to buy all kinds of things I’ve never heard of!!!
One of my favorite summertime activities is visiting our local farmer’s market. Its a Saturday morning ritual for me and my girls while my tech-nerdy hubby (Love you, Sweetie!) peruses the farm and country store next door in which we like to pretend like we belong. (I am quite sure that the employees are staring at us, knowing we are city kids despite living in this small town for nearly 4 years and I am never sure I am appopriately dressed… like maybe I should be in overalls or something. But I digress.)
Of course, there are the usual things I pick up like tomatoes, onions, potatoes and so on and so forth. However, there is usually at least one curious item that I know nothing about and I am always eager to try new things. I’ll try almost anything once… almost. If I can’t find anything new, I love striking up a conversation with the growers to find out their favorite recipes or ways to use their favorite produce.
So my farmer’s market find for the week (and new best friend!)…
In case you need a visual, here’s a photo:
1 28 oz. spaghetti sauce (any flavor) (I like mushroom sauce, of course!)
6 lasagna noodles (cooked or the oven-ready kind)
1 15 oz. container fat-free cottage or ricotta cheese
2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach (thawed and squeezed dry)
½ – 1 c. shredded carrots
1 c. sliced mushrooms
1/2 c. chopped tomatoes
2 chopped garlic scapes (optional, but amazingly amazing!)
1. Mix cottage cheese with spinach and carrots. Set aside. Grease 13 x 9 inch pan.
2. In pan, spread 1 c. spaghetti sauce. Then place 3 lasagna noodles. Next, spread cottage cheese mixture, then, veggies, then spaghetti sauce, then 1 c. mozzarella cheese. Repeat, except wait to add the top layer of mozzarella cheese during the last 10 minutes of baking time.
3. Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour.
(Great recipe to freeze for later!!!)