Making Recipes From Your Trip To The Farmer's Market

Sunrise Senior Living  |  April 24, 2012

When you go shopping at your local farmer's market, you know that you're making the healthy choice, as vegetables found at these locations are fresh and nutritious. Filling up your reusable bags with loads of veggies can get you excited for cooking healthy cuisine, and you'll know that you're supporting your local farmers while preparing a delicious dish.

The recipe below from Stratford Court of Boca Pointe, Florida, not only features numerous vegetables that can be found at your local farmer's market, but also will provide the feeling of comfort food without going overboard on calories and unhealthy fats. For an even healthier option, you may want to consider substituting low-sodium chicken broth.

Silky Fennel and Red Pepper Soup with Shrimp and Asparagus Fritters
Stratford Court of Boca Pointe, Florida
Serves 8

Ingredients - Soup
4 large sweet red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
2 bulbs fennel with some of their greens
1 large baking potato, peeled
1 medium yellow onion
8 cloves garlic
1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil
1 gal. chicken stock
Kosher salt to taste
Fresh cracked pepper to taste
Sliced chives or chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Chop all vegetables coarsely, but keep separate until cooking as soup will be blended. Put olive oil in stock pot and heat. Add onion, garlic and fennel; season and let stew slowly to render flavor. Add bell peppers to pot, season and stir. Add chicken stock and potatoes. When potatoes are tender and ready for mashing, use blender and puree all ingredients. Check seasoning; salt and pepper to taste.

Ingredients - Fritters
1 lb. 31-35 count shrimp, peeled and deveined
6 asparagus stalks, trimmed
6 egg whites
1/2 small red onion
1 bunch basil
Kosher salt to taste
Fresh cracked pepper to taste

Grind all items. For best results, use largest eye on meat grinder or pulse with food processor and fold together by hand. Once made, using small ice cream scoop, drop raw fritters into vegetable oil of choice heated to 350 degrees and fry until done. Place fritters on soup; and garnish with sliced chives.