California is the home to over 400 agriculture commodities providing over a third of the country’s vegetables and two-thirds of the country’s fruits and nuts, but with California's historical drought, California farmers have been forced to reduce the amount of water they use, just like you and me.
Now, since the farmers in California are passionate about making our state a vibrant place to live, work, play – and eat, they're using innovative technology and generations of wisdom help drive their desire to keep California the agricultural landmark it is. Let's support their passion by learning more about their mission to keep California farming.
The food that is grown in California drives the state and U.S. economy generating more than $100 billion in annual economic activity for our state and is one of the largest employers in our state. Many localities, like my own here in Ventura County, rely on our agriculture for our livelihoods.
This is why it's so important to support California agriculture by shopping for California grown products, and to supporting farmers water conservation efforts because without water for California farms, we won't have fresh food available.
When you purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables, you are purchasing the freshest product available, many times grown right on site. The fruits and vegetables are larger, the colors on the fruits and vegetables are brighter, the flavors are noticeably sweeter, and you just know you're purchasing something your body will love.
One of my favorite ways to cook are prepare my vegetables is to slightly roast them in a cast iron pan with a bit of olive oil, like in the recipe below. Preparing the vegetables this way helps retain their natural color and crispness without loosing any flavor.
Broiled Steak with Asparagus
Cooking a hearty steak with fresh vegetables has never been easier than with this Broiled Steak and Asparagus recipe, and it takes just minutes to make. Simply prepare the steak, place it in the oven to broil, and pan roast your vegetables until the steak is cooked to your desired donenesss, Serve immediately on a bed of asparagus and enjoy.
- 4 to 5 ounces New York Strip Steak
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/2 bunch of asparagus, ends removed
- 1/2 of each: red, yellow, and orange bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 cup grape tomatoes
- optional: additional salt and pepper for vegetables
- Preheat the broiler, and put the broiler pan in to the oven to get hot.
- Trim excess fat off the steak. Rub both sides of the steak with garlic, salt, and pepper.
- Place the meat in the hot broiler pan and broil to desired doneness, 7 to 15 minutes.
- While the steak broils, place add olive oil to a cast iron pan and place the prepared asparagus in the pan. Toss gently, and if desired lightly season with salt and pepper. After 2-3 minutes have passed, add sliced peppers and grape tomatoes and toss gently. Once tomatoes begin to pop, removes vegetables and set aside.
- Thinly slice the cooked steak and serve on top of the asparagus. Add peppers and tomatoes, and serve immediately.
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