Saturday Bountiful Basket

I ordered a Bountiful Basket for this week before remembering that we would be out of town and wouldn’t be around to eat any of it. Wop! Wop! But it worked out. My sister didn’t get a basket this week so most of our loot went to her. We are still doing our June Salad Challenge and it’s going great. I’m getting another salad round up post ready for you. We’ll be out of town for a little bit so we’ll be finishing our salad challenge in July!

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Here’s what we got:

Bananas
Watermelon
Pineapple
Red Grapes
Bag of Potatoes
9 Plums
6 Nectarines
Spaghetti Squash

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Romaine Lettuce
2 Cucumbers
Bok Choy
White Onion
Garlic
Napa Cabbage
Ginger Root
Mushrooms
Bag of Basil
Long Beans
Celery

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Conventional basket was $15. This basket included an Asian themed add on pack (which was $9) as well as the conventional basket.

Can you believe those long beans!?
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June Salad Challenge

I’ve decided to join in with the June Salad Challenge hosted by Oh She Glows this month. That means that I’ll be making salad for lunch or dinner every day in June.

The only difference between my salads and Angela’s will be that hers will be primarily vegan and mine won’t.

My plan is to embrace variety. Anything goes. Just think of the possibilities! Fruit, veggies, grains, protein, and noodles even! I’m also allowing myself to prepare something to go along with the salad- so the salad could actually be part of a greater meal.

We’re still going to be getting our bi-weekly Bountiful Basket for a couple more weeks, so it will be interesting to see how I’ll be able to use all the surprises in our basket to make the following weeks salads. I’m excited to get creative with it.

There’s only one thing that I’ve decided about this challenge- it won’t apply to dates. So if we go on a date, we can choose to get salad or not, depending on where we are eating at.

I’ll be kicking the challenge off this weekend. I’m already on the hunt for some great recipes, but if you have salads that you love, please share!

Saturday Meal Planning

Picked up another Bountiful Basket this week and I’m still lovin’ it! $15 for all this. You can’t beat that. I love how fresh it is and the variety of stuff we’ve been able to try each week. Not sure how far into the summer we’ll carry it. Probably another month or so. We’ll have to see how our own garden does. 

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So this is what we came home with this week:

6 Bananas (I’m having fun getting creative with the using all the bananas we’ve gotten recently-but we still love just plain old banana bread)
2 Red Pears
11 Apricots

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Package of Blackberries
2 Lemons
Honeydew Melon

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1 Cucumber
2 Green Peppers
5 Carrots

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Cauliflower
6 Ears of Corn
5 Tomatoes
6 Yellow Onions

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I also have: 
Leftover Jicama
1/2 bag of red potatoes
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Recipes planned: 

Baked Lemon Tilapia 
Cauliflower Gratin
Roasted potatoes with lemon & dill (from Real Simple Magazine)
Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Apricot & Almond Rice (from Real Simple Magazine)
Fresh Corn & Tomato Casserole
Grilled Chicken & Corn Salad with Avocado & Parmesan
Orzo & Cucumber Salad
Basil Spagetti with Cheesy Broiled Tomatoes
Chopped Greek Salad with Pita Chips
Corn on the Cob with Garlic Butter
Potato Salad with Bacon & Parsley
Turkey Burgers with all the fixin’s
Hibiscus and Mint Lemonade
Blackberry Crisp

What are you cooking/eating this week?

Saturday morning on a Sunday post

My intention was to do my usual Bountiful Basket/Meal Plan post this weekend, but I’ve been so occupied with other things, that I haven’t even had a chance to sit down and pick out recipes. I thought I’d go ahead and still post what we got in our basket this week though. Who knows if I’ll ever get to the meal planning this time. I may just be winging it for the next few days.

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What we got this time:

5 Loafs of 9grain bread
Strawberries
Pineapple
Lettuce
2 Beets
10 Red Potatoes
Jicama
Bananas
5 Green Apples
5 Tomatos
2 Mangos
2 Artichokes
String Beans

So we got some fun stuff this week. I’m excited to figure out how to make meals from it all–when I have the energy to.

We went hiking today and came home with a cat. It was a crazy day, to say the least. I wish I could take Monday off to recuperate from the weekend!

