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A Merry Christmas Basket and Meal Plan!

This year’s Christmas basket included Granny Smith Apples, Sweet Potatoes and Yukon Golds, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Oranges, Green Beans, Pomegranate, Butternut Squash, and Sweet Onions.

And here’s this week’s Meal Plan (using PepperPlate once again):

The first recipe that came to my mind when I walked in the house yesterday and saw these beautiful Granny Smith Apples from my Milk and Honey Organics weekly produce basket was the Marcia Adams’ Granny Smith Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce! It’s a family favorite around the holidays and a quick dump cake that is delicious every time! The last time I made it, I used buttered ramekins, so each person got their very own apple cake and could put as much or as little caramel sauce atop as they liked. This cake would also make a beautiful homemade gift for neighbors or friends. If it doesn’t turn out exactly as beautiful as you would like, just drizzle some caramel sauce on top and pipe some whipped cream on it! (Yes, I confess, I have done that before.)

Recently, I’ve been watching a lot of The Chew episodes. It’s a fairly new morning talk show on ABC featuring four chefs and a fashion stylist. It’s pretty funny, most of the time, and has a lot of good recipes. Here are a few that I saw over the last few weeks that would be great to feature this week’s basket in:

(Other Recipes from the Meal Plan can be found in past Weekly Meal Plan posts).

What will likely happen in my house (and perhaps yours), is that you’ll plan your Christmas Dinner as your main meal for the week and then snack and attend parties and family gatherings for the rest of the week.

Leftovers will likely be a part of this week’s menu for all of us, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be every bit as delicious as the feast itself. Enjoy plenty of  beautiful, organic produce this week! Keep it light and healthful and enjoy the time with family and friends even more than you enjoy the food! I hope you have a blessed and peaceful holiday season, full of family, food, and festivities!

Merry Christmas from My Journey to Lean!

Weekly Meal Plan and Recipe Ideas

This Week’s Basket from Milk and Honey Organics included Granny Smith Apples, Satsuma Mandarins, Jumbo Sweet Yellow Onions, Pomegranates, Celery, Bananas, Carrots, Ataulfo Mangos, Silver Dollar Mushrooms, Hurricane Creek Lettuce, Kem Radish Microgreens, Parisi Farms’ Beets and White Sweet Potatoes.

I am so excited to try the Satsumas! They’re a type of mandarin or orange, and a variety I have never had the privilege of tasting prior to this. And, of course, I love beets and sweet potatoes!

Here’s the meal plan I created using PepperPlate.com. I have to say, the more recipes you add, the easier it is to meal plan. You simply go to the planner tab and type a word (like “beets”) and every recipe that has that word in the title pops up for you to select the recipe you want.

And here’s the list of recipes:

Bon Appetit!!

Weekly Basket and Recipes!

We just missed Ivan (from Milk & Honey Organics) tonight, so we arrived home with a cooler full of fresh, organic fruits and veggies on our doorstep. There was a ton this week! I’m so excited! I already started Twice Baked Potatoes and Strawberries Romanoff for dinner tonight!

This Week’s Basket:Hurricane Creek Farms Beefsteak tomatoes, 1 bunch Furman University Organic Garden’s Collard Greens, 3 Granny Smith Apples, 3 Red Navel Cara Cara Oranges, 1 Acorn Squash, 1 Cauliflower head, 2 Jumbo Yellow Onions, 1 large bunch Curly Parsley, 1 bunch Bananas, 1 Red Leaf Lettuce head, 2 handfuls of Russet Potatoes, 2 Leeks, and 1 pint Florida Strawberries. I feel so blessed! I love Milk & Honey Organics! All this is 100% Organic and only cost me $35, including the delivery!!

Here are some ideas for what to do with it:

Hurricane Creek Farms Beefsteak Tomatoes:

Furman University Organic Garden’s Collard Greens:

Granny Smith Apples:

Red Navel Cara Cara Oranges:

Acorn Squash:

Cauliflower:

Jumbo Yellow Onions:

Curly Parsley:

Bananas:

  • Enjoy in a smoothie
  • Slice on top of waffles
  • Peel and freeze – blend with chocolate syrup and PB for a quick ice cream treat (My Favorite Protein Shake)
  • Or eat by itself

Red Leaf Lettuce:

Russet Potatoes:

  • Add one boiled to thicken a soup
  • Shred, add an egg and make into a crust for an egg pie (see recipe under Onions above)
  • Irish Cheddar Potato Bites – from Whole Foods Market
  • Twice Baked Potatoes – my version
  • Roasted Potato Wedges
  • Potato Soup

Leeks:

Florida Strawberries:

  • Strawberry Mint Sprint Rolls – from All Recipes
  • Strawberries Romanoff with Real Whipped Cream (Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook)
  • Toss in a salad with spinach, pecans, and goat cheese, topped with balsamic vinaigrette
  • Strawberry Soup – my version adapted from a DesignSponge recipe