What was in those baskets on June 9th

9 06 2012

I know it has been a while since I posted. Some big changes are happening right now with my family and so things have been a bit crazy to say the least. While my cooking and bountiful baskets schedule have drastically changed I will try to keep some new stuff coming your way. Please be patient while I transition through this crazy time.

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This weeks basket had apricots, bananas, celery, cucumber, apples, kale, lettuce, mangos, melon, pineapple, plums, acorn squash, and tomatoes.

Kale:

Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana Soup

Tomatoes:

Baked Parmesan Tomatoes

Tomato and Basil Brushetta

Pineapple:

Teriyaki Pineapple Turkey Burgers

Grilled Pineapple

Banana:

Pineapple, Banana, Coconut, and White Chocolate Chip Bread

Tropical Fruit Sorbet (Also uses pineapple and mango)

Chocolate Chip Coconut Banana Bread

Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber:

Salad in a Jar

Greek Salad

BBQ Chicken Salad

Taco Salad

Greek Chicken Wraps

I hope everyone has a great week and enjoys all their summer fruits and veggies from bountiful baskets. Let me know what you plan to make with your basket and I will see you all next week.

 





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





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.





What was in those baskets on April 28th

29 04 2012

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This weeks basket had strawberries, pineapple, mango, apples, watermelon, green beans, tomatoes, potatoes, broccoli, and broccoflower (which you can cook just like cauliflower).

Strawberries:

Strawberry Cake (making this this week)

Fruit Dip

Strawberry Popsicles

Strawberry Lemonade

Fruit Smoothie

Broccoli:

Broccoli with Cashews

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry with Peanut Sauce

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Bake

Oven Roasted Broccoli

Broccoli Casserole

Broccoli and Tortellini Salad

Green Beans:

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans (my favorite)

Oven Roasted Green Beans with Garlic

Oven Roasted Green Beans with Garlic, Mushrooms, and Cherry Tomatoes

Potatoes:

Potato Skins

Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

Onion-Roasted Potatoes

Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana Soup

Smashed Hot Potatoes

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Apples:

Pan-Fried Pork Chops with Glazed Apples

Crock-pot Applesauce

Caramel Apple Dip

Baked Apple Crisps

Tomatoes:

Baked Parmesan Tomatoes

Tomato and Basil Brushetta

Tropical Pack Ideas:

Coconut Almond Bread (my favorite)

Toasted Coconut, Toffee, and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pineapple, Banana, Coconut, and White Chocolate Chip Bread

Teriyaki Pineapple Turkey Burgers

Tropical Fruit Sorbet

Grilled Pineapple

Mexican Pack Ideas:

Guacamole Salsa (great with fish tacos)

Chipotle Shredded Pork Enchiladas

Enchiladas Verdes (my favorite)

Guacamole

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Black Bean, Corn, & Avocado Dip

Easy Blender Salsa

Chile Relleno Pie

Let me know what your making this week with your basket. I hope everyone enjoys there bounty from this week and we will see you next week.

 

 





What was in those baskets on April 21st

21 04 2012

What a difference a week can make! We had rain and snow last weekend and this weekend there is record heat and we are up in the high 80’s. Crazy but I love the warmer weather. Plus it means that we will start to see great summer fruits in our baskets and today was just the beginning with strawberries!!

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This weeks basket had bananas, onions, roma tomatoes, lemons, strawberries, corn, apples, yellow squash, kiwi, spinach, lettuce, and celery.

Don’t forget that as the weather gets warmer you lettuce and spinach will look a bit wilted from sitting in the sun. It will perk back up if you soak it in a ice bath or even just cold water for 15-30 minutes when you get home.  As the weather gets warmer make sure that after you get your basket you head straight home and get it into the refrigerator or it will spoil quickly in a hot car while running errands.

Strawberries: If they last long enough to make something with them.

