I'm not sure why but I've not really gotten around to visiting my local farmers market. It's a habit I intend to change, everything was so fresh and looked very inviting. Yes, in some cases the food is a little more expensive but it's nice to support my local farmer.
Well let's tuck in shall we? We start with a nice Pasta Primavera, originally a vegetarian recipe, I felt like I need some protein. I happened to have some marinated chicken breast in the fridge. A quick pop in the oven yielded not just the chicken I needed for my Bento-eaters lunch, but for my dinner tonight as well. I can't believe how easy it was to put together this bento, but the pasta especially. The pasta cooked up really fast, and fresh ribbons of carrot and zucchini gave it the right flavor and veggies to make it feel light.
Next we have a Chickpea salad, again another easy to put together, chopped some veggies, made a quick dressing with red wine vinegar, bang done! Were this a purely vegetarian bento, the chickpeas would have helped to backfill the protein. Either way it was easy to rummage the fridge for bits of vegetables that I needed to use up. A bit of a smorgasbord. Note to self: I think i could have used a bit more color.
I didn't take a closeup of the mini-caprese salad you get to see a pic of some of my pickings from the farmers market. I found this tub of "pearlini" sized mozzarella. To go with the wonderful tomatoes I found from the market. Simple dressing of whizzing together some fresh basil and olive oil with a touch of lemon juice and balsamic vinegar.
To further "economize" my efforts. These little pecan almond cluster bits happened to be on sale at the grocery story. Works out well to finish a healthy lunch with a light snack bit
- Chicken Pasta Primavera
- Chickpea Salad with Red Wine Vinegar Dressing
- Mini Caprese Salad
- Pecan almond honey clusters