What was in those baskets on May 19th

19 05 2012

Another hot day in Arizona but at least we got some great summer produce. Most of my fruit doesn’t last but a few days in the house. In fact my kids stopped by as we were cleaning up today with my husband and they ate a whole container of strawberries. So sometimes it doesn’t even make it home! Lots of great volunteers came out to help us today and we really do appreciate each and everyone of you, plus we have a lot of fun sorting produce on a warm Saturday afternoon.

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This weeks basket had corn, onions, cucumber, tomatoes, cauliflower, baby carrots, pears, bell peppers, apricots, lemons, bananas, blackberries, and strawberries.

Don’t forget that if you are unable to eat all of your basket you can freeze certain fruits and veggies to use later. I love to chop up my bell peppers and freeze them. Super easy to add to recipes, just measure out what you need from the freezer and throw it in. You can cook your corn and then remove the kernels from the cob and freeze. Berries freeze well on a cookie sheet and then once they are frozen just store in a Ziploc bag until you need them. They are great in smoothies or added to pancake batter.

Corn:

Corn Chowder

Black Bean, Corn, and Avocado Dip

Corn & Cheese Chowder

Blackberries:

Blackberry Cake

Purple Cow Frozen Yogurt

Blackberry Limeade

Baby Carrots:

Cracker Barrel Baby Carrots

Salad in a Jar

Lettuce Wraps

Tomatoes:

Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

Bananas:

Chocolate Chip Coconut Banana Bread

Pineapple, Banana, Coconut, and White Chocolate Chip Bread

Tropical Fruit Sorbet

Cauliflower:

Bang Bang Cauliflower

Cheesy Cauliflower Bake

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower

Oven Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower Fritters

Cauliflower with White Sauce

Onions:

Easy Blender Salsa

Black-Eyed Pea Dip

Baked Onion Rings

Strawberries:

Strawberry Cake

Fruit Dip

Fruit Smoothies

Strawberry Popsicles

Strawberry Lemonade

Italian Pack Ideas:

Eggplant Parmesan

Salisbury Steak

Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Cream Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

Chicken with Prosciutto, Fontina, and Mushroom sauce

BBQ Portobello Sliders

Mushrooms Sautéed with Garlic Butter

I hope everyone has a great week and enjoys their bounty from Bountiful Baskets. Let me know what you plan on making this week.





What was in those baskets on May 12th

12 05 2012

What a great basket this week. I was super excited for blackberries and my husband was excited for the apricots. Please remember that everyone who helps run Bountiful Baskets is a volunteer so please be kind at your sites. This is such a great co-op and it really wouldn’t work with out all the volunteers!

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This weeks basket had spinach, mangos, tomatoes, apples, potatoes, bananas, pineapple, honeydew, carrots, blackberries, and apricots.

Blackberries:

Blackberry Cake

Purple Cow Frozen Yogurt

Carrots:

Salad in a Jar

Grilled Carrots with Honey Balsamic Glaze

Cracker Barrel Baby Carrots

Lettuce Wraps

Carrot and Raisin Salad

Spinach:

Korean Spinach

Chicken Florentine Bowtie Pasta

Spinach Mushroom Cannelloni

Mini Florentine Cups

Chicken Parmesan Bundles

White Pizza with Spinach and Tomatoes

Potatoes:

Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

Onion-Roasted Potatoes

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Smashed Hot Potatoes

Pineapple:

Grilled Pineapple

Tropical Fruit Sorbet (also uses mangos)

Teriyaki Pineapple Turkey Burgers

Tomatoes:

Baked Parmesan Tomatoes

Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

BLT’s (we are making these this week)

Apples:

Crock-pot Applesauce

Caramel Apple Dip

Fruit Dip

Baked Apple Crisps

Pan-Fried Pork Chops with Glazed Apples

Avacado:

Guacamole

Guacamole Salsa

Italian Pack Ideas:

Eggplant Parmesan

Salisbury Steak

Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

Chicken with Prosciutto, Fontina, and Mushroom Sauce

BBQ Portobello Sliders

Mushrooms Sauteed with Garlic Butter





Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

8 05 2012

This recipe caught my eye on pinterest and I was dying to have a reason to make it. However it makes a 9 x 13 pan full of dip and there is no way that my husband and I need to eat that much. So I was super excited when my MOPS meeting rolled around and they needed something for snack. I loved this recipe and I think it was a huge hit as well because it disappeared and people were asking for the recipe.

