Farmer’s Market Dinner

The one where I show you how to have a relaxed weekend dinner from your farmer’s market goods.

You’ve bought all those lovely things. Fresh produce, meat, olive oil, etc. It was a beautiful day at the market. The sun was out, the sky was clear and all was right with the world. Now, it’s Sunday evening, you’re facing the upcoming work week and people want food.
Stay calm.
Assemble the following.

Sheet tray
Olive oil
Vegs (beets, onions, peppers) Because that’s what I bought.
Meat (chicken sausage) see above

6:29 preheat oven to 400F
Line your sheet tray with a piece of foil for easy clean up.
Wash and trim beets. Place on (a separate) large foil square. Drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt. Bring all the ends of the foil together to seal and pop the whole thing into the oven.
6:34 Wash and trim peppers and onions.
6:38 Go drink your beverage and sit a minute. Have a couple of Rosemary-Raisin Hippo Crisps to tide you over.
Somewhere around 7, take the sheet pan out of the oven and slide the foil packet of beets to one end, keeping it wrapped. Place the sausages and the veggies on the tray. Drizzle the veg with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Return the tray back to the oven and roast a further 30 mins until the sausages are cooked through.

Sit back down and watch Martha Bakes on KERA Create. If you knew how much I learned watching cooking shows for decades (!), you’d be watching, too. Or, not.
7:30 Beets should be tender by now. Take the tray out and check. Open the foil and test for tenderness with a sharp knife. You can drizzle them with a good vinegar if you want, but I like them as is. They are great refrigerated and you can pull one or two out during the week to eat on a salad, with beans, whatever. So nutritious, delicious, and easy to prepare. Cook once, eat them all week.

Basically, once the sausages are cooked, you can eat the rest at any stage of doneness you like. Cook your veg more or less. It’s your veg in your kitchen. You the boss.

Plate this up and serve with a nice crusty bread. Maybe you bought that at the market, too. If you want to try making your own at home, I suggest this overnight loaf. Yes, you have to plan it ahead, but it’s super simple. I bought a very good baby boule today at Sprouts that tasted so similar to my homemade, I’m not sure if it’s a compliment to them or to me. Either way, bread is good. Butter is best.

Scale this recipe up or down as you need. Open a can of white beans to add to it if you need to stretch for more mouths.

Tomorrow, you can put all the stuff on slices of leftover bread (haha) and have a great open-face sandwich. Top with cheese and melt if you dare.
FOOD See you at the market!

PS – I did not forget desert. Whose daughter do you think I am? Fresh berries with one of Hippos’ all butter vanilla pound cakes. Or a slice of carrot bread if you have any of that loaf left. What? You ate it all already? Better get 2 next Saturday. 😉

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