Ultimate Recipe Swap: Fresh Produce

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Ultimate Recipe Swap

Welcome to another fun week of Ultimate Recipe Swap. Sometimes your favorite family recipes can feel like “same old, same old.” I think it’s refreshing to see what other families enjoy eating and be inspired to try new things.

Today’s topic is Fresh Produce. I’m probably kinda boring when it comes to fresh produce. Generally our family likes our fresh produce, well, fresh. I rarely cook fruit unless it’s for pie or muffins. And veggies? Well, we prefer salads.

I probably need to bust out a little. So, maybe you’ll inspire me today.

One of my very favorite fruit dishes is one that I never ever had until FishBoy6 was born. And you’ll probably be surprised when I tell you that something so “old school” is something that just makes me smile.

Cottage Cheese and Fruit!

I know, I know. But, I love it! I delivered my last three babies at Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Kansas. And they had the best hospital food I ever ate.

One of my favorites was the fresh fruit bowl. The babies in question were born in Spring, Summer, and Fall, and the fresh fruit bowl was always fantastic. It had cottage cheese, berries, melon, grapes, and pineapple. And it was always fresh, not slimy or old looking like you often get at restaurants. It was awesome!

So, I started making it at home with whatever fresh fruit was on sale that week. Love it!

What do YOU love to make with Fresh Produce?

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  1. I don’t do well with cottage cheese now, but I used to love it with fruit. I linked a zucchini recipe that my kids really like.

  2. Late last week, I got an email that a neighbor had about 25 quarts of blackberries left and wanted to get rid of them for a bargain. Well, some women chase shoes….I chase produce.

    I froze about half of them and made 26 pints of jam with the rest. All of us munched on them during the process, considering there was no shortage of them in the kitchen!

    Blackberries are sooooooo good for you, tons of antioxidants and have been shown to improve bowel health as well.

  3. You delivered at Overland Park?? I live in Johnson County and delivered my last baby at Shawnee Mission. Good to know there are better food choices to be had at other local hospitals πŸ™‚

  4. I love cottage cheese and fruit combo, sweet and salty. YUM! Luckily my kids enjoy it too.

  5. Not a cottage cheese fan at all but the fruit looks awesome! Ididn’t know if you wanted a recipe with produce NOT cooked or not. We eat tons of fruits and veggies but nothing with a real recipe. Oooh, I just though of one. We just made peanut butter banana tortillas today? Does that count as fresh? Well, I posted my summer squash recipe, I hope that’s okay, thanks!

  6. I love cottage cheese and fruit! I also love it with tomatoes, oh heavenly!
    I linked a green bean, bacon, tomato dish.

  7. I’m not a huge cottage cheese fan, but my hubby can eat it by the container full.
    Thanks for hosting! I’m looking forward to some inspiration too!

  8. Funny how that happends when you are not feeling well and in the hospital! I always hated gatorade until I was super sick and that was all I was allowed to have. Now I love to drink it!

  9. After my daughter was born last year, we received a lot of wonderful meals from friends in our community. My favorites were the ones that included fresh cut-up fruit. Now I always try to bring ready-to-eat fruit to new moms. It tastes SO good in those early, bleary days of non-stop nursing!

  10. carisa says

    Okay, so we got 5 baby zucchini plants from my neighbor. We stuck them in the ground and voila – zukes coming out of our ears. What to do? I don’t even like zucchinis very much! But one way I DO like them is sliced 1/4 brushed with olive oil, sprinkled with Kosher salt and grilled. YUM YUM YUM!!! (This is also my favorite way to prepare red peppers, asparagus, tomato and eggplant. ) So simple and easy to vary. Add 29 seasoning salute, lemon pepper, or herb’s de provence and voila! a while new dining experience. If you don’t have a grill, just broil them instead.

  11. You just made me realize how much I miss cottage cheese! I might need to go buy some tomorrow…

  12. We’re the same way – we eat a lot of fresh fruit, especially and I dont’ do much with it. I did post a recipe thought for a fruit salad I like to make. I like to add just a little bit of seasoning and light dressing to fruits to make them special. One that’s really good is cantaloupe with a sprinkling of sugar mixed with powdered ginger. Also somewhere on my blog I have a recipe for melon salad with honey-lime dressing – delish!

  13. I grew up eating cottage cheese and tomatoes. My hubby looked at me funny when I started sending it in his lunch once we went on the South Beach Diet in January, but now he’s totally hooked. It’s funny what goes well together if you just try it! πŸ™‚

  14. Our regular fruit salad here (about 6 out of 7 dinners)…is cut up strawberries, kiwi, mandarin oranges, and sliced bananas (added right before serving). It is SO yummy and all the flavors mix together making it extra delicious! πŸ™‚

  15. What do I do with fresh fruit? Cut melons in half and eat them with a spoon! They’re delicious. Nothing else needed… mmm, sigh.

  16. Oven Roasted Spring or Winter Veggies

    1-2lbs of fresh asparagus or brussel sprouts
    Oil- choose your fav πŸ™‚
    Kosher Salt

    Preheat the oven to 375F

    Prep asparagus by washing then trimming off bottoms of stalks, or prep brussel sprouts by washing them then trimming off just a sliver from the bottoms and cutting in half.

    Pour a generous amount of oil (I would say no less than 1-2T) onto a foil lined baking sheet, add asparagus or brussel sprouts and toss w/your hands, lightly sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake in the oven for 30-45 minutes or until tips of asparagus are brown and slightly crispy or until brussel sprouts have begun to brown (you’ll need to flip brussel sprouts 1/2 way through cook time).

    These are delicious served warm or room temperature!

    This recipe also works for broccoli, cauliflower, and peeled chopped squashes of all varieties! You can also do this with artichokes- prep just like you would if you were going to steam them- just slice in half vertically and roast cut side down.

  17. We live on fresh fruit and veggies. Our favorite summer dessert is Fruit Kabobs. Gather up the kids, the fruit, and the picnic blanket for an evenng of fun. We enjoy being outside together, being creative, and talking about our day while “stabbing” the fruit onto the kabob sticks. Last night we had a contest to see who could eat their kabob first without using their hands. Great pictures I can hardly wait to scrapbook.

  18. I love cottage cheese with fruit, too! Thanks for hosting this; I’m excited about finding new ideas for the veggies that are pouring in at this time of year!

  19. I’ve included a recipe for fresh salsa… what a nice space you have here, I am now following you, also!

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