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Spring Vegetable Stir Fry

1 lb pork or steak, cut into strips

1 cup snap peas, destemmed

1 cup carrots, julienned

1 8oz can sliced water chestnuts, drained

Marinade:

1/4 cup Clearly Organic Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Dried Ginger

1 green onion finely chopped

1/8 teaspoon Clearly Organic Ground Pepper

Sprinkle of brown sugar (optional)

Cut meat into strips and add to a glass bowl or gallon size zip lock bag. Wash and prepare snap peas and carrots. Then add all vegetables and meat together. Prepare marinade in a small bowl. Whisk together oil, soy sauce, spices, green onion and a pinch of brown sugar. Pour marinade over the top of the meat and veggies. Gently toss to combine. Let mixture marinade in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. Prepare stir fry in a large sauté pan over medium to high heat, stirring occasionally. Cook until meat has reached desired doneness. About 8-10 minutes.

Spring Vegetable Stir Fry

Spring Vegetable Stir Fry

Spring Vegetable Stir Fry

Spring Vegetable Stir Fry

Spring Vegetable Stir Fry

Cooking With Lavender

The delightful smell of lavender is one of my favorite scents from Mother Nature. Much like coconut oil lavender has many uses outside of cooking. Most people are more familiar with lavenders use in soup and essential oils than they are with its ability to infuse foods with natural herbal flavor.

 When infusing lavender into foods be sure to purchase culinary grade lavender from your local farmers market. Also keep in mind that a little goes a long way. Strong flavors like lavender complement other bold tastes like lemon. My favorite use for lavender is in the baking realm. A simple syrup can be infused to make tea, lemonade or a flavored sparkling water. Shortbread cookies can come alive with a delicate lavender infusion into the sugar. The possibilities abound, watch the blog of unique lavender recipes.

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 Tablespoons butter, softened

2 Clearly Organic Egg Whites, at room temperature

2 teaspoons Clearly Organic Vanilla

3/4 cup Clearly Organic Creamy Peanut Butter

3/4 cup Clearly Organic Brown Sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a medium size bowl add flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl whisk together butter, egg whites and vanilla. Then add peanut butter and stir until evenly distributed. Add brown sugar and continue stirring. Add flour mixture then stir until incorporated. Roll dough into balls with your hands and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Flatten each ball to the desired thickness and size. Bake in preheated oven for 9-12 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes.

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Refreshing Summer Drinks

Warm summer days always call for a nice icy refreshment. It’s important to stay hydrated everyday, but sun and escalating temperatures make hydration even more valuable to our well-being. If regular tap water seems boring then it’s vital that you find new and exciting ways to add zip to your hydration time.

One of the best ways to stay hydrated outside of traditional tap water is carbonated water. Unlike soda or sugary sports drinks carbonated water simply adds fizz to your water without the acidic nature of soda. Carbonated water can be naturally sweetened with fruit, cucumber, ginger and fresh herbs. Throughout the summer we’ll be highlighting fun and flavorful ways to drink more water. We’ll also be sharing some all natural lemonade and sparkling fruit punch recipes!

Poppyseed Dressing Pasta Salad

1 cup uncooked whole wheat pasta
2 cups baby spinach leaves
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup red grapes, halved
1/2 cup green grapes, halved
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Dressing: Lemon Poppyseed
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon Clearly Organic Onion Powder
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Sugar
1/2 cup Clearly Organic Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon poppyseeds

Cook whole wheat pasta according to package. While pasta is cooking add baby spinach, celery, strawberries and grapes to a salad bowl. Once pasta is tender drain and rinse noodles then add to salad bowl. Toss ingredients and top with poppyseed dressing. Add toasted almonds just before serving.

 

Poppyseed Dressing Pasta Salad

 

 

 

 

Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

This dressing is light and refreshing. It goes well on leafy greens, pasta salad or a mixed fruit salad.

 

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon Clearly Organic Onion Powder

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Sugar

1/2 cup Clearly Organic Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon poppyseeds

 

Combine all ingredients in a medium size bowl and vigorously whisk to combine. The mixture stores well in a mason jar with a lid. Shake well before serving. Dressing will keep in the refrigerator for up to a month.

Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Making Your Own Marinade

You likely already have the fixings for a great marinade in your kitchen. There are three key ingredients to every good marinade. The first one is oil. Oil coats the meat, fish or vegetables you’re preparing to cook and it allows all the flavors from your marinade to infuse the food. The second key ingredient is an acid, such as lemon juice or vinegar. This will help tenderize the food and add a nice rich flavor.

 

The third key component to a delicious marinade is seasoning! This can be fresh herbs, dried spices, onions, garlic or all of the above. Determine your desired flavor whether it’s Cajun, chili lime, or authentic Italian. Find the right blend to suit your mood. Another version of seasoning can involve ingredients like soy sauce, honey, Worcestershire, Dijon and other citrus juices. Watch the Clearly Organic blog in the coming months for some amazing marinade combinations.

Spring Morning Muffins

2 cups grated carrot

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup Clearly Organic Old Fashioned Oats

1/4 cup Clearly Organic Flax and Hemp Seed Blend

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

2 teaspoons Clearly Organic Cinnamon

1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Ground Ginger

2 large eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon Clearly Organic Vanilla

1/2 cup Greek Yogurt

1/3 cup Clearly Organic Honey

1/2 cup Clearly Organic Applesauce

1/3 cup Clearly Organic Coconut Oil, melted

1/2 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with paper cups or spray with Clearly Organic cooking spray. Peel and grate carrots then set aside. Combine flour, oats, seed blend, baking powder & soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger. In a different bowl whisk together eggs, yogurt, applesauce, honey, vanilla and oil. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir to incorporate. Fold in grated carrots and raisins. Stir to combine. Spoon batter into muffin tins. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes.

These muffins go great served with your favorite brunch egg bake.

Spring Morning Muffins

Spring Morning Muffins

Spring Morning Muffins

Spring Morning Muffins

Waffled Grilled Cheese

4 slices of sourdough bread

3 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Butter, melted

1 avocado, seeded and sliced

1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

1/4 cup parmesan or provolone cheese, shredded

Heat waffle iron to medium high heat. Melt butter in a small bowl then spread on one side of each slice of bread. Once waffle iron is heated place bread, buttered side down, on waffle iron. Place desired amount of shredded cheese and avocado on bread slices. Add the top piece of bread then gently close waffle iron. Cook until bread is golden and cheese is melted through.

Waffled Grilled Cheese

Waffled Grilled Cheese

Waffled Grilled Cheese

Growing Your Own Greens

The cool mornings and sunny afternoons of spring make an ideal growing season for leafy greens. This salad staple is easy to grow even if you have a busy lifestyle. Lettuce adapts well to container gardening, so you can grow your veggies in a sunny spot in your kitchen. All lettuce requires is moist soil in a pot that drains well, and a nice window seat so it can catch lots of sun.

When harvesting your lettuce cut the outside leafs of each bunch, but leave the inner foliage so it can keep producing more greens. After harvesting your lettuce rinse the leaves in cold water to keep them crisp. Whether you start your lettuce from seed or transplant have fun enjoying the colorful harvest.