My favorite part of the summertime is waking up on a Saturday morning and walking to the farmer’s market with Lu.
We have a bit of a routine – and I love routines, I find them very personal and comforting.
Every Saturday morning (that we’re around), we wake up, get dressed and Lu grabs his backpack and some canvas tote bags.
We walk to a coffee shop nearby called sam A.M., order iced coffees to-go (or have breakfast there) and then walk to the farmer’s market right down the street (Stony Hill Farms.)
We’ve gotten to know the farmer there, Dale (what a farmer’s name, right?!) and he’s so kind to us – he points out the largest zucchinis, he tells me about seeing something about Inspiralized somewhere and he’s just a wealth of information.
Farmer’s markets are not only an inexpensive way to purchase your produce, but a great way to eat seasonally and connect with your community – you see the same faces there and you find yourself in conversation with strangers about healthy eating or your city.
There are always the typical pick-ups: fresh berries, peaches, tomatoes, bell peppers, lettuces, basil, mint, potatoes, cucumbers, eggs, and of couuuuurse zucchinis. #allthezucchinis
Aside from the usual pickups, I always look around and grab something to experiment with in the kitchen. Every week, it’s something different – whether it’s garlic scapes or butter lettuce, I try my best to be adventurous.
This time, it was golden beets – because they looked so beautiful. I hadn’t used spiralized golden beets since this crab recipe, so I was excited to whip something up.
What makes this dish irresistible is the roasted garlic-parmesan dressing – who doesn’t love roasted garlic (it’s so simple to do, too!)? The slight hint of parmesan is savory and robust.
The beet noodles make for a slightly sweet, earthy pasta base, while the lentils provide a lean, clean protein source. The asparagus gives the dish more heartiness and veggies, as well as that charred-like grill taste, which is perfect for summertime!
As long as you have lentils in the pantry, this is a farmer’s market-friendly recipe!
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Nutritional Information & Recipe
Weight Watchers SmartPoints*: 10 points