Sun-Dried Tomato Spread Recipe

Sun-Dried Tomato Spread

~ 2 (8 oz.) packages of cream cheese, softened

~ 2 cups mayonnaise

~ 1/4 cup finely chopped onion

~ 4 garlic cloves, minced

~ 1 jar (7 oz.) oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped

~ 2/3 cup chopped roasted red peppers

~ 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

~ 2 cups shredded Italian cheese blend

~ 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

1. In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese, mayonnaise, onion and garlic until blended. Stir in tomatoes and red peppers. Stir in the mozzarella cheese, Italian cheese blend and 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese.

2. Transfer to a greased 13 x 9 in. baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes or until edges are bubbly and lightly browned. Serve with crackers.

Click Below to Print Recipe

Sun-Dried Tomato Spread





Copycat Café Rio Creamy Tomatillo Salad Dressing

7 05 2012

I know I have talked about this many times but my family and I lived in Utah for about 5 1/2 years. Except for the snow it was a great place to live and there were many things that we loved about Utah. Beautiful mountains, cool summer weather, and lots of family friendly activities to partake in.

One of our favorite places to grab a quick lunch was Café Rio. Not only did we love it my sister would beg us to take her there when she came out to visit. They had an amazing Salad that was placed on top of a fresh made tortilla and served with a Tomatillo Salad dressing. This was my favorite thing and so I was super excited to find a copycat version of the dressing over at Kalyn’s Kitchen. Super simple and even my husband claims that it tastes just like the restaurant version.

Copycat Café Rio Creamy Tomatillo Salad Dressing

~2 cups prepared Ranch Dressing (you can make your own or just mix up a Hidden Valley packet following the directions on the packet)

~ 1 small bunch cilantro (about 1/2 cup chopped)

~ 2 large or 4 small tomatillos

~ 1/2 tsp. minced garlic

~ 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice

~ 1/2 to 1 whole diced jalapeno

1. Prepare the Ranch dressing according to directions on the package or your homemade recipe.

2. Remove large cilantro stems, then wash leaves and dry. Into a blender add tomatillos, garlic, lime juice, jalapeno, cilantro, and ranch dressing. Blend until all ingredients are well combined. Chill dressing for an hour or two before serving.

Click Below to Print Recipe

Copycat Café Rio Creamy Tomatillo Salad Dressing





What was in those baskets on May 5th

6 05 2012

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This weeks basket had lettuce, artichokes, beets, tomatoes, apples, potatoes, strawberries, oranges, mangos, pineapple, jicama, and bananas.

For those of you that haven’t had fresh artichokes before the easiest way to eat them is to cut the stem off and steam them until the base is fork tender. Then peel the leaves off and dip in garlic butter, mayo, or any other of your favorite dressing.

Strawberries:

Strawberry Cake

Fruit Dip

Strawberry Popsicle

Fruit Smoothie

Strawberry Lemonade

Potatoes:

Potato Skins

Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

Onion-Roasted Potatoes

Smashed Hot Potatoes

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Pineapple:

Grilled Pineapple

Tropical Fruit Sorbet (also uses mangos & oranges)

Teriyaki Pineapple Turkey Burgers

Tomatoes:

Baked Parmesan Tomatoes

Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

Lettuce:

BBQ Chicken Salad

Lettuce Wraps

Taco Salad

Greek Chicken Wraps

Greek Salad

Salad in a Jar

Mexican Pack Ideas:

Guacamole Salsa

Chipotle Shredded Pork Enchiladas

Enchiladas Verdes

Guacamole

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Black Bean, Corn, & Avocado Dip

Easy Blender Salsa

Chile Relleno Pie

 

Please remember that everyone who helps run Bountiful Baskets is a volunteer so be gracious and thankful when picking up your produce. The volunteers do the best that they can to get you awesome produce at a great price and without them there would be no Bountiful Basket!

I hope everyone enjoys there basket this week and please feel free to let me know what your cooking with your basket this week.








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