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Marble Distilling Co: Drink Sustainably with these Spirits with a Conscience

Marble Distilling Co: Drink Sustainably with these Spirits with a Conscience

It’s almost Inauguration Day and we’re in such a celebratory mood. In two days, we’ll have a new administration who promises to really be for the people. As we watch the virtual swearing-in ceremony, we’ll be raising a glass to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Since we’ll be enjoying a new Administration with an actual conscience, we thought we’d celebrate with a spirits brand with a conscience too – Marble Distilling Co.

Marble Distilling Co: Drink Sustainably with these Spirits with a Conscience

Marble Distilling Co. is an award-winning grain-to-glass to ground distillery located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Their “Drink Sustainably” philosophy is born from their passion to be gentle with the Earth’s natural resources and a duty to do their part to save the planet. Marble Distilling Co. returns all spent grains to the farms where they were grown, recycles 100% of their process water, and recapturing all of the energy from their stills. Marble has committed to being net-zero by 2022. They are at zero waste and use 1/100″ of the water a normal distillery utilizes. Their new addition of a 35kw solar array is getting them close to net-zero electricity. This makes them the most sustainable distillery on the planet!

Marble Distilling Co. produces two spirits brands, the small-batch Marble range consisting of Original Vodka, Moonlight Expresso Vodka, Moonlight Expresso Reserve, Gingercello, and Gingercello Reserve; the second brand, Hoover’s Revenge, features Hoover’s Revenge Whiskey, Hoover’s Revenge Ragged Mountain Rye Whiskey, and Hoover’s Revenge Single Barrel Bourbon. Their Original Marble Vodka is made from locally grown soft white wheat and malted barley, which imparts a smooth and creamy texture. The 80 proof, non-GMO vodka is 5X distilled in a copper pot still to ensure purity and clarity. It is then filtered over crushed Yule (limestone) Marble for a hint of minerality and finish; then the vodka is filtered on coconut husk for a luxurious, viscous finish.

We had the pleasure of getting better acquainted with some of Marble Distilling Co.’s offerings and we’re delighted with this multiple award-winning distilling company. We find ourselves completely obsessed with the Gingercello (a non-traditional take on the Italian classic).

Marble Distilling Co: Drink Sustainably with these Spirits with a Conscience

A contemporary cello adaptation, the gluten-free and non-GMO Gingercello liqueur is pot distilled with fresh ginger and rested on 200 hand-zested lemons and more ginger for several weeks. It combines fresh cut ginger and the sweetest part of the lemon zest creates a refreshing taste. Lightly sweetened, it is citrusy and bright with a ginger forward spiciness (the Gingercello Reserve is aged for a minimum of 1 yr in whiskey casks). the 70 proof liqueur is quite lovely on its own. We mostly enjoyed it on the rocks to fully enjoy what makes this such a distinct spirit, but the Gingercello is also extremely versatile as a modifier in craft cocktails. A Gingercello version of a Bourbon tea cocktail is absolutely divine (just switch out the limoncello for Marble’s Gingercello and you’re in cocktail heaven).

Moonlight Expresso Small-Batch Vodka

Coffee lovers will love the small-batch-from-scratch, coffee-flavored vodka. Made from a family recipe using all-natural ingredients, Moonlight EXpresso is made by distilling vodka, locally roasted Guatemalan coffee, and Ugandan vanilla beans. The result is a rich, dark coffee profile with a smokey, chocolate finish. Combined with a cold brew made in-house, this luxurious coffee liqueur is perfect for fabulous cocktail creations or stand-alone in hot or cold libations. The Moonlight EXpresso Reserve is aged in ex-rye whiskey casks for a minimum of 1 yr.

Marble Distilling Co: Drink Sustainably with these Spirits with a Conscience

The Hoover’s Revenge range is Marble Distilling Co.’s first foray into putting several single casks together, which yielded their Silver Label Whiskey. Each single 53-gallon American Oak cask is hand-selected and tasted for the flavor profiles it brings to this “marriage.” This whiskey is aged a minimum of two years, bottled at 84 proof with bottles numbered and signed by Connie Baker, Co-Founder and Head Distiller. The copper-colored whiskey is a marriage of three whiskies made by Marble Distilling Co: Bourbon, Rye, and Triticale. It features notes of hay, pear, and allspice; its taste is light in body with a floral sweetness with a hint of vanilla. It boasts a long finish with black peppercorn and clove spice that spikes at the end.

