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Day before Farmers’ Market


Many days of the week have familiar cute names, such as Meatless Mondays, Hump Day Wednesdays and don’t forget TGI Fridays. Despite all that levity there is also a saddest day of the week – the day BEFORE the farmer’s market. It’s the day that Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard and saw that her cupboard was bare. She wanted to make lunch but looked at her supply of vegetables and saw only a small handful of spinach, a couple of cherry tomatoes and a quarter of an onion. What to do!?

Faced with even a small bunch of vegetables, you can make a delicious lunch by serving them on toasted flatbread. My favorite flatbreads are the original naan available at most local supermarkets. They are delicious right out of the package but take on a sublime flavor when toasted or lightly grilled and make a wonderful base for an easy lunch.

Depending on what you have available, lightly sauté chopped vegetables such as onion and spinach in a little olive oil until they wilt then put them on toasted naan. Top with some chopped tomatoes, some fresh herbs and a sprinkling of cheese. Drizzle some olive oil on top and perhaps a little balsamic vinegar or a spritz of fresh lemon juice. You’ll be amazed at how few vegetables it takes to make a really delicious lunch.

This recipe also works well on pita bread. For a more substantial meal, add some meat cut into small bite-size pieces.

When you replenish your supply of vegetables at the Farmer’s Market be sure to save every little leftover for next week’s new version of veggies on naan!