Monday, August 6, 2012

Sunday Farmer's Market Brunch Feast and Make Your Own Taco Dinner

On Sunday mornings we go to our local Farmer's Market.  In the last 3 years, we've probably only missed a total of 6 markets (one for the birth of my son and the others while we were out of town).  We think of it as our "church" time - our own way of giving thanks for the food that nourishes us.  When we don't go, we really miss the food from the farms.

On the flip side, it's quite a time investment.  If I go alone, I can do it in 45 minutes.  But then I have to carry all the bags myself! So usually we make it a family event and the kids get to play at the playground as well.  They know the farmers by name and which stand we get each type of food from.  Kaelyn knows we have to get their early to be sure to get eggs.  I like that.  But the family outing is rarely less than 2 hours.  Then when we get home we have to put it all away and prepare the veggies for the week!!!  Needless to say - we don't do many other things on Sundays!

The beauty is enjoying the bounty for lunch.  As I put away the different food items, I prepare a portion for us to eat for lunch.  This weekend, Andrew made a "train" of all the different plates of food. Then he named each food.
 Grapes...avocados....strawberries...mixed fruit (raspberries, French Breakfast melon, and peaches), 3 variety of cucumbers sliced...water.

Then for dinner I arranged diced vegetables and bib lettuce for tacos.  Kaelyn loves making her own taco in the lettuce leaf. Andrew grazes on the veggies.  This night we had tomatoes, avocados, cilantro, red and yellow peppers, sliced olives (from a can!).

We then stuff them with either ground beef or garbanzo beans with taco seasoning as follows:

Taco "meat"
1 lb ground beef or 1 can organic garbanzo beans (preferably Eden Organics since the can is BPA free)
1 T chili powder
1 T ground cumin
1 T garlic powder
1 t  onion powder
1/2 t ground sea salt
1/2 c water to use as necessary to keep moist as you cook

I make this really easy and throw it all into a pan and cook it till the meat is browned or the garbanzo beans have absorbed the spices.

Sour Cream Topping
1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
1 t chili powder
1/2 lime (juiced)
1/2 t garlic powder

Mix all together and add a dollop your taco!

Keeping it real! Kathy

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