Farmer’s Market – Style Recipes.

The farmer’s market is in full swing and this family is loving it!  We have frequented our local market several times already this summer and I’m not sure who is more excited for early Saturday mornings – the kids or Drew and I! HA!  Though our market offers a decent variety and reasonable prices, I would like to venture out one of these weekends and hit up the big River Market Farmers Market downtown.

The market is usually very busy with a lot going on so I have yet to snap any photos of us in action, but I will try to get some photos taken soon.  Jensen has absolutely LOVED everything about it.  She enjoys the music (she was so excited to tip the performers this past weekend) and walking around to the different vendors helping mommy and daddy pick out the best looking produce.  She has also enjoyed being able to pick out her own “treat” and pay for it herself! My little jenbug loves helping me cook as well.  Here she is in action helping me stir our veggies!

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For me, the most exciting thing about going to the market is all the prep work I’m doing in advance.  Each week I am creating meal plans/recipes so that our outting at the market is efficient.  I’m using the internet to find healthy/farmers market recipes and I’m happy to report that it is going pretty well.  I of course have been purusing various magazines and blogs as well which has also been helpful.  Most of the meals I end up tweeking a bit to fit the needs/wants of our family.  We have had several very yummy meals (and unfortunately I have not snapped pics of all of them)!

Farmer’s Market Pasta Salad:

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Ground Turkey Zucchini Boats:

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Chicken, Mushroom, Onion Pizza:

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Spicy BBQ pork chop with mashed chive potatoes and fried okra.  YUM-O!

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My variation of a white bean, olive, pasta dish

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I hope you have been out enjoying your local markets as well!!

Meal Prep Mondays.

To spend more time at home with the kids and have the kids home more with Drew or I, I have been working late Mondays.  I go into work when Drew gets home, which means I don’t get home until late….usually after bedtime.  Because of this, I decided Mondays mornings were going to be used to have cooking class with the kids!  Not only is it fun, but it also provides quick dinner prep for daddy!!  It takes some preparation on my part so that everything is ready and runs smoothly.  Today Jensen and I made a new recipe: Chicken Asparagus and Mushroom Casserole.  We also whipped up some caramel brownies for dessert!  Today went pretty smoothly with Jensen being a great helper and Owen happy with just sitting in his bouncer and watching….not always the case!!

Because everything went so smoothly I was able to take some pics today of our steps in making dinner for my family tonight.

Here is my sous chef and our supervisor!

Our first layer: Asparagus and mushrooms.  Jensen helped me to snap the ends of the asparagus off and helped to spread the mushrooms.

The chicken layer

My sous chef mixing up the cream of chicken and sour cream

Final product!  Topped with bread crumbs.

Now daddy just has to bake it at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

And dessert is done!