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Tea Latte Shuffle

October 12th, 2012 by admin
Organic Earl Grey Latte

My favorite part of autumn is the mellow beauty of the foliage. A close second is a steaming cup of something fresh and delicious: spiced hot cider, rich hot chocolate with fresh chocolate shavings. But the seasonal treat that has me most excited this year is the tea latte!

“Tea latte?” I hear you say, “I never thought of making a latte with tea.” Wow are you missing out! And we’ve made a video to prove it. Introducing the Tea Latte Shuffle:


The whole process is really simple.

Tea Lattes

  1. Steep your favorite hot tea pouch in 6 oz. of hot water. (4 minutes for black tea, 5 minutes for herbal infusions)
  2. While the tea is steeping, steam 6 oz. or milk.
    OR
    Use a frother (like this one) to froth up a few ounces of warm milk.
  3. Blend the milk and the tea together gently.
  4. Add extra foam to the top of the beverage and garnish with something fun. (For instance, an Organic Earl Grey latte goes really well with cinnamon.)
  5. Sweeten to taste.

Several of our teas make amazing lattes, including Organic Earl Grey, Organic African Nectar, Vanilla Bean, Bombay Chai, and Chocolate Mint Truffle. Or you can save a bit of shopping time and pick up our Tea Latte Starter Set. Enjoy the season, and be sure to tell your friends about the Tea Latte Shuffle!

African Nectar Quinoa

October 8th, 2012 by admin
African Nectar Quinoa is full of fall flavors.

Two weeks ago, Chef Vinita Jacinto began to open up our minds to the flavor possibilities of tea recipes. Her first dish, Earl Grey Rice Pudding, got a lot of attention and rightly so. It was simple to make and tremendously flavorful. This week she’s offering up another simple, compelling fall dish: African Nectar Quinoa.

Chef Jacinto introduces her latest recipe:

Chef Vinita Chopra Jacinto“Quinoa is an incredible addition to any pantry. It is very nutritious, versatile, and excellent for those trying to eat a more plant based diet. I love this salad because it is so easy, and you can create it to the flavor profile of your choice (see notes below). The African Nectar highlights the earthiness and nuttiness of the red quinoa.”
–Chef Vinita Jacinto

African Nectar Quinoa

African Nectar Quinoa

Ingredients:

  • Quinoa, rinsed and drained – 1 cup
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Organic African Nectar – 3 tea pouches
  • Large plum (diced) – 1
  • Olive oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Lime – 1
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Place quinoa, water and tea bags in a large pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and simmer about 14-16 minutes. Cover pot and let sit for about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Remove the tea bags and fluff the grain with a fork. Cool at least 15 minutes
  4. Add all the other ingredients and mix well.

Notes:

  • Can be served warm, room temperature, or slightly chilled.
  • You can use other oils, including walnut, flax, and grapeseed.
  • Instead of using plums, feel free to add apples, raisins, or any other seasonal salad additions.
  • Customize the flavor by adding various herbs.
  • Makes a great side dish.

Recipe makes 3- 4 servings

About Quinoa

Quinoa (pronounced: KEEN-wah) is a food that has been cultivated in the Andes since at least 3000 BCE. Millions of native inhabitants have revered it as sacred and referred to this staple food as the “mother grain.” But quinoa is the seed of the Chenopodium or Goosefoot plant and technically not a grain. It contains more high quality protein than any grain and is gluten free.

About Chef Vinita Jacinto

Vinita Chopra Jacinto has been involved in the food industry for over three decades. She has extensive experience in culinary education, hotel management and nonprofit services. Vinita has been a culinary educator in San Francisco for over a decade, teaching classes that focus around sustainable and health conscious cuisine.

She has worked at the Le Cordon Bleu School – California Culinary Academy for several years and was the Manager and Lead Instructor of CHEFS, a program dedicated to fighting homelessness through employment in the food services industry. Vinita graduated with her degree in Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition from The Institute of Hotel Management in Mumbai, India. Her areas of culinary focus include vegan and vegetarian cuisine, Indian regional cuisines, Ayurveda and Macrobiotic, Tea Cuisine, sustainable food and nutritional cooking. In addition to her love for all things food, Vinita is a certified Yoga instructor. She has a passion for tea, spices, local food movements, and incorporating old food wisdom into the new generation. “Passion with Compassion” is her food and teaching philosophy.

