TEA FOR DINNER – Tea is not just for drinking. It is your new secret ingredient.

By January 28, 2018 February 4th, 2018 blog, Cooking with Tea, Creative, Dinner, Lunch, Recipes, Winter

The other day I picked up a 2oz tin of Organic Harmony in Balance Herbal Tea Blend. It is a bold and spicy tea that is both aromatic and savory. An herbal tea with black pepper?  I had to give it a try. I enjoyed sipping it hot on a wintery night while I caught up with my TV shows. It felt stimulating without the need for caffeine and because of the bold flavors; I was satisfied with just my tea. I didn’t even need to fight the urge to snack on junk food while a curled up on my couch. I am really working on losing a few pounds, so that’s a plus for sure.

I enjoyed Harmony in Balance so much that first night that I decided to brew a whole pot and use it as a fun secret ingredient in my dinner the next night.

Yes, I used tea for cooking. I encourage you to think about tea as an option for boosting the medicinal and health benefits of your meal, without adding unnecessary calories. You see, just like we may reach for broth to enrich our favorite recipes, we can replace plain ol’ water or broth with a fun, tea infused broth.

I look forward to using tea in many of my favorite rice, beans, pasta, lentils or boiled potato recipes. I can also use tea instead of water or broth in so many of my own sauces, curries, pasta sauces or stir fry.

Today I would like to share with you what I tried with the delicious Harmony in Balance Herbal Tea blend.

Creamy Harmony Curry with Broccoli and Harmony Rice

1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 med or large sweet onion, diced

4 stalks of celery, diced

2 tablespoons of your favorite curry powder

1 teaspoon of turmeric

Pink Himalayan salt to taste

Fresh ground black pepper

2 Tablespoons of coconut aminos, Brags or soy sauce

1 teaspoon of cumin powder

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 14oz can of coconut milk

2 table spoons of maple syrup, sugar, honey or your favorite sweetener

1 can of chickpeas (Garbanzo beans), drained

4 cups of broccoli, cut into bite sized florets

1 cup of brewed Organic Harmony Balance Tea

Heat up a large skillet and add olive oil, onions and celery. Stir occasionally. Once you can smell the onions, add the curry, cumin, turmeric, garlic, aminos, salt and pepper. Stir and coat the onions and celery. Then add coconut milk and sweetener. Once onions and celery are soft and coconut milk is simmering, add chickpeas and tea. Once it is back up to a simmer again, add broccoli. Stir and make sure broccoli is coated in the sauce. Simmer until broccoli is tender.

Serve over Harmony rice or lentils (Choose your favorite brown rice, wild rice mix or brown lentils. Follow directions on package, however, to give it extra kick from the Harmony Balance tea, cook with ½ Harmony tea and ½ veggie broth.)

Garnish with fresh black pepper, coconut flakes, nutritional yeast, parsley or other favorite topper. Add your favorite protein such as baked tofu, temphe or chicken. Enjoy!

Serves  4 : Each serving (with ½ cup brown rice) is approx. 400 calories. Protein 10, Carbs 58, Sugar 18

*** Cooking is an act of love and art. Please. Do it your way. The measurements and exact ingredients listed above are intended to help you get started. I strongly encourage you to mix it up a little. Try something a little different. I can’t wait to hear about how it turned out

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