Honey Fajita’s

Honey Fajitas

There are just some days when you want a really good fajita and this recipe is phenomenal! The chicken and beef come out so tender and flavorful. I also really liked that the saltiness of the Worcestershire sauce was complimented by the sweetness of honey. I used Rocky Ford honey because I really like the flavor it brings to this dish. What I love most about this combination is that you can place this on a tortilla or on top of salad greens and have an amazing meal no matter what! You can also add extra vegetables to add more flavors too! I hope you are as buzzed about this recipe as much as I am!

Ingredients:

1 pound Chicken

1 pound Beef

¼ cup Honey

2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 Tbsp. olive oil

2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

2 green peppers

½ a sliced onion

½ cup sliced mushrooms

½ cup of Monterey Jack Cheese

½ cup of cheddar Cheese

½ cup Pico De Gallo- optional

1 Tbsp. sour cream- optional

Tortillas

Directions:

Cut up the chicken and the beef into slices. Take 2 gallon sized bags and put the honey, Worcestershire sauce, oil, salt, and pepper into each bag then put chicken in one and beef in the other. Tightly close the bags and move the meat around to thoroughly coat the meat; place in the meat in the fridge overnight. In the morning move the meat around again to make sure all pieces get a good coat, place back in the fridge.

Slice up the onion, green pepper, and mushrooms.

In two separate sauce pans; add a Tbsp. of olive oil to each sauté pan, put the heat in between the middle between medium and high. Add the onion to each pan and sauté until they are see through. Add the bell pepper and cook for 3 minutes. Then drain the beef in a colander and add to one sauté pan; do the same with the chicken and place in the other pan. Cook for 6-8 minutes or until the meat is at desired consistency.

Shred the cheese into a bowl.

Serve with Pico De Gallo, sour cream, and tortillas! Can serve these with beans and rice for sides!

Tips:

  • Try this recipe with shrimp
  • Add extra color by using purple onion and yellow peppers
  • Use romaine lettuce instead of a tortilla
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The Buzz About Honey and Wheat Berries

Honey wheat berries

How do you feel when people say, “You are what you eat”?

I never realized how true this statement is and have been feeling astonished that even the organic foods we have been purchasing are not as “healthy” as we think. Processed food is processed food. So we are back to the basics in our house; except for a few small treats that we have not figured out how to make yet. We are thrilled to say that we have taken all sugar out of the kitchen and are strictly using raw honey as a sweetener! Plus, we have been grinding our own wheat berries, learning how to make homemade honey bread, and learning more about our nutritional needs.

What we found fascinating is that the organic bread flour we have been buying is not the same as grinding your own wheat! Freshly milled flour will only last a couple of days before you have to worry about your flour going rancid; unless you put it in the fridge, or freezer then you have a better time line of use. Think about how many months flours sit on the store shelves (not a fridge) and then in your home. That got me wondering if it really has all the nutrients it is supposed to have? The answer is no. The flour in the store has the endosperm, the embryo, and the bran taken out of it; which is where all of the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals are. They are also adding different things to make sure that the flour does not go rancid sitting on the store shelves. So what is really going into our body now?

We have also had a big eye opener with pre-made bread too. None of the store-bought breads have basic ingredients; and many of them have soy and corn syrup. We make a simple honey bread with; freshly milled organic wheat berries, water, honey, egg, butter, salt, and yeast. That’s it! Sure, it won’t last a month on the counter, but we KNOW what is going into it. Plus, our blood sugar is showing a great reduction; it does not shoot through the roof using the wheat berries and honey.

Just like wheat berries, honey has the same problem; the store bought honey can be pasteurized or even ultra- pasteurized. This means that it takes away the possibility of the honey crystallizing and all of the vitamins, minerals, and pollen out of the “honey”. It takes cooking it for long periods of time and at high temperatures to achieve this; meaning there is NO benefits to the honey you are eating. Cheaper is NOT always better!!  Make sure you are reading the back of the ingredients; you will be surprised to see some honeys have added ingredients. Another problem we are seeing is with something called prairie honey; this is where they take the flowers boil them down and add sugar. Just because it comes from the flowers does not mean it is going to have the same benefits; neither does adding cane sugar.