Marble's Distillery Doubles

One of our favorite things that Marble Distilling Co. offers during the pandemic is their Marble’s Distillery Doubles. A rotating selection of craft cocktails, such as their house Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Barrel-Aged Negroni, and more. Each Distillery Double makes two cocktails, all you have to do is just add ice. These cocktails are always made sustainably and with all-natural, local ingredients. Unfortunately, you have to live in Denver to enjoy their Distillery Doubles but you can still purchase their spirits online at www.shopmarblespirits.com with free shipping on 3 or more bottles.

Guilt-Free Snacking: It's Okay to Overindulge on These Healthy Snacks

Guilt-Free Snacking: You’ll Love These Good-For-You Snacks

We’re avid snackers. Try as we may to reduce the number of snacks we eat, there’s just no winning the war. Luckily, we’re slowly winning the battle by switching to healthy snacks; all thanks to the fact that they are all freaking delicious and we can enjoy some guilt-free snacking. The guilt and shame we felt ravaging a bag of potato chips, cookies, or a pint of ice cream are dissipating quickly because we’re enjoying healthier options that taste just as good.

Guilt-Free Snacking: It's Okay to Overindulge on These Healthy Snacks

Thanks to guilt-free snacking on things like the protein and fiber dense options from Nature’s Path; the wholesome and flavorful handmade crackers from Top Seedz; the protein-packed beef jerky from Old Trapper; and the savory, toasted crackers from Mary’s Gone Crackers. The wonderful thing about these snacks is not only are they beneficial to your wellbeing, they will help you snack better. We have absolutely noticed a change in our snacking habits.

NATURE’S PATH

Guilt-Free Snacking: It's Okay to Overindulge on These Healthy Snacks

Granola is a terrific way to give your body the healthy sustenance it needs while keeping the bd away. If regular granola is good for you, Superfood granolas are incredibly beneficial to the body. We discovered this when we were introduced to the Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified granolas, cereals, oatmeal, waffles, and more from Nature’s Path. We had the opportunity to treat ourselves to the Golden Turmeric Superfood Granola, their newest flavor Smoothie Bowl Superfood Granola, and their Golden Turmeric Superfood Oatmeal. Hands down, our absolute favorite (although the other two were enjoyed almost as enthusiastically) was the Golden Turmeric Superfood Granola.

This addictive power snack features invigorating turmeric granola with crunchy cashews and powerhouse ingredients turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, and black pepper, which are known to support anti-inflammatory and blood sugar balancing functions of the body. If you’ve ever had a real Golden Milk then you know that the addition of black pepper magnifies the effects and benefits of Turmeric. Add in its delicious taste and you can’t go wrong. Other reasons we love this are it’s sweetened with low GI coconut sugar (only 5g sugar per 30g serving);  is baked with coconut and avocado oil; and it’s snackable clusters with a delicious, cookie-like melt in your mouth texture. We wanted to see how it would taste with milk but not one cluster made it near a bowl. It was straight from the bag to our waiting mouth.

TOP SEEDZ CRACKERS

Guilt-Free Snacking: It's Okay to Overindulge on These Healthy Snacks

As of today, with two full containers devoured, we find ourselves addicted to the Kosher certified, vegan, and gluten-free crackers. We have not yet been able to get to the point of putting anything on these delicious, crunchy seed crackers. Available in four flavors, these Top Seedz crackers are so delicious, we’ve been enjoying guilt-free snacking directly out of the package. We will try to resist the urge to gorge on the next flavor of these without topping it with Top Seedz’s recommended toppings. Speaking of, see them below:

  1. 6 Seed Crackers: The newest addition, the 6 Seed Crackers are vegan, gluten-free, and grain-free and also include chia and hemp seeds. Pairs well with: Goat cheese and a bit of tapenade; almond butter and golden raisins; hummus
  2. Sea Salt Crackers: The most versatile of the bunch, the Sea Salt Crackers can be your everyday cracker substitute. Pairs well with: Swiss cheese and a slice of dried salami; sliced apples or bananas with your favorite nut butter; smoked salmon with a touch of cream cheese and a sprig of dill.
  3. Rosemary Crackers: With a hint of rosemary, these take your charcuterie board to the next level. Pairs well with: Honey drizzled over baked brie with prosciutto; sliced fig and ricotta; sliced peaches, pears, or plums.
  4. Cumin Crackers: Move from the ordinary with the Latin flavor of the Cumin Crackers. Pairs well with: Black bean dip or a plain hummus; avocado smash and alfalfa sprouts; smoked salmon with fig compote.