Saturday Meal Planning

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You know the drill- it was Bountiful Basket Saturday! I am super excited by our basket this week. Strawberries and corn on the cob-awesome! I hoping to get some seeds planted today for our own garden. We’ve had varying success with gardening over the last three years and I’m hoping that this year will be a good one. Having Bountiful Baskets has made it seem like we have a successful garden year round. It’s been a lot of fun. 
So here’s what we got in our basket (all for $15 and with no extra add-ons this week):
Bag of Apples
6 Kiwi
7 Roma Tomatoes
3 Lemons
8 Bananas
Strawberries
6 Ears of Corn
2 Romaine Lettuce
Bunch of Spinach
Celery
3 Yellow Onions
4 Yellow Squash
And here are the meal ideas I’ve come up with:
Sloppy Joes with Savory Grilled Corn on the Cob
Grilled Tomato & Cheese Sandwiches with Side Salad
Spring Veggie Rolls with Rice
Chinese Chicken Salad

Other:
Apple Turnovers
Apple Scones
Banana Bread (requested by my husband)
Lemon Brownies(recommended by my sister)


Now it’s your turn- share one favorite recipe in the comments section that you think we should try!

On a Saturday

Well, we picked up our Bountiful Basket this morning. We just got the conventional basket with no add-ons this week.

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Here’s what we got this week:

Lettuce
4 Grapefruit
Bunch of Bananas
Pineapple
4 Sweet Potatoes
5 Oranges
5 Apples
Asparagus
Brussel Sprouts
Broccoli
5 Tomatoes
3 Zucchini

I have some other stuff in the fridge that I need to use this week as well, so I’ve added that into the meal plan.
Here are some of the dinners I’m planning on for the next two weeks.

Strawberry Crepes with Mixed Fruit on the side
Penne Pasta with Sauteed Brussel Sprouts
Hamburgers and Baked Chipotle Sweet Potato Fries
Taco Salads
Asparagus Cashew Rice Pilaf with Turkey Steaks
Brussel Sprouts with Mushrooms with Parmesan Pasta
Steak & Pepper Kabobs
Tomato Zucchini Casserole with Brown Rice
Broccoli Chicken Divan

In about an hour we’re meeting up with my grandma. She always takes us all out for an Easter lunch (pizza!) When we were little her and my grandpa hosted an Easter egg hunt and lunch at her home. Now that we’re older, we’ve switched to going out for pizza. My grandma doesn’t know it, but my sister will be there to surprise her with the new baby. Grandma hasn’t got to meet cute little Nixon yet, so this should be fun!
What are your Easter/Weekend plans?

A Saturday morning (with another Bountiful Basket)

Andy went on a bike ride with a friend this morning. While he was gone I shampooed our carpet. I started on it yesterday. It was quite the job. The carpet is drying as I write this and I’m hoping to be able to move the furniture back in place by this evening.
We got also another Bountiful Basket this morning and I am so thrilled with what we got! I couldn’t wait to start using it all. See- I already used some of the celery, green onions, and oranges to put together this lunch-
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(Grilled ham and cheese with Spicy Orange Chicken Salad-yum!)

This week we got our regular conventional basket but we also added an asian themed basket. I’m wishing we had got another 5 loafs of 9 grain bread but I didn’t realize we were low. We only have one loaf left and I have been inhaling that bread, it’s so delicious! So here’s what we got this week:

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Conventional Basket ($15)
8 chili peppers
17 little orange peppers (anyone know exactly what these are?)
Kale
Lettuce
Pineapple
Green Onions
Asparagus
7 apples
10 bananas
3 cucumber
9 oranges
5 mangos
bag of carrots

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Asian Themed Basket ($8.50)
celery
green onions
10 water chestnuts
bok choy
napa cabbage
bag of basil
2 onions
ginger root (yay! I use ginger a lot)
garlic
bag of snap peas

Still loving Bountiful Baskets! If you want to participate check out their website. They have sites in 20 different states (multiple cities per state) with new sites being opened every week.

