Crispy Plantain Tacos

Crispy Plantain Tacos
  1. 2 garlic cloves
  2. 6 oz tomatillos
  3. 1 poblano pepper
  4. 1 lime
  5. ¼ oz parsley 
  6. 1 apricot 
  7. 1 red Fresno chile
  8. 1 plantain
  9. 1 red onion 
  10. 2 oz curly kale 
  11. 6 whole wheat tortillas 
  12. 2 tbsp vegan sour cream
  13. 1 tbsp + 1 tsp (2 tbsp + 2 tsp) vegetable oil*
  14. Salt and pepper*
  15. *Not included

Allergens: tree nut, wheat

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the produce

Preheat the oven to 300°F for the tortillas. Peel the garlic. Remove husks from the tomatillos, and rinse and halve the fruit. Destem, deseed, and chop the poblano pepper(s). Halve and juice the lime(s). Roughly chop parsley leaves and stems. Remove pit from the apricot(s) and dice. Trim, deseed, and thinly slice the red Fresno chile(s). Peel plantain(s) and cut into ½ inch thick slices. Peel, halve, and thinly slice red onion(s). Destem curly kale and roughly chop the leaves.


  1. Blend the fiery green sauce

Add the peeled garlic, halved tomatillos, chopped poblano pepper, just half the lime juice, chopped parsley, and ½ tsp (1 tsp) salt to a blender. Blend the fiery green sauce until smooth. Taste, and add salt as necessary. 


  1. Make the apricot salsa

Add the remaining lime juice, diced apricot, thinly sliced red Fresno chile, and a pinch of salt and pepper to a medium bowl. Stir the apricot salsa. Taste, and add salt and pepper as necessary. 


  1. Crisp the plantains

Heat 1 tbsp (2 tbsp) vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sliced plantain and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer the crispy plantain to a large plate. 


  1. Finish the filling

Wrap the whole wheat tortillas in foil and place in the oven until warmed through, 4 to 5 minutes. Return skillet to high heat with 1 tsp (2 tsp) vegetable oil. Add sliced red onion and a pinch of salt and cook until lightly charred, 3 to 5 minutes. Lower heat to medium-high and add chopped curly kale and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until kale is bright green, 3 to 5 minutes.


  1. Build and serve

Divide the warm whole wheat tortillas between plates. Add charred red onion and kale, crispy plantain, and apricot salsa. Top the crispy plantain tacos with fiery green sauce and a dollop of sour cream. Enjoy!


Sparkling Blueberry Maple Lemonade

Sparkling Blueberry Maple Lemonade


Just a hint of real maple syrup is used in the simple syrup for this recipe. This adds a hint of rich maple goodness, without overpowering the other flavors.  

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
 Serves: 4

Ingredients:

1 c. fresh or frozen blueberries
3 T. fresh mint, crushed
1-2 T. real maple syrup
3 T. honey, preferably local
3 c. water, divided
½ c. fresh lemon juice
1 c. club soda
Ice cubes, to serve

Optional Garnish:
Mint sprigs
Fresh blueberries
Lemon wedges

Directions:

  1. To prepare the blueberry maple simple syrup, combine the blueberries, mint, maple syrup, honey, and one quarter cup water in a small saucepan set over medium heat.
  2. Simmer until the mixture is heated through and starts to thicken, approximately 4-5 minutes. As the mixture simmers, gently press the blueberries with a wooden spoon to release juices while stirring to combine with the other ingredients.
  3. Remove from heat and pour through a fine mesh strainer to separate the solids. Reserve remaining liquid syrup and set aside to cool.  
  4. Add lemon juice and remaining water to a large pitcher. Add blueberry maple simple syrup, to taste, and stir to combine.
  5. Fill 4 glasses with ice and fill each 2/3 full with the blueberry lemonade mixture. Top off each glass with some club soda and garnish with sprigs of fresh mint, blueberries, and/or lemon wedges, if desired. Enjoy! 

Sweet & Sour Pork Chops with Peppers & Pineapple

Sweet & Sour Pork Chops with Peppers & Pineapple


Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
 Serves: 4

Ingredients:

2 T. extra virgin olive oil, divided
4 boneless pork chops, approximately 1/2” thick
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
¼ c. balsamic vinegar
¼ c. real maple syrup
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
2 t. dried rosemary, chopped
½ t. crushed red pepper flakes
1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced thin
2 c. fresh pineapple chunks
3 large green onions, diced
 ¼ c. fresh parsley, chopped

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat® baking mat. Set aside.
  2. Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork chops and sear on both sides, approximately 1-2 minutes per side. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, on each side while cooking.
  3. Remove from heat and transfer the browned pork chops to the prepared baking sheet. Place in the pre-heated oven to roast until cooked through, approximately 12-15 minutes.

    Tip: Check for doneness after 10 minutes and adjust final cook time accordingly. (An instant-read thermometer inserted at the thickest point should read 140°F when ready. The internal temperature will continue to rise another 5°F while the pork chops rest).
  4. Once the pork chops are in the oven, combine the vinegar, maple syrup, garlic, rosemary, and red pepper flakes in a small saucepan over medium heat. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, approximately 4-5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until ready to serve.
  5. Meanwhile, add the remaining olive oil and the sliced peppers to the skillet used to sear the chops and place over medium-high heat. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the peppers soften and develop a bit of color, approximately 6-8 minutes.
  6. Add the pineapple and continue cooking until heated through, approximately 2-3 minutes. Stir in the green onion and parsley, and remove from heat.
  7. Remove pork chops from oven. Cover loosely and let rest for 5 minutes. To serve, pour the glaze over the pork chops and serve alongside the peppers and pineapple. Enjoy! 

Refreshing Essential Oil Ice Cubes

Refreshing Essential Oil Ice Cubes

Lemon-lime ice cubes

Do you know anyone who can resist the sharp, bright tastes of lemon and lime? We don’t! That’s why these ice cubes, with their thirst-quenching flavor, are a hit at summer get-togethers. Whether adult friends are headed over for a movie marathon or kiddos are running around avoiding the bunk beds, no one will turn down a drink of citrus flair as they party the night away!

Ingredients

Instructions

1. Cut the lemon and lime into six pieces each and squeeze the juice from each wedge into a bowl. After the juice is squeezed out, drop the wedges into the bowl.
2. Add essential oils to the bowl. Mix well to combine the juice with the oil and cover the fruit.
3. Place a lemon or lime wedge in each ice cube mold.
4. Cover with water and freeze.