Gardenlandia- Adventures Around New Jersey: Pennsville Farm Market

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This is our second installment of the New Jersey focused adventure section of our website. And we have a lot to cover so I am going to jump right in!IMG_4317.GIF

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One of the best things about living in Jersey is that there is an abundance of farm stands everywhere. Southern Jersey in particular is super beautiful and crops are sprawling in every direction. All of these stands are an amazing resource to get really fresh food that is 10x tastier than you can get in the grocery store. And it feels better knowing that you are shopping from your own home state!

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Our favorite farm stand in NJ right now is right at the start of Pennsville.

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It’s called the Pennsville Farm Market and it’s always a good place to stop to pick up some local produce.

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They have a ton of pumpkins out and yummy local honey too.

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We have been on a mission to eat leaner and try to cut meat out of our diets to get healthier. So we grabbed some fat cherry tomatoes from the farm stand and knew we had to come up with something good to incorporate them into.

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New Jersey actually designated tomatoes as their state vegetable. And I applaud that because dammmmn tomatoes are good.

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We took 2 pounds of cherry tomatoes and chopped them up. I also had some multi colored tomatoes so I threw them in the pot too. I never had a purple tomato before so that was pretty cool. Eat the rainbow!

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Did you know that cooking most vegetables breaks down some of the nutritional benefits of your food. However with the hearty tomato, heating it can actually increase the positive effects of trans-lycopene 171%.

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Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, biotin, molybdenum and vitamin K. They are also a very good source of copper, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), vitamin B6, folate, niacin, vitamin E and phosphorus. So fill up on the good stuff!

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I incorporated black pepper, red pepper, fresh garlic, basil, salt, and caramelized purple onion into the pot. Put it on medium low and start working on some garlic bread to complement the sauce.

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We took some fresh sourdough bread and pan fried it with a bit of butter. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and add some fresh minced garlic.

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We wanted to try out these meatless meatballs and I have to say that they are such a great alternative to the real thing. You would never know they were vegitarian. After the sauce had thickened up I ladeled it onto the sourdough and added a few halved meatless meatballs on top.

And boom, you have a meatless tomato packed vegetarian meal that is full of cancer fighting vitamins and nutrients. Tomatoes are sooo good for you and if you cut out having to use meat or pasta in your dinner plans you can cut out a lot of calories and carbs to get lean!

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I just had the sauce and the meatless meatballs and the calories clocked in under 500 for a huge bowl. We have been using the My Fitness Pal app to try and cut down on calories and it’s going great. It’s such a great app to keep you honest when it comes to dieting.

If you want to skip the pasta and bread to cut back on carbs, but still have something like spaghetti, try a spaghetti squash! They are so good that you may stop wanting real pasta. They are a great low carb option and if you add tomato sauce and some meatballs, you’ve got a home run.

 

So what are some of your favorite places in NJ? What are your favorite veggie recipies?  Tell us about it @custodiexitus on Twitter!

Cheers! -Melissa

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