This week is all about fresh from the garden flavors and healthy, tasty, food that is great for dinner and even better for lunch the next day. We are chopping and mixing and tossing over here at dinners on the porch to make a meal that your whole family will love! Here's what's on:
Tuesday, September 14th:
Farmers' Market Israeli Couscous with Shrimp and Chicken Sausage
Vegetarian Option: Tofu instead of shrimp & chicken
Kids' Add-on: Israeli Couscous with tomato sauce ($7)
Dessert: Lovely (Liz) Lemon Bars ($5)
I am so excited about this colorful meal! This time of year, it's so inspiring to wander around a farmers' market and just smell the great smells of vegetables fresh out of the ground and warm from the sun. The smell always reminds me of my grandfather - Pappy - who used to show up at our house early Saturday mornings, straight from the farmers' market with boxes of cherry tomatoes, peaches, okra and peppers for us. Pappy loved to cook, and he would spend whole weekends putting up pickles when he felt like summer cucumbers were at their peak, or cooking blackberry jam with berries picked by the side of the road somewhere. After my grandmother passed away, Pappy was quite the toast of the town with all of the widows since he would always show up with some tasty pie or a big bag of mustard greens. Plus, he was pretty cute. Anyway, enough sentimentality, vegetables are good for you and you know you (and your kids) should eat more of them!
I will admit that I really don't eat tomatoes during the fall, winter and spring. But during the summer, I can't get enough of fresh, flavorful, local tomatoes - some grown in our yard, some from local farmers' markets. Gazpacho is a great change of pace from salad or pasta sauce, and this version is full of cucumbers, onions and spices. And even though my kids will not sit down and eat a bowl of it, they will dip pita chips in a little cup of it like salsa, so I like to think of that as a success.
If you've never had Israeli Couscous, it's basically little balls of pasta that you toast before cooking. They have a firm texture and are fun for kids to eat due to their similarity to Dippin' Dots. We'll be mixing up a big bowl of couscous tossed with tasty feta chicken sausage and as many fresh vegetables - spinach, peppers, edamame, snap peas, broccoli, and anything else that looks good - as we can find. Plus, I've perfected a basil vinaigrette with basil from our garden to toss it all up in. I love it with blue cheese mixed in, but I'm serving that on the side in case your kids are not fans of the strong flavor. On top, you'll have skewers of marinated grilled shrimp to mix in or eat on their own, whatever floats your boat. This is a great pasta to eat cold mixed with lettuce and a little salad dressing the next day - the flavors just get better overnight!
And for dessert, our baker is making
Also, if you're reading the menu and wondering whether your kids will touch it with a ten foot pole, I am also offering a side of Israeli Couscous with tomato sauce for $7. That'll just leave more of the good stuff for you to have for lunch on Wednesday!
Please get your order in by Saturday morning - you can email the specifics - name, address, whether you want dessert, vegetarian, kids' portion, etc - to email@example.com!
Thanks, and, as always, your dinner will be delivered between 3:45 and 5:15 Tuesday afternoon. If you won't be home, just leave a small cooler with a little ice out on the porch and your dinner will be waiting for you when you get home!