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Recipe - Curried Turmeric Honey Shrimp with Pasta

A quick and satisfying weeknight or date night meal - ready in under 20 minutes! Like so many of our recipes, this tasty meal is wellness on a plate. Olive oil brings out the flavor and dissolves the active compounds in the spices ready for your body to use.
 
We chose a high-protein pasta to deliver a full serving of protein, while the shrimp is used sparingly. Think of animal and fish protein as a "garnish" rather than the star of the plate.

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Ingredients: 

  1. Verdant Kitchen Turmeric Infused Honey - 1 tbsp
  2. Shrimp - 8 oz
  3. Red onion - 1 cup, chopped
  4. Frozen peas - 1 cup
  5. Olive oil - 1 tbsp
  6. Cumin - 1/4 tsp
  7. Coriander - 1/4 tsp
  8. Ground black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  9. Low sodium soy sauce - 2 tsp
  10. Cornstarch - 1/2 tsp
  11. Pasta - we chose a high-protein fine spaghetti - 8 oz

Details:

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Preparation:

  1. Boil salted water in a large saucepan and add pasta. Cook according to package directions.
  2. In a skillet, add olive oil, cumin, coriander, black pepper and Verdant Kitchen Turmeric Infused Honey and warm to bloom the spices.
  3. Add shrimp, onions and peas and simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Mix cornstarch in 1-2 tbsp. of water and stir to thicken.
  5. Drain pasta.
  6. Plate and serve.
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Recipe - A Healthy Ginger-Cranberry-Almond Snack

Treat yourself and your friends to this healthy Ginger-Cranberry-Almond Snack! Three simple ingredients make a quick snack that's packed with energy and great for picnics, hikes, traveling!

A mix of heart-healthy raw almonds, antioxidant-rich dried cranberries, and Verdant Kitchen Crystallized Ginger.  A delicious way to enhance a strong active lifestyle! 

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Ingredients:

  1. Verdant Kitchen Crystallized Ginger – ½ cup
  2. Dried cranberries – ½ cup
  3. Whole raw almonds – ½ cup

Details

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: None
Servings: 4

Preparation:

  • Combine all 3 ingredients and serve or pack individual servings to go.

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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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Try out the delicious and easy Golden Vinaigrette dressing

 

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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Verdant Kitchen® Ginger Syrup

 

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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April 21, 2018

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Enjoy the journey - Ginger can prevent and relieve nausea associated with motion sickness

One minute you're feeling just fine and the next, well the next, you're definitely not feeling just fine.
Hang in there because this has a happy ending.

Let's start with a few dictionary definitions. I'm going to use the word "vomiting" (1) only four times because I don't know now about you but even the saying the word "vomiting" (2) will make me want to (refer to Mr. Barf).

"Nausea - definition: a stomach distress with distaste for food and an urge to vomit (3). I'm not even going to use up my last time with a definition of what comes next. We kind of all know what that means. All jokes aside, when this happens to you, it is anything but amusing. But there's a lot you can do to stop it before it ever starts.

There are a number of things that can cause nausea including food poisoning, a bad taste or smell, fear, drug interactions such as chemotherapy, and motion sickness.

For this conversation, we are going to focus on motion sickness.

NASA is one group that has spent a lot of time studying motion sickness. As a pilot or team member in a critical flight or space mission, motion sickness is not just an inconvenience, it can be life threatening. 

James Locke, flight surgeon at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, has been studying the causes of motion sickness. In a recent Scientific American article, he said of his research:

"Despite decades of research, scientists are still not sure exactly why motion sickness occurs—or how. The currently accepted theory is that sensory conflict is to blame.

"Information from both our visual and vestibular systems is processed by the brain to match it all up. Your vestibular system—your inner ear—is tuned to a terrestrial, 1G environment," Locke says. "When you move [yourself] around, changes in your vestibular system match up with what you're seeing. But [riding] in an airplane or car, your inner ear signals that you're moving, but your eye says you're sitting still" because your body is not moving in relation to its immediate environment—such as the seat you're sitting in, the back of the seat in front of you and the floor beneath your feet. 

