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Farmers Market Cauliflower Mash

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Farmers Market Cauliflower Mash
Written by Michele Vieux

Whether you’re looking for produce, fresh meat and seafood, eggs, specialty foods, health and beauty products, crafts, flowers or food trucks – there’s no better place to shop than the farmers market! Besides getting the freshest and best deals around, you’re supporting local farmers and craftsmen. Basically, you’re a sustainable-eating ninja!

Sustainable eating is good for you, and pretty much everyone involved in the process, as well as the environment and economy. The practices used in the farming process are safe for workers and consumers – i.e. no unfair conditions for workers and no pesticides and other chemicals are used, plus the animals are treated humanely. It encourages and supports local farmers and keeps jobs in your area.

If you are on a budget, pick and choose what you purchase at your farmers market versus the regular grocery store as some common products like onions, carrots, celery, and many lettuces can be found cheaper there. But many times, you can find better tasting and better priced items at the farmers market.

A recent trip through El Mercato – Little Italy’s Farmers Market – inspired this next dish as the organic cauliflower, scallions, sun-dried tomatoes and local smoked ahi were all purchased there and for cheaper than the grocery store!

Farmers Market Cauliflower Mash (serves 1)

3-4 cups cauliflower, cut into medium size pieces
2-3 T scallions, sliced
2-3 T sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
6-8 oz. smoked ahi
¼ cup olive oil, plus one drizzle
½ teaspoon sesame oil (optional)
red pepper flakes

In a small pot with 1-2 inches of water and a little salt, steam the cauliflower until it is fork tender. Remove from heat and drain. Throw in the remaining ingredients but saving the sesame oil to drizzle on at the finish. Use a potato masher to combine the ingredients into a chunky mash. Drizzle with sesame (or olive) oil and serve.


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