Monday, September 7, 2009

college eats, week 1: veggie extravaganza

So one of the joys of living in this new pseudo real-person area is that I am three short blocks away from the local farmer's market that goes on twice a week. It's great....there are TONS of fresh veggies, fruits, and herbs. Basically, I feel like I'm in heaven. :) The downfall? It's kinda expensive. But hey, you're paying for locally grown, fresh, organic food, so I think it's quite worth it. And the experience itself is worth it....for some reason I just love walking up and down the pavilion looking at everyone's fresh produce. Everything just looks so good, I want to buy one of everything!!! So yes, I definitely think I'll be making a weekly trip.

This week, I bought tomatoes and potatoes. Hey, that rhymes....haha. And let me tell you, these potatoes were SO SO adorable! They're the smaller kind, and they tasted delicious sliced up, seasoned with basil, salt, pepper, and fresh chopped garlic. Oh, and olive oil. Gotta love the olive oil. :) Then I just made a little packet to hold them in and placed them in the toaster oven until they were cooked. Mmmmmm. Sorry, guys, I didn't take any pictures of the concoction, I was wayyy too hungry.

Ohhh, look at that fresh garlic. I've decided to try to use fresh garlic this year instead of the minced stuff that I usually get. And the best part? My fingers smell like garlic for a good few days after. The best kind of perfume, huh?

I also got carrots when I went on my Kroger adventure....and yes, they I know, I know, I know. I swore I wouldn't cross over to the dark side. But these guys just looked so so cool with the green stuff still attached! And they were super cheap, too.

So yes, I will admit that my dinner this night consisted of solely vegetables: tomatoes with balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, and basil; potato-concoction; and carrots in balsamic vinegar. Okay, yes, I need to work on incorporating protein in there, but let's take things one step at a time, okay?


Lizzy said...

There you go.. that's the way to do it. Now you're eating real food these days. :)

I wish our farmer's market went twice a week! The price of the veggies is actually resonable, often cheaper than meijer for fresh organic veggies! I'd rather buy less veggies at a time more often when they are freshest.

fleur said...

I love your blog :)
It sounds like you are living in a great place so close to a Farmers Market, and youre making yummy things with the produce.
I look forward to seeing what else you make :)

Patti said...

Thanks, fleur!! And I always enjoy your comments, Liz. :)