Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Farmers Market goods and two yummy meals!

Hello everyone! I hope you're all doing well :) Sorry that I've been MIA the last week or so; it's inservice time at work, and while there are no children around and it seems like a bit of a break, I am keeping busy with meetings, workshops, family visits, and setting up the classroom environment. It probably hasn't helped that I've become accustomed to getting to work whenever I want... (thank goodness I don't normally have a flexible schedule! It's bad news for me!). Anyway, I went to the Farmers Market this weekend super late, but miraculously there was still tons of stuff left! I spent $19.20 and had a heavy bag of stuff to carry home:

a bag of creamer potatoes, 3 multicolored bell peppers, 6 heirloom tomatoes, 4 ears of corn, 2 gravenstein apples, a chocolate panini, a bunch of rainbow chard, 3 anaheim peppers, and a bag of green beans - woohoo!

So what did I cook up with all that loot? Some tasty eats, baby! Here goes:

Spicy tomato black beans, quinoa, and sauteed chard, peppers, and onion
(served with corn tortillas, as most things I eat are!)

Sloppy lentil Joe's, corn on the cob, and pretty bell pepper for garnish :)

I've you've never made sloppy Joe's with lentils - do it! Even my skeptical husband loved 'em! I cooked 1 cup of lentils (3 cups water), then added a can of tomato sauce, a bell pepper, an anaheim pepper, half an onion, 2 T. or so of molasses, a T. of cumin, and a T. of chili powder. It made enough for each of us to bring leftovers for lunch the next day - pretty impressive!

Oh, and I can't end a post without some cute kittie porn! Oh wait, that sounds wrong! How about, "cute kittie uber cutieness?"

Here's crazy Zoey with her new toy, a locally handmade cat body pillow filled with catnip!

Cookie didn't get what everyone was so excited about... she's a very mature 4 month old!

I think this one is begging for a LOLcat caption... any ideas???


Anne said...

If there was a hand touching her, it could be "stop teh tickelz!"

VeganFabulous said...

The Sloppy Joe's look awesome! What a great idea to use lentils.

How is the house hunting going?

jessy said...

aaaaaaaaaahahaha! cute kittie uber cutieness made me smile! yay for kitties!

no worries about the posts - sounds like you've been uber busy with work lately!

those sloppy joes look sooooo tasty! i always forget about make'n sloppy joes. i've had them with tempeh before, but not tried making them with lentils. this i'm gonna have to try making it with lentils because sometimes the tempeh gets to be a little too overpowering.

what a beautiful farmer's market haul! and all for under twenty bucks - yay!

jelymo said...

i heart cats, the farmer's market, and yummy fud. your post had all three! we have a great farmer's market here in b-town. we're kind of broke so we also use the local food bank-(that specializes in locally grown/organic/healthy food) and can usually score some veggie goodies there.

Mandee said...

Hi Chelsea!

I haven't made much from V'Con but the blueberry brownie recipe is worth it!

And I see you have named your kitten, Cookie! She is super cute as is Zoe!

I love how similar our blogs look too! xox

Bianca said...

Your kitties are so cute! And wow, Cookie looks bigger already. Glad you picked a cute name!

I've been meaning to try the VCon Snobby Joes, which are also made with lentils. Just haven't got around to it yet.

And indeed, the Micky D's baked apple pies are vegan according to their website. I added a link to their ingredient site on my post. I haven't had one since I found out, but hopefully the trans fat will keep me away. Good to know though when you're stuck in a small town and starving.

Also, upon closer inspection of their ingredient list, the McDonald Cookieland cookies are also vegan.

Destiny's Vegan Kitchen said...

I love your kitties! And all your great food ideas are telling me I must go to the Farmer's Market tomorrow.