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Category Archives: Bountiful Basket

Food Storage Friday: Pumpkin Coconut Curry

by heather
When I tell my friends that I spend about $250 each month on groceries for our family of five I get various skeptical responses. People assume that we live off of Top Ramen and potatoes, or that I spend all of my time gardening and baking. (My kids would actually eat Ramen noodles every day if I let them, but I generally trying to push things like sandwiches and produce. Also, our gardening attempts have all been epic failures and I only bake a few times each month.) We actually eat a variety of Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Easy Home Canned Applesauce

by heather
Awhile ago when looking at the Bountiful Basket (the local produce co-op) options, I saw that they had a 32 lb case of Granny Smith apples for $25. I couldn't pass that up. I made 12 quarts of pie filling and applesauce, oh baby. Then I realized that I have yet to blog about making applesauce. I do apologize for this, I'm not sure how I missed it, because it is Thing 1's favourite thing that I can. And it's pretty easy. I make my crock pot do most of the work, resulting in my house smelling AWESOME Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Squash and Bean Quesadillas with Apple Salsa

by heather
I originally posted this recipe earlier this year, but I didn't have time to take a picture. So here you go, revised and with picture. This recipe doesn't contain a "ton" of food storage ingredients, but it's tasty, healthy and a good way to mix it up. I found this recipe when I googled "the best thing to do with butternut squash" earlier this year on this blog. My husband hates squash (and especially pumpkin) and really liked this, so you know it's good. I made it earlier this year when my (non-vegetarian) Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Spicy Veggie Stew

by heather
To shake things up I recently bought a new vegetarian cookbook, 365 Vegetarian Meals, published by Better Homes and Gardens.  One night I was in the mood for soup, so I picked this recipe, because I had all the ingredients. (Except eggplant. I didn't have eggplant, and I've found that at least 80% of the time eggplant is disgusting, so I used zucchini.) It calls for a can of garbanzo beans, which worked well, but I'm sure that any variety of beans would be good as well. This wasn't my favorite stew Read more [...]

Masala Brussels Sprouts with Spicy Yogurt Sauce

by heather
I didn't plan on blogging about this meal from the other night, but it turned out so well I thought that I would share. Seriously, Thing 1 and my husband both decided that they like Brussels sprouts after eating them this way. This is a big deal. I mean they are Brussels sprouts. I have to share a secret like that. My husband said "Wow, I didn't plan on these being awesome. When you said you were going to make this, I thought sure 'we have Brussels sprouts and we need to use them', but you surprised Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Home Canned Pineapple

by heather
Yesterday I went to visit my neighbor. On her counter she had home-canned pineapple. Wow, what a brilliant idea. Why is it that it never occurred to me? Apparently it's even easier than I suspected. She told me to go home and get my case of pineapple and we would do it right then. (We had both bought a case of pineapple from the Bountiful Basket last week.) 1. Assemble all tools (canner, canning tools, knife, sterilized jars, lids and rings) and ingredients (pineapple and granulated sugar).  Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Orange Blueberry Bread

by heather
I found this recipe on A Bountiful Kitchen when looking for a good blueberry muffin recipe. I tried a few and this was my favorite. It is a little time consuming to do on a regular basis, read: this recipe creates a whole lot of dirty dishes but they do make delicious muffins. Or bread. After the first time I just started pouring the batter into bread pans because it was easier and it worked. And of course I made several changes, like using more food storage ingredients, because that's how I roll. Read more [...]

Book Review: Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook

by heather
Last fall my husband decided that he wanted to take vegetarianism a step further and become a vegan. (That means no eggs or dairy in addition to no meat.) I really tried to be supportive, and bought a book that he had recommended to him, but the recipes it had generally called for ingredients that I couldn't find and many ingredients that I wasn't allowed to eat anyway (because my baby had terrible reflux, and one of these days I'll get around to writing about that debacle). So after a couple months Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Black Bean, Mango and Quinoa Salad

by heather
For those of you who are not yet familiar with this 'superfood', quinoa is a seed that comes from a plant closely related to spinach and beets. So although it is not technically a grain, you can pretty much use it like one. It cooks like rice, but contains complete proteins, fiber, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, is gluten free and has a little bit of a nutty flavor. From my reading it has a shelf-life comparable to wheat. (Although I don't think people have studying the shelf life of quinoa, for Read more [...]

Food Storage Friday: Best Vegan Pasta Sauce Ever!

by heather
I often find that when someone raves about how good a recipe is, it is usually an exaggeration and I'm left totally disappointed. Even if the recipe was ok, I usually won't make it again because I don't want to be reminded of how fantastic it wasn't. Perhaps I'm becoming a bit of a food snob, but if it doesn't taste that great I don't think it's worth the time, money, effort and calories when there are so many other foods out there that do taste great. So when I say that I have found a recipe that Read more [...]

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