This is why working with a beekeeper is so crucial; you can ask questions of them and know what is going on with your honey!!    *Buyer bee-ware of the “honey brokers” because they get honey from different states and even countries and call it local honey! They are not beekeepers, but are highly educated to get you to buy their products.

Next month we will go over the nutritional benefits of honey and wheat berries!

REMEMBER; IF IT IS NOT MADE BY A BEE IT IS NOT HONEY!!!

From our beehive to yours,

Queen Bee

Honey citrus salad

Honey citrus salad

Are you ready to hear something exciting?!?!

Recently we have been learning more about what is good to eat and what needs to be taken out. I am so excited to say we have been learning about wheat berries and all of the benefits they have. They are nutrient dense and are great for blood sugar. We are seeing our health change in great ways and I am super excited to share this new recipe with you! We are finding it is easy to add a ¼ cup of wheat berries to our meals and can be a great protein source, even for vegetarians. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

Ingredients:

1/3 cup wheat berries

¼ cup coconut oil

¼ cup asparagus

6 ounces salmon

2 Tbsp. O’Hara’s honey dill mustard

¾ cup spring leaf mix

¼ cup yellow squash

¼ cup mushroom

½ cup cherry tomatoes

½ a carrot

Dressing

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

2 Tbsp. Orange blossom honey

1 tsp. lemon

1 tsp. lime

Directions:

-Cook 1 cup of wheat berries in 4 cups of water for 45 minutes or until soft. Drain and rinse the wheat berries and put aside.

-Warm up a sauté pan with the coconut oil; add the asparagus and cook for 5 minutes. Brush the top of the salmon with 1 Tbsp. of honey mustard, place face down in the pan, and cook for 4 minutes. Brush the top of the salmon with the remaining honey mustard, flip over, and cook for 4 minutes. Make sure both sides are golden brown and the salmon flakes off with a fork.

-Slice the squash, mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes. Shred the carrots.

-For the dressing: Take the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, orange blossom honey, lemon, and lime and mix together thoroughly.

-In a bowl; put the wheat berries, salmon, asparagus, spring leaf mix, squash, mushroom, tomatoes, carrots, and dressing. Toss everything together, put on a plate, and ENJOY!

Tips:

  • Try the honey chipotle mustard
  • Try the dressing with apple cider vinegar instead of balsamic vinegar
  • Add some sliced orange pepper and shredded purple cabbage to add extra color and flavor

Honey Oatmeal

Honey oatmeal

There is nothing better than starting your day with something hearty; especially, on cold days during the winter. We have been finding that the more complex a carbohydrate is the more nutritious it is for your body. It has been a little challenge for us because so much of the food in the grocery store is processed. So…we are back to the basics; we are learning that homemade is the best way. We have made a switch to steel cut oats because they have more fiber and will keep you fuller longer. This is my favorite way to make oatmeal and it is very flavorful. Plus, I don’t leave the table wanting anything else; I am full and satisfied for several hours.

Ingredients:

¾ cupSteel cut oatmeal

½ cup Walnuts

1 Tbsp. Flax seed

½ a Banana

1 Tbsp. Honey

1 tsp. of Ceylon cinnamon

1 Tbsp. of Butter- optional

Sprinkle of salt- optional

Directions:

Measure out the water, according to the servings you need, place in a pot and heat the water until it is boiling. Add the oatmeal to the water and turn down the heat as low as possible. Leave the pot uncovered and let it cook for 25 minutes; if you like it a little softer cook a little longer. Let it set for a few minutes and put in a bowl; add the walnuts and flax seed stir into the oatmeal. Cut half a banana and put the slices on top, drizzle the honey, and sprinkle the Ceylon cinnamon. If you like a little saltiness add a pat of butter or sprinkle of salt on top. ENJOY!

Tips:

  • Add a Tbsp. of chocolate chips or cocoa powder
  • Try hemp seed instead of flax seed
  • Try ½ cup of blueberries and raspberries instead of banana’s

Pollination Experiment

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There are different ways for people to learn and we at The Honey Cottage are excited to share this neat experiment to explain how bees pollinate flowers. This is a great way to explain how bees work, what they do, and why they are so very important for us. This also explains what a symbiotic relationship is and why it is important for our world. Pollination is so very important for flowers and for our food. Please share this with friends and family!!

