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Monday, June 2, 2014

The Farm Stand and Veggie Bowls


A local farm stand up the Yachats River road sells plants, eggs, goats milk, jam and fresh picked vegetables. Nothing unusual about that except no one is ever there. Never as they are based on the honor system. There is a metal box on the inside of the stand where you drop your money in and that's it. Across the street is the actual farm and alongside of that is the river. It is very picturesque.


The reason I mention the stand and this farm is that I've been buying a few of my vegetables here until my garden gets up to speed. My husband is out of town and Olive the dog and I are working feverishly on the yard. With this produce and the ones from the Farm Store in town I've been eating veggies bowls like they are going out of style. They are fairly easy except for the fact I prepare everything separately; but most anything goes. Sometimes I add rice, sometimes beans, other times both. Any combination of veggies and then I top with herbs, pesto, a squeeze of lemon or even a fried egg.

I first start by cooking up a cup of short brown rice, you can also use quinoa, faro, couscous, barley; whatever you like and then store in the refrigerator until needed.

* Directions here are just for the brown rice, if using another grain follow the package instructions*

Ingredients:

1 cup short brown rice (rinsed)
2 1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon olive oil

To prepare:

Add all ingredients together in a sauce pan. On medium high heat cook until mixture comes to a boil turn to low, cover and simmer about 35-40 minutes. Remove from heat let sit 5 minutes, then fluff with fork.

Here are a couple of suggestions for the veggie bowls:

Version 1 with fried egg:


Ingredients:

Per person (double or triple etc. depending how many people)

1/4 cup cooked short brown rice
1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 small head broccoli (cut into bite-sized florets)
1 small sweet potato (steamed) (cut into cubes and boil like you would a potato, watch the time, maybe 20 minutes)
5 or 6 mushrooms (depending on size) (slice evenly)
1/4 to 1/2 avocado (sliced)
1 fried egg

To prepare:

All ingredients are prepped separately; in a non-stick skillet add coconut oil, then saute the broccoli to desired tenderness, add salt to your liking, remove from pan, set aside. Add cooked sweet potato, sauteing just a few minutes to add flavor and a little more color, remove from pan, set aside. Add a little more coconut oil add mushrooms, saute 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, salt remove from pan, set aside. Fry the egg to your liking, I prefer mine with a runny yolk. Assemble bowl by placing all ingredients in separately in little mounds, top with egg and avocado, salt and pepper.

*Side note* Here you can prepare a poached or fried egg with pretty much the same result. The runny egg will meld into the other ingredients, creating a slightly creamy consistency, then with the avocado it is dreamy.

Version 2 without egg adding black beans:


Ingredients:

Per person (double or triple etc. depending how many people)

1/4 cup cooked short brown rice
1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 small zucchini (cut into half lenghwise, then once again and then into rounds)
1 small sweet potato (steamed) (cut into cubes and boil like you would a potato, watch the time, maybe 20 minutes)
5 or 6 mushrooms (depending on size) (slice evenly)
3 to 4 leaves chard (sliced into ribbons)
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup black beans (I used organic canned)
1/4 to 1/2 avocado (sliced)

To prepare:

All ingredients are prepped separately; in a non-stick skillet add coconut oil, then saute the zucchini to desired tenderness, add salt to your liking, remove from pan, set aside. Add cooked sweet potato, sauteing just a few minutes to add flavor and a little more color, remove from pan, set aside. Add a little more coconut oil add mushrooms, saute 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, salt remove from pan, set aside. Add a little more coconut oil and saute chard to your liking. (I added a 1/4 cup of water and let mine cooked down just a bit more).  Assemble bowl by placing all ingredients in separately in little mounds, top with avocado, salt and pepper.

Really the combinations here are just endless. I had a great time with these and will be making more. Enjoy!








56 comments:

  1. Looks like a fine meal to me! Beautiful puppy too :)

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  2. Hey, I've been there and know of what you note, regarding no one being at the post to collect monies. Reads like a satisfying & healthy as well as pleasing to the eye meal. We send a hearty welcome back home to Oregon!

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    1. Hi Sandra, yes nothing has changed about that stand, it's still exactly the same.

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  3. That looks delicious! I love a good bowl full of vegetables, will have to try this sometime. :)

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    1. Hi June, what's nice about it is it can be extra veggies or anything actually thrown together.

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  4. Any version will work for me! Healthiness to goodness! Olive is cute in her sleeping position!

    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

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  5. I should eat meals like THAT more often - looks so healthy and delicious. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Hi Alanna, these are my favorite kind of meals.

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  6. What a treasure that stand is! Any version of those veggie plates will work for me too...content perfectly done.
    Olive worn out from working in the fields...too cute!

    ela h.
    Gray Apron

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  7. These meals look great. Our fuzzy at home is called Olive, too :)

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    1. Hi Francesca, how sweet, love the name Olive, a friends daughter calls her Olup. Thanks!

