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.

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

face paint monsters
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  • 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.)

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

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  • 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

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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.

WHAT?  FREEZE TOMATOES?

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.

Comments

  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.