New to the blogosphere, Vinita posts recipes and culinary musings at spicewhisperer.wordpress.com.

Beyond Green Tea Ice Cream

September 12th, 2012 by admin
Earl Grey Rice Pudding is a sweet and creamy treat.

At Mighty Leaf, one of our favorite things is when an inspired chef incorporates the natural flavors of tea into a wonderful new dish. That sort of creativity expands our understanding of tea and its many tastes and aromas. And it gives us something exciting to add to our culinary repertoire–if only we can figure out how to make it!

That’s why we’re thrilled to announce a partnership with Chef Vinita Jacinto! Together we’ll publish a series of stunning tea-based recipes right here on our blog. Every two weeks, Chef Jacinto will share a new way to take one of your favorite Mighty Leaf teas and turn it into a new mealtime treat.

Here’s Chef Jacinto’s introduction to our first scrumptious recipe:

 

Chef Vinita Chopra Jacinto“Namaste tea fans,

I’m thrilled to be a part of this amazing community of tea, food, flavor and fun! No more thinking of tea as just a beverage. And definitely no more green tea ice cream! We are going to open our minds and our hearts to tea as a spice in our lives. It’s a healthier cooking option: big on health and big on flavor!

Join us on this amazing journey!!

The first recipe is a Tea Rice Pudding. We have used Earl Grey. The citrusy notes work really well and the depth of taste has been enhanced by using both the tea infusion and the powdered tea.”

Earl Grey Rice Pudding

Earl Grey Rice Pudding

Ingredients:

  • Basmati Rice – ¾ cups, rinsed and soaked in water
  • Low fat milk – 5-6 cups
  • Sugar – ¾-1 cup
  • 5 Organic Earl Grey tea pouches

Method:

  1. Let rice soak for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  2. Put rice, 5 cups of milk and 4 tea pouches in a pan and gently bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for at least 30 minutes making sure you stir frequently. Now squeeze the tea pouches and take them out. There should be a distinct tea fragrance and a hint of color.
  4. Continue to cook the rice and milk, stirring often. If the mixture is too thick add more milk.
  5. Take the one remaining tea pouch and cut it open. Powder the tea leaves in a mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder.
  6. Check the rice pudding. It should be cooked down to a creamy consistency. Now add the sugar and cook some more.
  7. Here is the time when you customize it to your taste. Too thick? Add more milk and cook some more. Not sweet enough? Add more sugar to your liking.
  8. Add half of the powdered tea. Stir and taste. Want more Earl grey? Add all the tea powder. Stir and simmer a few minutes.
  9. Serve warm on a cold evening or chilled.
  10. Enjoy!!

Note:

  • you can add chopped nuts of choice
  • you can add golden raisins
  • you can use risotto rice {Arborio} and cook it risotto style
  • you can use dairy-free milk for a vegan version (almond milk, coconut milk)

Recipe makes 3- 4 servings

About Chef Vinita Jacinto

Vinita Chopra Jacinto has been involved in the food industry for over three decades. She has extensive experience in culinary education, hotel management and nonprofit services. Vinita has been a culinary educator in San Francisco for over a decade, teaching classes that focus around sustainable and health conscious cuisine.

She has worked at the Le Cordon Bleu School – California Culinary Academy for several years and was the Manager and Lead Instructor of CHEFS, a program dedicated to fighting homelessness through employment in the food services industry. Vinita graduated with her degree in Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition from The Institute of Hotel Management in Mumbai, India. Her areas of culinary focus include vegan and vegetarian cuisine, Indian regional cuisines, Ayurveda and Macrobiotic, Tea Cuisine, sustainable food and nutritional cooking. In addition to her love for all things food, Vinita is a certified Yoga instructor. She has a passion for tea, spices, local food movements, and incorporating old food wisdom into the new generation. “Passion with Compassion” is her food and teaching philosophy.

New to the blogosphere, Vinita posts recipes and culinary musings at spicewhisperer.wordpress.com.

Summer of Health Week Four Recap

August 27th, 2012 by admin
Summer of Health Week Four Recap

Mighty Leaf fans of all kinds kept the #SummerOfHealth going strong in week four. And even though we’re nearing the home stretch, this week’s social champions have some great images to share.

