Fresh Eating in the DR
One of my favorite things about Luperon Harbor in the Dominican Republic is the availability of fresh fruits and veggies. Each Monday, Thursday and Saturday the ‘veggie guy” with the “veggie truck” comes to Puerto Blanco Marina with a truck full of fresh fruits and veggies from his garden. It took me a few weeks to realize how special this ‘truck’ was because I was a little shy to go and look, but once I did I made his weekly visits part of my weekly schedule. Every Monday, Thursday and Saturday if we aren’t out and about doing something I am anxiously awaiting the radio announcement that Marino and his fresh fruits and veggies are here! My meal plans and prep usually coincide with what I can/ hope to get from him and I usually head over with a list in hand!
Last week was the first time I got to visit the ‘veggie truck’ since returning to the DR and I got a pineapple, carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, peppers and a zucchini. Just a few things to start out so that nothing would go bad. So one night I decided to make roasted vegetables, it sounded like a great way to use up what we had. When I was home this summer my mom and aunt Kathy made roasted veggies and marinaded them in EVOO, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and some spices and they were delicious! So I tried that here on the boat and they were amazing, even Matt enjoyed them! I swear the secret ingredient is the maple syrup, paired with the balsamic it gives it just enough sweet! I highly recommend everyone try this sometime.
Pictured is my lot from Monday; some carrots, tomatoes, sweet peppers, zucchini (I waited all weekend for this as Marino did have any on Saturday), broccoli, and a lime (not sure what I'm going to use it for yet, but I'm sure I'll come up with something). All for a total of about 3 US dollars, can’t beat that!
OH and I also scored that big green thing in the top left! Another one of my favorite items from Marino’s truck. He usually has them once a week and they go great in my morning smoothie! Any guesses as to what that giant thing might be?