2nd Saturday Market – 2/13/16

“People who love to eat are always the best people.” – Julia Child

Hello my awesome Maricopa friends and readers! I’m hoping most of you were able to make it out to the market today to pick up your produce (60 lbs for $10), to shop from the other local vendors, and maybe you were one of the few lovely ladies who made it to my free yoga class in the park. If you didn’t make it by my Inspired by Sisters booth (quote painting and natural body products), make sure you stop by and say hi next time!

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My beautiful yogis this morning @tarynraineyoga

I was very excited about this week’s produce selection because of the massive amounts of tomatoes and onions! This means a freezer full of pasta sauce and homemade salsa. No complaints here! This month, we got the tomatoes (plum, beefsteak, and yellow grape tomatoes), zucchini, onions, acorn squash, green bell peppers, and grapefruit. Last month, I gave some of my favorite tomato, green bell pepper, and zucchini recipes, so I would encourage new readers to take a look at THIS POST as well 🙂 for some other great ideas.

Of course, I mentioned my tomato sauce and salsa recipes… I’ve posted about the roasted vegetable spaghetti sauce in my previous post about meal prepping. It is a great way to sneak in some added veggies for those in your household who may be leery of them. I found this recipe a few years back from the blog Peanut Blossom. It is delicious! There are soooo many scrumptious salsa recipes, so I am always trying new things. Here is a great recipe for simple and yummy salsa you can make quickly and confidently at home (simply replace the canned tomatoes with your fresh ones).

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Without further adieu, let’s get to the rest of my recipe suggestions:

Tomatoes:

I eat tomatoes like apples; I LOVE them raw. Sometimes, I’ll just slice them up and eat them with balsamic glaze or a sprinkle of salt. I also love caprese recipes:

Green Bell Peppers: 

I love simply slicing them up and eating them with hummus, but here are a few other ideas:

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Mexican Stuffed Peppers @tarynraineyoga

Zucchini

Acorn Squash

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Stuffed Acorn Squash @tarynraineyoga

Grapefruit

Just like oranges last month, grapefruit is delicious all on it’s own. You can juice it, cut it in half and enjoy it with a spoon, or try one of these recipes below:

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Grapefruit Blood Orange Juice @tarynraineyoga

Well there you have it! Tons of delicious recipes for you to try. I know everyone has favorite tomato sauce and salsa recipes, so I would love it if you’d share your own and other recipes in the comments below. Also let me know what you think of the recipes you are able to try.

Enjoy your produce and thank you very much for coming out today!

❤ Taryn xoxo

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2nd Saturday Market – 1/12/16

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” – Thomas Edison

Happy Tuesday friends!

Within the last couple of months, I have gotten involved with the City of Maricopa’s 2nd Saturday Market. Right from the beginning, I was very excited about this event because they were focusing on making healthy living accessible to everyone by bringing POW (Produce on Wheels) out to the community, offering free classes, and local businesses together for the cause. POW brings out rescued produce from farms who had overstocked and delivers the produce to communities that may not have access to inexpensive produce. In fact, they offer the residents of Maricopa 60 pounds of delicious fruits and veggies for only $10! I am not exaggerating. It is incredible! (Learn more about Produce on Wheels). I have gotten involved in this event by offering free yoga in the park at 9 am an12193550_720071014794462_4614228810550842255_nd my small business, Inspired by Sisters, sells natural body products and positive quote paintings. There are gluten free bakers, one of my favorite coffee shops (Bead & Berry), our local honey farmer, and so much more!

 

In addition to the yoga class and vendor booth, I have also offered to share some fun, unique, and healthy recipe ideas for the produce received at the market. Unfortunately, the market was cancelled this past Saturday due to a vehicle accident with the produce truck. On the bright side, the City of Maricopa has worked diligently to offer the missed market to its residents and has rescheduled the market to be hosted today! While I eat mostly vegetarian or vegan, I will share some additional recipes for you.

