Using Your Bountiful Basket – Aug. 23, 2014 Distribution

The past two weeks have flown by in the blink of an eye as summer is winding down and we prepare to start school.  Today is Distribution Day for “B Week Participants”, and I can’t wait to pick up my basket and extra goodies.  I love all the bounty we are enjoying this time of year – so much goodness!  This week I contributed for a Conventional basket, Lunchbox pack, Juice pack, case of corn, case of tomatoes and a bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar.  I was thrilled we were able to order the Lunchbox and Juice Packs again this time as they are a couple of our favorite add-ons.

Now comes the fun part – deciding what to make with all this awesome produce. You didn’t get a basket this week or don’t have Bountiful Baskets in your area? No problem! You can still use these recipes with produce you purchased at the farmer’s market or grocery store – it’s all in season now, readily available and prices out very well.

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I have compiled a list of 12 recipes using Conventional basket ingredients and 12 recipes for Add-On goodies.  These recipes include family favorites and other recipes I would like to try.  Hopefully you’ll want to try a few, too.  Click on the BOLD colored recipe title to link directly to the recipes.

CONVENTIONAL BASKET RECIPES:

I had the following items in my basket this week:  avocado, banana, green peppers, carrots, Mission figs, green grapes, cantaloupe, watermelon, onion, papaya and pluots.  So many yummy ingredients this week!
Tropical Salad
by Whole Living.  Use avocado, cantaloupe & papaya.  I love the simplicity of this salad.
How to Freeze Avocados by Pink Sugar Bowl.  Comes in handy if you receive a lot of avocados.
Greek Yogurt Papaya Boats by From the Kitchen.  Uses papaya, bananas.  I can’t wait to try this – I’ll use blueberries I previously froze.
How to Freeze Green Peppers by Bless This Mess.   A great way to save excess peppers (perfect for fall & winter soups & casseroles).
Southwestern Chopped Chicken Salad by Greens & Chocolate.  Uses green pepper and corn & tomato from add-ons.
Carrot Cake Muffins by Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.  Use carrots.  I love everything Mel comes up with & I’m sure I’ll love this, too.
Fig & Goat Cheese Crostini at Tasty Kitchen.  Use figs.  This will be my first time trying figs & I’m not sure what recipe I’ll use.
Mission Fig & Roasted Rosemary Walnut Salad by A Bachelor & His Grill.  Use figs.  This salad looks amazing (and easy to prepare).
Fig & Brie Tarts by Lilyshop.  Use figs.  You can’t go wrong with puff pastry and brie, right?
Agua de Sandia by Fresh Bites Daily.  Use watermelon.  Looks so refreshing!
Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions by The Kitchn.  Use onion.  Bonus points for using the slow cooker & freezer safe.
Cherry Clafouti by A Reinvented Mom.  Substitute pluots or figs in place of the cherries for a delicious dessert.

Check out my post from the Aug. 9 Distribution for additional Juice Pack and Lunchbox recipes.

JUICE PACK RECIPES (some of the recipes above use Juice Pack items, too):

Strawberry Avocado Kale Salad at Tablespoon.com.  Use kale and avocado.
Grilled Teriyaki Chicken & Pineapple Kabobs by Lovely Little Kitchen.  Use pineapple, green pepper, onion.  Looks delicious & easy to pull together.
Balsamic & Honey Roasted Beets at RockRecipes.com.  Use beets.  I may use this for some of my carrots, too.
Tomato Cucumber Avocado Salad by Green Valley Kitchen.  Use cucumber, avocado, case tomatoes.

LUNCHBOX PACK RECIPES (some of the recipes above use Lunchbox Pack items, too):

Roasted Carrots by KitchMe.  Use carrots.
Asian Apple Pear Slaw at STLCooks.com.  Use Asian pears.  I can also use the cabbage still lurking around my frig from the last distribution (please tell me I’m not the only one!).
Sugar Snap Peas with Fried Ginger at RightAtHome.com.  Use snap peas (ginger from the Juice Pack if you received it).

OTHER ADD-ONS:

One Pot Pasta – by A Reinvented Mom.  Use case tomatoes, onions.
Easy Roasted Tomato Sauce at Spoonful.com.  Use case tomatoes.  Sauce may be frozen.
Tortellini & Garden Vegetable Bake by BHG.  Use case tomatoes, green peppers, snap peas, carrots.
Cheesy Bacon & Roasted Corn Dip by Real Housemoms.  Use corn.  I’m thinking you can’t go wrong with cheese, bacon & corn, right?
Grilled Corn Fritters by Table for Two.  Use corn.  I WILL make these lovely, golden fritters this week.

What are your favorite summer produce recipes?  Please share in the comments – I love to try new recipes.

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