Basket Breakdown – 4/28/2012

29 Apr

Oh, what a morning it was for Bountiful Baskets!  The truck was very late, to the tune of 2 hours late, but people were very patient and a lot of volunteers stepped up to get the distribution done.  It turned out awesome in the end!

This week, I got the conventional basket for $15, the Mexican themed veggie pack for $8.50, and 8 lbs of strawberries for $11.

This week’s conventional basket had a mango, bananas, apples, pineapple, watermelon (not shown, mine wandered off before I took the picture), green beans, broccoli, broccoflower (green colored cauliflower), potatoes, and tomatoes (1 or 2 not shown because my husband ate some right when I brought it all home).

Here are a few ideas for this week:

Mango: Mango Banana Smoothies

Broccoli: Shrimp & Broccoli Alfredo, Garlic Herb Chicken with Broccoli and Cauliflower, Corn & Broccoli Casserole, Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup, Sesame Chicken & Broccoli, Roasted Broccoli, Broccoli Cheese Cornbread

Potato: Potatoes Au Gratin (just use 2 lbs of potatoes and omit Jerusalem artichokes), Oven Baked Potato Chips, Sausage &  Potato Pie, Slow Cooker Potato Soup, Steak, Egg, & Potato Burritos (also use roasted Poblano peppers or green chiles from the Mexican pack to spice it up a bit)

This week’s Mexican themed veggie pack had cilantro, Poblano peppers, key limes, tomatillos, green chiles, green onion, avocados, jalapeno peppers, yellow onion, and garlic.  I’ll be using these ingredients to make Breakfast Burritos, Salsa Verde to mix with chicken for Chicken Taquitos, and my very favorite, Roasted Corn Salsa.

Finally, the strawberries!  I froze 6 pounds, leaving 2 pounds plus the 1 pound in my conventional basket fresh for us to eat.  They don’t last long in my house!  The frozen ones will be used throughout the winter, when berries are more expensive to buy, to make smoothies.  Yum!  I will hopefully have a post up soon on how to freeze berries.

 

Note: The type and amount of food may vary from another basket because of geographic location and because of variances in how the ends of produce cases are distributed after everything has been distributed evenly.  I also volunteered this week and got 1 extra item for volunteering.

 

This post is participating in a Bountiful Baskets Menu Plan Link-Up with Healthy Mom’s Kitchen to share recipes and menu plans using Bountiful Baskets items.

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