The best part, those with nut allergies can fully indulge in guilt-free snacking as these are made with seeds, not nuts. Why seeds you ask? Seeds are known for their specific taste, texture, and nutritional benefits, such as protein, fiber, and iron. They’re also known for a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They’re a great source of energy, they aid in digestion, increase muscle mass, enhance brain activity, and so much more. For those who love everything DIY,  Top Seedz has the first-ever bake-at-home cracker kit! Now you can now make your own Top Seedz crackers at home. Indulge in as little or as much of the seed varieties as you want.

OLD TRAPPER BEEF JERKY

Guilt-Free Snacking: It's Okay to Overindulge on These Healthy Snacks

If you’re familiar with our adventures, you know we’re not vegan. So we’re taking a brief break from the vegan offerings to highlight the only meat option in this snack feature. While we do enjoy several vegan foods and snacks, we are full carnivores. Naturally, any snack list we share will have our main source of protein, meat; in this case, beef jerky. Sometimes nothing beats the delicious taste of a good cut of beef. For the times when you crave meat protein but don’t want to partake in a full burger, or steak meal, old-fashioned lean pieces of beef jerky will sate your appetite. Old Trapper makes beef jerky the way it was meant to be.

The ingredients behind the company’s 50 years of success are as short as its actual ingredient list: lean high-quality meat, quality seasonings, real wood-fired smoke, and a hands-on manufacturing process. Couple that with an affordable price point and you see why Old Trapper has outlasted the competition.

Old Trapper offers a variety of lean high-quality jerky, including Old Fashioned, Peppered, Hot & Spicy, and Teriyaki flavors. Their last product launch was their quarter-pound bag of jerky, which goes against the current industry trend of giving LESS product in the same size bag. If you’ve purchased any bag of potato chips in the last 2-3 years, you know what we mean. Old Trapper offers delicious ways to give your body the protein it needs. What we loved most, aside from taste, was it wasn’t overall dry and the flavors were perfect.

MARY’S GONE CRACKERS

Guilt-Free Snacking: It's Okay to Overindulge on These Healthy Snacks

Mary’s Gone Crackers proves that healthy snacks need never lack in flavor! Focused on impeccable quality and taste, Mary’s products speak for themselves with their delectable, unique texture, and flavor profiles which can only be accomplished by carefully baking whole, organic ingredients to toasted perfection. Crafted with whole ingredients such as brown rice, quinoa, flax, and sesame seeds, each cracker is the perfect pairing of toasty flavor and crunchy goodness. All of Mary’s snacks are certified organic, gluten-free, allergen-friendly, and vegan to fuel active, health-conscious, and epicurean lifestyles with delicious and nutritious snacks. They recently launched 3 new real thin flavorsOlive Oil + Cracked Black Pepper, Chipotle, and Tomato + Basil.

we’d love to hear which of these guilt-free snacking options you’d love to indulge in most.

CBD Tea from Good Company Tea

#NowPouring, A Traveling Tea Experience with Good Company Tea

When the temperature gets really low, or it’s a day ending in Y, there’s nothing more we love than a good cuppa. For non-tea drinkers, we’re talking about a cup of tea. A nice cuppa is not only good for you, but it can also change your mood. We had the pleasure of getting to know a new premium, organic CBD tea brand, Good Company Tea, made with the highest quality, full-spectrum CBD extracts. Now, you may be wondering, do edibles stay in your system and how long does it last, but really that depends on how much you consume. We love enjoying a relaxing cup of tea to reacquaint ourselves with the benefits of our own well-being and so should you.

It’s incredible to see how the cannabis industry is evolving; years ago, the only way to consume CBD was through smoking the marijuana plant. Nowadays, the two most common cannabinoids, CBD and THC, can be consumed in many innovative ways. Some people prefer to consume THC through vaping and thc pods to achieve a high without damage to their lungs through smoking, whilst others are consuming either cannabinoid or both mixed together, in drinks. This CBD tea idea is the perfect idea for those who want to reap the medicinal impact of CBD while enjoying a hot beverage.

