There are a lot of great things about living in California. The great weather, the mountains, the beaches, rivers, lakes, and all the amazing landmarks we have to visit. However, one of my absolute favorite things about living in California, is abundance of natural resources we have. In particular, the fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and pasture raised animal products produced from our awesome farmers. California farmers generate over 100 billion annual economic activity for our state and farming is one of the largest employers in our state. We feel blessed to live in an area where if we wanted, we could go to a farmer’s market everyday to purchase nearly everything we need to flourish with healthy living. Not only do we have farmers markets to purchase local foods from, but many of our grocery stores carry California Grown products.
Actually, many grocery stores around the country carry California grown products. California farmers and ranchers play a critical role in growing the delicious, healthy, safe and affordable foods that feed families across California and the U.S. California grows nearly half of the fruits, nuts and vegetables grown in the U.S. So the next time you’re in the grocery store, you just might find something yummy from California!
Like I did the other day while at Whole Foods,
It’s orange season around here so at most farmers markets and grocery stores you’ll find mounds of oranges, mandarins, clementines, and tangerines.
They are so sweet, juicy and delicious especially since they are grown right here in my backyard.
I picked up a few supplies for a delicious California grown dinner that turned out to be amazing!
I grabbed some California grown oranges, kalamata olives and fresh fish caught off the San Francisco coast at the farmers market.
- 2 oranges, peeled and diced
- 1/4 cup chopped kalamta olives
- 2 tbsp. diced red onions
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- 2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- For Fish
- 4-5 filets of white fish (I used cod but you could use any mild white fish)
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1 tbsp. arrowroot powder or tapioca flour
- 1 egg + 1 tbsp. water
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- 2-3 tbsp. coconut oil
- First make the relish by combining all relish ingredients in a medium bowl.
- Refrigerate while preparing fish.
- Heat oil over medium heat in a skillet.
- Place flours in a shallow dish and whisk together.
- Crack egg into shallow dish, add water and whisk gently.
- Rinse and pat dry fish then season with salt and pepper.
- Dip fish into egg mixture, then into flour mixture.
- Gently tap some of the flour off of the fish before placing it in the pan to cook.
- Cook filets for 4-5 minutes per side then remove from pan and top with relish.
For dessert, I whipped up a simple, unique, tasty Chocolate Mousse that had a secret healthy ingredient. Avocados!
Chocolate Mousse doesn’t have to be complicated to make. Just a few simple ingredients including California grown avocados, oranges and almond milk. Speaking of almonds, did you know that California is the nation’s top nut producer” Actually, California grows 100% of the United State’s supply of almonds. That’s a lot of nuts!
To make this delicious recipe, soak 3 pitted dates in 1/4 cup orange juice for at least an hour. Place 2 whole, ripe avocados into a food processor along with dates and orange juice, 2 tbsp. almond milk, 1/4 cup cocoa powder and 1-2 tbsp. honey. Pulse scraping down the sides frequently until smooth and creamy. Top with shaved dark chocolate and enjoy!
As you can see, California has so much more to offer than just sunny skies and sandy beaches. Farm fresh food that can be turned into delicious dishes!!!!
If you’re interested in learning more about California farming and ranching, you can head here to Cultivate California for an abundance of information.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.