This is a week of food inspired by the farmer’s market! We are lucky to live just a couple of blocks from a Sunday farmer’s market. I decided that, rather than plan for the week beforehand (which I normally do), I would just go and see what looked good. Well, everything looked good. We are in the midst of the summer harvesting season and so many amazing fruits and vegetables are in season right now! We have to enjoy the loot while we can. If you are able to purchase your veggies and bread from a local farmer’s market, please do! The farmers need our support far more than the chain grocery stores do – and their products are usually much tastier and organic, as well. Here is my farmer’s market bounty.
Estimated Cost: $70
- 1 garlic bulb
- 1 large head of lettuce
- 2 yellow onions
- 1 lb. green beans
- 3 beets (I used chiogga, pronounced “kee-yo-gee-a”, but red or golden beets would work just as well)
- 1 bunch green onions
- 2 tomatoes
- 8 Yukon Gold potatoes
- 2 lemons
- 1 lb. Chicken sausages (My store had chicken feta spinach sausages for $1.97/lb!)
- 1 lb. Chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)
- 1 lb. Catfish fillets (My store had gorgeous fillets for $2.97/lb!)
- 8 slices bacon (I used the bacon left over from Recipe 1.5 – I did not buy a new pack)
- 1 box orzo pasta (It looks like rice, but is actually pasta. You’ll find it on the pasta aisle)
- 1 ½ cups brown rice
- Hoisin sauce
- Rice vinegar
- Creole mustard (or stone ground mustard)
- Canola mayonnaise (can use from last week)
- 1 jar capers
- ¾ cup raw cashews
- 1 loaf multi-grain bread (I purchased mine at the farmer’s market)
- 4 french rolls or other long sandwich bun
- 1 cup crumbled gorgonzola
- 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- Eggs (if you have eggs left from Recipe 1.5, use them!)
- Milk (Use whole milk, skim, whatever you have on hand)
- 2 cups heavy cream
A great money saver is to utilize the bulk bins at your local grocery store. I buy out of the bulk bins whenever possible. Several of this week’s grocery items may be available in bulk. Look for cashews, brown rice and orzo! Because there is no packaging, costs are lower than they would be for the same product off the shelf. Also, check those sales ads! I came in way under budget this week because of sales on meat.
As always, there are some "pantry" items that you will need that are not on the grocery list. These items include: cornstarch, basalmic vinegar, olive oil, vegetable oil, flour, salt, pepper, and spices. Spices for this week: Thyme and Old Bay Seasoning (if you don't have it you can make it like we did - curry, cayenne pepper, basil, garlic powder, coriander, thyme, sea salt, bay leaf, paprika, salt, and pepper).
Note that all meals feed four; for my husband and I, I make enough for four and then we always have lunch for the next day! If you are cooking for one, you might want to cut the recipes in half.