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The Gift of Fruit (and Veggies)

It’s that time of year for giving, and instead of the same old standbys, why not give the gift of fresh produce? Our friends over at Melissa’s have some wonderful gift baskets that will please even the pickiest eater.

When we were scrolling through all of the choices, the Baby Veggie Basket ($71.99) was one of the first baskets to catch our eye. It is chock full of so-cute-you-can-pinch-them baby veggies, neatly trimmed and ready for snacking and cooking. The selection varies depending on the season, so our baby veggie basket included baby potatoes, onions, beets, green cauliflower, carrots, green beans, and pattypan squash. The veggies were super-fresh and nearly flawless, so they could have made a perfect centerpiece if we didn’t already have designs on eating them.

What do we like to do with a huge basket of baby veggies? Roast them, of course. We did a little additional peeling and trimming, then halved the vegetables and tossed them together in a large shallow baking pan. We coated them generously with extra virgin olive oil, then added just a dash of balsamic vinegar as well as salt and pepper. We tossed them so they were evenly coated with oil, then roasted them for about 50 minutes at 350 degrees. Note: We put the green beans in at the halfway point because they cook much more quickly than the other vegetables.

And…voila! Instant side dish. This one would be especially pretty for Thanksgiving. We roasted approximately 3/4 of the vegetables (as much as would fit in our pan) and it served 8. If you roasted the entire basket, it would serve about 10 to 12.

So if you’re looking for a hostess gift, or a gift for your favorite fruit or vegetable enthusiast, check out Melissa’s gift baskets for everything from citrus baskets to wine baskets to cooking packages (complete with cookbook). Happy shopping!

Blogger disclosure: We did not receive compensation for this post. Melissa’s gave us a complimentary gift basket for review purposes. All opinions expressed are our own.

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7 Responses to The Gift of Fruit (and Veggies)

  1. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious November 22, 2013 at 6:23 am #

    I’m ready to dig into that platter of roasted veg! Wonderful!

    • Jeanne November 22, 2013 at 7:15 am #

      Thanks, Dorothy!

  2. Nick Q November 22, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    This is a beautiful post Jeanne! The basket looks great and the dish looks, just a little bit better. =)

  3. Suzi November 22, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    I agree with Dorothy. It’s only 9:50 am and I too am ready to dig into those roasted veggies!!
    Gee, should I still bring the asparagus or will this be on our Turkey Day menu :)

    • Jeanne November 22, 2013 at 9:58 am #

      Lol – thanks!

  4. Ashley Bee @ Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine November 25, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    What a GORGEOUS gift basket!

    • Jeanne November 25, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

      I agree – Thanks, Ashley! Happy Thanksgiving!

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