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{July 9, 2011}   YDFM Lovefest

I can’t even begin to tell you how great it is to live back near Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market. Not only can you get $150 worth of groceries for $60, but it also has such a huge variety of food! I’ve been going to YDFM each weekend and have been happily up to my eyebrows in fresh produce. This has, of course, inspired me to cook.

This morning, I noticed that I had several bananas and two mangos that were super ripe (and on the verge of being over ripe). What to do? What to do? Oh yeah, let’s make something. G is working tonight, so I sat down and Googled “mango banana” to see what kinds of recipes were out there. I found a few that looked good and prepared for greatness.

All decked out in my favorite apron (pardon the mess on top of the fridge, cabinet space is limited).

The first recipe is for Banana Mango Bread. I didn’t have any walnuts at the house, so I used sliced almonds. I also made mini-loaves instead of making two big loaves so that I can give them out at work next week. Other than those two tweaks, I used the recipe as is and man is it good. It’s so moist and flavorful. I could have eaten the batter raw…and maybe I did, but that’s neither here nor there. See how well they turned out:

Delicious Mango-Banana Loaves, hot from the oven!

I still had one banana and one mango left on the shelf that needed using, so I whipped up a batch of Mango-Banana Frozen Yogurt. I peeled and pureed the mango and banana and mixed it together with one container of 0% fat vanilla Greek yogurt, one teaspoon vanilla and two tablespoons of honey. I poured that mixture into the ice cream maker and voila!

Healthy and delicous!

Needless to say G will be one happy boy when he gets home tonight. Do you shop at the farmer’s market? What has it inspired you to make?

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