Tuesday Market

I was thinking it’s time for a little cleanse. I think between Labor Day and Halloween is a good time to ramp up on the fruit and vegetables and chill out on the red meat and cocktails. I think it’s time for a trip to the Tuesday Crescent City Farmer’s Market. Today the green plate special involves a selection of tacos and some vegan beans and rice and also some other mysterious vegetarian option that shall be my lunch.

And for dinner I’m getting the fresh veggies I need for this Summer Vegetable Ragout with Exotic Curry Sauce. Health, I’m coming for you.

Curry sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 small onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 small carrot, peeled, chopped
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, coarsely chopped and pounded with meat mallet to flatten slightly
  • 1 1-inch piece unpeeled fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 small Granny Smith apple, peeled, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder (preferably Madras)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 cups fresh carrot juice

Vegetables:

  • 1 1/2 pounds eggplants (about 2 medium), peeled, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 pound assorted summer squash (such as zucchini, yellow crookneck, and pattypan), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 pound green beans, haricots verts, and/or yellow wax beans, trimmed, cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 4 ears of corn, husked
  • 1 15- to 16-ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
  • 2 cups (packed) arugula
  • 1/4 cup torn fresh basil
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