Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Fade to White

We are fortunate to be able to continue buying fresh vegetables and fruits for reasonable prices at Miles [Farmers] Market as winter nudges its way into our lives.

Each week, we come home with 2 large bags filled with fresh vegetables, typically spending $10-15 on each trip this time of year. During our recent trip, we foraged potatoes, eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, green beans, grapefruit, pears, oranges, basil, brussels sprouts, and cabbage.

Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage patch

With both of us sick, we veered from our meal plans for the week. Our dinner two nights ago included brussels sprouts, zucchini, fried chicken tenderloins, and rice with furikake, toasted sesame and nori.

Bug tossed, in batches, a carton of brussels sprouts into a grill pan and sauteed the zucchini separately in a pan.

Brussels Sprouts Done
Jailbird sprouts

After the vegetables were done, Bug fried the breaded chicken tenderloins in peanut oil. Dunked in an egg wash, the tenderloins were rolled in a simple but flavorful breading that consisted of flour, salt, pepper, and paprika.

As a front row spectator, this came with the benefit of being at arms length to the grilled sprouts while the meal came together.

Fried chicken1
Dinner's ready!

I can't imagine a more perfect batch of moist and tender fried chicken. The batter was crisp, not abrasive, and delightfully peppery.

The meal was also cheap.
1 lb of brussels sprouts ($0.99)
2 zucchini ($1.27)
8 chicken tenderloins ($1.37)

Total: $3.63

This was a delicious dinner with enough leftover for a light lunch to anticipate while sitting in morning meetings.

- Cassaendra

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