The month of June is always an exciting one for me! The temperatures are finally starting to warm up, and it marks the beginning of Farmer's Market season here in Minnesota!
It also means I will start trying to meal plan around the farmer's market produce as much as possible. It's another great way to support a small business/shop local, and eating the freshest most delicious produce!
If you're new to farmer's markets, it's true that they're not all created equal. Depending on where you live...some may not be that cheap. I've even been ones where it was very obvious what was being sold did not come from anyone's farm. If yours is on the higher end, try going at the end of the day. Usually, vendors do not want to pack up a ton of food with a shelf life and may cut you a deal or throw in some free veggies with your purchase!
Here's what we'll be eating this week:
- Banana Bread Quinoa Breakfast Cookies
- Green Smoothies
- Oatmeal + mix-ins (fruit, etc)
- Sourdough bread (farmer's market) + eggs
- Leftovers from dinner
- Grain bowls (great way to use up leftover cooked quinoa/rice and veggies, etc!)
- Cookie dough date balls
- Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp (farmer's market rhubarb)
- Hummus + veggies
- Mango Lime "Nice" Cream (mangos on sale again at Aldi this week!)
- Baked Red Lentil Falafel
- Spring Pea & Asparagus Pasta (farmer's market asparagus)
- Lemon Cornmeal Pancakes (breakfast night!)
- Spicy Black Bean & Mango Stuffed Peppers (peppers AND mango on sale at Aldi. Will leave jalapeno pesto off for kid portions)
- Veggie Burgers + Sweet Potato Fries
- Broccoli Rice Black Bean Burritos
A lot of my recipes this week are coming from Love & Lemons new cookbook, "Every Day". I borrowed this from the library and am trying to make the most of it before I decide (let's be real, I already decided yes) to purchase!
My total spent so far this month is $129. With everyone out of school + done with daycare over summer, I have a feeling our usual $260 a month budget will be going up a bit. But even feeding a family of 5 of $300 a month is still something to be proud of I think!
Til next time!