Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring Mixer and a Recipe

Farmers Market Stir Fry

     It's hard for me to believe that March is almost over. Very much an 'in like a lamb, out like a lion' year for me so far. As the year has progressed, the natural order of things has changed around our house as I returned to my seasonal night shift job and our schedule was turned on end as a result. We're eating and sleeping at much later hours than usual. I'm drinking coffee at 9:30 PM as I write this.

     I've been so busy lately reading, making meal plans that I want to share with you, finding new products, and trying out some new recipes. Finding the time for me to sit down and write about it all can be a challenge at times, so forgive the absence.

New Products
     I've come across a couple of new products I want to share with you. This first one is excellent prepared falafel from Falafel Republic. It comes in traditional and roasted garlic flavors and both are superb. Being huge fans of falafel, we have eaten and enjoyed both flavors. He eats them in pita pockets, while I just eat them plain with a dollop of hummus and a little chili garlic paste on top. They heat up in the oven in just under 10 minutes at 300. Our local HEB grocery was carrying them, but I think we may have bought them out. I hope they restock...

     The other product is Bob the Builder corn and rice pasta. I also found this at my local HEB but unlike Falafel Republic, I cannot find much information on the company. A Google search turns up mostly British results to stores where it is available for purchase. I don't know how common it is in the United States, but I can purchase it for $1.99 a bag. This is by far the cheapest gluten free pasta I've bought. It holds up to boiling and tastes good. Reheating does break the shapes apart, but it does not turn to mush. I do feel a little childish purchasing this at the store, but it's cheap and it's delicious.

      This springtime dish is the result of our weekly CSA box. We pretty much force feed ourselves vegetables in order to get our way through the box each week. I can't complain - we all need more vegetables in our diet. Simple vegetables are the key here - spinach can be subbed for kale if that is outside your comfort zone, and bell peppers could be swapped for the zucchini without any problems. Play around and find out what spring vegetables you enjoy most. 

Farmers Market Stir Fry
Serves 2


3 handful kale, rinsed and ripped away from the stalk
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 onion, diced
1 zucchini, washed and sliced
2-3 tbs water
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Herb blend of choice


First... Heat oil in skillet, add onions and dash of salt, and cook for 3-5 minutes.

Then... Add vegetables, herbs, and water to skillet and stir well. Cover and cook for 7-10 minutes, until the vegetables are tender before adjusting seasoning to your liking.

Finally... Serve vegetables over rice and pour any excess water over rice for additional flavor. Add a dash of tamari for additional flavor!

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