This week's farm fresh basket for East Knoxville includes:
Baby sweet bell peppers Grapes Sweet potatoes Cucumbers Crookneck squashes Sweet bell pepper Zucchinis Large tomatoes Cherry tomatoes Okra Spaghetti squash
You can bake or microwave the sweet potato, cut it in half and stir the fillings up, and add barbecue pulled meat. Top with green onions, and a little ranch, and enjoy for lunch!
The okra can be breaded and fried as traditional, but it can also be grilled (cut, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning, then grill just a few minutes per side, until char shows up) and oven roasted (cut it up, toss it with olive oil and seasoning, 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes).
The large tomatoes are so gorgeous and tasty, you don't want to do too much to them. They are great sliced, sprinkled with salt and pepper, and eaten just like that. They are also great as a sandwich with toasted bread, a little mayo, and salt & pepper.
The grapes make a great snack. You could also slice them in half and add them to some yogurt and granola for a delicious parfait.
Baby bell peppers, cucumber, and cherry tomatoes are great in a salad. Again, you can make jars of salads - cut everything up, put the heavy things in the bottom of the jar, add lettuce, and store in the fridge. Make a bunch and enjoy all week long. Just pour the salad jar out upside down into a bowl to eat. Or add dressing, shake like crazy, and eat it right out of the jar!
The bell pepper is great sliced and cooked with sliced onion and a little butter in a pan on medium heat until softened. It's great sliced or chopped into an omelet. And don't forget fajitas!
Spaghetti squashes are awesome. You can cook them whole - just pierce a few times and cook them in a 375 degree oven for about an hour, until you can pierce through it easily with a knife. Allow to cook and then cut in half and scrape the seeds out. Then take a fork and start scraping - it will make spaghetti-like strands that you can use as pasta in any dish. Or simply drizzle with a little olive oil, salt & pepper, and Parmesan, and enjoy!