Drink your Tea and Eat it too!

This post is inspired by my love for DAVIDs TEA. On any given day I drink 5-8 cups of tea. From Nepal Black to Long Life Oolong to Orange Blossom and Midsummer Night's Dream my obsession for tea keeps growing one Perfect Mug at a time. It sure helps that I work as a Store Manager for them at one of their Toronto locations. Now that I am getting the swing of things at my new gig my creative juices are flowing once again. I've created two recipes using their tea. Organic Turmeric Snap and Sleigh Ride.  The recipes are easy, economical, vegetarian and nutritious. Buon appetito!




Sweet Potato, Lentil, Mung Bean Turmeric Stew

Sweet Potato, Lentil, Mung Bean Turmeric Stew

1 cup Sprouted lentils
1 cup Sprouted mung beans
(I like: ShaSha Bio-Buds)
4 cups boiling water
4 cups vegetable stock
½ cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup chopped carrots
½ cup chopped celery
3 medium sweet potatoes, cubed
3 fresh or canned roma tomatoes
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
¼ tsp black pepper
2 bay leaves
and...
Wash and pick over lentils and mung beans
Soak in 2 cups water for 25 minutes
In soup pot sauté onion, garlic, carrots, celery and sweet potatoes in olive oil until tender. 
Add Organic Turmeric Snap and mix well.
Add lentils, mung beans, water, vegetable stock, tomatoes, salt, pepper and bay leaves; bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and cook for 1.5-2hrs until lentils and mung beans are soft.
Remove bay leaves.
Stir and serve.
Snap! That's a good stew!

Yield 8 servings
Protein approx. 32 grams
Cinnamon Apple-Raisin Banana Bread

Cinnamon Apple-Raisin Banana Bread


1 scant cup of Dark brown sugar
2 Eggs
1/2 cup butter or margarine (I use: Earth Balance)
3 ripe Bananas
1 1/4 cup All-purpose Spelt Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
and...
4 Perfect Measuring Spoons of Sleigh Ride (this is where the Cinnamon, Apple-Raisin comes from!)

Steep 4 Perfect Measuring Spoons of Sleigh Ride for 7 minutes in 4 cups of boiling water
Place sugar, eggs, butter and bananas in mixer until blended
Add flour and baking soda. Mix.
Drain steeped tea (don't discard the liquid...make yourself a cup!) and add to mixture. Mix.
Pour into 9x5-inch greased loaf pan or mini loaf pan
Bake at 350 for 55 minutes. Cool and remove from pan. 
Enjoy with a hot cup of Sleigh Ride!



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