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This Week’s Basket and Meal Plan

I found out last night that this will be our last basket indefinitely from Milk and Honey Organics, making this the last meal plan associated with their baskets. The owners have had another opportunity arise for their family, and we wish them the best, though we will definitely miss the colorful baskets, and partnering with them on their blog. I may still write a meal plan going forward, but it will likely be on a different night and using either farmers’ market or other produce items that fit within our budget. That being said, here’s this week’s meal basket:

This Week’s Basket Included Walla Walla Jumbo Onions, Rainbow Chard, Butter (Boston) Lettuce, Red Potatoes, Black Plums, Seedless Flame Grapes, Keitt Mangos, Bio-way Farm’s Cantaloupe, Parisi Farms’ Eggplant (mixed), Bio-way Farm’s Okra, Bio-way Farm’s Tomatoes, and Parisi Farms’ Jalapeño Peppers.
Meal Plan for Two (via Pepperplate.com):
 
Note: All recipes in the above meal plan can be found on the M&H Blog’s Recipes Archive page.

A Meal Plan from My Sister!

This week’s meal plan is brought to you by my twin sister Michelle from A Fruitful Vine and Olive Shoots – local mom and author. I had some unexpected responsibilities come up this week, and she graciously agreed to help me out! Enjoy!

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Included Green Beans, Lacinato Kale, Green Leaf Lettuce, Nectarines, Burgundy Red Plums, Dark Sweet Cherries, Parisi Farms’ Heirloom/Carolina Gold Tomatoes, Parisi Farms’ Watermelon, Bio-way Farm’s Slicing Cucumbers, Parisi Farms’ Eggplant Medley, Parisi Farms’ White Sweet Potato, and Parisi Farms’ Jalapeno Peppers.

This Week’s Meal Plan:

Some New Recipes:

Thanks, Michelle! My dark sweet cherries never make it into a pie; they remind me too much of my European mission trip and roadside stands, and I end up just eating them in handfuls.

Meal Plan for July 7-13

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics Included Bananas, South Carolina Peaches, Red Globe Grapes (caution: watch out for seeds), Tommy Atkins Mangos (not pictured: we got more of something else), Purple Garlic, Ginger, Local Green Cabbage, Hurricane Creek Romaine Lettuce, Globe Eggplant, Russet Potatoes, and Bioway Farms’ Squash and Cucumbers.

This Week’s Meal Plan:

Recipes for this Week’s Meal Plan:

  • Pancake Bar – use your favorite pancake mix or simple recipe and top with anything you like. If you’re adding peaches, bananas, chocolate, etc. to them, pour the batter first and let it cook for a minute on the first side, then top with fillings and cook another minute or so before flipping.
  • Egg Salad – hard boil eggs ahead of time, cool, peel and chop, then add the dressing (1/2 c. mayo, 1-2 tsp. prepared yellow mustard, salt, pepper, dill, a pinch of sugar and a splash of apple cider vinegar whisked together).
  • Grilled Peaches – Spray with a little olive oil before adding to the grill at the last five minutes or so of cooking the pork chops (optional: sprinkle with nutmeg).
  • Sautéed Squash and Onions – Pan fry thin slices in 1 Tbsp. butter with salt and pepper till just soft and slightly translucent.
  • Sautéed Cabbage – Chop into bite size pieces and cook in 1 Tbsp. butter with salt and pepper till soft and slightly caramelized (medium to medium high heat and keep it moving so it doesn’t burn).
  • Sautéed Onions and Peppers – slice into strips and toss in a hot pan with 1 tsp. olive oil till just tender and slightly translucent. Feel free to cook the chicken sausage links right down in the middle of this, if you don’t feel like grilling.
  • Baked Potato – rub with oil, sprinkle with coarse sea salt, and roast on a pan at 450F for 40-50 minutes.
  • Bacon Jam
  • Enchiladas
  • Cheesy Garlic Bread – mince garlic and mix into a stick of melted butter, brush over bread (French loaf or Italian loaf, cut in half, cut side up on pan), sprinkle with shredded cheese, and broil till cheese is golden brown (keep an eye on it).
  • My Favorite Falafel
  • Tzatziki Sauce
  • And the rest are on M&H’s Recipes Archive page.

Weekly Recipe Ideas and Meal Plan for November 4-11

This week’s basket from Milk and Honey Organics included the following: Bio-Way Scallions, Bio-Way Mustard Greens (hiding off to the left hand side of this picture), Macintosh Apples, Golden Tangelos, Parsnips, Bananas, Seedless Crimson Grapes, Leeks, Spring Mix, Parisi Farms Green Peppers, Parisi Farms Sweet Potatoes, Parisi Farms Eggplant (mine are green).

This Week’s Recipe Ideas:

And finally, check out this week’s Meal Plan:
For an interactive PDF with recipe links, click on the meal plan above or here.

Go ahead and wash those grapes and toss them in a freezer for a fast, fun snack! I can’t wait to try the “Crustless Mini Pies” using last week’s butternut squash tomorrow night! I might just have to go ahead and make it tonight!

By the way, if your eggplants were green like mine, eggplants don’t change color as they ripen. Some are purple and some are green, so go ahead and throw them in some curry or grill them with olive oil and seasonings. Whatever you do, enjoy them!

Bon Appetit! And have a great weekend!

Recipe: Baba Ghannouj (AKA, Eggplant Hummus)

Ingredients:

  • 1 small eggplant
  • olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. prepared minced garlic
  • 3 Tbsp. plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. tahini
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp. dried parsley flakes
  • juice of 1 lemon (about 1-2 Tbsp.)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 450F. Slice eggplant into 1″ thick slices, lengthwise. Place on baking pan (I use a stoneware bar pan that has a 1″ lip around the edges) and drizzle with olive oil. Bake at 450F for about 30 minutes (I did this during the last 2/3 of baking our potatoes for dinner). Let cool. Peel skins off eggplant slices and discard skins.

Combine all ingredients, including eggplant, in food processor and blend to desired consistency. Serve with pita bread or fresh veggies. Mmm! So yummy! And so fun to say: Baba Ghanouj! (bah-bah gauh-noush)

Baba Ghannouj (aka, Eggplant Hummus)