Berry Coulis

Berry coulis is an amazing accompaniment to both sweet and savory foods.

This weekend I got a chance to share my joy of cooking and gardening with this gift basket I assembled for our new neighbors.   It includes some  of the ingredients for my berry coulis and the herb that is working overtime for me this summer, 

cinnamon basil . . I grew six of these plants from seed, not knowing what I’d use them for, and it’s been my most clipped summer herb! It really rocks in  this berry coulis which, by the way,  I’ve been smearing  on top of both sweet and savory foods.  I made this with frozen fruit, but would be a great way to use up fresh berries if you have berries to spare .  Stay tuned for some of my new recipes using this delicious fruit coulis.

Berry Coulis

by Diane Boyd, MBA, RD, LDN

Ingredients (makes 2 cups)

  • 16 ounces frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, red raspberries)
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh cinnamon basil
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup berry jam (blueberry, strawberry, blackberry or raspberry)

Instructions

1. In a small sauce pan, add all ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer for 30 minutes until sauce begins to thicken. Serve warm or cold. Refrigerate unused sauce.

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Why I Joined the Produce Box

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Disclosure: I am a member of the Produce Box and have been asked to participate in the blogger program  “join The Produce Box”. I have been compensated for this post. Opinions are my own.

You never know what good fortune attending a health fair will bring, no matter who you are! For me, it was meeting Robyn Arthur, an area manager of the Produce Box and learning  how North Carolina residence can have fresh local produce (pictured above)  delivered to their doorsteps!

Initially,  doorstep delivery seemed superfluous.  I am, however, passionate about eating local, eating seasonal, and  supporting North Carolina farmers. But let’s face it,  all of the above can be achieved by shopping at any of the numerous farmer’s markets in my area.

However, after my first few delivered boxs from the Produce Box, and getting in the routine of ordering, I am finding the convenience of delivery is one of the BEST reasons for being a member! Prior to becoming a member of the Produce Box, I would set aside time during the week to shop at  one of farmer’s markets in Wilmington. Going early was always smart, as goodies sold out quickly and were often picked over by noon. I generally bought what looked good, and figured out what to prepare with it after I got home.

Now the process of ‘shopping’ for fresh, local produce is simplified. It not only saves me time by eliminating a trip to the market, it has also improved my efficiency with meal planning.  On Friday afternoons, I log into my Produce Box account and view the menus. It looks like this..IMG_3536TheProduceBoxScreen Shot_edited-1TheProduceBoxScreen Shot

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There are generally 5 to 8 different varieties of North Carolian farmer-grown fresh fruit and vegetable produce boxes. Contents vary depending on what’s in season. Specialty items  from local artisans are also available, including: honey, local meat, seafood, bread, cheese, butter, peanuts, peanut butter, jams and desserts. I can make my selection online immediately, but generally I think about the choices over the weekend , considering what I have going on in the coming week and plan meals around one of the  boxes offered.  I place my order by Sunday night at 9 p.m. Deliveries are Wednesday; right to my front door. All I need to do is unpack my box and refrigerate the produce. This week I selected the Harvest Box. Here’s how I  plan to use it:

Green beans will be steamed and used in my light and healthy Salad Nicoise.IMG_2006 copy_edited-1

Yellow squash will be prepped into zoddles in  this easy recipe for  Cod, Pasta and   Zoddles with Lemon Pesto .IMG_codwithzoodles_edited-2

The corn will be cut off the cob and made into a  Roasted Corn, Black Bean and Mango Salad  that’s a perfect accompaniment for just about anything I put  on the grill this week.

Field tomatoes  and bibb lettuce will be the base of the salads I make  for lunch or dinner.

Strawberries will be gobbled up in between meals (with  a little whipped cream). YUM!

I never realized how much time I spent shopping and planning meals until I streamlined the process with doorstep delivery made possible via the Produce Box. Join me in making healthy eating easy, sign up for local produce delivered  to your doorstep today!

 

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