Light and Luscious Chocolate Zucchini Cake

February 9th, 2015

Thanks to Bountiful Baskets I can not only make my cake I can eat it too. I used my homemade applesauce and fresh zucchini from one of my baskets to make a moist and light cake. I did a semi sweet chip frosting to keep it simple. Every one deserves a special treat once in a while so why not try this, you won’t be disappointed.
 

Light and Luscious Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Light and Luscious Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour milk
  • 2 cups zucchini

Instructions

  1. Beat sugar and oil together for 1 minute
  2. add eggs, applesauce, vanilla and beat for another minute
  3. add flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and sour milk and beat until combined
  4. stir in zucchini
  5. put in a 9 x 13 prepared pan
  6. bake at 350 degrees until a toothpick inserted comes out clean
  7. cool
  8. frost as desired

Notes

To make sour milk add 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar in a 1/2 cup measuring cup and then fill with milk. Let set for 5 minutes then add to recipe.

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Chai Coconut Ice Cream

February 4th, 2015

I am so in love with the young Thai White coconut we got in a basket. There are so many ways to enjoy them and this is at the top of my list. In the notes you will see how to make your own coconut milk to use in this recipe.

Chai Coconut Ice Cream

Chai Coconut Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 3 cups coconut milk (see notes to see how to make your own)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup raw honey

Instructions

  1. Mix all the above together and pour into your ice cream maker.
  2. Follow the directions included with your personal ice cream maker.

Notes

To make coconut milk open your Thai coconut and drain the liquid into a blender. Add the meat from the coconut and blend until smooth. If you do not have 3 cups add milk to bring it to the proper amount.

Cauliflower Tortillas

February 3rd, 2015

There are so many ways to use cauliflower. The only limit is your own mind. I have seen lots of cauliflower tortilla recipes on the web but wanted to do one of my own. Here it is.
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Blood Orange Sorbet

February 3rd, 2015

Every now and then I make two much juice so that is when I turn to making sorbet. Sorbets are easy to make but take time to freeze unless you have a ice cream maker. Either way they are a wonderful treat. A few simple steps and you can turn any fruit into the perfect sorbet.

Blood Orange Sorbet

Blood Orange Sorbet

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • small pinch salt
  • 2 cups blood orange juice

Instructions

  1. Bring sugar and water to a boil.
  2. Boil for 1 minute and remove from heat.
  3. Stir in juice and salt.
  4. Refrigerate 3 hours or over night.
  5. Pour into ice cream maker and follow your ice cream makers instructions.
  6. If you do not have a ice cream maker pour into shallow stainless steel pan and freeze for 3 hours.
  7. Scrape frozen mixture and return to freeze.
  8. Let freeze for 7-8 hours and then serve.

Notes

You can use any fruit you like to in this recipe. Try mixing a couple different types of fruit for a special blend.

20 Minute Tostada’s

January 31st, 2015


I picked up my Half time hostess pack last night and saw my prizes….I was so excited. I don’t think people realize the value of these babies, the gazillion things we can do with them! I think I will be testing out the possibilities in the near future. But, I am all about instant gratification so I wanted something fast, easy and healthy. So I whipped up these tostada’s and they were FABULOUS! Just like all great things. It must be shared. I’m sure with a little time this too can be perfected but for now. Fast and ooooh so good will do. The great things about tostad’s is you can fit them to your liking. Read the rest of this entry »

Veggie Sausage Soup

January 31st, 2015

This soup is so simple to make, and easy to modify to whatever vegetables you prefer (or have left in your fridge that you don’t know what to do with yet).

This is my first attempt at blogging. I’ve always liked the idea of it; I like sharing recipes with others, and I like to talk (haha!). What a way to pair the two!

As I sit here (now for the 4th *5th* time typing this, thanks to my energetic 1 year old), I thought I’d like to share my recipe for a quick and easy soup. I love it because it can clean out your fridge of those veggies that have been in the crisper all week long (or more!). It doesn’t take long to come together, and who doesn’t need a little more time chasing the munchkins around? Read the rest of this entry »

End of the Basket Salad

January 27th, 2015

Ever wonder what to do with your produce from the last basket a few days before the new basket is coming. I do a end of the basket salad. Never the same twice but it is always fantastic. I am surprised how creative some of them can be. Change them up with your own favorite dressing and enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

Volunteer Spotlight: Lara M. in St. Joseph, Missouri

January 27th, 2015

Lara M. has long been the face of Bountiful Baskets in Missouri and Arkansas where she is the Volunteer Area Coordinator.  She went out on a limb driving quite a ways to train and get her food and now she has a Bountiful Baskets site right in her hometown of St. Joseph.  She is perhaps one of the kindest hearted most encouraging women to work with.  As all mother’s of nine must she has a kind word handy always.  We really appreciate that and bet you do too!

When/ how did you begin participating with Bountiful Baskets?

Enough for a family of 11!

I first heard of Bountiful Baskets in the spring of 2012 and there were zero sites in my entire state.  It took a couple of months but I finally convinced my husband that travelling almost 3 hours, one direction, to another state to train would be worth our while.  We contributed for our first baskets in July, 2012 and have appreciated each and every one!

Why did you become a Site Coordinator?

Our city wasn’t aware of Bountiful Baskets at the closest site was 2-3 hours away.  I wanted the co-op and realized that to make that happen, I would have to bring it here.

What is your favorite part about Bountiful Baskets?

