GreenChef Vanessa Sherwood | African Ginger Beer

This recipe was adapted from ‘The Soul of a New Cuisine’ by Marcus Samuelsson, an Ethiopian born, Swedish raised chef with a restaurant in NYC. Then, quite by accident, I came across an article in the food section of the Tribune with a recipe calling for ginger beer and rum called a Dark&Stormy. Ginger beer can be found bottled in some super markets and international grocery stores.

The spiciness can be adjusted by either adding more or less ginger. But don’t be fooled, this is a great thirst quencher during the hot summer months.

gingerbeer 01 GreenChef Vanessa Sherwood | African Ginger Beer Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Yellow Bell Pepper and Heirloom Tomato Herb Salad

yellow bellpepper tomato salad 01 Yellow Bell Pepper and Heirloom Tomato Herb Salad

This Salad Features the best of the farmers market fresh tomatoes and herbs. It is very simple, beautiful and easy to make. It takes me only about 5-10 minutes to make, and I’m pretty slow. I always look forward to the season when there is plenty of colorful varieties of heirloom tomatoes at the market.

They are usually available in the late summer through the fall. Try to follow the seasons and buy what is currently available in your local area. This is still a great simple salad with any type of tomatoes, but the heirloom pineapple tomatoes just burst with so much succulent flavor and richness. If you can find them when they’re in season it’s so worth it. All of the heirloom tomato varieties are excellent, but the pineapple always seems to be my favorite. Yellow bell peppers are also very sweet and mild and go well with this mix. They look lovely too. I usually buy a pre-mix of organic baby greens at the market. They include greens like baby chard, kale, romaine, spinach, arugula, etc. Most stores carry organic garden mixes of baby greens as well. Macadamia nut oil is also becoming more and more popular and easy to find. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

GreenChef Vanessa Sherwood | Organic Fresh Spicy Thai Ice Tea

Spice Thai Ice Tea with black cacao sauce (raw, vegan) Recipe by GreenChef Vanessa Sherwood

GreenChef Vanessa Sherwood, makes a fresh organic Spicy Thai Ice Tea from scratch for G Living’s Real G Host Sarah Backhouse. This is the freshest drink you will ever make.

Serves 4–6 People

For the Tea:

 

1 quart of water

3 bags of black tea

1 cinnamon stick

6 whole cloves

1 vanilla bean cut in half

1 TB orange water

Agave or Maple Syrup to taste

1 mature brown coconut, juiced

Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Red Raspberry Sherbet Topped with Frozen Cranberries

red raspberry sherbet 01 Red Raspberry Sherbet Topped with Frozen Cranberries

Blend All Ingredients except cranberries on high until smooth. Pour once or twice through a fine mesh strainer to remove the raspberry seeds. You can also leave them in and they are good that way too. But if you want a very smooth sherbet remove them. Pour into ice cream maker and follow instructions. Or pour into glass storage container and cover, and place in the freezer to freeze for at least 4-5 hours. Serve with frozen cranberries, fresh raspberries, fresh mint or whatever you like.

Serves 6 to 8

For the Sherbet:

2 Cup Fresh Red Raspberries

1/2 Cup Young Coconut Water

1/2 Cup Young Coconut Meat

1/4 Cup Virgin Coconut Oil

1/2 Cup Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

1/2 Cup Maple Syrup or Agave Syrup

1/4 .tsp Pink Himalayan Salt

1/2 Cup Frozen Cranberries

Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

GreenChef Khatija Dadabhoy | Espresso Truffle Brownies

Rich, moist, espresso truffle brownies by Khatija Dadabhoy of Ghalia Organic Deserts.

Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Red Mango Ice Cream Sherbet

red mango ice cream sherbet 01 Red Mango Ice Cream Sherbet

This is one of the healthiest ice creams you can eat, but it really is a treat. Very rich, creamy, tangy and yet light. The lime is key in the this recipe as it gives it a tangy kick and zest that is so refreshing. I can’t emphasize the importance in finding a high quality coconut butter more. It really does make or break the dishes.

There are very inexpensive coconut butters on the market and they will work and do the job, but a lot of them will pale in comparison to the quality ones and possibly could even ruin one of your dishes. Some of them just have very odd flavors and tastes that will come out strongly in your dish. While the high quality ones are super light and creamy and just melt in your mouth like butter and have a very light almost neutral flavor. They don’t overpower your dishes or make them taste like coconut, they simply add the right fat, constancy and texture that you want. My favorite brand is Coco De Creme (see sources). Whatever coconut butter you choose, make sure it has a pleasant smell.

Serves 2

For the Sherbet:

3 Cups Fresh Red Mangos

1 Cup Spring Water

1/4 Cup Coconut Butter

1/2 of a Vanilla Bean

1 TB Lime Juice

1 TB Lime Zest

1/2 Cup Agave or Maple

Pinch of Salt

Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

The Burger Evolution | Portobello “Burger” Patties

burger evolution The Burger Evolution | Portobello “Burger” Patties

In caveman days, I think I actually would have done pretty well. While my un-evolved cohorts were off worrying about getting stampeded by woolly mammoths in their quest for a meaty entree, I would have stayed at home feasting on berries and nuts and nutritious greens, and feeling – yes – totally fabulous. I probably would have looked hot in my cavelady dress too.

