There is something about the addition of fresh herbs to everyday meals that always bring them over the top. Dry herbs just don’t seem to cut it the way fresh herbs do. Unfortunately I was born without a functional green thumb and fresh herbs from the grocery store tend to carry a heavy price tag.
This particular dilemma is where Farmer’s Markets play an important role. While strolling through one of my favorite Farmer’s Markets this past weekend I discovered plants of fresh Basil and Oregano for roughly $1 a piece!
I immediately bought one of each. I figured for that very low price tag I can have fresh herbs in all of my favorite dishes until I either pick the plant dry or it dies on me. Its the perfect win-win situation. 🙂
The fresh basil and oregano were the perfect addition to my Roasted Vegetables with Marinara Sauce this evening.
For this particular variation of my favorite combinations I roasted Acorn Squash, Tofu, Onion, & Broccoli with a little S&P at 420 in the oven for 25 minutes. When the veggie were soft I coated them with marinara sauce and some brie cheese from my FoodBuzz swag bag.
Of course as I mentioned above, the fresh basil and oregano I sprinkled on top were what made this dish a hit. The fresh herbs gave the dish a very fresh taste.
On the side I got some carbs in with a piece of whole wheat toast.
For dessert I was finally able to enjoy my Carrot Cake Cupcake i brought home in a to go container from the Food & Wine Festival yesterday.
The cupcake was moist and tasty, however it was seriously lacking in the icing department. I know they were going for the chic cupcake look, but a cupcake just isn’t a cupcake without a good amount of icing piled on. Am I right?
For a snack this afternoon I had a piece of Pumpkin Cornbread.
Still madly in love with this stuff. I froze a few pieces so you can expect to see it every once in a while on the blog for a couple of weeks. 😉
Calling all Tallahassee Runners…
Any Tallahassee readers out there willing to join me for a run this weekend? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested! 🙂