Materials:

4 tsps of glitter (different colors)

4 small paper cups

Yellow and black pipe-cleaners

Pencil

Questions (At the end)

 

How do bees pollinate flowers? Find out here!

  1. Gather the material you will need.
  2. Make a paper-cup flower: Put 1 teaspoon of colored glitter in a small paper cup. The glitter is the flower’s pollen. Make 3 more flowers. Use different colors of glitter.
  3. Make a pipe- cleaner bee as shown in the diagram below: wrap a yellow then a black pipe- cleaner around a pencil.
  4. Fly your bee into a flower. Gently tap your bee around the bottom of the flower. Your bee is drinking nectar and gathering pollen.
  5. Fly your bee to a new flower. Choose one with a different color of glitter. Gently tap your bee around the bottom of that flower.
  6. Fly your bee to two more flowers. Make sure you visit a flower with every color of glitter.
  7. Return to the first flower. Look inside. Do you see pollen from other flowers? (Look for glitter of the other colors.) If so, your flower was pollinated!
  8. Think: The job of flowers is to attract pollinators. Why is that job important? Why are bees important to flowers? Why are flowers important to bees?

Questions:

  1. Do steps 2-7 of the investigation. Do you see “pollen” from other flowers?
  2. Think: Why is it important for flowers to attract pollinators?
  3. Why are bees important to flowers?
  4. Why are flowers important to bee?

From our beehive to yours,

Queen Bee

Introducing Honey Bunchies

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Happy 2019! We hope you have had a wonderful January!

I can honestly say this month was way too quick for me and I can’t believe tomorrow is February. I am excited share that we were able to bring a new product into The Honey Cottage! Family owned and operated Honey Bunchiesare a natural, gluten-free, grain-free, and soy-free gourmet honey bar! This delightful product was made by accident by the owner of the company. As we have learned over the years all the best products were made by accident!

I don’t know about you, but I struggle to find energy bars that are good for you, not loaded in sugar, and do not have soy in them. Honey Bunchies is my solution for all of those problems; even better I actually know what is in this bar and it tastes amazing! These gourmet honey bars are handmade locally in Longmont Colorado and have; honey, sunflower kernels (sunflower oil, salt), milk, butter (pasteurized cream, salt), Tapioca syrup, peanuts, pecans, vanilla! All ingredients that you can pronounce and you know! These are a great alternative to the sugar coated bars that have ingredients that you are not quite sure what they are. I have also found them to be a great alternative to candy bars too! We are big about supporting locally made products as much as possible and are pleased to offer these to our customers. They are absolutely perfect for hikers, walkers, bikers, runners, and busy go-getters! Put them in your back pack, your lunch bag, your gym bag, or your purse for the perfect pick me up! Come get one at The Honey Cottage and see why we think they are all the buzz!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

Honey Jalapeno Salmon Pasta

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I am so excited; Lily is starting to get creative with her cooking! I am so proud to say that I got to help my daughter make this recipe. We have been talking more and more how healthy meals should be, but should also taste good. So she wanted to do something fun that was not too spicy and not too sweet! The jalapeno jam and the honey make a perfect combination with this salmon pasta. If you are not used to super spicy food add an extra ¼ cup of honey to cut the jalapeno jam. We hope you enjoy this as much as we did!

Ingredients:

2 cups-Pasta

¼ cup-Honeyville jalapeno jam

¼ cup-Honey

½ cup-Red pepper

½ cup-Yellow pepper

1-Shredded carrot

¾ pound-Salmon

1 cup-Spinach

½ cup-Goat cheese

Directions:

Take the pasta and boil it approximately 5-7 minutes until it is al dente. Once it is cooked, drain it and put to the side. In a sauté pan put the jalapeno jam and honey in and warm it up mixing it together. Cut up the red and yellow pepper into chunks and add to the sauce, add the shredded carrot and let simmer for 3 minutes. Cut the salmon into chunks and add to the vegetables and cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat. Take the spinach and rip it into smaller pieces into a serving bowl. Add 2 cups of pasta on top, and then add the vegetables and salmon. Toss together mixing thoroughly; sprinkle with the goat cheese, and a drizzle of honey right on top.  ENJOY!

