Direct Your Dining: Farmers Market Flatbread for Earth Day

Direct Your Dining: Farmers Market Flatbread for Earth Day

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Friday, April 22nd, 2016 is Earth Day, and in celebration of our desire to support our environment and planet, our recipe this week focuses on delicious, beautiful, and locally sourced produce from a local farmers market in the Houston, TX area.

Direct Your Dining: Farmers Market Flatbread for Earth Day
Whether you call it flatbread or a mini-pizza, just make sure you call it delicious!

This fabulous farmers market flatbread starts with a giant bunch of amazing organic flat leaf parsley I scored for less than a dollar. I use this delightful herb to create a perfect flatbread spread that combines local lemons with healthy oil and a great quick seasoning mix.

The golden beets and purple asparagus are two great seasonal finds for spring and summer. The golden beets possess a sweeter, smoother flavor compared to common red beets.

Compared to classic green asparagus, purple asparagus is nowhere near as stringy when cooked. In fact, it’s so delicate and fiber free, you only need to blanch it for 1 to 2 minutes before serving. This makes it a great choice for this low-energy-use recipe!

Direct Your Dining: Farmers Market Flatbread for Earth Day
Fresh ingredients always lead to fresh flavors.

This recipe is such an explosion of color! The deep green color of the parsley pairs delightfully with the bright golden beets and the purple asparagus. And with the addition of red onion slivers, you’re introducing even more color and flavor.

All in all, this recipe is a great starting point for experimenting with all of your farmers market produce finds. See the end of the recipe for ideas on other great seasonal farmers market finds, as the flavors in this dish can be matched with a variety of veggies.

Earth Day Farmer’s Market Flatbread

Parsley Spread Ingredients:

Direct Your Dining: Farmers Market Flatbread for Earth Day
Parsley – more than a generic garnish!
  • ½ c. Flat leaf parsley (approx. 2 handfuls)
  • 1 tbsp. Fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ c. Avocado or olive oil
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • ¼ tsp. Sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. Red chili pepper flakes
  • 1/8 tsp. Onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. Basil flakes

Directions:

Direct Your Dining: Farmers Market Flatbread for Earth Day
Parsley, olive oil, and seasoning can make a great marinade, too.

1) Hand-tear the parsley and place it in a food processor.

Direct Your Dining: Farmers Market Flatbread for Earth Day
The balance between oil, parsley, and how much you pulse the food processor will directly impact the texture of your spread.

2) Add all the other listed ingredients into the food processor along with the parsley and process for 30-40 seconds.

3) OPTIONAL: Add up to an extra tablespoon of oil to help the ingredients meld into the correct spread texture. This step can be necessary, as it is hard to measure exact amount of parsley.

4) Set in refrigerator to chill while you prepare the flatbread.

Flatbread Ingredients:

Direct Your Dining: Farmers Market Flatbread for Earth Day
Spice makes everything nice!
  • 4-6 Individual servings of flatbread
  • Parsley spread (from above)
  • 3-4 Golden beets
  • 1 Purple asparagus bunch
  • ¼ Red onion, thinly slivered
  • ¼ c. Feta cheese crumbles
  • 2 tbsp. Avocado or olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. Fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp. Fresh ground black peppercorns
  • ¼ tsp. Ground coriander
  • ¼ tsp. Sea salt
  • ¼ tsp. Dried thyme leaves

Directions:

Direct Your Dining: Farmers Market Flatbread for Earth Day
Yellow beets are much more fun than red ones.

1) Prep the golden beets by washing them, removing the greens and stems, peeling them, and cutting them into small pieces as shown in the picture. Hold the beets with a paper towel to prevent them from yellowing your hands.

Direct Your Dining: Farmers Market Flatbread for Earth Day
What a delightful shade of purple.

2) Prep the purple asparagus by washing the stalks and cutting them into small pieces as shown in the pictures.

Direct Your Dining: Farmers Market Flatbread for Earth Day
Be sure not to saturate your veggies in the olive oil. A simple coat is sufficient.

3) Toss the beets and asparagus with the avocado or olive oil, lemon juice, pepper, coriander, sea salt, and dried thyme leaves.

Direct Your Dining: Farmers Market Flatbread for Earth Day
Spread out your veggies on the baking sheet so they bake evenly.

4) Move the seasoned vegetables to a baking sheet and bake at 400° F (204° C) for ten (10) minutes.

Direct Your Dining: Farmers Market Flatbread for Earth Day
Don’t overload your flatbread with the spread, or all you’ll taste is the parsley.

5) Spread a thin layer of the parsley spread on each flatbread.

Direct Your Dining: Farmers Market Flatbread for Earth Day
Time to load up!

6) Top each flatbread with pieces of the roasted vegetables, red onion slivers, and crumbled feta cheese.

7) Place the flatbread back in the oven at 400° F (204° C) for five (5) more minutes.

Direct Your Dining: Farmers Market Flatbread for Earth Day
You want a golden-brown color around the edge of each flatbread to ensure even cooking.

8) Turn the broiler on high for 2 to 3 more minutes to make the flatbread and veggies golden and crispy.

Direct Your Dining: Farmers Market Flatbread for Earth Day
Happy Earth Day from Direct Energy!

This fresh farmers market vegetable flatbread dish makes for a perfect vegetarian appetizer at a party or meal for dinner. You can also skip the feta cheese and replace it with almond or cashew pieces to create a fabulous vegan flatbread (just make sure your flatbread isn’t made with items like milk, butter, or eggs).

Don’t be afraid to get creative with your roasted vegetables! Explore the farmers markets in your area to find any new and exciting vegetables available. Try white asparagus, red beets, summer squash, colored bell peppers, or any other in-season veggies with this recipe, and it will still be delicious.

What seasonal produce have you found at your local farmers market? Share with us in the comments!

Check back in every week for more Direct Your Dining recipes to help reduce your energy use in the kitchen while getting creative with delicious dishes!

Recipe and Images by Stacie Morgan

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