Strawberry Lemonade (also uses lemons)

Strawberry Popsicles

Strawberry Cake (love this recipe)

Fruit Smoothie

Spinach:

Mini Florentine Cups (making this tonight)

Chicken Parmesan Bundles

Spinach Mushroom Cannelloni

Chicken Florentine Bowtie Pasta

White Pizza with Spinach and Tomatoes

Corn:

Corn & Cheese Chowder

Corn Chowder

Black Bean, Corn, and Avocado Dip

Lemon:

Eggs Benedict (my favorite and we are making this this week)

Shrimp Scampi

Chex Lemon Buddies

Strawberry Filled Butter Cookies with Lemon Glaze

Tomatoes:

Greek Chicken Wraps

Greek Salad

Taco Salad

Baked Parmesan Tomatoes

Tomato and Basil Bruschetta (making this this week)

Apples:

Caramel Apple Dip

Fruit Dip (great with strawberries)

Baked Apple Crisps

Crock-pot Applesauce

Pan-Fried Pork Chops with Glazed Apples

Banana:

Chocolate Chip Coconut Banana Bread

Pineapple, Banana, Coconut, and White Chocolate Chip Bread

Tropical Fruit Sorbet





What was in those baskets on April 7th

7 04 2012

Another fantastic basket from Bountiful Baskets. This co-op is such a great blessing to my family. We really do east healthier because of Bountiful Baskets and I really don’t know what I would do with out it. I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine does!!

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This weeks basket had bananas, pineapple, Mineola oranges, tomatoes, apples, grapefruit, lettuce, yams, Brussels sprouts, zucchini, broccoli, and asparagus.

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I also got the Italian Veggie pack because I love eggplant and mushrooms. This week it had eggplant, mushrooms, onions, garlic, lemon, zucchini, green onions, rosemary, mint, and parsley.

Brussels Sprouts:

Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Cranberries

Tomatoes:

Baked Parmesan Tomatoes

Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

Taco Salad (also uses lettuce)

Greek Chicken Wraps

Zucchini:

Barbecued Zucchini (having this tonight)

Baked Zucchini

Broccoli:

Broccoli and Tortellini Salad

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli with Cashews

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry with Peanut Sauce

Broccoli Casserole

Oven Roasted Broccoli

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Bake

Asparagus:

Sautéed Asparagus with Bacon and Dijon

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Balsamic Asparagus Chicken (also uses mushrooms)

Oven Roasted Asparagus

Banana:

Chocolate Chip Coconut Banana Bread

Pineapple, Banana, Coconut, and White Chocolate Chip Bread

Pineapple:

Teriyaki Pineapple Turkey Burgers

Grilled Pineapple

Yams: (I use just like you would sweet potatoes)

Mashed Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato and Parmesan Chips

Apples:

Crock-pot Applesauce

Caramel Apple Dip

Fruit Dip (my favorite)

Baked Apple Crisps

Pan-Fried Pork Chops with Glazed Apples

Italian Pack:

Eggplant Parmesan (my favorite)

Baked Onion Rings

Mushrooms Sautéed with Garlic Butter

BBQ Portobello Sliders (can sub any kind of mushroom)

Chicken with Prosciutto, Fontina, and Mushroom Sauce

Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Salisbury Steak

I hope everyone has a great Easter tomorrow and we will see you next week.





What was in those baskets on March 31st

31 03 2012

Another great week. I was so happy to hear people say that that they can’t believe they ever bought produce at the grocery store. We also made quick work of distributing the produce this week so we got started a bit earlier than our pick up time. Lots of smiling faces this afternoon to go along with the amazing basket.

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This weeks basket had bananas, oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, lettuce, broccoli, asparagus, yams, cauliflower, pears, and grape tomatoes.

Broccoli:

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli with Cashews

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry with Peanut Sauce

Broccoli Casserole

Oven Roasted Broccoli

Broccoli and Tortellini Salad

Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Bake

Yams: (I use yams and sweet potatoes in the same recipes)

Mashed Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potato and Parmesan Chips

Asparagus:

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Balsamic Asparagus Chicken

Oven Roasted Asparagus

Pineapple:

Teriyaki Pineapple Turkey Burgers

Tropical Fruit Sorbet

Grilled Pineapple

Lettuce & Tomatoes:

BBQ Chicken Salad

Greek Salad

Greek Chicken Wraps

Taco Salad

Cauliflower:

Cheesy Cauliflower Bake

Oven Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower

Cauliflower Fritters

Cauliflower with White Sauce

Italian Pack:

Barbecued Zucchini

Baked Zucchini

Eggplant Parmesan

I hope everyone has a great week and enjoys their Bountiful Basket. Let me know what your making this week with your bounty.

