Smoking Goose Bacon, Cooking with Veggie Noodles, and the Benefits of Kombucha

When the weather pushes us inside, we like to spend more time in the kitchen. The kids like to help us make pancakes, biscuits and gravy, or help with prep work for our upcoming week’s meals. This weekend we are trying our hand at making a sourdough starter. Should be fun and educational!

We’ve got some awesome deals coming your way, along with some cool new products and artisans you should check out. Enjoy!

 

Smoking Goose Applewood Smoked Bacon

Hands down the best bacon I have ever had! Ever. Period! This three-pack bundle has me dreaming of BLT season! But until then, we are cooking up Smoking Goose bacon in our weekend breakfast feast.

Chris, the owner, is a salumi artisan master! We are so lucky to have him here in the Midwest, turning out high-end product while supporting family farmers who raise their animals the right way. Smoking Goose bacon is free of nitrites and a perfect balance of salty and sweet. We like to call it meat candy. Don’t miss out on this awesome deal!

 

Veggie Noodle Co.

We are in LOVE with the “noodles” from the Veggie Noodle Company! What a healthy convenience they have been. And, they are certified organic! I used to use a julienne vegetable peeler to make zucchini noodles which takes more time than I have since having our third baby. Veggie Noodle Company’s noodles have a nice, thick texture and save me tons of time in the kitchen!

The baby loves them sautéed in Hartzler’s unsalted butter, and a bit of Pacific Foods or Erie chicken bone broth. I chop the noodles up into bite-sized pieces, and we have a perfect food for our little guy. As for us big people, we have used them as a replacement for pasta noodles with meat sauce or mixing them with Italian sausage, arugula, and goat cheese. I even added them to homemade pizza for our Friday night pizza night!

 

Circle City Kombucha

Kombucha is a fermented tea from China. It is cultured using a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), tea, and sugar. The fermentation results in a probiotic-rich drink that tastes like something between sparkling apple cider and champagne. It has been used in Eastern Europe, Russia and Japan for several centuries, and, as of late, become very popular in the United States.

Kombucha is a great alternative to soda, energy drinks and other sugary beverages. It provides a boost of energy, a punch of probiotics and a handful of organic acids that play a crucial role in digestion, mineral absorption and maintaining a healthy balance of gut flora.

We sell several local kombuchas at Green Bean like Bearded Buch from Cleveland, Skinny Piggy from Cincinnati, and Presto from Indianapolis along with the pioneer of the kombucha movement, GT’s Kombucha. We recently added a new kombucha artisan to our lineup, Circle City Kombucha from Indianapolis. Our current obsession is their Ginger Lemon flavor. It reminds us of bubbly lemonade with a nice, subtle ginger flavor. My older kids give it a thumbs up, and I’m happy because they’re drinking a healthy alternative to lemonade. Grab yourself a bottle today!

 

Beth Blessing (Organic Beth) has a Masters in Nutrition and is the co-founder of Green Bean Delivery. She is a mother of three that loves supporting family farms and searching for unique, artisanal products. Her goal is to help others eat better and live a more natural, holistic life through healthy recipes and practical tips. Follow her at facebook.com/organicbeth