Basket Breakdown: 7/28/2012

30 Jul

I am very behind in posting!  I have been very busy in the kitchen making new things, plus getting ready for school to start (1 more week until one starts Kindergarten and the other starts part-time pre-school, yikes!), that I haven’t had much time to sit and type up everything.  I’m hoping to get caught up here in the next few days, or at least maybe in the next week or so.

So, this week’s Bountiful Baskets, I got a conventional basket ($15), an organic basket ($25), and a 25 pound bag of lentils ($20).  Here is how it all looked:

This was the conventional basket which had grape tomatoes, red bell peppers, red potatoes, baby carrots, red seedless grapes, peaches, mangoes, plums, Rainier cherries, Romaine lettuce, cantaloupe, and cucumber.  The baby carrots and grapes are almost all gone.  The red potatoes I will probably use to make mashed potatoes (with the skins) as a side for dinner one night.  The cucumber has already been made into Refrigerator Pickles, which are half gone.  Peaches, I may try to make peach fruit leather or will freeze.  Mangoes will most likely go into a fruit smoothie.

 

 

The organic basket contained broccoli, blueberries, plums, green seedless grapes, green bell peppers, peaches, beets, eggplant, tomatoes, cantaloupe, and radicchio.  I tried to make a slaw with the radicchio and some cabbage and carrots I had, but the radicchio is just so bitter and overpowering that it doesn’t taste all that great.  I think I will make Sesame Chicken again this week with the broccoli and some green pepper.

 

Finally, the 25 pound bag of brown lentils.  What on earth can you do with all those lentils?  Well, I love lentils in soup, especially Slow Cooker Spinach, Lentil, and Tortellini Soup.  They also can be used in place of ground beef, such as in spaghetti sauce.  I’m excited to get to explore more possibilities with the lentils!

 

Note: The type and amount of food may vary from another basket because of geographic location and because of variances in how case ends are distributed once everything is distributed evenly. I also volunteered and got an extra item for volunteering.

 

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