Tips:

  • Add half a cup of diced purple onions
  • Add ¾ cup of asparagus pieces
  • Try adding some snap peas

Honey Layer Bars

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Are you ready for a great 2019?!?!

At The Honey Cottage we are looking at the New Year and thinking about how to make it more amazing and tasty. We are going to start off the year with an amazing honey layer bar recipe. In this recipe I use Ceylon cinnamon because of its anti-inflammatory properties and because it adds antioxidants to this recipe. I bee-lieve everything should be packed with fiber so I use the ground flax seeds. The caramel sauce and chocolate chips add just enough sweetness, so to keep it balanced I use unsweetened shredded coconut. At The Honey Cottage we want to start 2019 off right, will you join us?

Ingredients:

½ cup- melted butter

1 ½ c- graham cracker crumbs

¾ cup- Honeyville honey caramel sauce

¾ cup- chocolate chips

½ cup- ground flax seed

1 Tbsp. – Ceylon cinnamon

¾ cup- walnut pieces

1 can- condensed milk

1 cup- shredded unsweetened coconut

Directions:

Set out a glass pan that is 13 X 9 inches and measure out all ingredients. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Take the melted butter and spread evenly on all sides of the pan.

Sprinkle the graham crackers on top and spread out until the bottom of the pan is covered.

Take ¾ of Honeyville’s Honey caramel sauce and spread it out on top of the graham crackers.

Scatter the chocolate chips on top, as evenly as possible.

Grind the flax seed with the Ceylon cinnamon and layer that on top of the chocolate chips.

Scatter the walnut pieces on top, as evenly as possible.

Pour the condensed milk on top and spread in an even layer.

Distribute the coconut until the condensed milk is lightly covered.

Place the pan on the middle rack of the oven, uncovered, and cook for about 25 minutes or when the sides of the bars are starting to brown.

Let the bars sit on the stove for approximately 2 hours to set up properly.

Cut into bite sized or medium squares and serve!

Tips:

  • Use honey instead of the caramel sauce
  • Add pecans to make it more protein packed
  • Add a layer of hemp seeds to add a different flavor

 

Thanks for buzzing by The Honey Cottage!

The Honey Cottage 2018

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At The Honey Cottage we wanted to take a moment and wish everyone a wonderful HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  This year has been so wonderful to see our customers and their families grow. It has been so neat to see kids grow and change, new relationships and marriages happen and new babies welcomed into 2018! We are so happy that we were able to get to be apart of your special moments this year. Thank you for your continued support of our little bee hive! WE LOVE YOU!!!!  We hope to have some really amazing new products and new things to share with you in 2019. Have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve!! Cheers to a happy and healthy New Year!

From our hive to yours,

Bee Queen

Honey Pork Soup

Honey noodles picture

At The Honey Cottage we believe the benefits of raw honey should bee in every meal. There is no better way to boost your immune system then with soup and raw honey.

Oh man, I am a soup manic during the winter. I don’t know about you, but there is nothing better than having something warm in your belly on a cold day. This was actually a soup that I had made by accident! I was trying to figure out what to do with left overs one day and surprisingly came up with this tasty soup that my family loved. This is one of my favorite recipes because it is a very easy to make and is a very hearty meal. Plus, I like not having to extra things just to make one recipe; these are ingredients that are normally in our house.

Ingredients:

2 bundles- Organic Fine or Round Udon noodles

3 cups Chicken broth

1 cup of sliced pork

1 shreddedcarrot

¾ cup of peas

¾ cup of corn

1 can of water chestnuts

1 Tablespoon of raw honey

Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Take the paper ribbons off of the noodles and add it to the chicken broth. Cook 2 bundles of noodles in broth for 5 minutes. Then add the sliced pork, shredded carrot, peas, corn, and water chestnuts; cover with a lid and cook for 5 more minutes. Place the soup in a bowl and drizzle with honey and sprinkle a little salt and pepper on top! ENJOY!

Tips:

-Add ½ cup of bone broth to make it into a soup

-Try this recipe with a cup of cooked shrimp or chicken

-If made into a soup: add an egg into the broth to add extra protein; scramble it and add it to the broth and noodles. Cook for 3-5 minutes

Thanks for buzzing by,

Bee Queen

The Honey Cottage