The following recipes are inspired by the produce received on January 12, 2016:

Oranges:

Of course, you can always eat an orange just as it is, but I love fresh orange juice! It is a great way to naturally introduce extra energy to your morning and it tastes amazing. You can hand squeeze your orange juice, use a citrus juicer, or a regular juicer. If you own a juicer, try adding some carrots to the juice. It tastes amazing and will add some beneficial nutrients.  If you aren’t into juice, here are some other awesome recipes:

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Follow me on Instagram: @tarynraineyoga “Orange Carrot Juice”

 

Watermelon:

Just like the oranges, watermelon is totally scrumptious on its own. However, if you are looking for something creative, check out a couple of these recipes. I am a huge fan of the first salad:

  1. Watermelon & Feta Salad by Cooks with Cocktails (vegetarian)
  2. Watermelon “steak” by the Ravenous Couple (vegetarian)
  3. Watermelon Margarita by Recipe Diaries (vegan and delicious)

Mexican Grey Squash

Grey squash is very similar to zucchini and can typically be used in any recipe designed for zucchini. Some of my favorite ways to eat these kinds of squash are in a raw pasta or lasagna, ratatouille, or stew. Check out some other ideas here:

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@tarynraineyoga Zucchini Fritters

Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is one of the staple foods in my household. It stores well and there is so much you can do with it! Here are some of my favorite ways to eat it:

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@tarynraineyoga Roasted Butternut Squash

Green Beans

Green beans are super yummy raw paired with some flavorful hummus or dip of your choice. However, there are tons of ways to eat green beans outside of the traditional Thanksgiving casserole:

Green Bell Peppers

Again, these are super yummy raw with some hummus or in nearly any salad, breakfast scramble, etc. Here are other ideas:

Green Chile Peppers

I LOVE green chile. In my household, we roast a bunch in advance, remove the skins, and freeze the chile to be used year round. I dice it up small to add to nearly any Mexican dish, add to burgers (ahem, veggie burgers), and most soups. I hope you fall in love with them too. Visit the Yummy Life for more info on storing Green Chile.

Tomatoes

When I get a bunch of extra tomatoes, my favorite thing to do is make a big batch of vegetable marina sauce and freeze it (see my blog post on freezer meals). I’m also kind of strange because I love eating tomatoes plain, maybe with a little sea salt. Here are some other awesome tomato recipes:

 

Well, there you have it! I hope you all enjoy your baskets and some of these recipes. I would LOVE to hear from you in the comments below. Which recipes did you try? What did you like or not like? What other recipes did you use with your baskets? I’m here to answer any questions you may have!

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@tarynraineyoga 2nd Saturday Market!

 

Live in Maricopa? Come out for free yoga next 2nd Saturday Market at 9 am and follow me on Facebook for updates on classes at Copper Sky, Maricopa Crossfit, and more!

Thanks everyone!

xoxo Taryn

Veteran’s Day Cookies

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

It was such an honor to spend some quality time with veterans today, serving at an appreciation luncheon through work. Living in a small town, it is truly humbling to see a community come together to support each other. Businesses all over town donated food, coffee, water, etc. and gave their time to host former and current military members, their families, and supporters today. There were moving speeches, a few tears, and plenty of laughter as we gathered around picnic tables and playgrounds.

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I spent last night baking twelve dozen cookies for the event. I found some incredible cookie recipes on Pinterest and applaud the expertise of these recipes. DELICIOUS. I had to share. (I apologize for the poor quality of the photos; it was past midnight by the time I finished and the lighting was minimal.)

Host the Toast- The Best Chewy Cafe-Style Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe I have ever used (and I have made plenty of homemade cookies)!

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I really enjoy making spritz cookies during the holidays because I can make a TON really quickly and they’re perfectly shaped and flavored for each season. I found this awesome Pumpkin Spice Spritz Cookie Recipe that was simple and had just the right amount of spice. I was fortunate enough to find a pumpkin shaped press among my baking stuff which made it even more fun. Yum!

Diethood — Pumpkin Spice Spritz Cookies

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I would definitely suggest these recipes to anyone looking for a big hit at your holiday event. Even my hubby said the chocolate chips were his favorite I have ever made. I’m very impressed with the recipes and so were the veterans today!

My contribution to the Veterans Day Picnic
My contribution to the Veterans Day Picnic

What did you do to show appreciation to those who served? Comment below! Also, if you try these recipes out, let me know what you think!

xoxo Taryn

Added bonus: Got to bring some cookies over to my new neighbors.
Added bonus: Got to bring some cookies over to my new neighbors.