Saturday, January 31, 2015

MY BOUNTIFUL BASKETS WEEKLY MEAL PLAN 1-31-15


SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR BASKET THIS WEEK:


CAULIFLOWER POMELOS BLOOD ORANGES PINEAPPLE ZUCCHINI RADISHES ROMA-TOMATOES AVOCADOS 

EAT FOR A WEEK (or more) WITH BOUNTIFUL BASKETS

We've put together a meal plan, with feeding a family of 4 in mind.  However, these ideas would be great no matter how many you're feeding.  This meal plan uses produce from a Utah basket from Bountiful Baskets and is based on MyPlate recommendations.  We'll also use a few simple ingredients from a well stocked kitchen and minimal additional items from the market.  You can click on each recipe name for the recipe.  Everything shown here was included in the basket contribution - $15 plus a small fee ($2.50).  Everything pictured came from my personal Bountiful Basket.






MONDAY
BAKED APPLES AND SWEET POTATOES

Basket Items:  4 apples
I have sweet potatoes on hand already and Kristi has been telling me how much everyone has liked this recipe.  It's super simple and would make a great side dish for chicken or any protein.  I would just add some greens and a bread or grain, if you like.







TUESDAY
MASHED POTATOES WITH CAULIFLOWER AND ROASTED GARLIC

Basket Items:  1 head cauliflower, 2 lbs potatoes
Did you know cauliflower can imitate mashed potatoes?  For a healthier spin on mashed potatoes, this recipe combines both potatoes and cauliflower.  Some people even completely replace potatoes with cauliflower.  Do you have pantry items leftover from thanksgiving? Now would be a fun time to use things like stuffing, cranberry sauce, canned yams, etc.  Maybe you purchased a turkey or ham after the holidays when they were on sale?  Use this recipe with anything you normally enjoy with mashed potatoes.





WEDNESDAY
CUCUMBER RADISH YOGURT DILL PASTA SALAD

Basket Items:  1 cucumber, handful of radishes
I'm still attempting to throw in something summery every once in a while to help brighten up winter.  A cold pasta salad is great because it lets you use pantry items (pasta) as a base and then just create a flavor combination that works with the veggies you have on hand.  This would go well with chicken or add beans and make it a one pot meal.

THURSDAY
COPYCAT PF CHANG CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAPS
Basket Items:  1 head iceberg lettuce
A lot of people tell me that they or their family members have a hard time not eating out.  One of the tips I recommend to them is to do restaurant copycat recipes at home.  I found one for PF Chang Chicken Lettuce Wraps.  That seems to be the most popular restaurant copycat recipe for lettuce wraps around. From what I remember, they are delicious!










FRIDAY
AUTHENTIC MARGHERITA PIZZA

Basket Items:  4 roma tomatoes (or less, depends on how many pizzas you make and how much you like tomatoes)
I'll set my roma in a paper bag to help them ripen by Friday.  If you don't want pizza after watching this video tutorial I found on making authentic Margherita pizza, you aren't human.  ;-)  Warning:  mouth watering almost guaranteed while viewing.  We have easy steps for you to make homemade crust, sauce and every kind of pizza you could want HERE.  The focaccia rounds from BB are delightful as pizza crusts as well.  Mmmmmm...







SATURDAY
GRILLED/BAKED FISH WITH PINEAPPLE SALSA

Basket Items:  1 pineapple, 1 cucumber
I'll serve this with a side of rice and green salad or other green vegetable.  There are a few places in Utah County that have fish on sale right now.  If you life in a different county in Utah, you can find what's on sale in your county by going to this price matching site.  If you live outside of Utah - check your local ads for a good deal!  I saved the pineapple for later in the week to give it time to ripen.  You'll know your pineapple is ready to eat when you tug gently on the very top leaves and they freely pull out.

Utah County:
Wild Alaskan Cod - $8.99/lb @ Harmon's
Salmon - $9.99/lb @ Macey's
Whole Tilapia - $1.89/lb @ Ream's




SUNDAY
VEGETABLE & HASS AVOCADO SAUTE

Basket Items:  1-4 avocado, 1-3 zucchini
This is one of my favorite dishes.  Before I learned to make this, I never considered sautéing avocado.  Boy, am I glad this is something I learned to do.  Try it.  You will LOVE it.  My avocado are pretty green so I think they'll be ready by Sunday.  However, use yours when they are ready!

REMAINING - We are in love with this citrus!!


Basket items:
A lot of blood oranges
A pomelo or two
A braeburn apple or two
A handful of radishes
A few potatoes
Maybe a zucchini
Probably some lettuce
Probably a few roma tomatoes
Possibly an avocado or two

Ideas:
raw radishes with any dip - I already ate most of mine with hummus as I typed this!
Fresh fruit
Blood Orange Lemonade
Baked french fries
Breakfast burritos
Salad
Toppings for sandwiches or wraps
guacamole

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