From reviewing a good cross-section of scientific literature it also seems that motion sickness impacts each of us differently. Perhaps 1/3 of people are unaffected. Unfortunately for those who suffer from migraines, they are also more prone to suffer from motion sickness. For others, it depends on the circumstances and someone not usually impacted can suddenly succumb to nausea and vice versa. In addition, there are ways to reduce nausea and as it turns out ways to reduce the likelihood that nausea progresses to vomiting (4th and I'm done).

Things you can do to delay, reduce and deal with the nausea symptoms.

There are both positive actions we can take and foods, supplements, and drugs that act to reduce the feeling of motion sickness and the unfortunate end result if left unchecked. 

Adaption - in many tests people can be trained to reduce motion sickness. Exposure to small and increasing levels of motion can allow people to reduce and delay nausea. I think that if you are a pilot, a professional fisherman, or astronaut this is probably a good idea, but if you are taking a flight or a vacation cruise or are a passenger in a car or bus, adaption therapy may not work for you.

Sync your senses - Since motion sickness is linked to times when our eyes are not in sync with the inner ear, then try and get them back in sync. Try closing your eyes, go to sleep or get where you can see the horizon.

Drugs - There are prescription and over-the-counter drugs and supplements that have proven effective for motion-related nausea. These include Dramamine and scopolamine among others. While they have shown positive effects, they come with side effects including drowsiness and dry mouth.

Ginger - (botanical name Zingiber officinale) is harvested from the edible underground roots or rhizomes of the perennial, herbaceous plant. Ginger takes around 10 months to grow in subtropical climate conditions. The ginger roots are a complex blend of many bioactive compounds including gingerols and shogaols, which give ginger its warm taste, and resins and oils that give ginger its distinctive aroma. Both sets of compounds have a part to play in reducing motion sickness.

Ginger has undergone extensive testing (and 5,000 years of cultivation and consumption) including peer-reviewed, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials (the best standard) for a wide range of conditions that lead to nausea. Some investigations have shown strong impacts on nausea, some have shown it to be at least as effective as the leading drugs, but without the side effects, and some have failed to show effectiveness.  As we now better understand the variation in nausea from person to person and across time, this is not surprising. 

The exact method of nausea relief is not fully understood, but it does appear that ginger affects the tone and motion of the stomach together with a number of key pathways that cause a positive effect by their impact on the brain and nervous system.

The consensus is that ginger is recognized as safe and prevents and relieves nausea and vomiting (oops, an extra one) caused by motion sickness.

Ginger is available fresh, pickled, candied and as cookies, tea blends, preserves, ginger ales and supplements. Each has a different level of ginger and in addition the ratio and absolute levels of gingerols and shogaols. Shogaols tend to be higher in dried ginger, and in studies, shogaols may have a large anti-nausea impact.

There is no established FDA Daily Value for ginger, however, many of the clinical trials use a daily dose of 700-1000 mg of dried ginger powder. With this as a guide, it would equate to the following:

  • Ginger, dried supplement Capsules 700-1000mg - 2 capsules approx. 
  • Ginger, fresh root - 1/4-1/2 ounce
  • Candied ginger - 1/4-1/2 ounce or 1-2 large pieces or 6-8 small pieces
  • Ginger tea - 4 cups

Try to take the ginger 30 minutes to an hour before travel.

Ginger Side Effects - ginger is a potent bioactive spice. Pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems, people on blood thinners and other prescription drugs should seek medical advice before use.

Happy travels!

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Disclaimer - This information has not been evaluated or approved by the FDA and is not necessarily based on scientific evidence from any source. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These products are intended to support general well being and are not intended to treat, diagnose, mitigate, prevent, or cure any condition or disease. If conditions persist, please seek advice from your medical doctor.