tenderloins from the meat counter at Weggies (I love Wegmans!) and seasoned with salt and pepper.

The zucchini fritters go something like this:
-2 zucchinis
-1 cup coconut flour
-3 eggs
-1 tablespoon all seasoning mix ( I use trader joe’s)
-1 cup basil finely chopped
-1/2 cup parsley finely chopped

So I cut the ends of the zucchinis and grate with a cheese grater. I let the zucchini sit in a colander for 20 minutes to get the excess water out. I beat the eggs in a mixer and then added the flour. When the texture was consisted I added the rest of the ingredients. I used a cookie scoop to ball them in the same size and then flattened into patties.

I heated some ghee and fried them up, coconut oil or olive oil would work as well ….. I need to save bacon fat and try that, seems flavorful!

Now we are playing with the new MacBook, woo! I can’t wait to blog from that fancy computer…

20120819-155340.jpg

Banana Walnut Pancakes

It’s another amazing Sunday! I awoke to my brother’s dog begging me to play. 🙂 We then took him for a nice long walk on the back trails, you can feel fall approaching.

I came home and ate a perfect Sunday breakfast, walnut and banana pancakes with some fruit.

-1 cup almond flour
-2 eggs
-1/4 cup water
-2 tablespoons oil (we had olive oil and it was good)
-1/2 cup chopped walnuts
-1 banana sliced

20120819-093942.jpg

Green Curry Chicken

What a great weekend I’m having! Friday evening hit me like a ton of bricks and I fell asleep before 9 pm… but man o man I woke up this morning with a TON of energy!

First thing I had to do was organize the kitchen. It was driving me crazy that every time you opened the pantry a can avalanche would land on your toes. We need more cupboard space so I brought a cabinet from my bedroom down to the kitchen and organized all the ziplock bags/tupperware/pyrex in there. Next I hauled all the junk out of the pantry and wiped down the shelves.

Now in order to make my new lifestyle easier I got rid of all the foods I will never cook with again (anything with high fructose corn syrup/preservative chemicals). I love my brother so much that I let him have first dibs 🙂 When putting the foods I’ve deemed acceptable back I put the healthiest “best” choices on the two shelves that were eye level. Then less healthy below that and the booze on the bottom shelf, because let’s face it, if I’m going to cheat it will be a yummy drink concoction with the liquor I just inventoried.

I worked up quite an appetite so it was time for lunch, a turkey burger with guacamole, bacon, lettuce and tomato YUM! I drank my hibiscus tea with frozen berries as ice and let my brother try it…. He had the same look as my mom… those little sugar addicts.

We all enjoyed the beautiful weather by heading to the pool. The great thing about our neighborhood is that nobody goes there so it is like our own private pool, that we don’t have to clean ;).

Thanks to my pantry clean up I knew I had all the ingredients to make my favorite Green Curry Chicken. It is such an easy dish, just throw everything in and let simmer. You have to control your drooling while the wonderful smell is wafting through the house.

The recipe goes something like this:
– Cooked meat (about a pound), I use chicken because my family is picky but I am dying to do a shrimp version

-Curry paste (Thai Kitchen makes great variations that go well with everything) I start with two spoonfuls and add if needed.

-1 can full fat coconut milk (no guar gum!)

-Veggies! Any kind you have in the fridge/freezer. I happened to have frozen spinach and broccoli as well as fresh carrots and green pepper. The spinach and broccoli really soak up the flavor so I love using them.

Since we are going to the outdoor concert series I had my dinner with a glass of iced coffee. I experimented with 1/3 cold brewed coffee, 2/3 coconut milk and a sprinkle of Dutch cocoa (for a mocha touch). Pretty darn good without all the additives like the Starbucks version.

20120818-182751.jpg

Hibiscus Iced Tea

All I want during a hot and humid DC summer is a refreshing ice cold beverage fizzing with carbonation. No I am not cracking open a can of Modelo’s, I have discovered something that satisfies AND is good for me!

This discovery happened at the most unique tea house in Boulder, CO where I ordered hibiscus iced tea with club soda and lime juice. It was AMAZING! So now I am experimenting with variations…. This version is my favorite so far!

Simply brew hibiscus tea (I use one that contains lime as well). I double the bag amount since I know I will dilute the tea. This is a taste preference, I like full flavor 🙂

I let the tea chill, fill a cup 2/3 tea and 1/3 lime flavored seltzer (I like Trader Joe’s version). When I am feeling extra festive I use lime slices to decorate the rim of the glass!

This is a quick and easy drink that anyone can enjoy.

20120817-115006.jpg