It’s the last week of the Eat Local Challenge and I am not happy about it. I have loved getting my box of goodies every Thursday, chatting with Kim on the porch, going to Oasis Garden with fresh veggies…needless to say, it’s been a great month.
For my last recipe I managed to use my entire veggie box, I was kind of proud of myself for that. My dish started with garam masala, I had no idea what to cook for dinner, but I knew I wanted my favorite spice to be center stage. As I was sauteing the veggies with local garlic the smell was intoxicating, the kids, the dog, and the cat all came into the kitchen to dance around while I finished up. I added couscous to make it a bit more hearty and it’s the kiddos favorite filler. This dish is awesome the next day, the flavors just get richer as it sits overnight.
I can’t wait until next year’s challenge, but I think I have some new favorite local farms I will be visiting and some great new recipes I will be adding to my family menu. I hope you enjoyed reading all about my Eat Local month, get out there and EAT!
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Mediterranean Veggies & Couscous
- 1 eggplant
- 1 summer squash or zucchini
- 1 patty pan or another zucchini
- 3 small carrots (I used tri-color carrots!)
- 2 large heirloom tomatoes
- 1 bunch of leafy greens ( I used collards)
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 C pearl/Isreali couscous
- 1 tbsp butter or vegan margarine
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- Garam masala
- salt to taste
- chop garlic finely and saute in butter with garam masala
- peel eggplant and saute until in garlic butter until it is halfway done
- Dice the squash and chop the carrots and add to eggplant
- Saute veggies until tender
- Chop heirloom tomatoes (don’t seed) and add to veggies
- Cook for a few minutes before adding couscous and broth
- cook until couscous is tender
- Salt to taste and top with fresh parsley
After smelling the garam masala, it reminded me of the Turkish coffee my friend used to make me and I couldn’t resist whipping some up. I used my Mason Jar coffee beans from my Eat Local Challenge box, cardamom seeds from the bulk bins and one vanilla bean. Grind it all up in a spice grinder and then brew it in a french press. Add a little milk & honey for a sweet treat.