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JadeCrate – Recipe of the Month is Caramelized Spicy Green Beans

JadeCrate likes to share recipes with its subscribers because part of bohemian living includes cooking, yes cooking.  Each month we focus on in-season vegetables and simple dishes for busy boho-chic gals who need to cook up a fast and delicious meal. This months veggie is green beans.

In Season – Green Beans

It’s green bean season.  What we like about them is they are more versatile than people think with a ton of health benefits, not to mention, a delicious one-course item if you are looking to snack on a low-calorie dinner and are sick of salads. Besides being high in fiber, bonus properties include vitamin A, C, K, B6, and folic acid. They also help reduce heart disease, possess anti-inflammatory properties, and are packed with antioxidants. If you have a chance to pick up a fresh bushel this month, you can find many recipes online for stand-alone meals or ways to spruce them up to complement main courses.

For our vegetarian fans – this one’s for you!

Caramelized Spicy Green Beans, Recipe by Southern Living (slightly modified)

Ingredients

1-pound fresh haricots verts (green beans)

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper

1 – 2 cloves of minced garlic (optional)

1 medium-size red bell pepper sliced long ways in small strips

1/2 medium-size sweet onion halved and sliced thin

1 teaspoon peanut, olive, or sesame oil

3/4 teaspoon seasoned salt (any seasoned salt of preference will work)

Set up an ice bath in a large bowl. Start cooking the beans by adding a tsp of salt to a pot of water and bring to a boil. Add green beans, cover, and cook 1 minute (2 if you like them a little more tender); drain. Plunge green beans into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain well, pressing between paper towels. Stir together brown sugar, soy sauce, and dried crushed red pepper. Sauté bell pepper, onion, garlic, and green beans in hot peanut oil in a large skillet over high heat 3 to 5 minutes or until beans look blistered and start to brown. Sprinkle with seasoned salt. Remove from heat; add soy sauce mixture to green bean mixture and stir to coat. Serve

We served them with a side of brown rice and it was a very satisfying weeknight meal, but we did need to add extra soy sauce. They would also work with ramen noodles to create a spicy noodle salad, just add a little soy sauce to the noodles.

Alternate cooking method:  You can swap the skillet in the final cooking step and grill in a veggie basket if preferred, be sure to spray the veggies with oil or toss them in a bag with some oil.

Enjoy!


About JadeCrate:  JadeCrate is both a subscription and gift box business with our core principals and foundational beliefs centered in bohemian living both physically and mentally. Our boxes are filled each month with products catering to your inner flower child.  They include a mix of boho chic styled accessories, décor, natural skin care, artisan teas, fair-trade wares, and organic snacks. In addition to great goods, each box includes positive vibes with insider tips on bohemian living, recipes, and exercises to help you get through the month with a smile.  Find out more today at www.jadecrate.com

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Featured Fair Trade Partner – Matr Boomie #Matrboomie

We have been working with Matr Boomie since the start of JadeCrate.  We encourage you to check out their website for stories about the artisans and product creation (it is impressive). We love their brand and their impact across the globe.  Recently, they were awarded The Green America People & Planet Award. Green America celebrates businesses that represent strong social and environmental leadership and have a focus on doing business that is #madeforgood.   The award is given to small businesses who show dedication to a green economy and worker empowerment.

Matr Boomie began in 2006 as a dream to create positive change through ethical, sustainable trade. Founders, Manish and Rushi Gupta, sought to relieve the extreme poverty in their native India by bridging the rich culture and potential of rural Indians and opportunities of the modern world.

Through their partnering with grassroots organizations and expert artisans, unskilled women and men transformed into community artisans. Manish and Ruchi personally ensure the materials and processes used are safe for people and kind to the land. With the help of family, a team in India was established to guarantee efficient communications and high-quality production, and a group in Austin, Texas was gathered to design custom collections that delight while honoring the culture and craft of Indian artisans.

 

Over a decade later, the little company run out of Manish and Ruchi’s Austin apartment has grown into a leader and innovator in ethical, sustainable business. Matr Boomie is a certified Fair Trade Federation Member.

JadeCrate is a proud retailer of Matr Boomie, and we hope you love their products as much as we do.

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Mindfulness Monday – Kick off yours shoes and go barefoot in the grass

If you have a chance this week, stand or walk barefoot in the grass.

