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Basket Adaptation


Sunday, September 26, 2010

My wife signed us up for something called the "Bountiful Basket." Basically for $15 you get a random assortment of fruits and vegetables. Now in some areas, you can get this every week. In our town, we only get it every other week. So far we have gotten three such baskets, and I have to say, it has really helped me develop more ways of dealing with fruits and vegetables. As I continue to try and incorporate more of these things in my diet, this has been a wonderful way of sort of forcing me to do so. To give you an idea of what I'm talking about, here are some pictures of the last couple baskets.



This was the basket from two weeks ago. The head of romaine was made into a fairly conventional salad. Now for most people, this wouldn't be too impressive. But for me, to be happily eating salad, even that is a milestone. The corn I roasted and made into a sort of creamed corn. I cut it off the cob, put it in a pot with some low-fat milk, butter, and tarragon, and then pureed it smooth. The zucchini my wife baked into a sweet zucchini bread. I should have eaten some, but I didn't. Sometimes I get on this "anti-carb" thing and wasn't really interested in bread. The tomatoes I made into a very good tomato soup. I saw the recipe on a Food Network show and made a few changes to it for my purposes. Next time I make it, I'll make sure and share. The asparagus I combined with some beef sirloin and made stir fry. I really like hoisin sauce, and so I chopped up the beef and asparagus, set them sit in a mixture of hoisin, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, and garlic, and then fried it in a bit of sesame oil. Very yummy.

The rest of it I left to my wife. Mushrooms are just not on my agenda. I figure even with eating more fruits and veggies, there are some things that I am still allowed not to like. Ditto the plums. Although I am going to give peaches a try this week. The apples and bananas I just ate day to day at work. I pretty much eat one of each every day.



Here was today's basket. The romaine again, was salad fodder. Although I think this one was even better. I roasted some chicken breasts, chopped them up, tossed it with the lettuce and added some walnuts and the concord grapes you see there. The dressing was a very simple red wine vinegarette; just extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, a bit of granulated onion, and some honey for sweetness. I'm afraid I like my vinegarettes sweet. I went back for seconds of a salad, a salad! Go me! The okra is a new frontier for me. I have never cooked with it, or even eaten it before. So I did a bit of hunting around and discovered a creole style stew that is based on shrimp and okra. The recipe will also allow me to use the celery and onions that you see there. Hopefully this will work out well. No way to find out till you try!

The apples and bananas will just get eaten as usual. The peaches we are going to make into a cobbler with a raspberry topping. Raspberries were on sale at the grocery store, so we're going to throw those in. The little guys in the "wrappers" there are Asian pears. I honestly have no clue what to do with those either. I'll have to do some more hunting around online for some ideas. The green plums are totally up to my wife. I think she's just planning to straight up eat them, which is fine with me. The two acorn squash there we are thinking of making into a soup. I am not the biggest fan of squash in any form really. But I'm thinking bake 'em, scoop 'em out, toss it in a pot with some other veggies, say some carrot, celery, onion, garlic, tomato, puree it all down. It should make something edible. I need to find a way to eat squash anyway since up to now, I have yet to find a method of preparing them that I find very edible.

So if you like fresh fruits and veggies, or if you're looking to push your boundaries in new directions like I am, maybe look into whether they have "Bountiful Baskets" in your community, or some kind of similar service. It really has helped me in my quest to eat healthier and maybe it can do the same for you.
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FWBLONDIE 9/26/2010 1:33AM

    The Asian Pears are acctually my favorite to just eat as is!! If you get GOOD ones that are ripe they taste like a cross between a sweet pear and a soft apple... but have the most amazing taste and texture... VERY juicy!!! Give it a try! they are very delicate and bruise easy be careful cooking with them as tehy break down easy!!

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