Have you considered visiting The Local Farmers Market for Breakfast foods to get your day started right?
If you are looking for fresh, creative breakfast ideas, you can’t do better than the local farmers market. Who knows better about how best to use what’s fresh and available than the people who grow it? You need a day’s worth of energy in your breakfast, just like the farmers do. So, why not start your day by making a great breakfast with the ingredients you picked up at the local farmers market? Here are a few ideas to get you started making a nutritious and delicious morning meal.
Very Special Pancakes
A farmers market breakfast can start with anything. To make it simple, let’s look at a breakfast favorite, the pancake. But, if you’re thinking plain, think again. How about a plate of pancakes with chives, goat cheese, and fresh peas? If that idea doesn’t get your mouth watering, you might want to try other herbs, vegetables, fresh greens, and specialty cheeses. You can even mix some pureed pumpkin or other squash into the batter. I’m a big fan for putting corn into the pancake mix. Usually I roast corn the night before that we enjoy with dinner that night, then, if I am lucky enough to have a few ears of roasted corn left over, I remove it from the husks and use some of it in pancakes the next day, and make a corn salsa with the rest.
If you’re looking for sweet instead of savory, or a combination of the two, try a selection of seasonal berries or fruit, then mix in fresh herbs to compliment. Peaches and rosemary are a good combination that surprises and delights the taste buds. You can add soft cheeses to fruit filled pancakes just as successfully as you can to savory pancakes. No matter what’s in season at your farmers market, you can find a way to include it in a pancake in the morning.
Some people call it hash, others call it a skillet meal, but no matter what you call it, you know it’s downright delicious. Start by taking seasonal potatoes, scrub them or peel them, and cook them in a big pot of salted water just until knife tender. Drain the pot and let them cool, then dice them. You have the beginning to a hash skillet medley. Grab any fresh produce you brought home from the market; onions, peppers, zucchini, bush beans, rutabaga, turnips, carrots, kale, collards… well, you get the idea.
Get your big skillet out, throw in some oil or butter or diced bacon and start frying. Get your potatoes in there, then start adding whatever you want and cook until potatoes are browned and the rest of the veggies are tender. You can top the skillet meal with some cheese, chili beans, shredded cooked meat, or even an egg or two. Whatever you add to the skillet, you’ve got a base built on farm freshness that is bound to please.
Don’t panic – crepes are actually incredibly easy. The problem people have with crepes is that the batter is not the right consistency. Make sure the batter is thin enough to easily swirl around in the pan. If your batter looks like pancake batter in the bowl, it’s too thick. Find a good recipe for crepe batter or buy a pre-boxed mix. You can always switch to homemade once you get an idea of how crepe batter should look. Just keep in mind that the home made batter will be much healthier, without the chemicals added that the mix has. But, enough of that. Let’s get to the fun stuff.
Crepes can actually be flavored themselves. If you are making a savory crepe dish, filled with herbs and veggies, add a few herbs right into the crepes. If you are making sweet crepes, filled with warm spices and fruit, add a few of those spices in the crepes. This isn’t necessary, but it is pretty and tasty. Once you have made your crepes, you’re ready for the filling. Lightly fried or grilled strips of zucchini with a soft herbed cheese makes a nice savory crepe. Seasonal fruit combined with a simple custard is a beautiful start to the day. My wife loves it when I make them with fresh berries. Whether sweet or savory, crepes make breakfast just seem more special.
A trip through the local farmers market should give you plenty of inspiration for these three simple breakfast choices. Fresh is best, whether it’s dinner, lunch, or the nicest meal of the day – breakfast. This is the best time of the year to be visiting your local farmers market, the crops are coming to harvest almost daily, It doesn’t get any better than that.
If you would like to learn about using herbs in your kitchen, my kindle book Herbs In The Kitchen is available at: http://chefwilliamlikes.me/The Herb Book
This books contain information on herbs as well as some recipes to introduce you to some you may have not been using. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did when I was testing the recipes for the book.