School is back in session, the temperatures are cooling down here and it’s September. Yes, September! How did that happen? Today is Distribution Day for “B Week Participants” at Bountiful Baskets. I’m always excited 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, Organic basket, Lunchbox pack and the assorted baguette pack.
Now comes the fun part – deciding what to make with all this awesome produce. Don’t despair if you didn’t get a basket this week or don’t have Bountiful Baskets in your area. 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.
I have compiled a list of 14 recipes using Conventional basket ingredients and 13 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 colored recipe title to link directly to the recipes.
CONVENTIONAL BASKET RECIPES: I had the following items in my basket this week: green peppers, cactus pears, Hatch chilis, corn, cucumber, green grapes, lemons, romaine lettuce, onions, peaches, Asian pears and grape tomatoes. So much awesome produce this week!
Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Salad – uses cactus pear, green grapes, oranges (from lunchbox).
How to Cut & Prepare Prickly Pears (aka Cactus Pears).
Chipotle’s Corn Salsa – uses corn, green pepper, red onion.
Chili Lime Sweet Corn Salad – uses corn.
Lemony Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwiches – uses cucumber and lemon.
Green Juice Salad – uses green grapes, romaine, cucumber, lemon, apple (from lunchbox).
BLT Lettuce Wraps – uses romaine, use halved grape tomatoes.
Easy Pickled Onions – uses red onions.
Super Simple Peach Cobbler – uses peaches.
Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon Whipped Cream – uses peaches.
Asian Pear & Pecan Waldorf Salad – uses Asian Pear, green grapes and romaine.
Fresh & Spicy Tomato Salad – uses grape tomatoes and red onion.
20-Minute Cherry Tomato & Basil Angel Hair – uses grape tomatoes.
Creamy Roasted Hatch Chile Dip – uses Hatch chiles.
LUNCHBOX PACK RECIPES (some of the recipes above use Lunchbox Pack items, too): The Lunchbox Pack is one of our favorites because it contains a nice variety of fruits & veggies that are easy to eat “as is”. In the event you are feeling ambitious (or just looking for new ideas), I’m sharing a few recipes that use the contents of the Lunchbox Pack. Also check the Conventional Basket list, as some of those recipes will work with Lunchbox items, too.
Easy Ranch Carrots – uses baby carrots.
Homemade Slow Cooker Dulce de Leche – use as dip for Granny Smith apples (and other fruits).
Nectarine Pizza with Fresh Basil & Balsamic Reduction – uses nectarines.
Barefoot Contessa’s Fresh Nectarine Cake – uses nectarines.
Spiced Plum Crisp – uses plums (pluots will probably work, too).
Easy Garlic Snap Peas – uses snap peas.
Asian Chicken Salad with Wasabi Dressing – uses Asian Pears.
Pluot Wontons – uses pluots.
Frosted Pear Spice Cake – uses pears.
What are your favorite END OF summer produce recipes? Please share in the comments – I love to try new recipes!