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  8. Cheri, I love the plate with the avocado and egg. That's a glorious meal I could eat every day.

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    1. HI Angela, It is my favorite as well. Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Looks fantastic, Cheri. In the winter, I sometimes throw leftover bits and pieces of veggies in the oven and roast them for dinner. It always tastes better than anything else I make, lol.
    These are beautiful combinations and love your pics! I`m heading towards 100% plant based eating so this is right up my alley.
    Adorable pup! I have two yellow ones. Have a great day.

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    1. Hi Robyn, I know what you mean, sometimes simple is the best.

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  10. Mmm ... version 1 and 2, please! Fabulous idea. I love the idea of the sweet potato and avocado together with that lovely fried egg on the top. I hope that cute little doggie of yours is pulling his weight in the garden?!

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    1. Hi Helen, Olive is eight now so she does her fair share of sleeping, if you know what I mean.

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  11. I love how the honour system works! I wish we could do that here :)

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    1. Hi Tandy, it is a pretty nice way to do things for sure. Thanks!

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  12. Love that system too..rare though:(

    Both plates looks super healthy and colorful..what a cute stand/dog:)

    It sounds like you just love it there!

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  13. adorable pup! nice to see some vendors can still use the honor system. :)

    thanks for stopping in!

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    1. It is nice,The honor system makes me love it more. Thanks!

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  14. Love the pictures in this post! And the salad looks so yummy, I'd love to have a little farm stand like that so close :)

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  15. There is nothing better than farm fresh ingredients. This looks like a lovely summer meal!

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    1. Thanks Erin, maybe unless you can grow your own:)

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  16. I love meals such as these, with lots of flavour, colour and nutrition. Your local farm stand sounds lovely, very trusting to have an honest box.

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    1. I know, this is the first I've ever heard of the honor system, makes me love it even more.

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  17. I am getting really hungry now ;)

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  18. I love honesty shops, we used to have a brilliant local one with huge bunches of freshly picked herbs such as coriander and basil for pence & I was so grateful before I grew my own. Love your healthy bowls of veggies & grains, they look delicious too.

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    1. Hi Andrea, love the term honesty shops, thanks for stopping by.

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  19. My goodness - that's some seriously good looking veggie bowls you've got there. I would love both of those variations.

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    1. Hi Sue, thanks appreciate the comment. Apporeicate you stopping by.

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  20. I LOVE farm stands and I love your veggie bowls. Definitely my kind of meal!

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    1. Thanks Chris, especially the one with avocados, never realized you have so many recipes on your site for that. Thanks!

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  21. The one with the fried egg is right up my alley! (btw that puppy is adorable!)

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    1. Hi Mike, that puppy is eight, she is quite a handfull, probably relates to the humans that trained her. Thanks!

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  22. How charming is that farmstand? I wish I had one just down the road from me! Well.... I do, but it's turned awfully commercialized in the last couple of years. It has lost it's charm.
    I love your veggie bowls. The one with the egg especially looks so delish... I could eat them every day! Lovely post Cheri! <3

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    1. Thanks Prudy, veggie bowls are the best, pretty easy and a great way to use the extra bits of things in the fridge.

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  23. Wow, such great veggie bowls! Terrific idea, and easy. Healthy never tasted better. Love the puppy -- totally cute. Thanks.

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    1. Thanks, appreciate you stopping by. Great way to use up extra stuff in the fridge.

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  24. Your pup is so sweet. I really need to make a beautiful salad for my lunch at work. The egg is a perfect addition.

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    1. Hi Debbie, the last few months I've been adding eggs on to a lot of things, so I hardly ever have them for breakfast any more.

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  25. What a cute and convenient farm stand! I'd be over there everyday! I wouldn't be able to resist. Your veggie bowls look absolutely delicious! Especially topped with an egg. But then again I like avocado just as much!

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    1. Hi Reeni, me too, avocados, eggs, potatoes and peanut butter....all my favorites.

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  26. It's so nice to catch up with you this evening Cheri! Glad to see you in Oregon enjoying the vegetable stands, rainbows, your garden and Olive is such a sweetheart! Sounds like a lovely place to be this time of year. Looking forward to hearing more about the Yachats River area and what you are cooking in your kitchen.

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    1. Thanks Seana, we love Oregon, I believe where you live close to Seattle is wonderful too! Love the Pacific Northwest!

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  27. I love this kind of meal that incorporates all the wonderful fresh veggies available at farmers' markets and produce stands. There is a little stand close to my house that operates on the honor system. I like that this system still works in my community.

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    1. Hi Cathy, I know the honor system is such a wonderful thing, I think people are even more careful and appreciative about doing the right thing. Thanks!

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  28. Cheri, these farm stands are quite popular around here as well - love all about them and your wonderful and healthy bowls full of fabulous veggies with or without the egg! Simple and fabulous!
    Have a great Friday!

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    1. Thanks Andrea, sounds like you live in a wonderful place. Thanks!

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