Saturday, December 14, 2013

Christmas Gift Week - Day 6: Green Bean Delivery

This post is chock full of fun stuff - first I want to tell you about Green Bean Delivery. They are a fantastic fruit & vegetable delivery service that originated out of Indianapolis but they now deliver in Cincinnati and NINE other cities! Pretty cool! (Discount for YOU at the end!)

I think this would be a fantastic gift for a foodie in your life! It's such a convenient service and the produce is always ripe and delicious! Plus - it's a unique gift that keeps on giving!

Photo courtesy of Green Bean Delivery
There are a variety of bin sizes you can sign up for and you can get them delivered weekly or bi-weekly. The coolest part is that when you order - they send you a link so you can see what you're getting - but you can log in and customize it!

I got a $35 bin and it had zucchini and pears (along with a TON of other stuff) - but we don't like those - so we took that out and added broccoli and pineapple. Boom done! It's really cool because it figures up the prices for you and only lets you add what you have money left for in your bin. I was sold right there. 

So what was I going to do with all this produce?

Well I made some things for Thanksgiving - but one of the first things I made was a semi-homemade pasta sauce with Portabella mushrooms from my Green Bean Delivery box! I've been asked, "What's semi-homemade?" - well celebrity chef Sandra Lee coined the phrase - it's basically when you take something pre-made and jazz it up.

I had also gotten a free Farberware pan from Vocalpoint that was waiting to be used. They sent these Farberware pans to a few of their members that submitted a one-pan recipe and I was one of the lucky few to get one! I was excited to have a new pan with Teflon in it as the one I had was pretty scratched up and old.

So I started by browning Italian sausage and the mushrooms in my new stir-fry pan!

 Then I added my jarred pasta sauce...

Lastly - I had some leftover cream that had to get used up - I thought I'd throw that in! It really helps cut down on the strong acidity of the marinara (I have acid reflux pretty bad so tomatoes kick my butt).  

And there you have it - semi-homemade tomato cream sauce with sausage & mushrooms! It was REALLY delicious!

This was just one of the great things I made with my Green Bean Delivery - I'm on a quest to use up things in the freezer and the Italian sausage was bugging me - so I used it up. I also love mushrooms - so it was a no-brainer.


Farberware has a few sets of pans that you can get for a pretty great price around the holidays. This is the Farberware Open Stir-Fry Pan that I was sent as part of the Vocalpoint program. Thanks Vocalpoint - I needed it!

Before I share the recipe - if you'd like to try Green Bean Delivery for yourself or to give as a gift - I have a $15 discount code for you to use (this offer is only good for one week from today):

15TFHml

That code is good for $15 off your first order and good for new orders & reactivations. There's no contract when you sign up for Green Bean - so you can use that to try it out and see what you think.


I've tried it a couple times and have decided that come January - I'm signing up for the small bin every other week. It will be so nice to have fresh veges & fruit chosen for me! We've eaten a lot more fruit whenever these bins arrive - it's just not something I force myself to buy at the store.

Rigatoni with Creamy Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

1 pound sweet Italian sausage
2 large Portabella mushrooms
1 yellow/orange pepper, diced
1 jar marinara/pasta sauce
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 pound of rigatoni (or your favorite pasta)

Directions

Prepare pasta according to directions on box.

Brown sausage about half way then add mushrooms and peppers. Saute until sausage is cooked through and veges are tender.

Add jar of marinara sauce and heat through until simmering. Add heavy cream, stir & heat for 2-3 minutes.

Serve over pasta. Serves 4-6.





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