Sunday, October 6, 2013

A non-Bountiful Baskets Produce Post

With our trip to Fargo the last couple of weeks, and the fact that I decided I just needed a week off yesterday, it has been a long time since we've done Bountiful Baskets.  That is taking some getting used to on my part!

My produce goal this week?

I want to use up (nearly) every bit of fresh produce we have, and I want to be using some of the stuff I have in cans.  Have to do that for fruit for sure! 

The sum total of produce in my home right now?
  • About 6 pounds of potatoes
  • 2.5 pounds of carrots
  • 1 pound bag of baby carrots
  • about half a head of lettuce
  • 4 tomatillos
  • 2 bunches celery
  • about 2 bunches of green onions
  • 10 regular onions; red, white and yellow; medium to large size
  • about a dozen chili peppers
  • a whole lot of garlic 
  • 3 soft mangoes
I'm thinking I need to roast and freeze the chilis, as they aren't going to stay good for long.  That, or I need to do a couple batches of Mexican Lasagna (I blogged the recipe over at the Bountiful Baskets blog!) using canned tomatoes and adding tomatillos.  I could freeze one.  Or give it away.  I know someone who could use it.

I'm thinking a couple of stew recipes this week ought to pretty much take care of the carrots, potatoes, and some of the celery and onions too.

Cindy posted a Mango Chicken over Coconut Rice recipe that I just have to try.  I'll be using some home-canned peaches, and probably more mangoes than it calls for.

If I let the kids munch on the baby carrots and celery, and I make a dipping sauce using the green onions, plus I eat a salad (maybe there's enough lettuce for two), that ought to pretty much do it.

I'm thinking with that plan, we'll still have a potato or two, a few stalks of celery, a couple onions, and garlic left.  That works for me.

So am I crazy for wanting to use up all of our produce?  I just am feeling the need for a fresh start, I guess...

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