Bostonians – are you loving this weather or what? After such a long, hard winter, it’s been glorious to bask in the sunshine and finally step outside in shorts (!). Spring is also one of my favorite seasons because of the unique produce that pops up during this time of year. I’ve been seeing lots of asparagus, morel mushrooms, ramps, and fiddleheads at the restaurants around me.
I recently started a new job that’s located about a 2-minute walk from Whole Foods.
It’s so dangerous!
I’ve always liked going to the Whole Foods salad bar for lunch. Yes, it’s definitely pricey, but it’s hard to get such a wide variety of high quality fruits and vegetables everyday for lunch otherwise (we’ll see if that changes once my CSA farm share begins!). I usually try to keep my lunch around $7-8, which isn’t horrible. I like how I can sample random things I would probably never buy outright, like seitan, various types of marinated tofu, various Ethiopian “sauces”, and other unusual grains. It’s also a simple way to get lots of different fruits without committing to larger packages.
The more dangerous part about visiting Whole Foods is not the salad bar. It’s the produce section.
I really shouldn’t “just stop by to see what they have” so regularly. But I can’t help it.
And then I spot the ramps or the fiddleheads, and my restraint breaks completely.
Before you know it, I’m holding onto bags of random spring vegetables plus my little carton of salad from the salad bar and I’m ringing up a $30 “lunch”.
My ~ $20 worth of spring vegetables plus the gorgeous spicy fennel sausage I got at Savenor’s in Cambridge still cost a lot less than a similar quality meal at a restaurant. Better yet, we get to open our own wines, relax at home, and (sometimes), have enough leftovers for the next day.
This pasta recipe incorporates ramps, (optionally) fiddleheads, and spicy sausage. It is crazy simple and absolutely delicious. You can definitely finish everything in less than 30 minutes, maybe even less if you are speedy. Perfect for a quick, weeknight meal….