One of our favorite Saturday morning traditions is going to local Farmers’ Markets. Every Saturday, we try to have the perfect combination of Food Network shows, coffee and a quick stroll through a Farmers’ Market. Without these things, our Saturdays are not complete. We love all of the delicious produce and goods that can be found in our local Sacramento Farmers’ Markets. Lately, we have discovered a small but amazing market right around the corner from us. Although it is so close, we foolishly have overlooked it this summer. We are so glad that we gave it a shot last week, because we found some of the tastiest vegetables! In turn, because of our spur of the moment visit, we were able to create some of the best dishes from one shopping bag. This meal in particular was inspired solely from our trip. We found gorgeous eggplant and perfectly ripe tomatoes. With this combination, we knew that eggplant pomodoro would be a fantastic dish to try. This easy eggplant pomodoro tasted just like summer and was the perfect light, yet satisfying dish to make in a hurry. Every bite was so refreshing and highlighted the fresh vegetables beautifully.
Eggplant is one of those foods that I often overlook. When looking for foods to put into pastas or other hearty dishes, I mostly choose the same vegetables to incorporate into our foods. Each time I grab an eggplant instead of a zucchini, it is always a tasty decision. Eggplant adds so much to meals, whether it is the centerpiece of the dish or an unexpected side. We especially love when it replaces meat or when it adds incredible texture to a dinner.
This easy eggplant pomodoro is something that was so completely enjoyable to eat. With every bite, Dan and I kept looking at each other in amazement. We loved how it was so fresh and light and yet kept us full all night. With summer not yet coming to an end, it perfectly embodied all of the great flavors of this great season. Even though I am sad to see summer ending soon, this meal helped to keep summer alive a little longer. We know that if you try it, you will love how flavorful, bold and delicious this summer pasta truly is. Maybe it will encourage you to check out your local Farmers’ Market or add eggplant to more of your meals.