Recipe Roundup – June 30

The Recipe Round Up is a delicious collection of recipes from blogs and websites that you can make using your Bountiful Basket goodies. This week I focused on finding you recipes that you don’t need to turn on your oven to make since it is already a hot summer! I hope you enjoy! ~Karmen
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Tangy Orange Ketchup

One of the blessings I’ve gotten from participating with Bountiful Baskets is the ability to change my family’s opinion about food. In the three years that I’ve been participating and volunteering (and running my own site, and facilitating many other sites in my state), my family has stopped eating at McDonald’s, started eating many more homemade meals, and finally – they’ve started requesting that I make staples for them.
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Pumpkin Soup

When fall rolls around, I start thinking about cooler weather and soup. Since I live in the desert southwest, though, soup weather generally doesn’t come around until the end of October. This year, though, we’ve had an abundance of rain and cooler weather, which, by the way, is making me question exactly how global warming works.

Anyway – fall packs are on the offerings for Bountiful Baskets, and some great pumpkins have been included in the packs. This is exciting to me, because when I look at pumpkins, I see food (not really a Halloween type of girl, here). And soup is at the top of my list!

Pumpkin Soup
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Summer Squash Supreme

I told Sally that I’d be providing the “Manly Produce Perspective” on the blog since I’m one of the two male VACs (Volunteer Area Coordinators).  I do love to cook but I have to admit that before I met my awesome wife, who happens to be an incredible cook, I like many men used cooking as a way to impress.  I suppose I still do.
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Cream of Celery Soup

This recipe has become a real favorite in my house. I searched desperately for a recipe to use multiple bunches of celery before settling on this one, which is my own version of many cream of celery recipes. It is super yummy! If I happen to have scallions (green onions) then I add them, saving a few of the green ends for a garnish at the end, but if I don’t have any, I don’t worry about it – the soup is still amazing!
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Plain Green Beans (boiled or steamed)

I'm going basic with this because I know there are people who have never cooked green beans from scratch!  If you are a little scared of the fresh green beans this is for you!

Plain Green Beans (boiled or steamed)

Ingredients

  • Green Beans
  • 1/2 an onion
  • Water or broth
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Snap your beans (take off the ends and throw away, then break into bite size chunks)
  2. Chop in large pieces an onion (cut off the ends, cut in half, put half away for later, strip off a couple outside layers until it is fresh, then cut in wedges, then cut the other direction to make about 1/2 in pieces.)
  3. Put green beans in a frying pan
  4. Put onion in too
  5. Barely cover with water
  6. Add a generous bit of salt (1/2 tsp)
  7. bring to a fast boil
  8. Take off stove and drain when the onions and green beans have changed color and drain.
  9. If you want to steam them put the green beans in the steamer basket with the onions
  10. add a bit of water under
  11. add salt
  12. steam until the change of color.
  13. put pepper to taste right before serving.


	

Chicken and Green Beans with Bacon

I am so in love with one pan meals!

Chicken and Green Beans with Bacon

Ingredients

  • 1/2 - 1 Onion
  • 2 - 6 cloves Garlic
  • Green Beans
  • 2 - 4 strips bacon
  • Chicken breasts for your family
  • Broth (Optional)

Instructions

  1. Cook the bacon.
  2. Set aside bacon.
  3. Dump most of the grease out
  4. Saute onion and garlic in the rest and brown the outside of the chicken breast.
  5. Add water or broth to cover and poach chicken breast. Allow the broth to reduce. Flip the chicken breast as needed
  6. Snap beans
  7. Add beans about 15 minutes after chicken comes to a boil.
  8. Boil for about 4 or 5 minutes until the beans change to the other shade of green. They will be cooked but crisp still. Once you see the color shift pull them off and drain!
  9. Crumble the bacon on top.
  10. Serve!

Grilled Vegetables Italian Style

Grilled Vegetables Italian Style

Ingredients

  • Zucchini
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Balsamic Vinegar

Instructions

  1. Prepare enough Marinade to Generously cover your veggies.
  2. Put your EVOO in a sauce pan.
  3. Add salt to taste.
  4. Chop 4 cloves garlic in large chunks.
  5. Mince Thyme and Rosemary very finely and add only a small amount of rosemary and a bit more thyme.
  6. Simmer until the garlic gets a bit of color.
  7. Remove from heat
  8. You may strain out garlic and herbs or leave them.
  9. Add chopped basil and wilt it.
  10. Slice Zucchini, Eggplant, Peppers into large enough chunks that they don't fall into the grill (think lengthwise!)
  11. Half the tomatoes and seed them.
  12. Coat everything in the Marinade.
  13. Reserve the rest of the marinade.
  14. Grill until tender. Keep it flipping to avoid too much char.
  15. Spoon all the "goodies" (garlic and herbs) out of the marinade onto the finished platter of veggies.
  16. Drizzle a bit of balsamic over.
  17. Grind some fresh pepper on top.
  18. Serve over Pasta, or alongside meat. (The Marinade will do great on steaks but don't use it for anything after the meat so maybe just make a bit more! Soak it then rub a bit of ground thyme on the meat then grill!)