This Week’s Bounty

Bountiful Baskets September 27, 2010
This week’s Bountiful Basket included a few new items including okra and asian pears.  I love asian pears, they are crisp like an apple and sweet like a pear.  In fact, my mother-in-law has an asian pear tree in her backyard, so I am spoiled by these beauties in the fall.  Okra is kind of a tricky vegetable.  Of course it is tasty as a fried food, and I enjoy a good okra pickle, but what else can you do with it?  Steaming and sauteeing okra seems to make it a bit slimy.  Maybe add chopped okra to a pot of soup?  If you have any okra tips, please share them in the comments.
Our Bountiful Basket for $16.50 included:
-2 boxes seedless concord grapes (1 was an extra from volunteering)
-7 apples
-4 asian pears
-7 peaches
-8 bananas
-5 plums
-5 yellow onions
-1 bunch celery
-1 acorn squash
-1 head romaine lettuce
-2 heads broccoli
-1 brown bag full of okra
We also got a 9-grain bread pack of 5 loaves for $10.  Oh, how I love this bread!
Don’t forget to share your meal plans and recipe ideas below!

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  • Reply Kendra September 27, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Here's what I an making with the OKRA.

    Also have acorn squash( in a crockpot as well as a batch of butternut squash soup( some carrot and celery added.

    Love your ideas.

  • Reply Megtff September 27, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I picked a ton of okra down at Apple Annie's farm a few weeks ago. I wanted to fry them (cause they taste so good fried), but I hate frying things at home.
    So I looked for another okra recipe. I ended up using the following 2 recipes for "Okra and Tomatoes" for inspiration.
    Made okra, tomatoes, onions, patty pan squash, baby yellow crook neck squash, chicken and a little bacon (for flavor). Used low sodium chicken stock (since I was using a few slices of bacon). I also didnt have fresh tomatoes, so I used ones that I had canned a couple months ago. I chopped up and cooked a couple slices bacon till crispy- then drained MOST of the oil, but not all. I used a couple chicken breasts (diced up like you would for a stir fry)…and browned them in the non stick pan with a little of the left over bacon grease(then removed)before I started the rest of the recipe.
    Served over rice! delish! Would be great with bonless pork chop or shrimp or fish. And could be served over white or brown rice, couscous or quinoa.
    It is a very flavorful and fairly easy meal to prepare.

  • Reply Knight Family October 2, 2010 at 4:59 am

    I made Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya and added the okra- delicious! I will post my recipe.

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