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!?

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
Mint

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 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!

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

Weekly Meal Planning

Every weekend I put together a meal plan for the upcoming weeks dinners. I then go grocery shopping based on my meal plan. I’ve found that this saves me a lot of time and money. It’s nice to come home from work and already know what needs to be done to get dinner on the table. It also prevents us from lazily spending money on takeout or buying groceries that will just end up going bad in the fridge because we forget about them. So here’s what’s on the menu this week.

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Monday: Sweet Potato Burritos from Oh She Glows
Tuesday: Lemon Pancakes following this tutorial
Wednesday: Sweet & Spicy Peanut Soup with naan from “The Food You Crave” cookbook
Thursday: Grilled Cheese & Salad (something easy for a busy night)
Friday: Salmon Cakes with Ginger Sesame Sauce & Rice from “The Food You Crave” cookbook
Weekend: Leftovers & Date Night

“The Food You Crave” cookbook by Ellie Krieger was a little graduation present to myself. I’m excited to start testing the recipes out this week. My husband and I had lemon pancakes for the first time a few weeks ago at a local cafe and we loved them. I immediately came home and started searching for instructions on how to make them and was happy to find this tutorial.

Sometimes our meal plan has to change for the week and that’s okay. I just like to have a plan in place because it makes my life so much easier. I’m also making it my goal to eat a healthy breakfast every day this week and see if it makes a difference in my energy level throughout the day. So what’s on your menu for the week?