Think Seasonal: Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Honey Dressing

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Whenever I find myself stuck in a cooking rut, I remember to think seasonal. Eating seasonally, or buying produce that is in season based on growing zone, always serves as a way to add variety to my meal planning when I’m feeling fed up with my usual fare. In honor of the recent transition to crisp days, we’ve created a fall-inspired Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Honey Dressing perfect for indulging the need for heartier meals. Enjoy!

Recipe

  • 1 cup Kale
  • 1 cup mixed greens
  • 1/2 cup tomato
  • 1/4 cup cucumber
  • 1/4 cup carrot
  • 1/2 cup broccoli
  • 1/4 cup red grapes
  • 1/4 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sunflower seeds
  • 1 teaspoon toasted slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup avocado
  • 1/4 cup asparagus
  • 4 ounces chicken breast

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Pumpkin Honey Dressing

  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Wedderspoon Limited Edition Manuka Honey KFactor 22
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 medium clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon water

Steps:

Sauté broccoli + carrots  with a bit of non-stick olive oil spray and garlic powder (this makes the broccoli slightly charged and crunchy)! Do the same for the asparagus.

Mix all ingredients together and serve over the Harvest salad.

Excited to try our newest Manuka honey? Not only is our KFactor 22 the rarest and most unique of all our Manuka honeys, but it also boasts the highest pollen count (90%) with the strongest antioxidant and immune boosting properties of the entire line. We are thrilled to announce that 5% of sales from this amazing honey will be donated to support The Rodale Institute’s research on Bee conservation.

We are offering an incredible 20% off sale to celebrate non-GMO month so make sure to take advantage of these deals before the end of the month!

GIVEAWAY ALERT! Win a gift basket filled with non-GMO verified products with two of our best-selling 100% Raw Manuka Honeys KFactor 16 and 12 in 250 grams. Also included is our all new Gourmet Honey Variety Box with Dandelion, Rata and Beechwood rare honeys from New Zealand, a Wedderspoon apron and a handmade honey dipper made in the USA with recycled wood. Go here to enter!

July is National Honey Month: #beeaware of the change!

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Since 1989, the National Honey Board has celebrated September as National Honey Month and until this year no one has questioned the awareness event’s chosen month or incentive. But after a careful investigation into best beekeeping practices and dialogues in conjunction with our partner, The Rodale Institute, Wedderspoon has decided to come forward to create a campaign to change Honey Month. ‘Coach’ Mark Smallwood, The Rodale Institute’s Executive Director explains the impetus for the change and our motivation in stating “If you are a beekeeper and you are going to take honey, you should finish by the end of July so that the bees have enough honey to survive the winter. Continuing to harvest honey until September does not give them enough time to build necessary stores for the winter.”

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Our joint campaign to change Honey Month will celebrate honeybees and their contribution to the food system as pollinators. We also aim to raise awareness around the decline in honeybee populations and the threats they face in the form of toxic agricultural chemicals. Beekeepers have been reporting losses in their colonies of around 30-90% each year since around 2006 and unfortunately there is no end in sight. The plight of the honeybee, though seemingly far-removed from our daily life, is indeed crucial to our collective health. Not only are they responsible for pollinating upwards of 90% of our yummiest flowering crops but honeybees are also referred to as ‘canaries in the mine’ or ‘keystone species’ – indicators of wider environmental damage able to monitor and alert us to negative environmental influences before other signs and symptoms are seen on a larger scale.

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We hope to utilize our position and wield our influence in order to spread awareness about this extremely important and timely issue. Please continue to check back for a special giveaway, informative blog posts and special bee facts throughout the entire month of July! Remember to use the hashtag #beeaware to tag your own posts about pollinator-friendly gardening and show the bees some love!

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Don’t forget to visit our ‘Our Partners’ page to find out more about this exciting initiative with The Rodale Institute.

Dog Treats with Honey

We love to cook and come up with fun recipes with Wedderspoon honey. Here is a photo diary and recipe for these dog treats that will have your doggies begging for more. IMG_0837
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Dog Treats with Honey Recipe:   Ingredients: -1 cup of rolled oats -2 teaspoons of Wedderspoon Honey -1/2 cup of peanut butter -1/2 cup of milk -3 cups of whole wheat flour -1/3 cup of butter -1 cup boiling beef broth -3/4 cup of cornmeal -1 egg (or 2 if you want) Directions: 1. Mix all ingredients together in a mixer 2. Sprinkle flour across a clean, large surface to roll out dough 3. Roll out dough with a rolling pin so it’s about a half an inch thick 4. Use a cookie cutter of your choice to make shapes 5. Spray baking sheet with a non-stick spray and lay cut outs across a sheet 6. Bake in the oven for 35 to 45 minutes at 325 degrees F (depending on how hard or soft you want them to be) Try this recipe with Ulmo or Tiaca honeys from Chile.

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Scout and Lola licking the bowls!