This week I was invited to the Culinary Insights at the Plymouth Farmers’ Market located at Plymouth Plantation. Over the years, I have become a regular at this market and a prior culinary guest. My first appearance included Local Quesadillas filled with local ingredients from fruit to vegetables and local cheeses. If you haven’t paid a visit to this market this season, there is still plenty of time. They are open every Thursday through October from 2:30pm – 6:30pm. Below are a variety of nutritious school lunches that are made with local ingredients from the farmers’ market. Go ahead, give them a try and localize your lunchbox!
Apple Cheddar Sandwich
2 slices of whole grain bread
½ apple, sliced
1 slice of cheddar cheese
1 tsp honey (optional)
Place sliced apple on one slice of bread, then place cheese on other slice of bread. Drizzle honey and place one slice on top of the other. Serve with celery and Red Pepper Jelly Dip.
Red Pepper Jelly Dip
1 cup of plain yogurt or local soft cheese
1TB of Red Pepper Jelly
Mix ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Serve with celery or crackers.
Egg Sandwich with Cheese, Greens & Eggplant Bacon
1 egg, fried
1 slice of cheese (cheddar or goat)
Pinch of greens
Drop of Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp Olive oil
3 slices of eggplant bacon (see below)
Using a frying pan, place olive oil in pan over medium heat. Cook egg as desired. Toast bread, then spread cheese onto slice and place egg on top. Then, place eggplant bacon, greens, balsamic vinegar. Serve with sliced Asian pears drizzled with honey
1 Asian eggplant
4 TB Organic tamari
1 TB maple syrup
1 tsp liquid smoke
1 tsp olive oil
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except eggplant and oil. Slice eggplant into 1” wide strips Toss eggplant in marinade until coated, and then refrigerate for 2 hours.
Line a baking sheet with natural parchment paper and brush with olive oil. Place strips on top of parchment paper and brush with marinade and oil. Bake for 8 minutes, then flip and bake for an addition 8 minutes. Cook another 3 minutes on opposite side and flip one more time for 3 minutes until browned. Let cool and they will harden. If your strips cook faster than expected, place aside on a plate to cool and they will be just fine.
Pear, Preserves & Goat Cheese Sandwich
½ Pear, sliced
1 TB Fruit Preserves
1 TB Goat Cheese
2 Slices of Whole Grain Bread
Spread goat cheese onto 1 slice of bread, and then top with pear slices. Spread fruit preserves onto another slice of bread, and then place one slice on top of the other. Cut and Serve with tomatillos & cauliflower.
Insights and Recipes Courtesy of Nicole Cormier RD, LDN