Obtaining healthy REAL foods to feed my family at a price that makes sense!

What is your favorite part about volunteering/running a site?

Meeting all my participants and sharing REAL food with them all.  I just LOVE when participants ask me how they can use an item they have never tried before but love it even more when they return to tell me how their lives are changing, in very positive ways, because of their participation.

Tell us a little about your site & your co-Volunteer Site Coordinator.

Our city graciously allows us to use the local Sports Complex and the folks there are extremely accommodating.  All the employees are welcoming and a couple have even become participants.

My back-up site coordinator is Connie Thompson, a long time area resident.  She always has a smile for our participants and a positive attitude.  I am blessed to have her to rely on!

What makes your site fun – or unique?

My volunteers!  It is often the highlight of my week to have that hour before pick-up to chat with them and talk about what we all enjoy: fresh produce!  We marvel over each and every case, talk about how we plan to fix things, and dream of what might be offered the next distribution.

What’s the craziest or silliest thing that has happened to you or at your site during baskets?

Probably the day my grandson was baptized.  I had set the time for right after baskets but my phone rang non-stop during the entire distribution because the godparents had TWO flat tires on their way and had to turn around to get new tires which made me have to reschedule the baptism *in the middle of distribution.*  My AWESOME volunteers made it happen though and he was baptized later that evening AFTER I had time to return home and put all my yummy produce away!

Any weird basket dreams you’d like to share?

I haven’t had any but my oldest daughter has.  Numbers aren’t her thing and she once dreamed she kept putting out baskets but it was never the right number of baskets so she kept counting them over, and over, and over, and over, and….

How has BB changed your life?

The co-op has literally revolutionized how I feed my family.  I used to spend hours each week planning meals then elaborate menu plans and shopping lists to match.  Because of Bountiful Baskets, stepping into a grocery store is now an extremely rare occurrence!  We eat meat, and co-op produce, and not much else!  Yes, I do purchase a few staples from an online provider that ships directly to my home but those trips to the grocery that I had come to loathe are no more!

What do you do when you’re not doing BB?

I educate our children at home, run a local host site for a nationwide cloth diaper loan organization, and am an AVID knitter, spinner, and crochet enthusiast.

Tell us a little about your family

My husband and I have 9 daughters and one grandson who is the apple of his aunties’ eyes

If you could have 1 super power… what would it be?

To bi-locate so I could get more done!

How many baby elephants did you contribute for last April?

Zero, but my 10yo begged me to max on them.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I don’t think the average participant truly realizes how much of themselves Sally & Tanya have poured into this endeavor or how committed they are to the cause of benefitting families, one dinner table at a time.

Comfort Chili

January 26th, 2015

There is nothing better for warming the tummy than a bowl of homemade chili. It is even better if that bowl is a sourdough bread bowl. This recipe can easily be changed up to make it totally yours, so jump in and play with it!

Comfort Chili

Comfort Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 medium green peppers, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 2 14.5 oz undrained diced tomatoes with chilis
  • 3 cups pre-soaked dry beans
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 jalapena, finely minced (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 8 cups water (more if the chili gets too thick while cooking)

Instructions

  1. Brown ground beef, onions, peppers, and celery in a large pot until cooked and soft
  2. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute
  3. Add tomato paste and cook for another 2 minutes
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 6 hours or until beans are cooked.

Notes

Try adding one cup each of pinto, black, and kidney beans for a nice change. Add water during the cooking as needed for desired thickness.

 

 

Volunteer Spotlight: Carrie R. in Fort Morgan, Colorado

January 4th, 2015

Carrie R. is the newest addition to the Volunteer Team responsible for the awesomeness that happen at Fort Morgan Bountiful Baskets! There’s a team of seven that keeps this organized and fun site going throughout the year even when it is -24 degrees like today. We are so grateful to Carrie for all she does to help make the site run smoothly and make healthy food available to her community very affordably! Woot Woot for getting it done Carrie!

When & how did you begin participating with Bountiful Baskets?
I started getting baskets in March 2013. I saw a flyer at the rec center and figured I would try it out. The produce couldn’t have been any worse than what I was buying locally.

Why did you decide to become a Site Coordinator?
I decided to become a site coordinator because Bountiful Baskets is something I believe in and if you want to keep something around you work it!

What is your favorite part about Bountiful Baskets?
My favorite part of baskets is it’s like Christmas every week! You never know who is going to show up to volunteer and you never know exactly what your basket will contain!

What are your favorite basket items?
I am always get excited to see mangos! Well and everything really!

Tell us a little about your site?
We have so much fun at our site! So many great people come and we love to welcome new faces!

What’s the craziest or silliest thing that has happened to you during baskets?
The first time I ran the site without Nicci I forgot to distribute the case ends! Thank goodness one of the volunteers noticed before I started checking people out!

Any weird basket dreams you’d like to share?
The weirdest basket dream I have had is that I forget how to count.

How has Bountiful Baskets changed your life?
Beyond the fresh produce, Bountiful Baskets has given me friends!!

What do you do when you’re not doing Bountiful Baskets?
When I am not doing Bountiful Baskets I am planning what to make with the products I have gotten from Bountiful Baskets. :) And totally rocking the stay at home mom gig I have!

Tell us a little about your family
I have been married for 17 years to (a very patient man named) Michael. We have 3 children. Emily 14 (who volunteers regularly) Michael 11, and Joslyn 7, and a dog too!