By Laurie Lloyd, NLC
Do you ever get home from the farmers’ market with a huge haul and not know what to make? Or pick up a CSA box filled with unrelated veggies you’ve got only a week to eat?
My family and I love to visit our local market every Saturday morning, but sometimes when I don’t go with recipes in mind, I go a bit overboard with my purchases. What can I say? All that fresh produce just looks sooo good.
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Since I hate to let fresh fruits and veggies go to waste, I created a whole collection of farmers’ market recipes made for this scenario.
Below, you’ll find three of my favorites. Each utilizes lots of different kinds of seasonal produce in one dish and highlights fresh flavors via simple preparations. (That means they’re also easy to make!) The smoothie is great to share (my kiddos love it too), and the pesto and marinara can be frozen for later use.
Give these easy, yummy recipes a try next time you’re drowning in heirlooms and herbs.
Farmers’ Market Recipes
Veggies are my smoothie secret weapon. They add so much nutritional value with minimal calories. This smoothie is filled with tons of fiber, protein, and healthy fat, and is sure to keep you full all morning long. Tip: Some people prefer to steam and then freeze their veggies for easier digestion.
My Pea Pesto Crostini is super easy to make and is always a crowd-pleaser. It’s vegan and allergy friendly (nut-free, dairy-free, and can be made gluten-free), making it a perfect option for a cocktail party hors d’oeuvre. The pesto can also be frozen to use in pasta and on sandwiches, later.
There’s nothing better than summer tomatoes, and who doesn’t love a homemade marinara? This sauce is delicious right out of the pot and gets even better with time. I love to make a big pot on Sunday and use it throughout the week on pasta, veggies, and grilled fish.
Laurie Lloyd is a Nutritious Life Certified holistic health coach, nutritional consultant, and wellness expert. She loves to share her favorite recipes, style tips, beauty secrets, interviews with other wellness experts, and so much more on her website, www.Liv-Light.com, and social media, at @livlight_. While Laurie blogs about all things wellness, her main focus is integrative and plant-based nutrition. Laurie has studied and received certifications from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Cornell University (T. Colin Campbell Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate), and Nutritious Life. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Duke University. Laurie is married and has two little girls. In addition to her site, she speaks to groups about health and wellness and works with private clients. For more information, please email her at Laurie@Liv-Light.com.