Makes: 18-20 cookies
Prep Time: 60 minutes
1 3/4 cups gluten-free flour blend
1 cup almond meal
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg, room temperature (let 1 Tbsp flax + 3 Tbsp water sit for about 15 minutes for a flax egg to make these vegan)
3/4 cup butter (use vegan butter sticks to make these vegan)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp Verdant Kitchen Ground Ginger
1/4 cup Verdant Kitchen Ginger Bites
1 cup powdered sugar
In a bowl, whisk to combine gluten-free flour, almond meal, baking powder, Verdant Kitchen Ground Ginger & salt
In a separate bowl (you can use a stand mixer with paddle attachment or hand mixer here), cream the butter or butter substitute
Add the 2 sugars and cream another 2 minutes until fluffy
Add vanilla extract and egg then mix another minute until creamy
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and blend until dough forms and all ingredients are well incorporated, scraping down sides as needed with a rubber spatula
Divide dough into 2 balls then place each ball between 2 sheets of parchment paper
Use a rolling pin to roll the dough to about 1/4 inch thick then transfer dough to refrigerator for at least 30 minutes
Preheat oven to 350F and place rack in the middle
Using a big cookie cutter (This will be what you want the shape of the cookie to be. Here, I chose flowers), cut 38-40 cookies and lay half of the cookies about 1 inch apart on a cookie lined with parchment paper
Use the small cookie cutter (Here, I chose a little circle) to cut a peek-a-boo cutout for the preserves in the remaining half of the cookies then lay the cookies about 1 inch apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
Reshape and re-roll the cookie dough left after cutting. If it is difficult to work with, set it in the fridge again for 10-15 minutes
Bake cookies 12-14 minutes, in batches, if needed, until lightly golden and just set. They may seem a bit soft but will harden as they cool. Be sure to allow the cookies to completely cool
When cookies are completely (for real - completely!) cooled, spread out the cookies with the peek-a-boo cutout then use a sifter to sprinkle with a heavy dusting of powdered sugar
Lay whole cookies (the ones without the peek-a-boo window) out and set 1 tsp Verdant Kitchen Ginger Preserves with Lemon in the center of each then top with a peek-a-boo cookie and place a piece of Verdant Kitchen Ginger Bites in the middle.
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A soft, nutty bloomy-rind Brie pairs beautifully with ginger. This simple crowd favorite can be made in 5 minutes. After you prepare the Brie you can warm it just a little to maximize flavor
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This festive and delicious ginger glazed bun is the essence of the holiday season. Just imagine a hot chocolate, tea or coffee, a piece of this bun, and friends. It's a happy vision.
Packed full of holiday favors, it will fill your home with warm and inviting aromas. Ginger, cinnamon, molasses, and dried fruit in a Ginger Honey glazed yeast dough make this a family classic.
Makes 6 large buns.
Prep time 2 hours
Cooking time 40 minutes
Directions👇✅Mix together the dough ingredients and knead by hand or machine until smooth and elastic (10-15 min)
The holiday season provides us with an opportunity to make a difference in peoples lives. In a special way, your gift choices can bring joy to people with health challenges both big and small.
We founded Verdant Kitchen on the belief that some natural foods have an outsized ability to help promote wellness and to have a positive impact on our lives. We have had the great fortune to help improve the quality of life for so many people over the past few years.
"Chemo patients need these. Nice tin for carry in chemo bag or handbags." Denise H on Ginger Bites
A few days ago I was feeling unwell. I had picked up a chest cold on my trip to the SEMA show in Vegas a few weeks back and try as I did, I could not get rid of it. A course of heavy antibiotics quickly got it under control but let me feeling very nauseous - a few pieces of Bare Ginger every 3 hours I felt no nausea. My problem was a small and temporary one, but it reminded me how disruptive pain, discomfort, nausea, and exhaustion can be. Health issues, even small and temporary ones, can rob your quality of life.
"They make most queasiness during a flight go away without medication for me, which is helpful, but I also keep them in my desk just for snacking." Michelle E. on Turmeric Dusted Baby Ginger.
As excited as I am about great flavor I am more excited to develop products that help build and maintain strong active lives.
Here are a few ideas for you. Our food, supplements, and collections can be a gift in themselves but also consider building your own gift box around your Verdant Kitchen selections. These include simple items you can pick up at any grocery or drug store. Think of things to help stay warm, moisturized, entertained and relaxed. Warm socks, scarves, and soft blankets. Natural ingredient based moisturizes and lip balm. Books and magazines or audio books and subscriptions are always appreciated.
Rather than come up with an exhaustive list, here are some starting point suggestions. Think about your friends and family who may be putting on a brave face but would really appreciate a gift that made them feel brighter and better able to cope with the holidays.
Prescription medications and chemotherapy often cause nausea, low appetite and a rejection of many familiar tastes.