Being mindful means sometimes we need some help getting our mind to still the noise of the day. The ritual of standing barefoot in the grass is an exercise my life coach taught me many, many years ago. We had to be creative to find a simple way for me to cope with anxiety.  The other challenge included finding time after a long day working for a then a large corporation.

The exercise was so simple, I laughed and said, “no way, this will not work.”  I was wrong.  I took her advice one day, walked outside to my backyard, with the intent to kick off my shoes (and hose), stand on a plush, grassy area near my roses,  and curl my toes into the green earth.  I spent time imagining my toes were my fingers, and I only focused on all of the sensory elements, damp, cold, the swosh sound each time I curled my toes, the smell of dirt, and a few breaths to deflate the day.  Up until the winter started, I did the exercise daily for about 3 minutes after working a very stressful day, and it helped me refocus for the evening ahead. In the winter, I kept a plus shag carpet in my studio to simulate grass. So when you can do this during times of stress, anger, anxiety, step outside and let nature take over.  Like what you have read?  Download our newly published, free eBook, A 7-Step Guide to the Bohemian Lifestyle here.


About JadeCrate:  JadeCrate is both a subscription and gift box business with our core principals and foundational beliefs centered in bohemian living. Our boxes are filled each month with products catering to your inner flower child.  They include a mix of boho chic styled accessories, décor, natural skin care, artisan teas, fair-trade wares, and organic snacks. In addition to great goods, each box includes positive vibes with insider tips on bohemian living, recipes, and exercises to help you get through the month with a smile.  Find out more today at www.jadecrate.com

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The Power of Smiling

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Today is National French Fry Day

Besides it being Friday the 13th, this day could be a fun one for you. The day you were waiting for is today, National French Fry Day, which is to be followed by National Junk Food Day on June 21.  Essentially, this day create what should be summarized as national junk food week.

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Accepting Orders for the Last Box in the JadeCrate Summer Series

Open for orders for the August JadeCrate Boho Box

This will be the last box in JadeCrate’s Summer of Love Series. If you missed June and July’s box, you have time to grab the last box of the series. If you love summer, taking care of yourself, boho fashion accessories, decor and more, you will want to get your summer series box while supplies last.


About JadeCrate:  JadeCrate is both a subscription and gift box business with our core principals and foundational beliefs centered in bohemian living both physically and mentally. Our boxes are filled each month with products catering to your inner flower child.  They include a mix of boho chic styled accessories, décor, natural skin care, artisan teas, fair-trade wares, and organic snacks. In addition to great goods, each box includes positive vibes with insider tips on bohemian living, recipes, and exercises to help you get through the month with a smile.  Find out more today at www.jadecrate.com

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Mindfulness Monday – Allow yourself a moment to do nothing!

Be mindful and appreciate every day, even during the pauses and moments of boredom.

If you are feeling restless, have the blues, feel like maybe you are in a rut, you could be suffering from boredom.  However, this is an ideal time to rethink how you handle boredom and disinterest. In today’s world, we receive a bombardment of ideas for ways to entertain ourselves and sometimes get overwhelmed by all the noise. As humans have a desire for quiet time, peace, and even say we want a day to ourselves to do “nothing” then complain the whole time when we get a chance to sit in the calmness.

Take a few minutes during this time to do one of two things. First, you could spend this time meditating or enjoying the peace. Second, if you are in a spot where you can do this, find something new to do. You could consider this time for planning a project, finding a new hobby, a car ride, redecorate, or tackle a project you have been putting off.  Having free time is hard to find, so make the best of it when you do have it. Whatever you do, turn monotony into positive actions or thoughts, which could convert your free time from ordinary to extraordinary. Like what you have read?  Download our newly published, free eBook, A 7-Step Guide to the Bohemian Lifestyle here.


About JadeCrate:  JadeCrate is both a subscription and gift box business with our core principals and foundational beliefs centered in bohemian living. Our boxes are filled each month with products catering to your inner flower child.  They include a mix of boho chic styled accessories, décor, natural skin care, artisan teas, fair-trade wares, and organic snacks. In addition to great goods, each box includes positive vibes with insider tips on bohemian living, recipes, and exercises to help you get through the month with a smile.  Find out more today at www.jadecrate.com.

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