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Have you heard of Bountiful Baskets?

You should go check it out, because it’s a great way to bring fresh fruit and vegetables to your table without breaking the bank.

The gist of it is once a week you can buy into a share of fruits and veggies for a very low price.  There are conventional baskets and organic baskets.  I usually get one of each.  Saturday morning you go to your local pickup site and collect your booty.  Bountiful Baskets are now available in 20 states, if you’re lucky, you live in one of them.

The baskets are fun because you never know exactly what you’re going to get.  We’ve tried all sorts of stuff that we might not have otherwise.  Just last weekend we were surprised with purple carrots and red corn.

Here are a few shots of our take last weekend.  Please excuse the bad flash photography.

This is a combo of 1 conventional and 1 organic basket.

Not pictured are a 2 cartons of raspberries, because they were almost immediately devoured.

Dark purple on the outside and normal carroty orange in the middle.  They tasted delicious.

Super sweet and juicy red corn!  YUM!

To lessen the pressure of eating it all before it goes bad, we cut up all of the squash, carrots, green beans, and broccoli and froze them for later.  That way we have a nice variety of yummy goodness ready and waiting in the freezer.

Speaking of freezing…

Not too long ago, one of our local grocery stores had peaches on sale for less than a dollar a pound.  I can’t resist a good bargain, so I bought something like 12 pounds of those furry beauties.  (I’m still waiting for the whopping 4 whole peaches to ripen on our tree.  They are so close, but not quite ready.)

I set the ones I bought on the counter to ripen for a few days.  Once they were perfect and just begging to be devoured I sliced them up, put them in single layers on cookie sheets, and froze them.  The next day I took them off the cookie sheets and put them in zip lock bags.  I can now reach in and grab a handful without them being all stuck together and I will have peaches long after peach season is over.  I can add them to smoothies, cereal, ice cream, eat them as is or if I am feeling like an overachiever make peach pie…which I never have and probably never will do, but I can dream.

I loved the way they looked all bright, cheerful and uniform, in all their delicious peachy-ness splendor.

Having a freezer full of healthy options makes me happy.

Do you have any money saving, healthy eating tips?  I would love to hear them!


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Zucchini Baked Deliciousness

Please allow me to introduce you to H-E-A-V-E -N.

In a big pan brown 1 pound-ish of hamburger. Don’t forget to drain it.

Add about a cup of grated carrots (I keep bags of grated carrots in the freezer to make things easier).

 A few handfuls of chopped mushrooms (same story as the carrots).

Some chopped green onions

3 or 4 cloves of chopped garlic. I love the stuff!

and a 29 oz can of tomato purée



Add some italian seasonings and grated parmesan to taste.


While that cooks up on medium, start chopping.

Cube 5 smallish zucchini.


Then layer in a baking dish.







and top with a boat load of mozzarella cheese.


Bake at 400 covered with foil for about 30 minutes or until zukes are tender then cook uncovered for additional 10 minutes or so.

It’s even better the next day!


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Ghetto Fabulous Panini


Fabulous because they are full of mozzarella cheese, balsamic vinaigrette, fresh basil, ripe Roma tomatoes, and sautéed mushrooms with garlic.

Ghetto because all of those delicious ingredients are sandwiched and melted to perfection in hot dog buns.

Derek and I went to Costco last week. In our “mass consumption high,” we bought an excessive amount of hot dog buns.  Sometimes I can get taken away by the bargain and forget to think about the practicality of eating say four dozen hot dog buns in the next week, because there is absolutely no way they will fit in the freezer.

So Ghetto Fabulous Panini were born and we are all the better for it!


We sliced up three Roma tomatoes and roughly chopped some basil.


Doesn’t the tomato in the center look like it has a jack o’lantern face?

I mixed some balsamic vinaigrette in with the tomatoes and basil, while Der sliced the cheese.

Mushrooms and garlic were sautéed in olive oil and angels came down from heaven and sang because it smelled THAT good!


Let me just take a moment to tell you if you don’t have a panini grill, you need to get one.  The boys and I got one for Derek for Father’s Day last year.  I was worried because I thought it was a lame gift but he loves it and uses it just like you would a George Forman.  He makes hamburgers, cheese crisps, brats, and now paninis.

(This would be a good place for a shot of the grill, if I had taken one.  Don’t worry, I am sure you will be introduced at a later date.)

The panini grill preheated while I assembled the sandwiches.

Each open bun acted as a slice of bread.




I sprayed the outside of the buns with a little butter flavored Pam before I panini’d them.




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