Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Green BEAN Delivery Plate Proud Recipe Contest - Create Something Delicious and Win Fabulous Prizes!

Hey guys! I've sung the praises of Green BEAN Delivery before and all the awesomeness they deliver in those little green bins. Green BEAN offers tons of organic produce, humanely raised meats and natural grocery products in a weekly delivery and it is all customizable and you can put it on hold anytime. Just like a CSA, but better! :)


In celebration of warm weather and fresh foods, Green BEAN is hosting the Plate Proud Recipe Contest, with more than $1,200 in prizes at stake. Each participant is asked to submit their favorite original recipe in one—or all—of five categories for a chance to win exciting culinary prize packages. Read on to learn more about each category and the corresponding prizes:

1) Chillin’ & Grillin’
The winning grilled dish needs to be packed full of flavor and creativity. This recipe will be judged on taste (35 percent), ease of preparation (35 percent) and innovation (30 percent).

Grand Prize: A premier grill set, including an innovative plancha wok (great for simultaneous high-heat searing and low-temperature cooking); grilling accessories (cedar planks, tongs, spatula and gloves); an inspirational cookbook, “Italian Grill,” by Mario Batali; and a $50 gift card to Green BEAN Delivery. (Value $195).



2) Quick, Easy & Kid-Friendly
Share an easy, healthy and parent-approved dish that aims to please pint-sized palates. This recipe will be judged on taste (25 percent), nutrition (25 percent), presentation (25 percent) and ease of preparation (25 percent).

Grand Prize: BPA-free, phthalates-free and leak-proof bento-style lunchbox; Mr. & Ms. Food Face plates; a clever food truck-shaped bowl; chalkboard placemats; training chopsticks; a resourceful and simple cookbook, “The Best Homemade Kids’ Lunches on the Planet,” by Laura Fuentes; and a $50 gift card to Green BEAN Delivery. (Value $179).


3) Locavore
Submit a recipe using ingredients from city and state farmers and artisans. This recipe will be judged on the number of local ingredients used (40 percent), creativity (20 percent), taste (20 percent) and ease of preparation (20 percent).

Grand Prize: A stunning vertical herb garden chalkboard planter; an essential book, “The Art of Simple Food,” by Alice Waters; and a $50 gift card to Green BEAN Delivery. (Value $230).



4) Veggie Side
Prepare a side that’s so fresh and tasty others won’t even care about the entrée that prominently features veggies. This recipe will be judged on taste (25 percent), presentation (25 percent), nutrition (25 percent) and ease of preparation (25 percent).

Grand Prize: A French-made de Buyer Viper Dicing Mandoline slicer with interchangeable blades for cubes, diamond cuts, julienne, strips, sticks and rounds; a demystifying and definitive guide to vegetable cooking, “How to Cook Vegetarian for Everyone,” by Deborah Madison; and a $50 gift card to Green BEAN Delivery. (Value $229).


5) Pack-and-Go Healthy Lunch
Healthy, prepped daytime meals make it easier than ever to say no to fast food for lunch. This recipe will be judged on taste (25 percent), presentation (25 percent), nutrition (25 percent) and ease of preparation (25 percent).

Grand Prize: Stainless steel bento-style PlanetBox lunch box with soft carry bag; two hinged Italian-made glass jars with airtight seals (perfect for Mason jar salads); six wooden and reusable chalkboard tags; an educational guide to great-tasting, yet easy meals, “Fast Food My Way,” book by Jacques Pepin; and a $50 gift card to Green BEAN Delivery. (Value $175).


Here are the down and dirty details:

  • One original recipe per category can be submitted from April 13 to May 22 at greenbeandelivery.com/recipecontest, where a full list of submission criteria and rules is also available. 
  • Participants are encouraged to share their recipes on social media using the hashtag #plateproud. 
  • All winning recipes will be highlighted on the website. 
  • The judging panel is comprised of Green BEAN Delivery co-founders Matt Ewer and Beth Blessing and members of the marketing team.

This contest is open to all foodies, not just bloggers, and you don't have to be a current Green Bean member to enter. Click here to enter. If you are interested in joining Green BEAN and having fresh, organic produce delivered to your front door, sign up here.

I'll be throwing my hat in the ring...what about you?