Last week I purchased my first Bountiful Basket. The vegs and fruits are so fresh and look far better than most of what I find in grocery stores. I did not get to pick what came in the basic basket, so I crossed my fingers. There’s only one thing I have to find a use for…..hatch chiles.
My family does not care for the spicy. So I decided to make something freezer-friendly to take to the next potluck. I’m sorting through recipes now. Any suggestions?
The rest of the items will definitely be used. Cauliflower is difficult to find unblemished; this is super fresh and white. The green beans are so tender and yummy. Celery, green onions, an English cucumber, lettuce, mushrooms, yellow squash, pineapple, bananas, and melon. I have much from which to choose.
Here’s what’s on our dinner menus. All rice is brown and grains are whole.
Saturday before: Meatloaf from the freezer, cauliflower, green beans.
Sunday: Pizzas from frozen crusts for #2; DH and I out at an awards banquet/fundraiser.
Monday: Grilled chicken split breasts, pork chops for the guys; salads with lettuce, mushrooms, green onions; steamed yellow squash.
Tuesday: Brisket, cooked apples, salad with mushrooms.
Wednesday: Ravioli lasagne (extra one for the freezer), green salads.
Thursday: Ground chicken stir-fry with celery, green onion, peppers from the freezer, maybe a small hatch pepper, leftover cauliflower, green beans and mushrooms; brown rice.
Friday: Leftover brisket in bbq, apple slaw, carrots
These eight dinners for us will cost about 18.00, just guessing. Hard to estimate the vegs, since the co-op price isn’t broken out by veg. All the meats were super deals.
Goals for next week: Use up the rest of the vegs. Find a good recipe for the hatch chiles that will freeze well. Find more foods with vitamin E and omega 3s to fit in our budget.
So what’s on YOUR menu?
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