 





What was in those baskets on March 24th

24 03 2012

After swimming in swim meets for the last 2 weekends it was great to get back to my local bountiful basket site and volunteer. We really do have amazing volunteers at our site and we have such a great time. Not to mention we got an fantastic basket this week and I am so excited to get cooking. I have quite a few recipes that I want to try this week so keep checking back to see what’s new!

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This weeks basket had green beans, pineapple, apples, bananas, canary melon, onions, cherry tomatoes, pears, lettuce, asparagus and cauliflower.

Below are some recipes that will use up some of your basket contents. I hope everyone has a great week and feel free to let me know what your making with your basket.

Asparagus:

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Balsamic Asparagus Chicken

Oven Roasted Asparagus

Cauliflower:

Cheesy Cauliflower Bake

Oven Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower

Cauliflower Fritters

Cauliflower with White Sauce

Green Beans:

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Oven Roasted Green Beans with Garlic

Pineapple:

Teriyaki Pineapple Turkey Burgers

Tropical Fruit Sorbet

Grilled Pineapple

Apple:

Crock-pot Applesauce

Caramel Apple Dip

Fruit Dip

Baked Apple Crisps

Pan-fried Pork Chops with Glazed Apples

Lettuce & Tomatoes:

Greek Salad 

Greek Chicken Wraps

Taco Salad

Mexican Pack:

Easy Blender Salsa (Love this recipe)

Chipotle Shredded Pork Enchiladas

Enchiladas Verdes (family favorite)

Guacamole

Chile Relleno Pie

 





What was in those baskets on Mach 17th

17 03 2012

I hope everyone enjoyed their basket this week. Potatoes and cabbage to go along with your St. Patrick’s day corned beef. I am down in Lake Havasu doing the swim part of a Triathlon so please don’t mind the old picture below of a basket. I know it doesn’t match exactly what we got but it is pretty similar so I just went with it.

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This weeks basket had apples, bananas, a canary melon, green cabbage, carrots, English cucumbers, lettuce, green onions, navel oranges, potatoes, savoy salad, and tomatoes.

In the Mexican pack we got limes, tomatillos, jalapenos, cilantro, avocado, Serrano peppers, onions, garlic, and a sweet Italian pepper.

Tomatoes:

Tomato and Basil Bruschetta

Baked Parmesan Tomatoes

Chipotle Shredded Pork Enchiladas

Taco Salad (also uses lettuce, cucumbers, and carrots)

Greek Chicken Wraps (also uses lettuce, cucumbers, and carrots)

Greek Salad (also uses lettuce, cucumbers, and carrots)

Salad in a Jar (also uses lettuce, cucumbers, and carrots)

Carrots:

Grilled Carrots with Honey Balsamic Glaze

Cracker Barrel Baby Carrots

Carrot and Raisin Salad

Lettuce Wraps

Potatoes:

Smashed Hot Potatoes

Onion-Roasted Potatoes

Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Potato Skins

Bacon, Cheese & Potato Soup

Cheesy Potato Cakes

Cheesy Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Cabbage:

Cabbage Salad

Crock Pot Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Shrimp Tacos

Apples:

Baked Apple Crisps

Pan-Fried Pork Chops with Glazed Apples

Fruit Dip

Caramel Apple Dip

Crock-Pot Applesauce

Bananas:

Chocolate Chip Coconut Banana Bread

Pineapple, Banana, Coconut, and Whit Chocolate Chip Bread

Tropical Fruit Sorbet

Mexican Pack Recipes:

Chipotle Shredded Pork Enchiladas

Enchiladas Verdes (my favorite)

Easy Blender Salsa

Guacamole

Chile Relleno Pie








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