Green Meal Planning: A Bountiful Baskets Menu

G-A-S-P ….

It has been nearly FOUR MONTHS since I posted one of my meal plans.  Ye gads!

Now, do start worrying about us — we have most definitely been eating around here… but our schedules have been so crazy, I haven’t taken the time to share our menus.


  • We’ve been busy … hanging out with our buddies and perfecting our “Mean Monster” faces for toddler stare-downs.

face paint monsters

  • We’ve been busy …  eating Whole Wheat Pizza Rolls … my first recipe to share on 5 Minutes For Mom as one of their new Food Contributors!  (p.s.  I’ll be posting there once a month, sharing favorite family-friendly recipes.)


  • We’ve been busy … living in a four year old girl’s world … where bows make EVERYTHING prettier.


  • And, we’ve been busy … experimenting with Green Eggs and Ham for the upcoming Read Across America Day (March 2nd — also Dr. Seuss’s birthday).

pesto deviled eggs


Meal Planning With Bountiful Baskets

For the past month, my menu planning has been a wee bit trickier thanks to Bountiful Baskets, which FINALLY came to Houston in January.  Purchasing produce, sight unseen, and then planning a menu around it has been interesting … and has done a good job of stretching my creativity when it comes to our evening meals.  It takes careful planning to use all the vegetables — which I order and pick up every two weeks — before they spoil.

(the fruit from the baskets doesn’t have the same problem since the Kidlets inhale it all nearly as soon as I can unpack it)

But, the results have been delicious … and I’ve ended up with two new “kidlet-approved” soups out of my experimentation!  Score one for Mommy.

green enchilada chili

Using corn and tomatoes from my basket, I created this Salsa Verde Chicken Soup (recipe coming soon) … it was a definite winner with my picky and non-picky eaters alike!

This week, my basket had loads of cucumber, tomatoes, potatoes, celery, and asparagus.   The tomatoes threw me into a panic when I saw them — we’ve gotten tomatoes in every basket so far and I have not been able to use them up fast enough.

B…u…t … a friend on Facebook mentioned I could always freeze the tomatoes if I was afraid of spoilage.


Turns out, it’s true.  You can freeze tomatoes.  I’m going to give it a try this week; if it works, I’ll always have fresh tomatoes on hand whenever I want to make my slow cooker marinara!

Now that the tomatoes are out of my way, here is this week’s plan:

Monday: Asparagus Pasta, Salad

Tuesday: Roasted Pepper and Chicken Quesadillas, Black Bean “Refried” Beans, Cilantro Lime Rice

Wednesday: Deconstructed Kebabs — Roasted Sausage with Onion and Potatoes, Salad

Thursday:  Spicy Pork Tenderloin and Mango Salsa (the same salsa I use on my Chipotle Quinoa with Corn and Black Beans — it is SO good on spicy foods)

Friday: Pizza … possibly the Pizza Rolls I mentioned above or our other favorite, Shaved Asparagus and Portobella Mushroom Pizza.  Haven’t decided yet!

Do you share a menu-plan on your blog?  Leave the link in a comment so I can visit — I’d love to see what other families have cooking up this week.

This post is linked with Menu Planning Monday at Org Junkie.

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  1. says

    IOh yes, you can most definitely freeze tomatoes! they are so good! Can’t wait to see the recipe for that delicious looking soup! I wish we had a bountiful baskets in our area!

  2. says

    I’ve told you a million times, but your pictures are outstanding! I don’t share a menu plan on my blog, but I think I’m going to start. We have a great menu planned out for the week! :)

    • Rachel says

      Awwwwww, thanks, Sara. I appreciate that… I have been working hard to learn the ins and outs of food photography. Still a long way to go but I am slowly seeing an improvement in the photos.

      You should DEFINITELY start posting your meal plans … I love getting inspiration from how other mamas feed their families!

  3. says

    Not sure I knew you could freeze tomatoes, but a few years ago I found out you can freeze bananas. LOVE that!
    Sounds like a yummy plan. Ours is fairly easy this week.