Hey, happy new year everyone! Today we are excited to share this little project that we have been working on. It’s a whole bunch of new recipes including the delicious salad on the photo above. Before we tell you more about the recipes, let us just quickly share some thoughts behind them. Most people want to start the year by eating fresh, right. But getting a healthy start of the year doesn’t mean that you have to go through a full detox. Sure, it can be great if you really feel like you need a complete cleanse, but we believe that it is even more important to focus on eating balanced throughout the year and then just increasing your intake of health boosting ingredients after the holiday season. When you live up in the northern parts of the world, the thought of restricting yourself to only drinking juices and eating raw meals during the coldest season of the year can seem quite difficult for most people.
So we have created a recipe pack for our Green Kitchen app with 14 new and exclusive recipes that focuses on health and getting a fresh start of the year without having to feel like you are on a strict diet. We have worked with nourishing combinations of ingredients that are good for your body and taste delicious. Our recipes are not focused on being low fat or counting calories, we instead encourage healthy fats, complex carbohydrates and plant based proteins that your body needs. There are juices, smoothies, sides and salads in there, but also some warm meals and a soup.
All recipes are gluten free and vegetarian and most of them are vegan or have vegan options.
Here is a little preview of all the recipes.
We have put a lot of love, time and effort into developing and testing these recipes, so we decided to sell them inside the app. If you have the app, there should be a new box with more info at the top of the grid. The price is $1.99 but we are giving it away for only 99 cents now during the first 24 hours of the new year. We always get the question about creating an Android version and the answer is that we are planning on doing it, but it’s just a different world to Apple nerds like us. So we keep pushing it forward. We are so sorry that it’s taking such time.
We have however come up with a temporary solution for those of you that don’t have an ipad or iphone but still would like to try these particular recipes. We have gathered them in a mini recipe e-book that is available to purchase here in our temporary e-store.
To give you a preview, we are also sharing one of the recipes here today. It’s a beet, apple & quinoa salad that we have made perhaps a quadrillion times throughout the years, but for some strange reason it hasn’t made its appearance here until now. Beets and apples are shredded raw and they add both flavour, texture and sweetness to the quinoa. The beets also give the quinoa a beautiful red purple colour. It’s quick, simple and very easy to vary. You could add some tofu, tempeh or roasted vegetables to the salad if you want it even more nourishing.
Have a happy, healthy and delicious 2015!
Beet, Apple, Quinoa & Sprout Salad
1 cup / 190 g / 250 ml uncooked quinoa (preferably soaked)
2 cups / 500 ml water
4 raw beetroots
1 handful lettuce, rinsed
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 handful mixed sprouts
a few dollops labneh or Cashew “Cheese” (both recipes are included in the bundle)
1 small handful almonds or sunflower seeds, coarsely chopped
Cooking the quinoa: Place rinsed quinoa, water and a pinch of salt in a medium-size saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to a bare simmer and let gently cook for about 15 minutes, or until you see small tails on the quinoa seeds. Set aside to cool in a large mixing bowl.
Making the salad: Peel and grate the beetroots and the apples on the coarse side of a box grater. Combine lettuce, quinoa, beetroots and apples in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and give it a good toss with your hands. Serve in bowls with sprouts and a dollop of labneh or cashew cheese.
Update! Some people are having trouble finding the recipe pack in their app. Here are a few things you can try to make it visible:
1. You need to have iOS7 or iOS8 installed on your device to for the latest updates to work, so that’s the first thing you want to double check.
2. You need to switch off the gluten free and vegan settings temporarily to see the new recipe pack (we will fix this issue in the next update).
3. Also make sure that your device is connected to internet when you start the app otherwise it won’t find the recipe pack.
4. Try restarting the app (not just closing it but also quitting it by double tapping on the home button and swiping up the Green Kitchen tab).
5. If it still doesn’t show, send an email to our developers firstname.lastname@example.org and see if they can figure out what’s wrong.