How many veggies?


We have been trying to eat a little healthier around the Dear family.  Thanks to my bartering with vendors at farmers market, we have been able to get some great fresh veggies at little or no cost.  It has been really friendly to the budget line item. The girls are sometimes scared of what veggies I may be bring home, except for the little one – she loves it.  We have able to try new vegetables like – kale, spaghetti squash, and eggplant.  I have enjoyed trying these and thinking of what I can do with them, or try to hide.

I do get questions when it comes time for dinner – what veggies are in here this time? They have tried everything I have put before them.  One thing I am rather happy to discover is “cauliflower rice”.  I really like it much better in my chicken fried rice.  Fried rice is a family favorite and I wanted to make it healthier because I cannot eat rice.  I found how to make “rice” using cauliflower. To me, I cannot really taste much difference, and I prefer it this way.

I did talk with one of the vendors about her mushroom logs.  I eat mushrooms as almost every meal.  I love them! She grows her own mushrooms and sells them at the market.  In the spring she inoculates the logs for a new crop.  She also told me that you can come out and help and earn your own log for free – SOLD!! I see a homeschool field trip next year.


Chicken Fried “Rice”

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fresh green bean that i roasted one night

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kale chips! where have you been all my life


fresh veggies ready to cook up


shrimp and veggies