Local Michigan produce got off to a slow start this season with challenging weather, but the bounty is quickly growing. This is great news for all of us in Dearborn—vegetarian, vegan and omnivores alike.
Right now, eating your veggies is an easy task as so many fresh items are on the scene every week. It’s time to dust off your recipe books and try roasting, steaming, grilling, sautéing or going raw with fresh produce of every kind, veggies and fruit alike. In fact, you may choose to put your veggies and fruit together, as this surprise combo does.
A week ago, Sherry whipped up a crazily delicious original recipe using some of the produce we scored at the —a chilled summer squash and melon soup. It is an unsuspecting duo for sure, but the combination proved to be a great symphony of sweet, savory, hot and cool all performing as one in the bowl.
Chilled Summer Squash and Melon Soup (first appeared on www.ExploitsofaVeganWannabe.com)
3 cups Yellow Summer squash chopped & seeded
2 cups water
1/4 tsp. white pepper
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (This makes a sassy soup. Reduce or add more to suit your taste.)
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast flakes or powder
1/4 tsp. liquid aminos
2 chopped cloves garlic
Juice of one lemon
5 1/2 cups cantaloupe
Make It Happen
Put cantaloupe and lemon juice into the food processor or blender and blend until very smooth.
Put all other ingredients into a saucepan or small stockpot and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until squash is soft.
Add squash (not the liquid) to the processor with the melon and process until very smooth. Once it is blended you may use the liquid to create your desired texture of soup. Be careful not to burn yourself with the hot liquid.
Whether with this recipe or others, have fun with your food! Try grilling your fruit, wilting romaine lettuce, heating and chilling veggies that are served as a roasted cold salad. Stretch your imagination while the flavors are at their utmost vibrancy.
In Dearborn, we have more options at our disposal than many neighboring communities to find great produce. We have an active weekly outdoor farmers market and more than a handful of local produce retailers that offer great options for a wide variety of cooking.
We hope you venture out and enjoy the bounty of fresh Michigan produce. Nothing is more flavorful.
Also at the Market
- presents Community Health
- The Child Care Center provides fun with playdough
- MyGardens cooks up some freshly roasted, buttered corn