in the news: milwaukee public market

My good friend Mary Beth had told me about this market and so with my frequent Milwaukee trips recently I knew I had to get there. During my last visit when I was with my Mom, we were a little too late and the market was already closed :(
The Market consists of various little shops and then various food stations (kind of like a food court but MUCH nicer, with WAY better food!) They have sushi, an oyster bar, Mediterranean, Mexican, Wisconsin, bakery, etc. I was in heaven.

I started my day off at the Green Kitchen for a green juice. The juice consisted of apple, cucumber, lime and wheat grass. It was pretty good but I had really been hoping for my favorite combo.

We ended up going back for lunch with the parents before my cousins wedding so that we could each get what we were feeling (plus I was kind of obsessed with it by this point). I went with the Mediterranean flavors (per usual) and got a side salad along with falafel, hummus and tabbouleh. (Also where I got the inspiration for this meal) The hummus and tabbouleh were great but cold falafel? Not totally my thing. I love it hot, but apparently not cold.

I’ll be heading back to the market in a few weeks for another trip to Milwaukee…next to try? Either a salad at the Green Kitchen or a trip to the Wine Bar. Or both if I’m feeling especially crazy :)

lunchables for adults

In my quest for new lunches, I decided to make some of my favorite snacks into lunch. Meet the lunchables. Adult version.
2 French Meadow Sprouted Fat Flush Tortillas, baked until crispy, cucumber, lettuce, red peppers


home-made hummus, marinated artichokes & kalamata olive tapenade

Voila! A quick to assemble lunch – extremely portable and most importantly?
Delicious! I was so excited for lunch this day!



Another twist on the lunchables:
home-made hummus and tapenade

Greek Salad (not pictured) and Quinoa Tabbouleh

Recipe for Quinoa Tabbouleh:
1/2 cup quinoa, cooked as directed
1 bunch of parsley, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 cucumber, chopped
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon
salt & pepper

Toss all ingredients and enjoy. Easy and refreshing.

mediterranean rice salad

As you know, I love the flavors from the Mediterranean. I came across a recipe by Lundberg’s for a Greek Rice Salad and knew that this was calling my name. I figured it would be perfect to take for lunch for a different salad with more than just veggies. And it was perfect! I made it on a Sunday and used it for 2 lunches that week (and saved a little bit for the taster too!) It was delicious but I think next time I’ll add some chopped olives for a little more flavor.
Mediterranean Rice Salad:
2 cups cooked Organic Brown Rice (Lundberg’s is my favorite)
1/2 cup Sundried Tomato Tapenade (from leftover Tapas Night)
1 cup Marinated Artichokes
1/2 cup sliced Green Onions
Served over greens, green peppers, cucumbers and sprinkled with feta cheese.

What is your go-to lunch? I need some new lunch ideas!!

mussels

I have been dying to make mussels for months now so I finally just got some! I have a recipe for Coconut Curry Mussels but I also wanted to try a wine-based broth. I sauteed leeks in some olive oil with salt and pepper. Add in the mussels, wine, garlic, lemon juice and parsley.  Cover and steam for 8 minutes. Serve in bowls with nice, crusty whole grain bread and gremolata. So lovely. And surprisingly easy. Maybe I can bribe my parents to visit with mussels???

Gremolata:
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
zest from 1 lemon
1 clove garlic, minced
Mussels:
1 lb. mussels
2 leeks, sliced thin
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 cups white wine (I used the tasters chard, sorry!)
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
3/4 cup parsley, rough chopped
Juice from 1 lemon