What’s Inside a Produce Basket?

The Produce Gathering

Here at The Produce Gathering, we offer up two different produce baskets in every sale. One is a $15 regular basket and the other is a $25 family basket. The family basket offers a larger quantities of the same items in the regular basket along with at least two surprises.

The picture above shows off one of our recent family baskets. Since we are still in the winter months, only our lettuce is local. It is grown at ScissorTail Farms in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As we move through spring and summer, we’ll add more local produce as it becomes available.

Our produce baskets are the backbone of our co-op. Many ask what items will be in each basket, the truth of the matter is we do not know until we are getting ready to place our order. Produce prices change weekly and sometimes those changes are drastic. Once the sale is closed, we look at our lists of available produce and determine what will be available the day of the delivery.

We strive to find fresh, in-season produce that is also recognizable and easy to use in everyday meals. We love to offer different items such as eggplant or leeks but we also strive to add those recipes to our pinterest boards and our blog.

You never know what you’re going to get but, you can be sure it will be good!

Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted Cauliflower

We have included cauliflower in our produce basket many times but, I’ll be honest. I never in my life thought I’d tell you I actually like it. You know, it’s not even that I like it. I love it.

Once I finally figured out how to prepare cauliflower, it became delicious and I now eat it all the time. I’ve actually bought three in the last week.

So, how does this roasted garlic thing work? I used this recipe Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower. It was and is amazing. Please use real parmesan cheese, not the bottled stuff you on a grocery store shelf. Not only is real cheese obviously better for you, the taste difference between the two is phenomenal. You’ll want the real thing.

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

Got mushrooms? I love it when we are able to include mushrooms in our baskets but sometimes we aren’t quite sure what to do with them. No worries, grilled mushrooms are here! These look amazing and taste delicious.

For the full recipe, visit MommyHatesCooking.com. You’ll find the recipe is simple and quick!

Easy Zucchini Pasta

zucchini

Toss out the pasta and reach for the zucchini! Seriously. It’s amazing and it’s healthy plus, you’ll enjoy the taste too. I’m gluten free so pasta really isn’t my thing anymore, even though I know they make gluten free pasta, it’s just not the same. Then, zucchini noodles happened.

Wow.

I use this amazing Spiralizer to cut the zucchini noodles and it works perfectly. I could eat these every single day, they are that good and there is zero guilt so it’s a win-win!

Spiralizer

Ingredients:

3 zucchini

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

Directions: 

First, wash and prepare your zucchini. Be sure to take paper towels to soak up the excess water. The first time I did this, I did not have the slicer above so I used a knife. It was dangerous, it did work but it basically gave me strips of zucchini rather than noodles. I highly recommend the spiralizer above.

Now, after the zucchini is prepared (spiraled), get a pot of boiling water going on the stove. When it is ready, throw in the zucchini pasta and cook for about 5 minutes. Basically, it is just like spaghetti. Once it is cooked the way you like, drain out the water and place the zucchini in a bowl. Also, you really don’t have to cook it, you’re basically heating it up so you don’t want to overdo it or you’ll end up with zucchini mush.

Then, simply toss with a little bit of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, salt & pepper to taste. I use Pink Himalyan Salt but you can use what you’d like. That’s it.

If you want to complete the spaghetti feel you can toss with pasta sauce or even pesto!

Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Easy Pot Roast

I do not like overcomplicated recipes, when we added pot roast to our line up, I had to find an easy way to cook it and I did! This is simple and it tastes great!

Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast

2-3 lb Pot Roast

3 large potatoes (cut into cubes)

1-2 large carrots (cut into cubes or use baby carrots)

1 large onion

3 cups beef broth

1 cup water

Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions: First place the meat into the slow cooker then, add in your veggies and cover with broth and water. The idea is that the meat is completely covered, you may need to add a little bit more depending on the size of your slow cooker. Once covered in liquid, sprinkle the salt and pepper. You can also add any other seasonings, I added a bit of italian seasoning to mine and it turned out great!

Cook on high until the meat falls off with the slight push of a fork, normally this will take about 5 hours.