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November 12, 2018

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Ginger Coconut Farina Bowl - a sweet, warm and gluten free start to your winter morning

Thanks to our Instagram friend @sundaybacon for the image and recipe

Start the day with this sweet, gluten-free and nutritious Ginger Coconut Farina  Fun fact Growing up in Australia 🇦🇺I ate Farina (milled wheat flour) as my daily hot cereal. This gluten-free recipe has @bobsredmill brown rice flour version.

Ingredients:
For the Farina 👇
1/2 cup @bobsredmill brown rice Farina
1 1/2 cup coconut milk
2Tbsp dried cherries
2 Tbsp walnuts, chopped
1 Tbsp @verdantkitchen Ginger Bites - we added these to boost the ginger. You can use some grated or dried ginger.

For the topping👇
1/4 cup fresh berries
2Tbsp @verdantkitchen Ginger Syrup
1 Tbsp sliced Almonds
1Tbsp Pumpkin seeds
1 Tbsp unsweetened coconut

Durections👇
Bring coconut milk, cherries and Ginger Bites to a boil
Add Farina, cover, reduce heat & simmer 8 minutes, stirring occasionally 
Scoop the goodness into a bowl and load with the toppings
Drizzle with @verdantkitchen Ginger Syrup

 

 

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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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June 27, 2018

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Recipe - Grilled Fruit Kebabs with Ginger Syrup

A selection of your favorite summer fruits - strawberries, pineapple, peaches, grapes work well - drizzled with Verdant Kitchen® Ginger Syrup and grilled. An easy side dish or dessert that's sure to add some healthy flair to your picnic or barbecue!

Summer fruit kebabs with Verdant Kitchen® Ginger Syrup
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Ingredients:

  1. Fresh fruit - 3-4 of your favorites such as strawberries, pineapple, peaches, grapes.
  2. Verdant Kitchen Ginger Syrup - 1 tbsp.
  3. Wooden skewers - soaked in water for 20-30 minutes.

Details

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 2 minutes
Servings: 4

Preparation:

  1. Prepare fruit, cutting larger pieces into 1-inch cubes.
  2. Thread the fruit on the skewers.
  3. Drizzle the fruit with Verdant Kitchen® Ginger Syrup and place the skewers on the grill.
  4. Grill, turning once, until marks appear, 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter.

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June 27, 2018

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Recipe - Iced Ginger Mint Green Tea

A quick recipe for a cool, refreshing glass of green tea with ginger and mint - the perfect beverage to sip with summer meals. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and enjoy!

Iced Ginger Mint Green Tea

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Ingredients

  1. Verdant Kitchen Ginger Mint Green Tea - enough for 4 servings
  2. Sprigs of fresh mint - 6-8
  3. Sweetener to taste - optional

Details

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking Time: None
  • Servings: 4

Preparation

  1. Brew tea
  2. Refrigerate till chilled.
  3. Divide among 4 large ice-filled glasses.
  4. Garnish with sprigs of mint.
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June 27, 2018

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Recipe - Antioxidant-rich Green Salad with Ginger Bites & Candied Pecans

This antioxidant-rich simple salad of fresh greens sprinkled with Candied Ginger Pecans and Ginger Bites is perfect for light summer meals. Dress it with our Golden Vinaigrette Salad Dressing for an additional burst of flavor from turmeric and honey.

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Ingredients:

  1. Mixed fresh salad greens - 4 oz
  2. Verdant Kitchen Candied Ginger Pecans - 2 oz
  3. Verdant Kitchen Ginger Bites - 1.6 oz

Details:

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: None
  • Servings: 4

Preparation:

  1. Wash and dry the greens.
  2. Dress with our Golden Vinaigrette Salad Dressing or your favorite dressing.
  3. Sprinkle salad with the pecans and ginger bites.

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June 03, 2018

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When Harry Met Meghan - a toast to Gingers everywhere.

When Harry Met Meghan
At the Royal Wedding private reception hosted by the groom's dad at Frogmore House, it was reported that the couple had a specially crafted "ginger" cocktail celebrating Prince Harry's famous red hair. That George Clooney jumped over the bar and created this drink to toast one of the world's most loved gingers or not is still disputed.
Now love the term or hate it, "Gingers" hold a very special place in history and a  very special place in our hearts at the ginger-loving Verdant Kitchen®.
Where the term "ginger" came from when referring to those with red hair is also unclear. Perhaps the most likely is the warmth that ginger delivers and the association with the warmth of the color red.
Our cocktail research department (referred to in-house as the CRD) has been hard at work! After much sleuthing, the CRD has concluded that it was a Rum and Ginger cocktail. Thrown off the track early by rumors of the inclusion of elderflowers, which never made much sense to us, the CRD has suggested the following:

When Harry met Meghan - Verdant Kitchen® style

In a great big royal-sized silver punch bowl (plastic will suffice as a stand-in), add the following. Makes 20 servings for paparazzi-dodging guests.
  • Verdant Kitchen® Ginger Syrup - 11.3 oz bottle
  • Dark Rum from any of the colonies (we used Bundaberg Rum as we have much Friday afternoon research and development experience with this Aussie elixir) - 12 oz
  • Soda Water (seltzer) from your antique soda fountain, or 2 x 2-liter bottles of $0.99 soda from your closest grocery
  • A good-sized bucket of ice freshly chipped from the purest clear block, or a bag from the closest gas station
  • 2 oranges sliced and arranged around the edges of the punch bowl and one for each glass
  • Serve in your finest Waterford crystal or IKEA tumbler

Be calm, sip your drink, toast the happy couple and think of England!

