Melissa’s Gourmet Gift Basket and Cookbooks

Melissa's logo imageBeing a pro at cooking produce is one of the best things you can do to improve your diet and health. We know that might be easier said than done, so today, we’re going to help with our Freebie, Melissa’s Baby Vegetable Basket and Melissa’s Everyday Cooking with Organic Produce cookbook.

Melissa’s is the nation’s leading distributor of specialty produce. With over 1,000 items available at any given time, Melissa’s imports and distributes exotic fresh fruits and vegetables from the US and around the globe.

Melissa’s Everyday Cooking with Organic Produce (a $30 value) is packed with 450 recipes and serving suggestions for Melissa's Produce Giveawayhow to us oodles of  fruits and vegetables, so you and your family will never get bored. The cookbook is also one of my favorite go-to resources for how to buy, store and cook some of the more exotic items, like dandelion and mustard greens, available at supermarkets these days.

The Baby Veggie basket (a $72 value) includes some of  season’s best, depending upon availability, like artichokes, leeks, beets, carrots and much more. Each delicately woven basket is brimming with fresh vegetables which are artfully arranged.

Freebie: One reader will win the gift basket and cookbook and two others will win the cookbook only.  To enter, tell us what springtime produce you ate today (or are going to eat), Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @appetite4health.

All terms and conditions apply. Fresh produce shipments are restricted in some areas of the United States.



  1. Sandy j says

    Had strawberries and made strawberry shortcake with them. And will have more later today also!

  2. Ashley Robinson says

    I had some amazing mushrooms stuffed with spinach, artichoke hearts, cream cheese and bread crumbs! Absolutely FANTASTIC 😀

  3. Wanda I. says

    I’ve been indulging on lots of strawberries. I’m also on my second week of eating mainly fruits and veggies. I found a way to also get my kids eating lots of broccoli. I started roasting them, one tray of roasted broccoli isn’t enough…they are soooo good.

  4. Grace Lin says

    I just bought a couple mangoes, passion fruit, and asian pears! They will be gone within a day 😛 I also have a nice bag of chives from visiting home this past Easter weekend (we grow them in our backyard). A traditional breakfast I’ve had ever since I was a kid is an egg with chopped chives (about and inch) and a sprinkle of salt mixed in. So good!

  5. Nancy says

    Although I couldn’t enter the Fresh Diet giveaway because I don’t live in their delivery area, I know I could make my own “fresh diet” meals with the items in that amazing basket! Today was my long day at work, but I was able to enjoy some spring produce: strawberries, asparagus, arugula, spinach, and kiwi. To my delight, when I returned home from work tonight, my husband and sons had found about two pounds of morels on the hillside behind our house. (They are soaking in salt water so we can enjoy them tomorrow!)

  6. Monique Bilbo says

    I bought the hugest thing of Strawberries for Easter and they are soooo yummy!!

  7. Sherwin Juste says

    Ive been eating fresh strawberries and grilled artichokes!!!! I love this time of the year!!!

  8. sherry warlick says

    I am a colon cancer survivor and it is very important for me to fill my diet with vegetables. I love tomatoes made into fresh salsa. Fresh strawberries,mango,kiwi,pineapple and a bunch of other fruits. I have learned to like egg plant,squash,various types of greens and beans. I try to fill my diet with rich in fiber and healthy fruits and vegetables. I would love to try some new varieties of vegetables and fruits and learn new and healthy ways to cook them. This would be an amazing gift.

  9. Donna says

    I haven’t cooked it yet, but I was thinking about making some strawberry and rhubarb crisp.
    Kinda sweet & kinda tart, a little crunch with each bite…. yummy.. Smiles
    I like you on facebook and follow you on twitter.

  10. Shannon in Phoenix says

    I bought some strawberries and asparagus. I love strawberries with some Greek yogurt and toasted waffles.

  11. Melinda Singer says

    That’s too funny I ate the same spring produce as Shannon! Strawberries and aspargus.
    Following on facebook and twitter!

  12. rad says

    i’ve picked mulberries from my tree for the last week – my fridge has been overflowing! tonight i turned those lovely berries into a delightfully intense purple jam to enjoy and share with my friends through out the year. spring has been so generous this year! what a bounty =) a lot of work, but so worth it!
    (also froze some mulberries for smoothies – yum!)

  13. Harriet says

    Looking forward to the farm market baby spinach, with homemade balsamic vinegar dressing and pecans…

  14. Beth says

    I had a delicious large artichoke yesterday. Today ill be eating fresh carrots ! I’m so happy…no more baby carrots!

  15. Rosemary Erickson says

    I’m growing strawberries for the first time this year! Until they produce, I pick up fresh ones sat our local market :)

  16. Athena R says

    I ate a banana this morning and I’ll have an apple in a couple hours. Tonight, it will probably be cabbage or broccoli. I have no idea if any of those are springtime produce, but I eat a banana and apple just about every day. This book would be so helpful in helping me mix it up with other veggies at dinner time.

  17. Natalie says

    Today, I am eating red bell pepper, cuke and carrots with roasted turkey, tomato, lettuce wrap. Can’t wait for lunch today!

  18. Diana says

    I just made my morning smoothie and today’s colour was green! I used my tax returns to buy myself a new amazing juicer and now with Spring finally here in NY, it’s time to kick it up a notch and get into the healthy zone. Green apple, kiwi, mango, pinapple, spinach, parsley and a scoop of protein. Followed by a baggies full of homemade granola on the go. On the menu for lunch is a mediterranean salad with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onion, kalamata olives and fets cheese. Dinner is already prepared, just need to pop it in the oven – it’s a vegetarian mousaka – with potato, zucchinni, eggplant slices sanwiched between a sautee of peppers, tomatoes, onion, carrots, oregano and parsley! I am a gread advocate of fresh fruits and vegetables and am so excited for the warmer weather where the frozen substitutes can be eliminated with more of a variety available!

  19. Diana says

    I’ve got zucchini in the fridge that I’ll probably add to the baked ziti I’m going to make for dinner.

  20. L ee says

    Today for breakfast I had a banana and strawberry mix up that I like to make. It’s a quick breakfast jumble I like to make every once in awhile that’s healthy and works awesome for sweet pregnancy cravings!!!

  21. Jessica K says

    I’m going to have ‘miso plus’ soup tonight, with cabbage, carrots, and green onions from my garden.

  22. Jessica Heenan says

    My kids and I love summer fruits, any type of berries with yogurt so today was Chobani with blueberries!

  23. Ingemar H says

    Bought some young green spring peas at the farmer’s market last weekend had them in a salad today with baby lettuce from the garden.
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  24. joe G says

    I had some pineapple and honeydew melon and also popped in some strawberries. We are growing some berries in our yard and they look like they will be ready in a couple of weeks and can’t wait! Also had a banana….

  25. Dave L says

    I have an artichoke ready to steam right now! Making my dipping sauces and I’ll begin pulling leaves in about 15 minutes, yum.
    See you on facebook and twitter @mailmandave11

  26. says

    These comments have me thinking about what I’m going to make for dinner and seems like it’s either strawberries or artichokes are going to have to be part of the meal.

    The baby veggie basket winner is….Sherrry W.

    The cookbooks will go to…Wanda I. and Rad!

    Thanks for the inspiration–your comments keep fueling our desire to keep spreading the word about good nutrition


  27. says

    It is hard and expensive to always eat fresh. Today I had asparagus. It would be great to have fresh ideas and supplies to eat clean without store alteration.


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