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Let the Veggies Be Your Guide WIAW

Posted Jul 27 2011 8:21am

Good morning everyone! I am sad to be late to Jen’s fabulous WIAW party but this little lady needed her rest last night. Rest for me equals ice cream topped with granola + streaming a few awesome episodes of 48 Hours Mystery. Don’t start watching it unless you have time to spare because it’s addicting!

Since moving to Newburyport I have so enjoyed buying a bunch of fresh, local produce and letting these fabulous ingredients be my culinary muse. Therefore, this week’s WIAW is all about veggie inspiration. Here goes!



Sweet Greens Salad

sweet greens salad recipe

I created this Sweet Greens Salad recipe on Monday based upon a salad that I used to buy from our neighborhood Whole Foods Market in Chicago. It’s wonderfully easy to make and surprisingly scrumptious!


Spicy Veggie Marinara with Veggie Meatballs and Whole Wheat Pasta

veggie inspiration, dinner of spicy veggie marinara, veggie meatballs, and whole wheat pasta 2

Typically, my husband Nick makes the marinara in our house because he thinks he has a secret recipe . (Don’t tell him that it’s not so secret anymore !) I cooked this batch on Saturday and I think what made it so awesome was that I added a huge white onion, plenty of fresh garlic from the Farmers Market , and loads of capers and dried pepper flakes.

I took a little help from the store by buying the veggie meatballs from the Market Basket refrigerator section for $3.50 (for 4 servings.) I forgot to snap a pic of the packaging but they contain tons of veggies and a bit of soy flour to hold everything together. They are perfectly spiced, healthy, and delicious! With a $1 box of whole wheat penne this meal was fabulously affordable as well!


Veggie Crusted Fish (Cod)

dinner veggie encrusted fish cod 2

I made this dish for dinner last night and I’m not going to lie, it’s wasn’t quite as yummy as I was hoping it would be! I chopped up carrots, carrot greens, chard, tomatoes, onion, and sweet pepper and mixed it with the sweet greens dressing I created. I seasoned the fish, covered it with the veggies, and then baked everything in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. Although the veggies were hearty, the fish was disappointingly tough and bland.

I think I’ll cook the fish and veggies separately next time!


Farmers Market Green Salad, Fresh Bakery Bread, Smoked Herring, Pickles, and Honey Mustard Dressing

Sunday memories, smoked herring, pickles, salad, and whole wheat bread

I wrote about the memories that this meal inspired on Sunday but you simply can’t go wrong with fresh veggies, hearty whole grain bread, smoky fish, salty pickles, and tangy dressing. Win.


Fresh Blueberry Pancakes

lunch of blueberry pancakes

Clearly there are no veggies here but boy are these berries delicious. I made these fluffy cakes for lunch yesterday when my appetite was a little funky. I took a little help from the Aunt Jemimah Mix I had in my pantry and then added a spread of peanut butter and honey to boot. I’m so sad that we’ve already finished our weekly carton of blueberries! This Sunday I’m buying two!

I would love to hear from you…

When was the last time you let fresh ingredients be your muse? What did you make?

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