CBD Tea from Good Company Tea

Good Company Tea was built with the intention of creating moments of respite in fast-paced, hyper-productive work environments, and reminding us to slow down and reserve time for insightful connection with ourselves and others. Their fair-trade teas are cultivated in the most revered regions across the globe. They only use organic ingredients, with gluten-free blends that are infused with premium CBD. They are non-GMO, and triple lab-tested to ensure each batch is free of pesticides, microbial impurities, and foreign materials. You’re left with a matchless experience in every cup. If you’re wondering what companies create the best CBD products within the medical marijuana industry as of right now, perhaps take a look into CBD company reviews by reading webpages such as https://kamadevayoga.com/best-cbd-oil-companies/ or others. There is a whole host of companies out there who are trying to take advantage of the surge of interest in CBD and it’s health benefits, so there is ample choice. The problem with this is that, due to the popularity of CBD products, you are bound to have knock-offs or copycats versions that aren’t very good for you. This is why it is important to research these companies. If you are in the UK, the Machester Evening News reviews lots of different brands and decides the best CBD oil available, so it should be useful. You never know, you may find a new CBD company that can work better for you than your current CBD derivatives.

CBD Tea from Good Company Tea

Good Company Tea launched with three tea blends: Organic Japanese Sencha, Organic Oolong, and Organic Jasmine. Each tea bag contains 15mg CBD per Sachet, with 5 Sachets per box, all THC Free (Non-Psychoactive). The CBD wellness company was co-founded by former Google marketing executive Thanh Nguyen (pictured below), and former pharmaceutical regulatory executive Khanh Nguyen.

Good Company CBD Tea

The Organic Japanese Sencha (No 1 ? CBD Blend) is bright, earthy, and uplifting. Perfect for enjoying during the daytime, this light-bodied blend features tropical aromas and a warm, buttery finish. It is both stimulating and stress-relieving and is produced in the revered region of Shizuoka Prefecture; their organic Japanese sencha is cultivated in nutrient-rich volcanic soil. It’s combined with pineapple, papaya, and osmanthus flower for an uplifting blend.

Fans of oolong will love Good Company Tea’s Organic Oolong (No 2 ? CBD Blend), a warm, fragrant, and soothing blend. This full-bodied blend boasts honeyed overtones and a round, savory finish. This is the perfect tea for those who need to feel relaxed and revitalized during the daytime. The oolong is cultivated in the Wuyi Mountains in the northern Fujian province of China; known as the premier site of oolong production, and its place of origin, this organic oolong is developed through a considered process that honors the legacy of its source.

Last, but not least, is the Organic Jasmine (No 3 ? CBD Blend), a luminous, floral, and calming blend. This medium-bodied blend features balancing heady floral aromas and a serene feel. The ultimate relaxation tea, this tranquil and transcendent blend is ideal for bedtime. The main ingredient is harvested in Vietnam’s Central Highlands in the perpetually cool climate of Dalat; renowned for its jasmine tea production, this organic jasmine tea features a subtly complex profile and transcendent aroma that celebrate its origin.

Are you ready to relearn how to unwind, pay more attention to your well-being? A cuppa or two of Good Company Tea is a great place to start.

Zatik Naturals Organic Extracts: Here’s to Health and Wellness in 2019

It takes a lot to commit to a healthier lifestyle. Most people don’t get past the three-month marker on their New Year resolutions. Reasons may be time, financial, or just life getting in the way as it tends to. But you can take small steps to a better health and wellness lifestyle in the new year. If you don’t have the time or the budget to go to the gym or buy organic foods, there are steps to a healthier lifestyle. Essential oils and extracts have taken over the wellness and beauty industries in 2018 and there’s no stopping in it in 2019. When we were younger, it was mandatory to take health aids such as castor oil, turmeric, etc, every morning. We thought we’d revisit that old ritual with these organic extracts from Zatik Naturals. We’ve been trying out Zatik Naturals Black Seed Supercritical Liquid and Turmeric Supercritical Liquid; keep reading to get acquainted with both of these wellness wonders below:

Black Seed Supercritical Liquid, 1.0 oz – $24.00 and 6.76 oz – $39.00

A golden-hued, premium quality, cold-pressed Organic Egyptian Black Cumin Seed oil that is highly anti-inflammatory, certified organic, and is created with supercritical CO2 extraction method. (Note: Zatik Naturals uses CO2 extraction to efficiently produce high quality, ultra-concentrated extracts.) We started using this 2 1/2 weeks ago. It’s still a bit early to ascertain benefits (they usually say give anything you try a minimum of 4 weeks to see results), but we do notice a reduction of how many migraines we’ve had. We also find we’re waking up feeling more refreshed and energized (and we’re not morning people).