Ironically, it’s some of the modern social settings that can, at times, be a wee bit problematic. Like barbecues. Oh yeah – the smokey grills full of animal-bits, bowls of greasy chips, and ubiquitous offerings of “mystery ingredient” coleslaw have me basically locked into the one thing I can share with everyone: beer. And while beer is great and all it’s not exactly my idea of a well-rounded meal . . . which is why I always BYOB.

Recipe After The Jump Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Winter Mix – Berry and Chocolate Energy Mix

winter trail energymix jana recipe 01 Winter Mix   Berry and Chocolate Energy Mix

Winter Mix – Berry and Chocolate Energy Mix (raw)

Everyone needs a healthy snack to curb cravings in between meals or a snack to carry along with you. This is a perfect snack to replace all the junk stuff you just might be tempted by. The Winter Mix is packed with energy dense ingredients, like the chocolate, cherries, goji berries, and the pumpkin seeds to just name a few. Now this is going to be quick, are you ready! Grab a handful of each ingredient and place in a small bowl. Toss and Mix. You’re done. Now you can say it, that was easy.

Makes a days worth

For Energy Mix:

Grab a handful of each ingredient

Dried Goji Berries

Dried Cranberries

Dried Cherries

Dried Wild Blueberries

Dried Pomegranate Seeds

Dried Hunza Golden Raisons

Dried Coconut Flakes

Raw Pumpkin Seeds

Raw Pistachio Nuts

Raw Cacao Nibs

Optional: Organic Chocolate Chips

GreenChef Omid | Almond Fennel Soup

raw almond fennel soup omid 01 GreenChef Omid | Almond Fennel Soup

Photographer: Omid

Almond Fennel Soup (raw)

Rich, creamy and refreshing cold soup prepared with almonds, celery, ginger, garlic and fennel. It has a delicate fennel flavor.

Serves about 2 people

For the Soup:

1 cup blanched almonds

2 cups of pure water

1 celery Stick, chopped

½ cup fennel, chopped

1 clove garlic, grated

1 Tsp ginger, grated

4 leaves basil

A dash of TTS Nama Shoyu

raw almond fennel soup omid 02 GreenChef Omid | Almond Fennel Soup

Photographer: Omid Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Mango Colada Smoothie

mango colada smoothie 01 Mango Colada Smoothie

This is one of my favorite flavor combinations. It reminds me of when I lived in Hawaii and had all the local fresh wild mangos, pineapples and coconuts I wanted. It has a very subtle yet tropical and refreshingly fragrant taste and smell. It will make you want to layer on suntan oil and lay out on a beach all day. Well at least it does for me. It’s not often that I get to buy fresh organic pineapple. It is fairly expensive and I try to buy mostly local foods from my local farmer’s market. I do miss the beautiful tropics though and these treats bring me right back. Please choose organic whenever possible.

Serves 1

For the Smoothie:

1 1/2 Cups Young Coconut Water

1/2 Cup Fresh Young Coconut Meat

2 TB Coconut Oil/Butter, Virgin

1 1/2 Cups Fresh Pineapple (Chopped)

1 TB Lime Juice

1/4 Cup Agave Syrup

2 Cups Frozen Mango

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 Cup Ice Cubes

Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Organic Red Mango Ice Cream Sherbet

redmango icecream sherbert Organic Red Mango Ice Cream Sherbet

Organic Red Mango Ice Cream Sherbet (raw)

This is an interesting dessert using one of my favorite fruits, the mango. Mango’s are just packed with flavor and are amazingly good for you. That makes this sherbet even more special as a refreshing treat.

Makes about 2 servings

For the Recipe:

3 Cups Fresh Red Mangos

1 Cup Spring Water

1/4 Cup Virgin Coconut Oil (butter)

1/2 of a Vanilla Bean Seeds

1 TB Lime Juice

1 TB Lime Zest

1/2 Cup Light Agave Nectar

Pinch of Sea Salt

Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Bartlett Pears with Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce and Spiced Ginger Cream

bartlett pears cinnamoncranberrysauce 01 Bartlett Pears with Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce and Spiced Ginger Cream

Bartlett Pears with Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce and Spiced Ginger Cream (raw)

I am a fan of Pears, but I seem to be the only one, since you never hear about Pear recipes. It’s always the Apple who is the star, right. Apple this apple that. Not that I hate apples or anything, I just think people are over looking the subtle rich flavor a pear has to offer. That is why I think this beautiful recipe is exactly what the pear needed to steal a little bit of the apple’s spotlight.

To start this recipe you will need 4 good size pears.

Makes 8 Pear Halves

For the Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce:

1 Cup Cranberries

1/2 Cup Agave Syrup

1/4 Cup Maple Syrup

2 TB Lemon Juice

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1/4 tsp. Nutmeg

bartlett pears cinnamoncranberrysauce 02 Bartlett Pears with Cinnamon Cranberry Sauce and Spiced Ginger Cream

Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Find us on Google+