Thursday, June 3, 2010

Dieting is Never Hard with Fresh Local Ingredients

Last weekend, I shared my great score from the Halifax Farmers Market, so I thought I'd share some of my tasty, easy to do meals. And the emphasis is on "EASY". When you use fresh ingredients - and I'm talking, within a day from purchase, it's amazing how intense the flavor is. It's also amazing fresh they are even later in the week. Normally, after a couple of days in the fridge, the greens are wilting and, I'm ready to start craving...well...just about anything else!

But fresh mixed greens and herbs from my friends at the market, mean that every bite is fantastic and unique and needs so little to make each mouthful pop. The salad above, served with grilled lamb steak (this recipe has been a standard here since before I first posted it in 2005) from Wood 'n Hart, was just drizzled with a little good olive oil, a spritz of lemon juice, some freshly ground pepper and grated Parmesan cheese.
These seared scallops, served over the wonderful sauteed flowering mustard greens from Ted Hutton Family Farm, (just a little oil and some chopped green garlic) was all drizzled with Citrus-Balsamic Glaze, which may not be totally South Beach Diet friendly, but a little bit goes a long way and it's packed with flavor. So good, in fact, I used it as a baste for roasted salmon served with roasted cherry tomatoes and asparagus.

Oh...the skirt steak...gobbled up within hours of my last visit. I'm already counting down to this Saturday to see what I can find.

3 comments:

bellini valli said...

I always look forward to Saturday mornings when I can head to the farmers market to see what's new:D

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

what a bful color of all the dishes..drooling.....looks yum n delcious....great mouthwatering dishes..well said...Dieting is Never Hard with Fresh Local Ingredients ..agreed...

Sophie said...

MMMMMM,..all of the food looks so tasty especially the scallops on a bed of sauteed greens!