Turmeric Supercritical Liquid, 1.0 oz, $26.00

Turmeric Supercritical liquid

Turmeric is highly prized for its high nutrient content and its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. The market is currently inundated with Turmeric based products. What makes Zatik Naturals’ Turmeric Supercritical liquid stand out from the rest? Its supercritical form and the fact that is blended with black seed oil. We’re 2 weeks into using this and we have seen a decrease in our migraines. We know with longer use, the benefits to our bodies will increase and we can’t wait to see the other positive ways our bodies react.

All Zatik Naturals ingredients are vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy free, alcohol-free, ph balanced, biodegradable, and certified organic. Every product is made in small, limited batches and also rated clean on the EWG Skin DEEP database.

If you’re looking to jumpstart your wellness journey or just kick it into overdrive, you should definitely get to know these wonderful Zatik Naturals organic extracts.

avocado mayo recipes

Celebrate Avocado Month with Better Body Avocado Oil Mayo

When it comes to describing mayonnaise, the words exciting, innovative, or even flavorful have never been used…..until now. Say hello to a new, exciting and flavorful new mayonnaise, Better Body Avocado Oil Mayo. It’s everything you love about the taste of avocado for a creamier, more flavorful mayo spread. June is Avocado Month, and what better time than now to celebrate enjoying better sandwiches, potato salads, and the freshest, tastiest sauces and dressings thanks to this superfood.

Better Body Avocado Oil Mayo is available in three flavor varieties, the original Avocado Oil Mayo, Avocado Oil Mayo With Chipotle and Lime, and Avocado Oil Mayo With Lime. All three varieties are Non-GMO, Keto friendly, gluten-free, and Soy and Canola free. We are happy to share some great recipes to show how these Better Body Avocado Oil Mayo varieties can make your favorite meals even more flavorful.

Avocado Mayo Dill Dip

½ cup Sour Cream
½ cup BBF Avocado Mayo
1 Tablespoon dried dill weed
1 Tablespoon dried parsley
½ teaspoon celery salt
Combine all ingredients into a bowl and stir until combined. Refrigerate dip for at least one hour. Serve and enjoy with your favorite vegetables.

Elote – Mexican Street Corn


4 ears of corn
8 Tablespoons BBF Avocado Mayo Lime
⅓ cup cotija cheese (feta or fine grate parmesan work as well)
2 limes
Chili powder
Grill or boil your ears of corn. Once corn is cooked, spread a bit of mayo all over each ear of corn, about 2 tablespoons each. Scoop the cotija cheese generously on the corn, making sure it covers all sides. Sprinkle with a little bit of the chili powder and lime juice. Serve.

Sweet Potato Salad

Salad
4 medium-sized sweet potatoes – Peeled and chopped
1 large red onion- chopped
3-4 Tablespoons of BBF Avocado oil
Salt and pepper
1 can Black beans- Drained and rinsed
1 yellow bell pepper- chopped
1 orange bell pepper- chopped
1 cup fresh cilantro- chopped

Dressing
1-2 fresh Jalapenos
Juice of 2 limes
1 clove of garlic
2 Tablespoons BBF Avocado Mayo Chipotle lime flavor
⅓ cup BBF Avocado oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place chopped sweet potatoes and onion on a baking sheet, drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper. Mix around til evenly coated. Cook until sweet potatoes are tender. Place all of the salad ingredients into a large bowl. In a food processor or blender, combine all of the dressing ingredients. Pulse until combined. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and mix around. Serve and enjoy.

Avocado Mayo with Chipotle & Lime BLT

2 slices of bread
4 slices of bacon
2 lettuce leaves, romaine or red leaf
2 slices of tomato
1 Tbsp BBF Avocado Oil Mayo with Chipotle & Lime
Cook the bacon to your desired doneness. (I love mine crispy) place on a paper towel when done cooking to absorb the excess oil. Spread the Chipotle Lime mayo on both slices of bread. Top with tomato slices, lettuce, and bacon.