The most eye-catching entry this week is a lovely photo by Erica Mitchell (@mosingbel on Twitter) posted on Twitter. Her pitcher and glass of iced tea are lit with slanting afternoon sunlight. Each glows with the inviting color of honey. If this picture isn’t a celebration of iced tea, I don’t know what is! Congrats Erica!

Our other winner, David Molina (@davidcmolina) also posted a lovely picture to Twitter. “Green tea + ice = iced green tea,” he wrote. But in case you aren’t the mathematical type, there’s a great tabletop picture to illustrate his point. Iced tea has rarely looked so refined.

We greatly appreciate Erica and David’s contributions and look forward to hearing from more of you this week. Social winners get tea gifts from Mighty Leaf all for posting health-related pics and tips to our Facebook wall or tweeting with the #SummerOfHealth hash tag. Have a wonderful, healthy week! Cheers!

Be sure to enter the #SummerOfHealth Giveaway! The winner will receive $100 in iced tea!

Summer of Health Week Three Recap

August 20th, 2012 by admin
Summer of Health Week Three Recap

Week three was another strong showing for tea lovers in the #SummerOfHealth contest! Without further ado, here are our social winners:

The most heart-warming post of the week came from Stephany Mason on Facebook. She shared a picture of her kids playing with a sprinkler in the yard–a great way to stay both cool and active. It takes me back to the days when a simple sprinkler could be the source of so much excitement and fun. Thanks Stephany! I’ll be sending you a little iced tea prize to show my appreciation.

Janet Kenney offered up a great confession on Facebook about how she came to love tea after disliking it in her younger days. She admits, “This has been a huge change for me, but after hearing about all the health & diet benefits, I had to try it!” I’m so happy you’ve ditched the sugary sodas for the antioxidant goodness of tea. Soon you’ll have even more tea to indulge your new love.

Many thanks for Stephany and Janet and everyone who sent us pictures and posts! If you’d like a chance to win free iced tea, post photos or messages on our wall to tell us what you are doing to stay healthy this summer. On Twitter, be sure to include the #SummerOfHealth tag so we can find it.

Have a healthy week! And don’t forget to enter our #SummerOfHealth Giveaway here.

Summer of Health Week Two Recap

August 10th, 2012 by admin
Summer of Health Week Two Recap

Week two of the Summer of Health has breezed on by. And like the first we’ve seen some great examples of healthy living from some of our most creative fans. Without further ado, here are this week’s winners:

The most scrumptious-looking post of the week was also one of the best. Alyssa Curran shared a lovely picture of veggies harvested from her garden. It’s full of beautiful colors and even more beautiful vegetables. I’m green with envy for her green thumb! She definitely earned the green tea we’ll be sending her way.

Although Jennifer Cook didn’t grow anything, she did create an inspiring little image that all tea lovers will enjoy. Her advice? “Top off the tea, it lubricates the grey matter!” Thanks, Jennifer, for your clever design. Expect a gift of appreciation soon.

Lastly, Dustin Blythe confided that he’d been making iced tea all summer to stay cool. His “two faves are Sunburst Green and Ginger Peach.” But to keep himself in the best health possible, he’s also regularly heading to the gym. Well done Dustin! Some iced tea is on its way to rehydrate you after those workouts.

Share your healthy habits and tips on our Facebook wall or on Twitter with the #SummerOfHealth hash tag, and you could receive an iced tea gift from Mighty Leaf next week! Also, take a moment to enter week three of the #SummerOfHealth! You could win $100 in iced tea! Keep taking good care of yourselves, your families, and friends this weekend!

Summer of Health Week One Recap

August 3rd, 2012 by admin
Summer of Health Week One Recap

Wow what an amazing first week (and three days) for the #SummerOfHealth! We’ve read so many great comments and tweets. It’s really inspiring to see how many members of the Mighty Leaf community are taking their health seriously this summer. Not to mention the astonishing creativity and enthusiasm!

Here at week’s end we’d like to highlight our favorite posts and tweets of the first 10 days of the #SummerOfHealth:

The most impressive post of the week came from Crystal (@TheTeachersWife on Twitter). She sent out a tweet with a link to an awesome blog post on her adventures with a juicer. It turns out getting your family to try out a juice diet is challenging and rewarding all at once. Read her post and you’ll be thirsty to try it yourself!

