Monday, June 14, 2010

Organic Harvest Box for June 12, 2010

Take a peek at your Organic Harvest box this week! Looks delicious . . .

Don't you just love fresh cantaloupe? This type of melon is extremely nutrient-packed, yet has very few calories. It is highly concentrated with beta-carotene, folic acid, potassium, vitamin C, as well as dietary fibre. It is also one of the very few fruits that has a high level of vitamin B complex, B1 (thiamine), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), and B6 (pyridoxine). Cantaloupe is rich in anti-oxidants that help prevent cancer and heart disease.

So, what better reason to grab a knife and start slicing your melon in half?

Melon can can be enjoyed simply, with very few additional ingredients needed to enjoy it's luscious flavour, as in this Melon with White Wine recipe. Cantaloupe is a superb addition to salads, and I suggest trying this Cucumber Cantaloupe Salad and or this Cantaloupe Salad (which uses the actual cantaloupe body for the bowl!).

If you fancy something sweet, then why not fire up your barbecue and try Grilled Cantaloupe with Honey Ginger Blueberry Sauce? It looks divine! A sure winner to serve after a light grilled dinner. Or try these Crepes with Proscuitto, Brie and Cantaloupe - a fantastic idea for a brunch or late weekend breakfast. And these Cantaloupe Ice Pops? A success with my kids - an icy cold and healthy treat for summer!

How do you like to eat your green beans? Some of my favourite choices are just using them as a simple side dish to one of our main meals - like Sesame Green Beans or Green Beans with Almonds - both are fast, easy, and tasty! Green beans lend themselves well to salads too, and I found a few this week that had me drooling. What about a Green Bean, Corn, and Tomato Salad, a Fresh Bean Salad, or this Fennel and Radish Salad ? But what had me drooling most of all this week was this recipe for Green Beans with Goat Cheese, Cranberries, and Bacon - hard to disagree that bacon would be a wonderful addition to green beans!

I have not personally ever been a fan of radishes. So, I am always on the hunt for recipes that incorporate radishes in fun and innovative ways - but that they TASTE good. Since I love snap peas, I am thinking of trying these Sugar Snap Peas with Radishes. And I am even open to giving this Roasted Radish with Soy Sauce and Roasted Sesame Seeds a whirl. I like the looks of this East-Meets-West Chicken Tostada Salad, as well as these Mixed Greens and Radish Salad with Feta Cheese. Hoping to try one of them this week!

Any suggestions, feedback, or recipes you would like to share are always welcome!! Enjoy your week.

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