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Ready, Set, Grill! Summertime Grilled Vegetables

Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Health, Local Ingredients, Paula Martin, Recipes

Summer grilling is in full swing!  Local vegetables are ready to join the picnic.

Here are our favorite vegetables to throw on the grill:

squash Carrots
 Cauliflower
 Corn
 Eggplant
 Garlic
 Green Beans
 Mushrooms
 Onions
 Peppers
 Summer squash & zucchini
• Potatoes
• Asparagus

Grilling vegetables is a good way to meet your daily vegetable intake goals or event go meat free at the next family barbecue. Find these veggies at a farmers market near you.

The National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, has identified that a high consumption of well-done, barbecued meats is associated with an increased risk of colorectal, pancreatic, and prostate cancer due to the formation of harmful chemicals when they are cooked.  Fruits and vegetables do not pose the same risk when grilled as long as you avoid charring by:

• Soaking wooden skewers in water to prevent burning kabobs;
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Using a grill basket to prevent small pieces from falling, which may cause flare-ups; &
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Staying attentive to the grill while cooking.

One of my favorite things to swap into the menu during the summer is this easy grilled sandwich when I’m ready for a break from the traditional BBQ fare. It’s high in dietary fiber,  Vitamins A & C, and good source of protein- PLUS it is filling & tastes great!

Grilled Vegetable Sub Sandwich: (makes one serving)

½  sweet bell pepper (green, red, yellow) ¼ purple eggplant, skin on

¼ small summer squash, like zucchini, skin on 1 tbs. balsamic and olive oil dressing

¼ small onion, peeled 1 large Kaiser Roll or sandwich bun

1 slice provolone cheese (optional) olive oil, for lightly brushing  

Cut the vegetables in uniform sizes. Lightly brush with olive oil. Place in a grill basket. Grill on low to medium heat until wilted or fork tender. Remove from heat. In a large bowl, toss with the TLD recommended The Redhead’s balsamic vinaigrette. Place vegetables (as many as can fit) on the Kaiser Roll and top with provolone cheese. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts: Cal 442 , Fat 23g, Sat Fat 5g, Carb 46g, Dietary Fiber 7g, Pro 14g, Vit A 40% DV, Vit C 136% DV, Calcium 17%

Paula Martin is the Community Health Coordinator for TLD and a registered dietitian. Contact here at health@localdifference.org

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Winter on the Farm: Daybreak Dreamfarm

Bailey Samp, Farmers Markets, Find Local Food, Recipes, Stories

We’ve asked three different farmers during the long winter months, “What are your plans this winter?” The winter is a very different time for farmers, it’s a time for reflection, a rapid change of pace, and occasionally a chance to relax!

This month, we spoke to Patrick and Kelly of Daybreak Dreamfarm. The two met working for the Maine Conservation Corps, found their way to Pond Hill Farm for an internship a few years later and decided to cultivate their own dream and start a farm in 2014!

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The Coolest Thing About My Job

Economy, Find Local Food, Get Involved, Learn More, Molly Stepanski, Stories

I’m not bragging, but there are a lot of cool things about my job as the NE Local Food Coordinator with Taste the Local Difference. I get to hang out with other local farmers, producers, and small business owners; I get to eat the food they’ve grown or created; drink the libations they’ve conceived; partake of their businesses’ inventions; help put on events celebrating their work; and tell everybody how great this region of Michigan is because of these people and their labors of love. It’s a pretty sweet deal.  

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Thanksgiving Favorites

Holiday, Thanksgiving, Tricia Phelps

TriciaPhelpsFacebookLive-InstagramOur former Operations Director Tricia Phelps, has just taken the reins and become Taste the Local Difference’s new CEO. Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities featured a story on Tricia and the path that led her to local food and TLD.

Read the story here and learn more!

AND with Thanksgiving on the horizon, Tricia shared recipes for some of her new and old favorites — dig in, and have a wonderful holiday, filled with lots and lots of local food!

 

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Edible WOW: Cooking Fresh this Summer

Economy, Edible WOW, Find Local Food, Guest Post, Recipes, Southeast Michigan

Protect your health and environment by making conscientious food choices. According to the Center for science in the Public interest, “eating healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way” is important to repair our food system. spending some of your food dollars on food produced locally secures our food system by decreasing pollution from long-haul transportation and health scares created by cheap, industrial-scale agriculture. The advantage of knowing where your food comes from, who grows it and how they treat the land, and knowing your money is going right back into your community is significant. The freshest, ripest, best-tasting foods are easy to find right now at your local farmers’ markets and community farms.

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How to Store & Savor the Season

Find Local Food, Recipes, Tricia Phelps

If you’re like me, it’s an exciting time when fall hits home in Michigan. The cooler weather brings out comfortable layers and more of my time is just naturally spent in the kitchen. But as fall sinks in, I really start to feel the need to store and savor the last bits of summer and the flavors of fall.

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Flatbread Pizza With Asparagus and Goat Cheese

Recipes, Spring, Tricia Phelps

This simple grilled flatbread is a summer staple. As the seasons change, try mixing it up with local topping combinations like Strawberries, Basil & Leelanau Raclette or Summer Squash, Zucchini & Boss Mouse Montasio! This simple five-minute naan is even tasty enough to eat by itself.

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Simple Vegetable Soup

Recipes, Tenille Enger

I first encountered this soup in Ireland, where the recipe varies from home to home based upon their likes and what they may have on hand.  

Though wonderful as written, don’t be afraid to substitute or add.  Roasted root vegetables, squash, sweet potatoes, broccoli, even leftover green bean casserole.  I wouldn’t hesitate to include any of them because once pureed, this is one of those dishes where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

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Plum Galette

Recipes, Tenille Enger

As the holidays approach, here is an ace for your sleeve: a wonderfully unfussy and extremely versatile tart that comes together quickly, thanks to the help of the food processor. Blitz up a batch or two of the crust dough and stash them in the freezer to pull out for effortless entertaining, or if, like me, this is your idea of  a perfectly appropriate weekend breakfast to bolster you before the holiday onslaught.