If you’re ready for more delicious meals, get a 28oz jar of any of the Better Body Avocado Oil Mayo flavors for $17.48 each on www.betterbodyfoods.com.

Bubbies Hawaii Mochi Ice Cream: No Bowls or Spoons Needed

On a hot and humid day like today, nothing beats snacking on some delicious cold ice cream. The problem is, hot days means ice cream melts quickly. This leaves you with melted ice cream either running down your hands and arms leaving a sticky mess, or a bowl of ice cream soup, as you try to eat it quickly. Thankfully there’s a way to enjoy delicious premium ice cream without the melting scoops, or the need for bowls and spoons – Bubbies Hawaii Mochi Ice Cream.

Bubbies Hawaii Mochi Ice Cream is rich and creamy slow-churned, bite-sized ice cream wrapped in mochi, a sweetened rice dough. This bite-sized frozen delight is the perfect, soft, chewy, creamy treat to indulge in on a hot day. The regular Bubbies Hawaii Mochi Ice Cream is currently available in 19 multipack flavors (including the new Triple Chocolate Mochi Ice Cream flavor – pictured below); 28 single serve flavors, including new flavors – Blood Orange and Red Velvet, and seasonal flavors – Pumpkin and Peppermint Candy. Bubbies Hawaii also recently introduced 4 new vegan ice cream flavors – Vegan Cherry, Vegan Mint, Vegan Vanilla, and Vegan Mango.

The Triple Chocolate Mochi recently won a Sofi Awards 2018 New Product Award in the ice cream, gelato, and frozen treat category. When you try the smooth, sweet, chocolate ice cream with premium chocolate chips encased in chocolate mochi dough, you’ll see why. Bubbies Hawaii Mochi Ice Cream is Gluten Free, Kosher, Non-GMO, and rBST-free (cows have not been treated with the synthetic rBST hormone). Most of the Mochi Ice Cream flavors are 100 calories or less, and all are made from the highest quality ingredients. Trust us when we say, one bite of this creamiest, most decadent sweet treats and you will be hooked. Are you ready to eat ice cream with your fingers?

Bubbies Hawaii Mochi Ice Cream is available nationwide Whole Foods Market, Albertsons, Balducci’s, Morton Williams, Brooklyn Fare, Fairway Market, or you can buy it online at www.buy.bubbiesicecream.com.

It’s Easy Eating Green: Explore Cuisine St. Patrick’s Day Pasta Recipes

We know when it comes to celebrating the luckiest day of the year, it’s usually done with cocktails, but we’re here to tell you, enjoying a delicious plate of a delicious pasta is another great way to honor the greenest holiday. All Explore Cuisine products are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and jam-packed with nutrients. While they may not be Irish, these Explore Cuisine pastas, made with Green Lentil, Edamame, and Mung Bean, are actually green. Ready to try these Explore Cuisine St. Patrick’s Day pasta recipes?

Free of artificial colors, Explore Cuisine integrates beans, peas, lentils, and rice to provide you with nourishing meals which are easy, quick, colorful, and simply delicious. The following Explore Cuisine St. Patrick’s Day pasta recipes include two pesto dishes and a pasta salad.

Green Lentil Penne with Deconstructed Pesto

1 package Explore Cuisine Green Lentil Penne – cooked, drained
2 T. olive oil
3 garlic cloves, sliced thin
A handful fresh basil leaves, roughly torn
salt and red chili flakes to taste
3 T. pine nuts, toasted
Parmesan cheese (optional)
Heat oil in a small sauté pan. Add garlic and cook one minute. Toss penne with garlic oil. Gently fold in torn basil. Season with salt and chili flakes. Garnish with pine nuts. Add cheese if desired.