Here are the recipes I plan to make over the next two weeks (lots of asian and mexican inspired dishes)

Main Dishes-
Stuffed Peppers with Mexican Rice, Beans, Jack Cheese & Guacamole
Taco Soup
Bean Soup with Kale
Grilled Chicken Salad with Pineapple Dressing
Chicken Stuffed Peppers
Korean Street Tacos
Asian Noodle Salad with Chicken and Cashews
Thai Chicken Salad

Quesadillas with Roasted Peppers
Baked Potatoes, Marinated Chicken & Asparagus
Crepes with Mangos
Tostadas
Sides & Desserts- 

Cheese Stuffed Grilled Peppers

Banana Cream Pie
Lemon Bars
Apple Crisp
As you can see, a lot of my recipes this week are coming from For The Love of Cooking. I just discovered that blog and I am anxious to try a bunch of her recipes out! Anyone want to come to dinner? We have a lot of veggies to get through!

I’m going to spend the rest of the day cleaning the house and doing laundry. I need to wash linens today as well as our normal load. Fun, huh? I also need to go to the store for a couple of staples and household products. But don’t worry. I do have some ‘fun’ time planned today. Pilates and Stretch this afternoon and it’s nice enough to play frisbee with Ash in the backyard. I also need to get caught up in my journal and caught up on Downton Abbey! I love Saturdays, don’t you?

Bountiful Basket Meal Plan

We picked up our Bountiful Basket this morning. In addition to our $15 regular basket, I also ordered an Italian Themed Add On Basket for $8.50 this week. Here is what we got surprised with this time around:

Regular Basket:

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5 lbs Potatoes
Cantaloupe
2 Cucumber
4 Pink Lady Apples
6 Bananas
6 Kiwis
Cauliflower
Broccolli
3 Mango
3 lbs Anjou Pears

Italian Themed Add On Basket ($8.50):

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1 Eggplant
Mushrooms
2 Yellow Onions
1 Purple Onion
Garlic
2 Zuchini
4 Lemons
Parsle
Thyme
Basil
Rosemary
Bay Leafs

The whole haul for this week:

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So here’s how I plan to use it all:

*Braised Halibut with Pistachios and Lemon and Roasted Herb Potatoes with Feta
*Brie, Ham & Pear Panini’s with Greek Orzo Salad
*Creamy Vegetable Soup (from 400 Calorie Fix)
*Turkey Steak Sandwiches (Turkey Steaks from Maddox) with Pesto Potato Salad
*Mushroom & Caramelized Onion Pizza & Garden Salad
* Lemon Chicken Soup with Orzo
*Lettuce Wraps using Mango BBQ Chicken
*Eggplant Pizzas with Zucchini Parmesan Crisps

Extras, Sides, Desserts:

*Vinegar and Dill Cucumbers (from 400 Calorie Fix)
*We’ll just slice and eat the cantaloupe but I plan to puree some of it and freeze as ice cubes
*Kiwi’s will be added to a Smoothie
*Lemon Muffins
*Cinna-Pear Smoothies- I’ll probably still have leftover pears so I may make an Apple & Pear Tart
* Banana Oatmeal Cookies 

That’s about it. Looks like a lot, doesn’t it? But it’s really not that bad. The recipes are not complicated and a lot of them I can make ahead of time. As far as the herbs go, I’ll be using some of them fresh and drying the leftovers for future use.

Well, I better get cooking!! 

Trying it out

Every summer we have a garden and I love it. It’s so great to have fresh produce right at an arms length whenever I want to cook something. Meal planning is not so much fun in the winter months when my garden is sleeping. I find that we eat more crap and less fresh stuff during this time because the produce at the grocery is either expensive or not good quality.
A friend suggested that I try Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op for a few weeks and see what I thought. So I signed up to get some baskets this week. One thing I love about Bountiful Baskets is that you don’t have to have a ‘membership.’ You can sign up to get baskets every week or every couple of weeks- whenever you want. It’s very convenient. There are also many locations, a few being very close to our home which make it nice as well.

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For $15 you get one basket of veggies and one basket of fruits and you never know what you’re going to get each week. I think that will make it fun and exciting! It will also give us a chance to try produce that I normally wouldn’t buy at the grocery store.

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Also, you can sign up for add-ons such as honey, herbs, olive oil, banana bread, and other things if you like. I didn’t do any add-ons this week. I’m excited to get our first weeks worth of produce and see what kind of meals I can make with it! I’ll let you know how it goes.

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*all photos taken from Bountiful Basket’s Facebook Page