Conroe Saturday AM market

  (Conroe, Texas)
Exciting ways to use Produce

An exciting lunch using SamM salsa

Today I had stood with the fridge door open. Wondering what would be exciting to create. I saw SamM salsa , homemade 1000's Island dressing, Blue cheese dressing, dill pickles, Fresh spinach, Rice and Broccoli casserole. After scouring the landscape and not wanting to repeat last nights dinner yet,here is what I decided. I went to the pantry and found Starkist tuna, opened the can and drained off the juice. In a small mixing bowl I mixed:

6 oz drained tuna

2Tbsp. Blue cheese dressing

1Tbsp. 1000 island dressing

1/4 cup SamM salsa {tomato, spanish onion, balsamic vinegar}

I took the tuna mixture added it between 2 slices of wheat bread with Fresh baby spinach, sliced baby dill, and 3 sliced Fresh tomatoes. I wanted to make 3 of these sandwiches. I decided to stretch this wonderful creation over the next few days. I will make another one tomorrow.



Childhood favorite with fresh veggies and herbs

Back to Fresh veggies bought at Market. This week when I arrived home from Market I had Fresh Tomatoes for SamM salsa. Tomatoes , spanish Onions, and Balsamic vinegar are in the salsa so far.

Fresh green beans, broccoli, Strawberries, and Red, Yellow and Green pepper. Tonight for dinner I made a childhood classic.Chicken rice broccoli casserole. Understand when my mother made this dish, the rice is overcooked. The fifth taste Umami also plays an important role in this dish. {Taking its name from Japanese, umami is a pleasant savoury taste imparted by glutamate, a type of amino acid, and ribonucleotides, including inosinate and guanylate, which occur naturally in many foods including meat, fish, vegetables and dairy products. As the taste of umami itself is subtle and blends well with other tastes to expand and round out flavors, most people don't recognize umami when they encounter it, but it plays an important role making food taste delicious }

Blanch 2 heads of Broccoli in 4 cups of savory juices from the fridge.        Take the blanched Broccoli out of the hot liquid and add chicken thighs or legs. Add 2 cups of rice.Bring to a boil                                                   Add milk or cream,

Pour the chicken, rice, milk, and add back the broccoli to a casserole dish.

Season to taste with Thyme, Sage, Sea salt, Black pepper. Fresh Herbs when possible. 

Bake the casserole in 350 F for 1 hour.Cover with tin foil if you do not want crispy broccoli.

The only thing missing from my fridge was grated Parmesean.

 When I try this dish in restaurants they do not normally overcook the rice. It only taste correct if the rice is overcooked.


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