I wanted a place to put how I use my Bountiful Basket. This seemed like the best way to go. I know 3 blogs might just actually kill me but people look and want ways to eat healthier and cheaper. Bountiful Baskets has helped me implement healthier options into my families diet. We eat better and have a variety of new foods that we try. I have also been able to drop my grocery bill a ton by using bountiful baskets. I hope that this blog gives you ideas on how to use your basket each week.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

NOV 19 2011

I was super excited for today's basket!!!

I have cut my pineapple and my daughter has been snacking on fresh amazing pineapple!!

I needed a new recipe for all the onions that I got this week and last.  I already have at least 6 onions already frozen and just wanted to try something new.  

So I found a great healthy onion ring recipe!

I made it this afternoon and my husband and I ate it all gone in 5 min!

so here is my new favorite onion snack!

onion rings baked not fried!

I am now regretting not buying the hostess pack because it came with wonderful items to add to my Thanksgiving Dinner.

I am grateful for the wonderful women who introduced me to bountiful baskets over a year ago.   it has been a blessing on my eating habits, health, social life, and my pocket book.  I love the women and men I get to meet each who volunteer their time to help me run a site.  I am grateful for Sally and Tanya for what they started!  I am grateful to you wonderful readers who have forgiven my crazy life lately with no or little posts.

Enjoy the holiday weekend I know I am going to!!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

NOV 5 2011



Fennel is a very interesting veggie.  in some of the research I found that it is used in many herbal remedies, aids in digestion.

Discovering Fennel

Often unrecognized or misunderstood, fennel has culinary versatility worth exploring.

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Don't let an aversion to black jelly beans keep you away from fennel. Native to the Mediterranean region, this licorice-flavored member of the parsley family is one of Italy's most popular vegetables.
Work with it, and you will find that the aromatic plant lends itself well to a wider variety of foods than you might have first suspected. Another benefit: one cup contains almost 20 percent of your recommended daily value of vitamin C. Most fennel available in American markets is grown in California. The type you'll find-Florence, or bulb, fennel (sometimes labeled "fresh anise")-has a bulbous base, stalks like celery, and feathery leaves that resemble Queen Anne's lace. Like celery, the entire plant is edible. The crisp and slightly sweet bulb is especially delicious served raw in salads. Whether braised, sautéed, roasted, or grilled, the bulb mellows and softens with cooking.
Look for small, heavy, white bulbs that are firm and free of cracks, browning, or moist areas. The stalks should be crisp, with feathery, bright-green fronds. Wrapped in plastic, fennel keeps for just a few days in the refrigerator; the flavor fades as it dries out.
The Whole Fennel
• Fennel seeds don't come from bulb fennel but from common, or wild, fennel. The seeds are slightly nutty, with the expected licorice flavor, and are widely used in sausages, stews, soups, and curries.
• Fennel stalks can take the place of celery in soups and stews, and can be used as a "bed" for roasted chicken and meats.
• Use fronds as a garnish, or chop them and use as you would other herbs, like dill or parsley. Chopped fennel works especially well in Italian tomato sauces, but add it late in the cooking process so the flavor isn't diluted.
Bulb Basics
• Trim the stalks about an inch above the bulb.
• If you want pieces to stay together for grilling, keep the root end intact. Otherwise, trim about a half inch off the root end before cooking.
• To slice fennel, stand the bulb on the root end and cut vertically.