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Grocery Geek Presents: 8 Great Ways with a Party Tray

Posted By Jessica Fisher On November 22, 2008 @ 3:12 pm In Grocery Geek,Meal Planning | 6 Comments

[4]This week I took a mental break from wheeling and dealing. For the most part, I stayed out of the stores. I didn’t even go buy a Sunday paper. I printed online coupons when I saw them, but no clipping for me.

Last week I felt I was getting a little too obsessed, so it was good to take a break. I did make a trip to Sprouts [5] since they overlap their sales on Wednesdays. That’s nice because I can stock up every two weeks, but still take advantage of all their good deals. One special I found was their vegetable trays.

Normally, I would never buy a party vegetable tray. If I were to bring veggies and dip to an event or serve it at home, I would make my own ranch dressing [6] and chop my own veggies. However, when I saw these for $4.99, I knew I had to get one. In fact, I bought three.

Yeah, the guy at the checkstand laughed at me, too.


But, c’mon, SIX POUNDS of vegetables and 2 containers of dip for 5 bucks?! That is a great deal. As my friend Jessika and I munched on veggies, we brainstormed all the ways that we could make use of this great deal.

It’s more than just a veggie tray, friends.

This particular tray consisted of two pounds baby carrots and about 1 pound each of broccoli, sugar snap peas, grape tomatoes, and baby bell peppers. There was also one container of each dressing: peppercorn ranch and creamy dill.

1. Thin the dip with buttermilk to make a tasty salad dressing.
2. Saute the broccoli and snap peas in garlic, crushed red pepper, and oil for a delicious vegetable stir fry.
3. Make Lynn’s Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup [8].
4. Use the carrots in Carrot Cake and Carrot Muffins.
5. Toss the dill dip with boiled potato chunks and chopped celery and red onion to make a filling potato salad.
6. Boil a pound of pasta and blanch the broccoli, peas, and carrots. Toss together with Italian salad dressing and chopped peppers and tomatoes for a fresh-tasting pasta salad.
7. Boil the carrots and broccoli until tender. Toss with melted butter, ginger, grated orange peel, and a splash of orange juice. Serve hot.
8. Set on the counter and encourage your kids to snack on veggies.

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