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Farmer’s market part II:  The goods

Here are the beautiful eggies I got from market #1 on Saturday.  I stopped by the Denver Urban Homesteading market to pick them up.  They are outstanding!

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From the Boulder Farmer’s Market:

Garlic scapes!!  So excited to play with this gorgeous veg.

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Fava beans!  A new veggie for me…I’ve seen them but haven’t cooked or eaten them before.  Also, 2 maters and sugar snap peas.

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And a HUGE head of kale :) 

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Fresh little veggie salad

  • 1 small tomato
  • handful of sugar snap peas
  • ~1T cold pressed hemp oil
  • s+p

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The rest of lunch was SO good.  My meal was 100% local [minus the oil + s/p!]. 

Kale n’ Eggs

  • 2 stems worth of kale leaves, washed + torn
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 slice of bread [I used Rudi’s organic, which is made locally]
  • s+p
  1. Sautee kale [over medium] with a little oil, s+p until wilted ~5-8min.
  2. Turn heat down to medium-low.
  3. Crack eggs in a bowl and whisk.
  4. Pour on top of kale and twirl around in pan for even cooking.
  5. Cover with foil or lid until eggs are cooked through.  I do not scramble them.
  6. Slide out of pan and top on a slice of toast.


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Now.  On to Sundaaaaaaaay!

I made a new-to-me lunch and it was fabulous!  I kept lunch a little light, because I knew I would be biking about 1hr later and that I would want a smoothie after. 

  • WF flax n’ fruit bread, toasted
  • blueberry jelly
  • ~1/3 block tempeh
  • ~1oz organic valley sharp white cheddar

Extra blueberries on the side.

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And bike I did. 

  • 18 miles in a little over 1hr
  • 3 sets pushups
  • 3 sets biceps
  • foam roll [hamstrings, calves, low back, behind the knee, IT band]
  • ragdoll

And smoothie I had.

  • ice
  • ~1/2c organic frozen cherries
  • ~1/2c organic raspberries
  • ~1c unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2T hemp seeds
  • 1/2t maca powder

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I’ll spare you another bullet point list of what I got done today….it was a lot!!  So nice to be productive.  I did one thing worth mentioning though.  It’s something I haven’t done in probably over 10 years.  Guesses? 

I CUT THE GRASS – Chris is out of town until Tuesday and it needed to be done.  Yes, we have a very small yard but goodness was it hard!  There was no automatic push and this thing was old + heavy.  Definitely got an arm workout and was sweating after.

I also walked the dogs again today.  We’re trying really hard to train them to walk better on leash, so we’ve been taking them on separate walks lately.  They are doing great…a HUGE difference!

Okay, more food.

Toasted sesame seeds….but why?

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Vegan parmesan cheese of course!  Wow, was this easy to make and it turned out great.  It has a great nutty/cheezey/salty flavor and is a great substitute for those who don’t eat cheese.  I do eat cheese, but didn’t have any on hand and like playing with vegan cooking.   I was also making this to add to the next recipe on the menu for tonight.

Vegan Parmesan Cheeze [recipe source]

  • 1 1/2c toasted sesame seeds
  • 6T nutritional yeast
  • 3/4t salt
  1. Toast sesame seeds over med-low heat in a sauté pan.  Stir + watch carefully about 5-8min until lightly browned.
  2. Add sesame seeds, nutritional yeast and salt to a food processor and process for 30-60sec, until crumbly.

You still still see some full seeds.  Be careful not to over process or you will end up with paste…which might be good, but not for a sprinkled on cheeze :)

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Next up – Garlic Scape Pesto!!  I was not prepared for the goodness that was about to be created.

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Garlic Scape Pesto – vegan [edited from Angela’s version]

  • 1 1/2c vegan parmesan cheeze
  • 1/4c raw walnuts
  • 1/4c extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic scapes, washed + chopped, with flowery end removed
  • 2T-4T water
  • ~3T fresh squeezed lemon [I used a whole medium lemon]
  • 1/2t dried basil
  • 1/4t dried oregano
  • black pepper
  • ~1c fresh spinach
  1. Process chopped garlic scapes + lemon juice, scraping the bowl a few times.
  2. Add walnuts and process until fine, scraping as needed.
  3. Add in parm. cheeze 1/2c at a time alternating with the olive oil and processing in between until a smooth.
  4. Add in spinach, basil, oregano, pepper and process.
  5. Add water 1T at a time, until desired consistency is reached.

