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Green Smoothie with Mango & Lemon and Mint Dusted Baby Ginger

 

Ginger is a powerful addition to your morning smoothie. Ginger is a natural source of a wide range of anti-oxidants and polyphenols. It supports your whole body nutrition and has a wonderful calming effect on your digestive system.

loaded with nutrients for your body and brain. This is our take on a green smoothie from @pinchofyum green smoothie boosted with our Lemon & Mint Dusted Baby Ginger.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Total time: 5 minutes
 
INGREDIENTS
1 cup frozen mango chunks
1/2 cup frozen peach slices
2 cups kale (stems removed)
1-2 cups almond milk
1/4 Avocado
4 pieces Verdant Kitchen® Lemon & Mint Dusted Baby Ginger
A drizzle of Verdant Kitchen® Ginger Infused Honey to taste
A squeeze of lemon juice

You can download a printable PDF of the recipe here.

 

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth
  2. Serve in a glass tumbler

 

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Pecan Pie with Ginger Infused Honey - a more healthy recipe without refined sugar

It just seems that as soon as the mornings get even a little cool in the south you suddenly think about a slice of pecan pie.

Delicious yes but to us, the recipes have just become overly sweet and loaded with refined sugars.

We went looking for a healthier option.  This is our take on a more "healthy" pecan pie inspired by A Sweet Pea Chef https://www.asweetpeachef.com/healthy-pecan-pie/ it features our delicious Ginger Infused Honey and Candied Ginger Pecans

We think you will love it. Easy to make, it will be a fall favorite.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes
 
INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup Verdant Kitchen® Ginger Infused Honey
2 tbsp coconut oil melted
3 eggs
1/2 tsp fresh orange zest
1/8 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 tbsp whole wheat pastry flour
2 cups Verdant Kitchen® Candied Ginger Pecans
1 bottom pie crust
INSTRUCTIONS 
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine Verdant Kitchen® Ginger Infused Honey, coconut oil, eggs, fresh orange zest, sea salt, unsweetened almond milk, ground cinnamon, pure vanilla extract, and whole wheat pastry flour. Stir to combine. 
  3. Arrange the Verdant Kitchen® Candied Ginger Pecans into the prepared 9-inch pie crust. 
  4. Pour the liquid filling mixture over the pecans, spreading some with a spoon if necessary. 
  5. Place into the oven and bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees, then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 20-25 minutes. 
  6. The pie will rise in the oven. You’ll know it’s done when it has small cracks in the top and is no longer jiggly. 
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool, preferably overnight.

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Cheese Boards - Set the mood with tastes and textures

You have the music playing, the drinks chilled, the table set and the lights just right. First impressions matter. The Uncomplicated Gourmet™ has some secrets up their sleeve to help set the mood and prepare your palate.
The cheese course is served at different times around the world. I grew up in Australia and no great meal was complete without a selection of cheese and a good 10-year-old tawny Port. In France, it's after the main course. On many American tables, the cheese is the prelude to the meal in the "snacks, dips and nibbles" category. Whenever a cheese course is served, it's an opportunity to set the mood.
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Step One - Start with a theme.
This theme is "rustic." This combination would pair well with a pinot noir. Two goat milk cheeses provide a creamy mouth feel and aromatic spice. We chose Goat Lady Snow Cap - a mixed cow and goat milk, small format, soft bloomy rind, brie style; and Goat Lady plain Creamy Classic Chevre. Soft acidic.
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Step Two - Bring the flavors and textures together
Rustic crackers and creamy cheese deserve soft, warm and sweet to highlight the flavor and texture. We kept the fruit to a minimum, some red seedless grapes. The star was a trio of ginger.
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Ginger Preserve with Lemon - pieces of early-season harvest ginger are allowed to infuse our citrus blend of whole lemons, sultry molasses and full-season ginger to give layers of flavor. 
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Ginger Bites - provide small sweet explosions of flavor and a great contrast of textures to the creamy cheese.
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Ginger Infused Honey - dark, raw wildflower honey is lifted to a new level when we infuse it with white and yellow ginger. I love that you taste honey and then as it combines with the fats from the cheese, you get a crescendo of clean warm spice.
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Step Three - Get it to room temperature
Allow the cheese to get to room temperature for 15 minutes. This allows the flavors to show themselves and the textures to soften. The fats and proteins in the cheese become highlighted when they are combined with the condiments and crackers.
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Step Four - Enjoy the time with family and friends
Take your time. Experiment with the combinations of taste and texture. Try wine first and then cheese and condiments. Try it the other way around. There is no right or wrong. 
Remember - food is a joy. Our products are grown and made with great care for you to enjoy. They bring happiness and provide Complex Natural Nutrition™.
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