"Ginger Syrup was the only thing that got me through my breast cancer treatments" Meredith on Ginger Syrup in water as a drink to sip.
for higher levels of Ginger consider our Farm Fresh capsules
People who suffer from Motion Sickness - for those who suffer from motion sickness, it can ruin travel. Ginger can help reduce nausea that is the result of motion sickness.
I loved this quote from Katie M
"..not the flavor for me AT ALL, but when I read it’s helpful for morning sickness, I had to give it a try! these are in tiny tolerable pieces and seemed to tame the nausea a bit."
Pregnant Moms often have a unique battle with nausea. We have so many moms tell us that our ginger products really helped them.
Ida M on nausea she suffered during pregnancy.
"Got this to help fight my pregnancy nausea. Love being able to use a natural remedy. The sugar makes it super tasty."
Check out more ideas in gift giving from our blog The Six Essentials for Great Gifts
Gift choices and giving should be a natural pleasure but often it feels stressful.
Why does it sometimes fill us with dread ? How do we get something for the person that has everything? We looked to leading psychologists, philosophers, and grandmothers for answers. What they said made sense. Their advice not only opened a new universe of potential gift ideas but changed gift giving back to what it should be - a time to appreciate and honor others.
We give gifts to celebrate others. In the end, it does not matter if it is to say thank you for kindness, to a stranger as an act of compassion, to our partners, parents, siblings, co-workers, or children we have created these 6 Essentials for Great Gifts:
1. Be Personal - Gift giving is one to one. It is your opportunity to connect directly with someone. This is a gift for them and no one else. You chose it for them. Spend some time to look at the next 5 Essentials and you will meet this #1 essential of gift giving.
2. Look to the Past or to the Future - Gifts can celebrate the past or the future. Memories of past times, a great flavor, a familiar texture, a happy scent from our past that is full of joy. Pick a gift that connects to time. Future times are full of promise. Are they planning a trip? Moving house? Getting married? Having a child? Find a gift that can be part of that future or that helps connect to a happy past time.
3. Be an experience - choose gifts that can be enjoyed. Experiences are best shared. Find gifts that can be enjoyed many times. Wonderful snacks, beautiful aromas, and great tastes can be enjoyed over and over. Small happy experiences that can be repeated and shared many times make for great gifts.
4. Include a little bit of yourself - make the gift connected to you. Add a special note about the history or providence of the gift. Add something that made it special to you and gives more information on why you are sharing it.
5. Make them happy - gifts should make them happy. Gifts that make them comfortable, relieve their stress, or provides them with relaxation are appreciated.
6. Be what they need - a gift that solves a problem is a good gift. If your gift is to help someone climb a mountain next month then that is a great thing but most people have simpler ambitions. Not everyone feels well or is leaving for an outward bound adventure in the next month. Gifts that bring simple comfort, warmth, and better mobility are always well received.At Verdant Kitchen® we have curated a selection of individual items, gift collections, and gift sets from $5 to $60. They include gifts that prepare for great adventures or bring simple comfort when times are tough. We work to craft gifts that bring joy to those who receive them and to those give them.
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.
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
✅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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1 tsp Turmeric Infused Honey8 oz waterJuice of half a lemon
INSTRUCTIONSBoil your water and let cool.Juice the lemon into the water.Stir in the honey.
When you have a cough or cold (or are trying to avoid getting one) there are several foods that can provide comfort and essential nutrients and active ingredients that support your bodies natural ability to be well.
When we have a cough or cold several issues come into play.
We cough to help expel contaminants and irritants from our airways. A body function that is critical but when we cough too much can cause discomfort and lack of sleep.
Honey appears to increase salivation, this is probably due to its sweetness and this, in turn, can help your body reduce the urge to cough.
Our immune system is working overtime, producing white blood cells and seeking out and destroying the invading virus and bacteria. This battle produces toxins across our bodies, including bits of dead cells and other byproducts.
Lemon is full of minerals and Vitamin C, a strong antioxidant. Antioxidants can help with cell repair and immune system strength. Oh, and did I mention that when mixed with Turmeric Infused Honey the sweet/sour/earthy flavor is absolutely delicious.
Our immune system is triggering its histamine weapons to help attack the invaders but this often gets out of control and causes inflammation that we feel as discomfort.
Turmeric contains Curcumin and many other active ingredients that studies and 10,000 years of use, as a natural food, have shown its ability to modulate inflammation.
We often feel the aches and pains of dehydration. We need to stay hydrated and flush our systems clean.
Water is the magic liquid. It is a wonderful carrier of our nutrients. When we warm the water up to make our drink, the warm water helps the Turmeric be more soluble and easier for our bodies to absorb.
Simple, time-honored, delicious and soothing. Made in minutes with natural ingredients. Don't wait to be sick to include it into your every morning routine.
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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
1 cup frozen mango chunks
1/2 cup frozen peach slices
2 cups kale (stems removed)
1-2 cups almond milk
A drizzle of Verdant Kitchen® Ginger Infused Honey to taste
A squeeze of lemon juice
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