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In the Northern California region we have a lot of options for buying local including many farmers markets, CSA subscriptions, and even my neighborhood Safeway grocery store. In fact, this gorgeous basket of fruits and vegetables, provided by Safeway, came from local farms. Yes, this was towards the end of summer, (so some of these are perhaps out of season now!) but I'm finally feeling well enough to share the easy dinner I made with a few of these delicious ingredients. Perhaps my simple concoction of veggies will encourage your family to incorporate more fresh, local produce into your meals too.
With some quick chopping, zucchini, red peppers and yellow summer squash are ready to cook. I love such vibrant colors together. I wanted to just stare at them all day! They're so pretty!
Simply throw your veggies into your cast iron with some grass-fed butter and stir occasionally until cooked to your liking. I prefer to enjoy them just as they begin to soften, but definitely not soggy. This generally takes about 12-15 minutes.
I use a seasoned salt to season them up, and towards the end I added some leftover organic chicken (also from Safeway) that I had previously cooked for a well-rounded meal. Viola! A very simple, easy recipe that is not only healthy and satisfying, but LOCAL. The taste and quality of the veggies was excellent.
This simple recipe can be changed throughout the year to incorporate whatever veggies are in season. Oftentimes I enjoy substituting broccoli or carrots.
Safeway is dedicated to fostering tight-knit relationships with local growers in Northern California (and many other parts of the country) to ensure that locally sourced, quality produce is easily available to integrate into your meals at home.
I enjoy shopping at my local Safeway for produce, especially when I know I can find a large assortment of organic and/or local produce throughout the year. They also seem to be making a great effort to continue to expand their organic and/or local options in every department too. Kudos to Safeway!
Tell me. Do you try to buy local?