Salsa Verde [Mexico]

There are many “green sauce” recipes out there across different cultures that makes use of fresh and vibrant green herbs, however one of our favorites is the Mexican version that’s built on a foundation of tomatillos. Our recipe is straightforward and almost a no-recipe recipe giving you the ability to adjust the flavors to your liking. All you need to do is get a good char on the tomatillos, onions, and serranos before blending them with some cilantro, lime, and salt. You can char them on a grill, in a cast iron skillet, or under a broiler. We start with a recommendation of 2 serranos for every 5 tomatillos, but of course you can control the spice level of the sauce by either adding more or taking one away. Remember, taste along the way to see just how much salt and lime juice you want to add!

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Cacao Cashew Bars [USA]

These cacao cashew bars are made with roasted cacao nibs and cashews bound together with figs and dates for a healthy bite when you’re craving something sweet! It’s a guilt-free snack that comes with no added processed sugar as long as you’re paying attention to the ingredients label when purchasing. Feel free to add or take away any ingredients such as dried fruits or nuts when making these bars to customize your own.

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Tomato Soup w/ Grilled Cheese Sandwich [USA]

There are tons and tons of tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich recipes out there in the blogosphere, but there’s always room for one more right? After reviewing a handful of recipes, we picked and chose aspects of each that we liked to create our own version. Instead of using sugar, we substituted in a red bell pepper for sweetness and a bonus color boost. Also, while some recipes called for blanching and peeling the skin off the tomatoes, we’ve opted to keep the skin on for extra fiber. Any leftovers can be cooled and then portioned in zip-lock bags to be frozen for up to 3 months. If you’d like a richer tomato soup, just whisk in some cream prior to serving.

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Chai Spice Tahini Swirl Brownies [USA]

Nothing heralds in the start of fall like the smell of warm spices baking in the oven 🍂. In our pantry, we have a pre-made blend of chai spice on hand that we used for this recipe, however, if you want to want to go the extra mile, you can make your own blend with a fragrant mixture of ground ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, and black pepper!

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Toast Skagen [Sweden]

When I visited my friend in Sweden, one of the dishes on my must-try list was Toast Skagen. And it did not disappoint. I loved it so much that the night her fiance planned to cook dinner for us, I asked him to include this classic on the menu! Contrary to intuition, with Skagen being a fishing port in northern Denmark, toast Skagen is a Swedish dish invented in 1956 by the Swedish chef Tore Wretman.

The recipe below was originally a no-recipe recipe, where my friend’s fiance obtained a list of ingredients from his brother (who used to mix together the ingredients for toast skagen at his supermarket job) and intuitively combined them following a 1:1 ratio of mayonnaise to creme fraiche; however when I recreated the dish at home, I measured out each of the ingredients from the list for you in the recipe below to give you guidelines on where to start. As with any recipe, feel free to alter it to your tastes.

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Candied Green Blueberries [USA]

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These candied green blueberries are sweet and tart, and we would call them sweetarts, but that name is already taken… sad. We currently do not have a juicer at home (Jess hopes that we will soon!), but if you do, we recommend juicing some fresh blueberries and using that juice in place of the coconut milk in the recipe below for some blueberryception.

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