Tomato Chips or Tomato Powder

We love tomatoes!  Whether it’s a bowl of pasta with homemade sauce or fried green tomatoes we love them in any and every possible way.  Recently I decided to do something a little different.  I decided to try my hand at tomato chips.  Yep, you read that  right, tomato chips.  I don’t buy chips because it’s too easy to sit and consume an entire bag before you realize what you are doing but with tomato chips you don’t have to worry about the added fat, cholesterol or preservatives.  The super cool thing about these chips is that you can also grind them into powder.  My kids say it smells like spaghetti in a jar because of the herbs used.  Once ground you can add tomato powder to soups, meats, eggs, anything you want, the possibilities are endless.  Customize them to your liking, use different herbs and spices, go nuts!

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Using The Entire Juice Pack

The Juice pack was introduced in January to  provide those participants that wanted to do a juice fast an easy and affordable option; for many it was a chance to add some extra fruits and veggies to their dinner table.  I tried juicing and actually liked some of the concoctions that I came up with, but I tend to use it to add some extra produce to the table.  I decided to try some “Retro” dishes and a couple you might not have thought of…ready?  Here we go!

Juice pack: celery, kale, pineapple, parsley, apples, carrots, ginger, beet with greens, lemons and limes

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Recipe Round-Up for March 2, 2012

Blood Orange Cheesecake from Martha Stewart

Blood Orange, Beet, and Fennel Salad from Epicurious

Roasted Carrot Soup from Food52

Simple Grilled Asparagus from Serious Eats

Asian Lettuce Wraps from All Recipes

Swiss Chard with Garbanzo Beans and Fresh Tomatoes from All Recipes
Swiss Chard with Garbanzo Beans and Fresh Tomatoes from All Recipes

Chayote with Tomato and Green Chiles from Simple Recipes

Maple Creme Brulee with Poached Forelle Pears

Roasted Beet and Winter Squash Salad with Walnuts from NY Times

Apple and Beet Salad from The Bitten Word
Apple and Beet Salad from The Bitten Word

Unstuffed Green Pepper Soup from Food.com
Unstuffed Green Pepper Soup from Food.com

Canary Island Cilantro Soup from Food.com

Cucumber Radish Salad

The radishes are staring at you, and you are staring at them. What in the world will you do with 6. You can slice one or two up in a regular green salad with dinner, or perhaps use them in some coleslaw with the cabbage you received this week, but better than that you can get rid of the whole bunch plus your cucumber and any stray carrots left in the ‘fridge with this zesty sweet salad! (You can really tell we focus on 100% basket consumption around here!)

Cucumber Radish Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 english cucumber, seeded and sliced length wise and then into cubes
  • 1/2 bell pepper cubed
  • 1 medium carrot shredded
  • 6 medium radishes shredded
  • 3 Tablespoons parsley (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Instructions

  1. Chop/shred the cucumber, carrot, bell pepper, and radishes to a medium bowl. Mix with the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, and parsley. Top with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Rustic Italian Soup

 

A hearty soup full of Bountiful Basket goodness!

 

Rustic Italian Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Italian sausage
  • 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • 2 carrots (diced)
  • 2 green onions (diced)
  • 1 tbsp dried basil (if using fresh basil reduce by 1/2 and add when the soup is done)
  • 1 1/2 cups zucchini
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow squash
  • 1 cup spaghetti squash
  • 14 oz crushed peeled tomatoes
  • 2 cup. kale (cut into ribbons)
  • 1 cup. lentils
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • Romano cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large pot saute saute carrots and green onions in coconut oil just until onions wilt slightly.
  2. Add sausage and cook until almost browned.
  3. Sprinkle in basil and add zucchini, squash,spaghetti squash, tomatoes, kale, lentils and stock.
  4. Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.
  5. Cook over medium heat approx. 30-45min. or until veggies have reached desired texture.
  6. Serve with hot bread.
  7. Garnish with grated Romano cheese.

 

End of Summer Smoothie

“Put the lime in the cucumber…”.  Okay, not quite, but close.  And delicious.

I recently read a recipe for a cucumber lime smoothie and it took the top spot on my “must try” list.  And then, AMAZING!  We got both cucumbers and limes in our basket today!  I came home and immediately threw the ingredients into my blender.  I changed the recipe a little bit (it’s a compulsion) and I’m sure you could adapt this pretty easily to your preferences.  I love the simplicity of the ingredients, and it tastes light, refreshing, and happy.  Today might be the first day of fall, but it still feels like summer and I’m soaking in every minute of sunshine, in the sky or in a smoothie.
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Oik Cookies

Last night, my son had a serious cookie craving.  Too bad I had almost no cookie-making ingredients!  I decided that I would try a flourless, low sugar oatmeal cookie (mostly because I had no flour and hardly any sugar), and after discovering I was out of raisins, I substituted dried apple pieces.  The result was a crispy, yummy, oatmeal cookie full of autumn flavors.  My 4 year old devoured the cookies and I loved that they’re pretty healthy, for cookies.  And they gained their unique moniker because I can’t type on my smartphone.  I was typing the recipe up on Facebook, and oil became oik.  My sister decided there was no other name for them.  If you want to give them a try, here’s the recipe:
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Slow Cooker Marinara and 3 Easy Ways to Use It

My slow cooker and I are very good friends. In the fall and winter, I love the amazing smells that waft through my house on a slow cooker dinner day. In the summer, I typically use my garage for slow cooker cooking to help keep my house nice and cool. No matter what the season, I’m always glad to have easy meals without resorting to take-out. To make it even simpler, I like to make slow cooker concoctions that I can use in multiple meals throughout the week. This recipe for slow cooker marinara can be used a million ways, and I’ve included just a few for you to try.
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