One of our favorite things to do on a Saturday morning is hit the local farmers market and get some fresh fruit and try a strange vegetable we haven’t had before. What is it about those samples that will get my little monsters to try just about anything that is offered? I literally had to swat them away like flies from the shishito peppers this week. Maybe it is the toothpicks that can be turned quickly into a mini sword to stab each other with? As long as they are lining up to eat some kale I am happy to let them have a few sword fights!
Their favorite booth hands down is the Pickle Man – we never leave without an overflowing container of pickle chips that are immediately devoured with lunch. It could be that this is the place with the most samples, but the man who runs the booth also engages with the boys and gives out pickled peppers like candy. I just stand and cringe as other customers watch with mild disgust as my boys dirty hands reach into the bin before I can stop them!
Here is an easy dish I make to get them to eat all those veggies once we are home:

Farmers Market Chili

This week we bought Lita squash, which is similar to zucchini but sweeter.


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 lb. ground turkey

1 large yellow onion (grated)

2 medium Lita squash (grated)

1-teaspoon cumin

1-teaspoon garlic salt

1/2 teaspoon red cayenne pepper

1 can diced tomatoes (fire-roasted if available)

1 can black beans

1/2 cup frozen corn (optional)

Salt & pepper

Heat olive oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add the turkey, breaking it up with wooden spoon as it browns, about 5 minutes. Add the onion and zucchini (squeeze out excess water) and cook until most liquid is evaporated and vegetables are softened, about 8 minutes. Add the cumin, garlic salt and cayenne (add more pepper if you desire), and stir for about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and beans *, bring to boil. Add corn and then reduce heat and let simmer until thickens, about 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
* My boys don’t want to see beans or large chunks of tomatoes so I throw these into the food processor to break them up a bit. This way they know it is there but are not offended by it and won’t throw themselves to the floor in a screaming tantrum.
– Serve with tortilla chips or just add a little grated cheddar on top.
Voila! And barely a vegetable in sight!
And the VERDICT is:
We had a play-date and served this for dinner.  It was a huge hit and seconds were had by almost all- here are some of the comments:
Jaume (age 4 – serious Spiderman fan) – “Is there seaweed in this?” (guess I didn’t hide the Lita squash enough – but he did have 2 bowls!)
Shauna (age 5 – budding foodie) – “That was some delicious chili!”
Liam (age 3 – pickiest eater at the table) – “Take out the corn” – 2 minutes later…. “I love the corn, Mommy)

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