Meghan Finley (@immortalb4 on Twitter) was quick on the draw. Only a short while after the opening of the contest, she jumped on the #SummerOfHealth bandwagon with a bit of eastern wisdom for us all: “If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty. ~Japanese Proverb #SummerofHealth”. And what can be better for you than a healthy appreciation for truth and beauty?

Lynn McNeill-Morejon told us about her wonderful journey to lose weight this summer. She credits calorie free iced tea and the support of Oli with helping her shed an astonishing 20 pounds! Well done. We at Mighty Leaf applaud your fine work.

Lastly, Katie McCarthy sent us a wonderful picture of a veggie-packed dinner. And what’s at the edge of the shot? Is that iced tea perhaps? Looks like a fantastic meal, I’m getting hungry just looking at it.

Our hearty thanks go out to Crystal, Meghan, Lynn, and Katie. We’ll be extending some gifts to show our appreciation for their contributions. If you’d like to share with us for your own chance at winning free tea from Mighty Leaf, be sure to tweet with the #SummerOfHealth hashtag or leave us a message on our wall.

Don’t forget to enter week two of the #SummerOfHealth Giveaway! You could win $100 in iced tea! Until next week, treat yourself well and enjoy the summer!

Summer of Health Giveaway

July 25th, 2012 by admin
Summer of Health Giveaway 2012

Today we kick off an exciting opportunity for all Mighty Leaf fans, our Summer of Health! During the Summer of Health, there are two easy ways to win refreshing, whole leaf iced tea from your favorite tea company.

Grand Prizes

Each week we’ll be giving away an iced tea prize worth $100 and a Takeya flash chill iced tea brewer to a lucky winner. Entering is free and fun. Just visit our Facebook page and click on the “Giveaway” tab. There you’ll be asked one question: So tell us, how are you staying healthy this summer? Answer with one of the preselected options in the dropdown menu or write your own in the text box. Entries are limited to one per day. On Wednesdays a winner will be randomly selected from the week’s entries. (The final grand prize drawing will be on September 5, 2012.) Be sure to re-enter each week to maximize your chances of being one of our grand prize winners! (See

Social Prizes

In addition, everyone in the Mighty Leaf community is invited to share about victories and challenges as we all try to get healthier this summer. Just post something interesting or inspiring on Facebook or Twitter with the hash tag #SummerofHealth. Diligent Mighty Leafers will read these entries and compile our favorites into weekly recaps. People whose posts and pictures are selected will receive iced tea gifts and (temporary) immortality on the Mighty Leaf timeline and blog!

So let’s get active together for the Summer of Health and start living better today. Oh and don’t forget to stay hydrated with a little iced tea!

Dr. Oz Relaxes with TeaTop Brew Mug

May 25th, 2012 by admin
Dr. Oz Praises TeaTop Brew Mug

The popular Dr. Oz Show recently featured a segment called “Dr.Oz’s Best Advice Ever – Over 50 All-Time Greatest Tips!” To destress instantly Dr. Oz encouraged his audience members on the episode to “sip away” their worries with green tea from Mighty Leaf and the remarkable Tea Top Brew Mug. You can watch the actual segment on Dr. Oz’s website.

The TeaTop Brew Mug is an insulated traveling teapot specially designed for Mighty Leaf’s signature tea pouches. Once the tea pouch is finished steeping in the mug, you simply pull up to rest the pouch in a domed area. It provides an easy way to avoid over-steeping.

Fresh Brew Iced Tea Video – The Lure of Summer

May 1st, 2012 by admin

Summer is around the corner. Check out our new video highlighting our whole leaf iced tea pouches. You can enjoy a variety of flavors that include Sunburst Green, Organic Black, Ginger Peach and Calypso Mango. Each pouch brews up a 1/2 gallon or 64 oz. of fresh iced tea. The tea is easy and convenient to brew. Simply add the pouch to a 1/2 gallon pitcher. Pour 32 oz. of boiling water over the pouch and steep for 4-5 minutes. Finally, remove the pouch and add ice to the remainder of the pitcher. You are ready to enjoy!