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I think my eyes lit up when I tasted it.  A few spoonfuls were consumed.

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You could definitely use your imagination and throw different herbs from the garden in.  I’m sure fresh basil would be delicious and possibly rosemary?

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Trying to do a photo shoot with a 50mm lens is not easy :)

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Then….I cooked amaranth for the first time!  It is the tiniest grain I have ever seen!  I had to line my strainer with a paper towel…I do not recommend this as it stuck to the towel ;)

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It tasted similar to quinoa with almost the same texture except it was much creamier, but that may have been because I added too much liquid!  I sautéed some zucchini + shrooms and topped with a huge blob of the garlic scape pesto.  I mixed it all together and added another huge blob to the mix.

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It was good and packed full of fiber + protein [7g of each per serving]…but I think millet still has by grainy heart!

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If you’re not already sick of reading my ramblings, then head over to Healthy Ashley’s blog for a guest post I did on Why I Eat What I Eat!  I talk about my history with food and how I’ve gotten to the point I’m at today.  

Time for some yoga…day 3 of 30~  I think I’m going to do 30min yoga download yoga for runners.  I LOVE any “yoga for runners” because it usually focuses on hamstrings and I can never get enough hamstring stretching!



Reader Comments (52)

cool photos of the scapes + pesto !! :)

and that egg + kale looks delicious!

June 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristina

I want garlic scapes! Gah at stupid England :(
I made amaranth - it looked nothing like yours and was absoutly foul..I think I did it wrong :P

I just love you - you are too cute! Um at first I was thinking there were too many veggies here for me, but then I saw the kale and eggs and it looks AMAZING!

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

Such great finds at the market! I don't think I've even heard of Garlic Scape before I saw it on Angela's page. Hmm, new veggies excite me! :)

I dying to try the tempeh sammie. Did you like it? I hear the combo is fantastic! :)

Have a great Monday! :)

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Your pictures are gorgeous!

The scapes look awesome! It's funny how many veggies I've never heard of till I started reading blogs. I'm the same way with "yoga for runners". My hamstrings are perpetually tight, so I love any type of exercise that lengthens them out again. Try Yoga for Cyclists from yoga if you ever get the chance. That one is great for the hamstrings, and it's only 20 min!

I've never had garlic scapes but that pesto looks delicious!

As usual, great eats! I actually made your curry hummus over the weekend..can you say DELICIOUS?? And I'm taking that exact tempeh sandwich for lunch :)

Love the pictures with the garlic scape wrapped around the pesto bowl, so creative :) You should make your own tahini!

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura @ youngDCliving

i made amaranth for the first time a couple days ago, and it turned out creamy too! it was like a porridge. so weird.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterari

Two, perhaps odd, questions, ma'am. :) One, is there a brand of food processor you can recommend. I tried doing a few things, and my semi-mini processor is NOT working on these. Since I want to make homemade granola bars and butters, I need a better processor. Two, can you tell me anything about having a labrador? I'm considering getting a lab/collie pup. I'm a little scared/excited about the prospect!!!

Have a wonderful Monday!

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrandy

I LOVE amaranth! The texture is so fantastic and it makes a KILLER breakfast too!

I also really need to get to the coop and get sesame seeds in bulk to make that awesome looking parmesan cheese!!!

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

that's it...i'm on the lookout for garlic scapes today!!! yummmmmmmmmmmm :)

I love the pictures of the garlic scape! SO beautiful. I saw these at our farmer's market on Saturday but didn't know anything about them. Hopefully they will still have them this weekend so I can try the pesto. Looks amazing!

Great post on Healthy Ashley's blog. I would love to hear more about the history of architecture + food. Very interesting.

