Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Obsession: $1 Bin @ Vitamin Cottage

How beautiful and springy is that picture?  Love it.

Is there a Vitamin Cottage where you live?

It is an AMAZING store and best of all?  They have a dang DOLLAR bin!

They take produce that is ready to be eaten that day or the next, bag it up in groups and mark if for one Georgie Washington.

Today I found 4 large heirloom tomatoes (gave 2 away to a friend)
Last month I got 2 green peppers and a head of lettuce.
Find the apple bag and you have endless supplies for applesauce or apple crisp!

The bomb diggity if you ask me.

So what would I do with those?  Make some fresh bruschetta.  Oh yum!

Heirloom Tomato & Sweet Basil Bruschetta

One loaf crusty bread
2 large heirloom tomatos, diced
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar (give or take to your taste)
1 tsp olive oil
5 sweet basil leaves, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
Pinch of salt and black pepper

Start with your bread.  Slice into thick pieces.  Warm a good amount of olive oil (a few tbsp) in a deep skillet until hot.  Place bread pieces in pan until browned evenly on both sides.  Golden, crispy goodness!

Combine all other ingredients in a bowl, mixing well.  It's even better if you can make this about 30 mins ahead of time, even before the brea, and let everything marinate together.  

Top bread with tomato mix and sprinkle with parmesan cheese if you like!

It's one of our favorite meals in the summer, especially with Farmer's Markets available--Enjoy!
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  1. Your picture looks like it belongs in a cookbook! Love it and love bruschetta!! p.s. when my daughter is really enjoying something she's eating she says it's the "bomb diggity" too! LOL

    1. Haha she is so cute!! Maybe you can make this recipe sometime-healthy and delicious!

  2. please make me heirloom tomato bruschetta when i'm home in one week from today! i wish we had a vitamin cottage here, that is my favorite store ever!

    1. linny you can come to our house and have all that you want! golden farmer's market with me in june to get all the tomatoes we can handle? xoxo p.s. NO BROCOLI

  3. Oh my goodness I need to adventure over there! I love bargains! I always look in the "Manager Special" section at King Soopers! I once found these awesomely huge gluten free muffins for a friend at 50% off!

    PS I laughed for a solid minute at Georgie Washington

    1. haha did you like that business? a georgie washington is all it takes to get those tomatoes! angi the manager's section is AMAZING at king sooper's. always good finds for sure.

  4. That sounds amazing Carly! What a great recipe for when friends come over too. I don't think we have a Vitamin Cottage store but when I clicked on the link you posted it said to check out Natural Grocers for info about their stores- we DO have a Natural Grocers here, which is a place we are head over heels for. We save a lot there surprisingly! :) -Nicole at Working Kansas Homemaker

    1. you should get there ASAP! seriously good deals and amazing prices. if they knew i was writing blog posts for them i bet i could make some moo-la. alas, they do not know i exist haha :)

  5. We're glad you love the $1 bins and our amazing prices, Carly! Our affordable prices are just one way we work to empower everyone to afford to take care of their own health. Thank you for shopping with us and for sharing your great experiences (and recipes) with others! See you soon!

    P.S. Yes, this is really Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage. :)

    1. I'm honored Vitamin Cottage stopped by my blog! Wow!!

      We LOVE the store and always look for ways to send people your way. Hope to post more recipes and helpful products we find.



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