Get Earthwise and Foodwise with Green Leaf

July 12, 2016

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Our company believes in the importance in making South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world a more sustainable place for ourselves, our families and the future generations to come. The technology that we offer our clients is cutting edge, innovative and up to date. Our products make your home or business a more environmentally sustainable, energy saving place. Our technology utilises the earths natural resources to benefit both your pocket and the planet.

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Achieving sustainability doesn’t just include the technology you implement into your home or business, but also includes personal lifestyle changes. From recycling to becoming more active, there are various ways to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle. Get Earthwise and Foodwise with Green Leaf by trying out some fun Winter warming stew recipes. Good for the environment and good for the soul!
 

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Grab your basket and take the family to your local farmer’s market to purchase your sustainable ingredients.
 
Sustainable stews handpicked by the Green Team.

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Irish Guinness Beef Stew
Winter Chili with Winter Collard Greens
Mexican Stew with Roasted Garlic and Tomatoes
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African Sweet Potato and Corn Stew

This simple, yet colorful recipe, combines the savory flavors of sweet potatoes and cumin with peanut butter. Delicious served over whole wheat couscous. Recipe adapted from Cooking Light.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups chopped, organic red onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled organic orange and white sweet potato (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 ½ cups cooked small red beans (try organic adzuki beans)
  • 1 ½ cups organic vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained
  • 3 tablespoons all-natural, organic creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons chopped dry-roasted peanuts
  • 6 lime wedges

DIRECTIONS

Heat oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cover and cook 5 minutes or until tender.

Add sweet potato and next 10 ingredients (through chiles). Bring to a boil, turn heat to low and simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.

Spoon 1 cup cooking liquid into a small bowl.

Add peanut butter; stir well with a whisk. Stir peanut butter mixture into stew. Top with peanuts; serve with lime wedges.

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Irish Guinness Beef Stew

beef, beer, carrots, Guinness, onions, parsnips, potatoes, turnips

To make this recipe healthier, reduce the butter, oil, and beef, and increase the vegetables. You can also add some tomato paste and red wine vinegar for some extra flavor.

Serve over a bowl of mashed potatoes.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ½ lb. sustainably raised, organic boneless beef sirloin, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • all-purpose flour for dredging
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 medium onions
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 (14.9 oz.) can Guinness stout
  • 5 carrots, peeled and thickly sliced
  • 4 parsnips, peeled and thickly sliced
  • 4 medium turnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1-2 tbsp. organic tomato paste
  • 1-2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. flour

DIRECTIONS

Season the meat with salt and pepper and dredge in flour. In a stockpot or large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter with the oil. Working in batches, cook the meat on all sides for 5-7 minutes, or until evenly browned. Remove from the pot. Stir in onions and cook 3-5 minutes, or until soft.

Return all the meat to the pot and add enough of the beef broth and the Guinness to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 60-70 minutes, or until the meat is nearly tender. Add the carrots, parsnips, turnip, and tomato paste and cook for 30-40 minutes, or until the vegetables and meat are tender and the stew begins to thicken.

Mix 3 tbsp flour with 1/2 cup of stew liquid in a small bowl. Stir into the stew and cook for 5 minutes longer.

Add red wine vinegar, season with salt and pepper to taste, stir, and remove from heat.

Serve over mashed potatoes in shallow bowls.

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Winter Chili with Winter Collard Greens

This is a deliciously, savory chili that combines flavors of red wine, Italian sausage, ground beef, kidney beans and collard greens.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 ounces’ hot turkey or chicken Italian sausage
  • 2 large Vidalia onions, chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound all-natural, hormone-free ground sirloin
  • 1  jalapeño pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 ¼ cups Merlot or other fruity red wine
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans whole tomatoes, undrained and coarsely chopped
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans, drained
  • 4 medium bunches collard greens or kale (about 8-10 cups) *
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic crème vinegar
  • ½ cup (2 ounces) shredded organic sharp cheddar cheese

DIRECTIONS

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Remove casings from sausage. Add sausage, onion, and the next 3 ingredients (onion through jalapeño) to pan; cook 8 minutes or until sausage and beef are browned, stirring to crumble.

Add chili powder and the next 7 ingredients (chili powder through bay leaves), and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in wine, tomatoes, and kidney beans; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add chopped collard greens or kale, and cook for an additional 15 minutes, or until greens or kale are tender.

Discard the bay leaves. Sprinkle each serving with cheddar cheese, and serve with Cornmeal Muffins.

 

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Mexican Stew with Roasted Garlic and Tomatoes

This deliciously savory stew combines Mexican flavors with hearty lentils and an assortment of colorful fall vegetables.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbsp. plus 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 whole head garlic
  • 1 pint tomatillos, quartered
  • 2 jalapenos, halved lengthwise
  • 2 cups lentils
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¾ tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 large carrots, sliced
  • 4 small bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 (14 1/2 oz) can Muir Glen fire roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 8 cups organic chicken broth
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, rinsed
  • 3 links organic, chicken sausage
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar

DIRECTIONS

Preheat toaster oven to 325 degrees F.

Remove white papery skin from garlic head (do not peel or separate cloves). Rub 1 tsp oil over garlic head and wrap in aluminum foil. In a small baking dish lined with aluminum foil, add tomatillos and jalapeno peppers, coat evenly with cooking spray.

Bake tomatillos/jalapeno peppers at 325 for 20 minutes or until they being to brown (stirring occasionally) and place in a large bowl and set aside; in same oven, bake garlic for 1 hour. Separate cloves; squeeze to extract garlic pulp in the large bowl with roasted tomatillos. Set aside.

While garlic and tomatillos/jalapenos are roasting, heat 2 tbsp oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and carrots; saute 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in broth, bell peppers, cumin, coriander, oregano and bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine garlic and roasted tomatillos/jalapeno peppers and cilantro in a blender or food processor. Pulse until well blended. Add mixture to lentils. In a large skillet, sauté chicken sausage until browned. Add to lentils.

Simmer lentils for an additional 15 minutes or until lentils are tender.

Remove and discard bay leaves. Place 2 cups lentil mixture in a blender (make sure to pick out any pieces of sausage – you do NOT want to blend any of these pieces). Process until smooth. Return pureed mixture to pot, stir well. Stir in vinegar

Barszcz (Eastern European Beet Stew)

Barszcz (Eastern European Beet Stew)

This is a variation of Polish Barszcz and Russian Cabbage Borscht soup. For a soup, half the potato and cabbage. Recipe adapted from The New Moosewood Cookbook.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2-3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2-3 medium beets, peeled and diced
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds
  • 3 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 head cabbage, chopped (about 3-4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup or more chopped dill
  • 2 tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 14.5 oz. can crushed tomatoes, or diced tomatoes pureed in a blender
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper

DIRECTIONS

Place potatoes, beets, water, and stock in a medium-sized saucepan. Cover and cook over medium heat until tender (20-30 minutes).

Meanwhile, melt butter in a large stock pot over medium. Add onion, caraway seeds. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent (8-10 min.).

Add celery, carrots and cabbage, plus 2 cups of the cooking liquid from the potatoes and beets. Cover and cook over medium heat until the vegetables are tender (another 8-10 min.).

Add the remaining ingredients (including all the potato and beet liquid), cover and simmer for a least 15 min. more. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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