 

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May 17, 2018

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Recipe - Golden Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

 

Try this wellness-packed simple and delicious Golden Vinaigrette Salad Dressing on fresh salad greens. Just 3 ingredients and 3 minutes! It will have your taste buds tingling and your friends and family asking for an extra serving.

This quick dressing is not only tasty, but it supports whole body health. Featuring our Turmeric Infused Honey, you can add some extra crunch and flavor with a sprinkle of our Candied Ginger Pecans!

Recipe - Golden Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Prep Time : 3 Minutes |  Cooking Time: 0 Minutes  |  Servings: 4

Vegetarian

Calories: approx 35 per serving

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Ingredients

  1. Verdant Kitchen™ Turmeric Infused Honey - 1 tbsp.
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar (consider raw and unfiltered) - 1 tbsp.
  3. Olive Oil ( consider virgin or extra virgin) - 1 tbsp.

Preparation

  1. Combine all ingredients. (A small Mason jar is a good container to make, mix and store salad dressings.)
  2. Shake or whisk the ingredients together for 30 seconds till mixed.
  3. Pour a portion over salad and gently mix the salad to completely cover.
  4. Optional: sprinkle with Candied Ginger Pecans.

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May 02, 2018

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Recipe - Rhubarb-Strawberry Compote with Ginger

Rhubarb-Strawberry Compote features the tartness of rhubarb and apples, the sweetness of strawberries and the warm spice of ginger.

Gently simmered until soft and sweet.

Rhubarb is a cool-season perennial plant with a taste somewhat similar to green apples - which is to say, it’s tart. It is a member of the buckwheat family and, botanically speaking, it's a vegetable, not a fruit! The leaves are not eaten because they contain a certain amount of acidity that could be toxic. The stems are most commonly sweetened and used in pies, sauces, cobblers, and compotes, although savory dishes also abound.

Thanks to North Dakota State University and Iowa State University for rhubarb plant photos.
It is packed with minerals, vitamins, organic compounds, and other nutrients that make it ideal for maintaining health. and is often eaten to promote regularity. The earliest records of it date back to China in 2700 BC, where it was used for medicinal purposes. Rhubarb is often prepared with strawberries because of the lovely pairing of tart and sweet they offer. Here’s an easy recipe for our Rhubarb-Strawberry Compote that features the tartness of rhubarb and Granny Smith apples, the sweetness and vibrant color of strawberries, and the warmth and spice of ginger.

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 INGREDIENTS:

  1. Rhubarb - 3 cups, chopped
  2. Strawberries - 2 cups, sliced
  3. Apples, tart - 1 cup, chopped
  4. Verdant Kitchen Ginger Bites – 1 tbsp.
    (see Note)
  5. Sugar – ¼ cup or to taste

 DETAILS:

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  • Servings: 4
  • Note: If using Crystallized Ginger or Bare Ginger instead of bites, dice in smaller pieces.

PREPARATION:

  1. Prepare the fruit.
  2. Place fruit, ginger, and 2 tbsp. water in large saucepan.
  3. Simmer on low heat while stirring constantly for 15 minutes.
  4. Serve plain or top with a scoop of ice cream or yogurt of your choice.

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April 26, 2018

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Kentucky Derby - The History of the Mint Julep & Our Ginger Twist on This Classic

Like all iconic drinks, the Mint Julep has a long and storied history. In the 1700s, British explorers made a habit of mixing the fermented spirits of any indigenous sweet crop with botanicals. They probably went about this for two reasons 1) alcohol as rum or port wine had long been the currency of the open oceans and 2) A spoonful of these test concoctions helped the mostly bitter and nasty medicines of the day go down. The results of these experiments has ecoched down the years with famous outcomes like the juniper berry-infused gin and the rum and ginger-based Dark n' Stormy. From those same experiments came the Mint Julep.

The English were not only good explorers, they documented their discoveries well. Whoever writes down history, owns it and so whatever the actual genesis of this drink, the written record is English. The word "julep" is possibly a Spanish/Arabic expansion of “julepe” or rosewater. It also appears that the word is associated with a sweet drink and as a vehicle for medicine. The rosewater connection is not totally clear, but sweet alcoholic mixtures as a medicinal carrier fits and by the 1700s there are references to mint julep as an emetic (see our recent blog on Motion Sickness) and references to the citizens of Virginia sipping on this “spirituous liquor.”

By the 1800s, the British seafaring captain Frederick Marryat’s writs of his favorite recipe for a Mint Julep with mint, sugar and peach brandy over ice with the rim of the glass rubbed with pineapple (this actually sounds delicious). It would seem that Mint Juleps were more a class of drinks based on sugar and mint with a spirit from brandy to gin. But eventually the good folk of Virginia and Kentucky helped make Bourbon the dram of choice and the Mint Julep became an iconic American drink.

By 1938 Kentucky had established deep strength in horses and bourbon. In a great piece of marketing, the Brown-Forman Corporation, a strong spirit distributor, got together with the Churchill Downs horse track and the Mint Julep became the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. The story of how silver or pewter cups came to be used also has many versions.

Today most Mint Juleps are served in a highball glass or tumbler. The rest they say is a combination of big smiles, bigger hats, happy time, late nights and shaky next mornings. We think there's still room for this iconic drink to evolve. Our Ginger Syrup is the perfect next step. Slow-steeped organic ginger, organic molasses, organic raw cane sugar and lemons with bourbon and fresh mint have layers of flavor. Smoky, sweet, warm, fresh and delicious. It's available in party-sized 45 oz, 11.3 oz hip flasks and the perfect picnic size for 2-4 drinks.

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