Thanks again for being so informative.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

I've never used amaranth either -- might have to go find some. It looks really, really good. And agreed on those self portraits with the big lens! SO HARD! Also -- just saw your awesome post on Healthy Ashley. Loved it <3

It's definitely like porridge and very earthy tasting...but good w/the pesto mixed in! Thank you so much!!! <3

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thank you so much :)

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hahah, you can ask random questions anytime! I recommend at least a 10c processor and I love my 11c cuisinart. They are definitely a bit pricey but SO essential in the kitchen. I also have a mini one that I use for quick things b/c cleanup is a little easier...I use it to chop nuts and things like that. But the big one is where it's at! Check bed bath and beyond and grab a 20% off coupon or see what the price is on Amazon. I have at least 5 cuisinart appliances and love them all! Kenna, is actually a Great Dane/Lab mix. She definitely has the lab energy!! I know collie's are pretty energetic too...but that will be one smart dog! As long as you have the time to exercise + train the dog, it sounds like a great combo! Good luck :) Here is the processor I have..and actually this is a really good price!

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yup, exactly!

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

That recipe has been a big hit...glad you liked it!!!

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I might try that today...thanks!

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oh yah, I forgot to was really good!! :)

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

hahahaa I love you too!

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I love amaranth and looove experimenting with new grains since i bought a rice cooker!

Great post on Ashley's blog! I could really relate to your thoughts on food choices.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

I can't get enough of your delish finds lately. Loved your cameo on Ashley's site. Your farmer's market picks are so fresh.

I wish I had half of the creativity you have in the kitchen, truly something to be desired.

Kudos on the big bike ride!! Those are the best:)

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNichole

THANK YOU! I have a HUGE jar of sesame seeds that I bought at the Asian market version of Costco a year ago and I've had no idea what to do with them. I'm making that vegan parm...wait and see!

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMama Pea

Just bought those sprouted bagels at WF that you've mentioned! They look really good, I'm excited to try them out

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura @ youngDCliving

I love how creative you are with food! I can't wait to try those Kale and eggs.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBekah @ runtrackmind

That sandwich and smoothie are to die for. I've fallen in love with the tempeh, jam and sharp chedda combo. Yum.

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersassy molassy

I LOVE amaranth! Glad you tasted it :)

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGena

MMMM...that kale and eggs looks FABULOUS! You've inspired my lunch for tomorrow. And I think I'm gonna take your lead and add walnuts to my garlic scape pesto. Side note, remember your cute little radish sprouts. My brother works for the farm that grows and sells them. They also sell lots of goodies like organic chia for a decent cost!

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

What a gorgeous array of produce that you picked up!
Do you know if nutritonal yeast is known by any other name? I am yet to see it in Australia and was thinking that it might be called something different here....

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Your blog makes mine seem so tiny.

i'm so inspired by these posts, seriously, woah

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura (Starloz)

I just made Angela's garlic scape pesto too! I put it on brown rice and it was sooo delicious. I have a question though....where do you get your cute spoons???

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTracey

You cut the grass???!! I think if my hubs was out of town we'd get a notice from the city evicting us due to my lack of yard work. I don't even know how to turn the lawn mower on! haha!

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Haha, I love the pictures of you. Adorable!

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

sooo just want you to know that you basically have the most beautiful and TASTY looking food... EVER!
I had to cut the grass in highschool!! It was torture bc we had a push lawn mower! AND i had to wear HUGE safety goggles .. it was NOT attractive! ha

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

YOU are amazing...and I LOL'd about the safety goggles!!! I used to cut the grass in HS too and HATED every minute of it. I was a big baby about it :)

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I'm trying to impress him!!! hehehe That's his annv. present, lol

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Crate + Barrel!!

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Your blog and story are completely amazing!! Your blog is anything BUT tiny!

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

hmmmmmm....I just googled it - "savory yeast flakes" or you can just order it online!

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

The walnuts definitely added a nice mellow nuttiness! That is so cool about your bro...are you in CO?

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

It's soooo earthy...but I think it will grow on me :)

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

SO good

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks!! I have way too much fun in the kitch!

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks for all your help (and amazing looking food/inspiration)! I was looking at an 8 cup Cuisinart last night on Amazon. :) Guess I was close to the right thing, huh? I just love that it had a dough hook. I'll check the 11 cup out before I buy. First thing I'm making: KIND bars. I already have the stuff in my pantry, but couldn't get the flax to grind at all. Then homemade butters of every variety! So excited.

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrandy

I love your photo shoot!

Plus, fava beans remind me of Hannibal the Cannibal!

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbby Westminster.

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel

Hannibal Cannibal? You lost me!! Faavaaaaaaaaaa

June 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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