Copycat Farmer’s Market Salad + Getting Back to the Dinner Table

CopyCat Farmer's Market Salad

So you want a healthier lifestyle for yourself and your family. Maybe you purchase organic produce?  Scrutinize food labels?   Chosing foods wisely for your family is a noble endeaver. Today I want to discuss a way to add value to your meals that maybe you haven’t thought about, and it  ties into this month’s  Recipe Redux theme: getting back to the dinner table.

Food is meant to be shared and enjoyed.  It may come as a surprise,  but  when we gather around the kitchen table in  North Carolina, my family looks forward to the salads I serve .  How do I know? If it’s not on the table, they ask for it! Even their friends come for my salad.  Today I ‘m making one inspired by my recent trip to Maine. The first meal I had in Portland, shared with blogger friends, (Regan Jones RD, Deanna Seagrave- Daly RD  and Kita Roberts ) was  a farmer’s market salad along with flatbread pizza. Today’s recipe is  my rendition of that spectacular summer salad : organic arugula, cucumber, wild blueberries, feta cheese, and a ginger vinaigrette.  My version isn’t any healthier than what’s served at the Flatbread Company in Portland,  Maine. But here’s an idea to add value to this salad, or any food for that matter: enjoy it together.   The benefits of family/shared meals go far beyond the fact that they are more likely to be nutritious. Please consider the research that suggests:

• Kids who eat regularly with their families, are less likely to snack on unhealthy foods and more likely to eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

• Children having frequent dinners with their parents  are less likely to smoke, drink or use other drugs.

• Family meals positively impacts the development of lifelong healthy eating behaviors for youth.

• Family meals are associated with better academic performance.

The beginning of the school year is a perfect time to start making family meals a routine.  Don’t get discouraged if you can’t sit down every night.  Benefits can be reaped by sitting down together on occasion. Please visit the links at the bottom of this post for more inspiration for getting back to the dinner table!

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Copy Cat: Farmer’s Market Salad

Serves 4     adjust servings


Ingredients

  • 5 oz package organic arugula
  • seedless cucumber, sliced
  • feta cheese, 1/2 cup
  • blueberries, 1 cup

for the vinaigrette

  • 1 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. 1. In a large bowl or on a plater, arrange fresh arugula. Top with slice cucumbers, feta cheese and blueberries.
  2. 2. Combine ingredients for vinaigrette. Whisk and drizzle over salad. Toss. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 160kcal Calories from fat 102
% Daily Value
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 258mg 11%
Carbohydrate 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 10g
Protein 4g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g


Fresh Fig Galette + Cabot Cheese Giveaway

This charming rustic tart combines fresh figs baked on top of a  buttery, crisp crust  and served with Monterey Jack cheese. Fresh Fig GaletteDisclosure: Along with my sponsorship to the TD Beach 2 Beacon, Cabot Creamery is providing me with a $25 gift box to giveaway on my blog. I was not financially compensated for my time. Opinions are my own.

All food fits! It’s  my personal belief that including a wide range of real foods,  varied daily, is the best way to meet nutritional needs. Of course we should include more nutrient rich foods such as: lean protein sources, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and  low fat dairy.  But an occasional treat like thisFresh Fig Galetteis a -ok. As a matter of fact, food choices should honor both your health and your taste buds. Perfect eating doesn’t exist and feeling satisfied is a worthy goal. That said, I’m not ashamed to share my fig galette. It’s simple to make; I used a boxed pie crust mix , fresh figs  and topped it with Monterey Jack Cheese. My fig galette, eaten for breakfast on a Sunday morning,  instead of a bowl of oatmeal topped with Greek yogurt,  isn’t going to make me gain weight. It’s what we do consistently that matters.

I enjoy working with brands having similar values, like the dairy farm families of Cabot. They know that wellness isn’t just about what we consume. It includes how we move, how we interact, support and share with one another. Read about Cabot’s goal -to help people in their community live healthier, smarter lives.  Please enter below to win a $25 Cabot Cheese Gift Box!

Fresh Fig Galette

Serves 20     adjust servings


Ingredients

  • 1- 15 oz. box King Arthur Flour classic pie crust mix
  • 2 pound fresh Brown Turkey figs, halved or quartered
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoon sugar
  • 4 oz. grated Cabot Monterey Jack cheese

Instructions

  1. 1. Prepare pie crust according to directions on box. Divide dough into 2 separate pieces, equal in size. Refrigerate 30 minutes before rolling out.
  2. 2. Place figs in a shallow bowl and sprinkle with lemon juice and sugar. Gently toss to combine.
  3. 3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  4. 4. Place each ball of refrigerated dough on platic wrap and roll into a 12 inch free form circle.
  5. 5. Spoon figs onto each circle of dough leaving a 2-inch border. Fold edges of dough over filling to partially cover.
  6. 6. Bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes or until fruit juices bubble and crust is brown. Remove from oven. Allow to cool 5 to 10 minutes. Top with cheese. Cut each tart into 10 wedges and serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 111kcal Calories from fat 43
% Daily Value
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 81mg 3%
Carbohydrate 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 9g
Protein 2g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

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