So you have a juicer but no produce. So you have a quesadilla maker but no creative ideas on how to use it. So you have a garlic press but never use it. It’s too hot to use the oven and you’re sick of the crock pot.
Sometimes a change in habits will inspire creative ideas in the kitchen. Habits that provide color to your diet. Literally, color! The more colorful your plate, the more chance you are getting vital nutrients in your diet.
A trip to your local farmer’s market(s), or better yet, a new habit of consistently shopping at them, can trigger a change in your thinking. It can inspire you to shop your local grocery store around the perimeter and less in the middle, where all the packaged foods are kept. Not that having some packaged foods on hand is bad, it’s just better to eat fresh and whole as much as possible. The middle of the store also tends to have high fiber, nutrient-rich, whole grains stocked.
Farmer’s Markets often have fresh, local produce, sometimes at a great price. If you wake-up late and think your going to miss-out, think again. While choices may be slimmer, the vendors sometimes don’t want to re-pack a lot, and therefore will start lowering the prices. A vendor at The Brighton Farmer’s Market (Livingston County) was offering clamshells of berries for $1 near closing time and he was throwing in the last bit of corn-on-the-cob for free.
- Brighton Farmer’s Market located behind Main St. – open Saturdays from 8am – 1pm
Take this produce home and experiment with your juicer, just for fun! Remember a few pieces of melon will make any concoction taste good, even the ones that have fresh spinach.
Get that quesadilla maker out and top some whole wheat tortillas with fresh ingredients like tomatoes, fresh parsley, a little fresh cilantro, a few black beans and some cheese. Maybe dig out that garlic press and add a little fresh-pressed garlic. Sprinkle some fresh lime over it.
It doesn’t have to be complicated and you don’t have to turn the oven on. Start some new habits for a lifetime of health. Check out where your closest Farmer’s Markets are. There are plenty within Ann Arbor alone. Livingston County has several too. After you start a new habit you can carry a big sign over your head that proudly says, “I am a Locavore.” Or not.
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