Saturday, January 14, 2012

My First Bountiful Basket!

This morning I stood in line in the January cold and claimed my first Bountiful Basket. I have been curious about this produce co-op for a long time, and it is part of my New Year's resolutions to order one every week, if possible, so that I can focus on healthier eating. The amount of info on the web from actual Bountiful Baskets customers is extremely sparse, so I had no idea what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to see what a value I got for my $15 contribution!

For those of you who haven't heard about Bountiful Baskets or who have thought about doing it but need more information to help you decide, I am going to try to post about what I get from my Bountiful Basket every week. And, just for kicks, I might post the meals that I make with all this produce.

Without further ado, here is what I received this week:

(For fun, I have also put the price of each item at our local WalMart)
4 tangerines $.48 each
1 lb. bananas $.52/lb
1 bunch lettuce $1.44
1 head cauliflower $2.68
1 head broccoli 1.88 each
3 avacados $.74 each
6 tomatoes $1.34/lb
1 pineapple $2.50 each
1 melon $3.48 each
8 oz mushrooms $1.68 each
6 kiwis (I'm guessing $.40 each because they don't carry them right now)
Brussels sprouts $1 (guessing again)
Grand total: approximately $25  (I had to guess on a few, since I don't have a produce scale at home....) Not a bad dea, eh? $15 of fresh produce without having to spend half an hour fighting the crazy Wal- Mart Crowds!

 I honestly don't know how to cook brussels sprouts, and I don't like mushrooms. But I will figure out something to do with them!

These are some meals that I think I'll make based off of these ingredients:
  • Cauliflower soup (using the cauliflower and some leftover carrots and celery from last week.)
  • Chicken, steamed broccoli and lemon rice
  • Asian beef (I'm feeling some mushrooms for the honey here) fried rice, and roasted brussels sprouts.
The fruit will be great for snacking and breakfasts. I'm so excited for a week of healthy eating!

1 comment:

  1. Okay, I have to know. Did you actually eat the mushrooms? We never had mushrooms while you were growing up. I learned to like them because I worked at a mushroom farm when I was in 8th grade. Inquiring minds want to know...