Explore Cuisine Super Green Pasta Salad

1 7oz Explore Cuisine Edamame Spaghetti
4 cups spinach (finely sliced & packed)
2 spring onions (finely sliced)
2 cups cherry tomatoes (halved)
1/2 tsp sea salt
Green Tahini Sauce
1 cup fresh basil (packed)
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup cashews
1/2 cup water (the pasta cooking water)
1/2 cup lemon juice (3 lemons)
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp sea salt
freshly cracked black pepper (to taste)
1/4 cup brazil nut parmesan (to top)
Cook pasta for 4 minutes, then drain and rinse briefly under cold water. Be sure to reserve 1/2 cup cooking water – it’ll make a huge difference to your sauce! While the pasta cooks, make up the Brazil nut parmesan by blitzing all ingredients in a blender until crumbly. Once your pasta is cooked, make the sauce by blending all sauce ingredients (including your reserved pasta cooking water) until smooth. Place the pasta back in the pan and turn the element onto a low heat. Add the sauce and spinach, cooking for just a minute or two until the spinach it very lightly wilted but still vibrant. Finally, mix through the tomatoes and spring onions and then remove from heat, (this maintains all the nutritional benefits of the raw vegetables while lightly heating them). Plate your pasta into bowls, adding 1 tbsp of parmesan to each plus cracked black pepper and extra sea salt to taste. **Recipe courtesy of Recipe by Buffy Ellen of begoodorganics**

Organic Edamame and Mung Bean Fettuccine in a Light Pesto Sauce

7 oz. Explore Cuisine Edamame and Mung Bean Fettuccine – cooked and drained
2 large yellow squashes, peeled into ribbons with a peeler
3.5 oz. pecans – peeled & halved
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
3 oz. pine nuts

LIGHT PESTO SAUCE
1 large bunch of fresh basil
2 cloves garlic
2 oz. olive oil
2 tbsp pine nuts
1/2 tsp coarse sea salt

Peel skin from garlic cloves, and chop into big chunks. Using a food processor, pulse basil, garlic, and nuts several times until finely chopped. Add the salt and olive oil, pulse until blended. Pesto may be thick, so add more olive oil for a looser consistency. Lightly toast the pecans, pomegranate seeds and pine nuts in a skillet. Mix the fettuccine with the sauce, gently fold in the remaining ingredients. Serve immediately.

What are your thoughts on these Explore Cuisine St. Patrick’s Day pasta recipes?

The Crisp Effect: Chef-Created, Artisan Primizie Snacks Flatbread Crisps

There are times when you crave a snack that features the best of two worlds. Something as delicious as chips, but as healthy as a cracker. The solution? Crispy flatbread. The days of sacrificing health for taste are thankfully long gone, thanks to the chef-created, artisan Primizie Snacks Flatbread Crisps. These deliciously addictive flatbread crisps are flavorful, thick cut specialty chips with a distinctive crunch. Whether you enjoy them right out of the bag (be forewarned – they will not last long right out of the bag) or pair it with any dip or spread (the sweet and savory possibilities are endless – from Bacon Jam to Nocciolata’s Hazelnut spread), you are in for an amazing snacking experience. Flatbread Crisps also avoid the over-saturation and redundancy of crackers, tortilla chips and pita chips that already line grocery shelves.

Founded by husband and wife team Lisa and Mark Spedale, each bag of chef-crafted Primizie Snacks Flatbread Crisps uses minimal all-natural ingredients, are trans-fat and cholesterol free, and have no preservatives. Most are certified gluten-free as well as being non-GMO. The thick cut Primizie Snacks Flatbread Crisps are available in eight flavors, including Simply Salted, Green Harvest, Rustic Beet, Ancient Sprouted Grains, Italian Everything, Gouda Garlic, Chile Lime, and the only sweet flavor, Dolce Caramel. Green Harvest, which incorporates the already popular Ancient Grains flavor with the best and healthiest “greens” including kale, broccoli and spinach; and Rustic Beet, a marriage of the anti-oxidant rich properties of red beets with the hearty, earthy flavor of sprouted grains, are the newest flavors to join his delicious flatbread lineup.

“The growing popularity of flatbreads has them appearing in most casual and many white table cloth restaurants creating an immediate and consistent consumer visibility and awareness,” said Primizie Snacks CEO Shawn Sweeney. “Since our launch, we’ve been a flatbread company first and foremost and now, we’ve refreshed our packaging to more clearly convey that to our consumers.”

Primizie Snacks Flatbread Crisps are available at various locations of Safeway/Albertson’s, HEB, Tops, Winn Dixie, Sprouts, Publix, Central Market, Raley’s, Kroger and more. For more on Primizie Flatbread’s delicious flavors, visit www.primiziesnacks.com.