Fruity Salad

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Chris’s Kitchen is one of the newest vendors at Saratoga Farmers’ Market, joining earlier this winter to sell ready-to-heat “comfort foods” like perogies and potpies.

Owner Christine Levy is a Saratoga Springs resident who has a passion for healthy delicious home cooked meals. Her prepared foods are made from scratch.

“Everyone is so busy these days, people really enjoy having a night with no cooking, dishes, or clean up. We offer a great meal made from healthy, fresh ingredients that people can enjoy in the comfort of their own homes,” says Levy.

Pot Pies come as a single serving portion, loaded with vegetables and either chicken, beef, or turkey, with a top crust and savory filling.

“In the pot pies, I use almond milk combined with Greek yogurt, instead of heavy cream, and put on a top crust only, to keep the fat content lower,” she says.

Homemade perogies are available in several flavorful combinations: Potato Cheddar, Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato Pecan, and Sauerkraut Onion.

“I make all the entrees with many local or organic products, with no preservatives or fillers, so people can avoid the fat, salt, and sugar that are frequently added to supermarket versions of these products,” notes Levy.

“It’s a healthy choice people can feel good about.”

Levy attributes her interest in cooking to growing up in a large Ukrainian-American family.  “Growing up, something was always cooking and there were always hungry people to feed, so it was a great environment for future cooks.  One of my happy memories was harvesting things from our own garden and creating delicious meals from the simplest of ingredients.  In our home, you could create a gourmet treat from a potato and an onion!  We try to follow that principle in our farmers’ market recipes.”

Chris’s Kitchen will also be a vendor on Saturdays at the outdoor market beginning in May at High Rock Park.

 

Fruity Salad

This salad is one of Christine Levy’s favorites to serve alongside her main entrees.

Ingredients

4 cups mixed greens*, such as baby spinach, arugula, lettuce

1 ripe pear or apple* diced into small chunks

Crumbled goat cheese*

½ cup dried fruit (cranberries, cherries, or raisins)

½ cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, or hazelnuts)

 

Toss all ingredients together. Dress salad with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.