Month: November 2013

Recipe Alert: Winter Season’s Finest

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Cold winter days call for dishes that bring together the finest foods of the season. And adding a little color to the mix doesn’t hurt either. Our friends at Plated created this deliciously simple recipe that you can make at home: garlic-herb pork chops with roasted sweet potato mash and Unsweet Lemon Tea vinaigrette!

Ingredients:
3 sprigs rosemary
2 cloves garlic
1 lemon
2 pork chops (vegetarian? swap with this)
2 sweet potatoes
Spice mix (ground cumin, ground cloves, ground coriander)
Dijon mustard
1/2 cube butter
3 cups salad greens

What You Need At Home:
Aluminum Foil
Baking Sheet
Medium ovenproof skillet
5 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt
Black pepper

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1. Marinate Pork
Preheat oven to 425° F. Remove rosemary leaves from stems and finely chop leaves, discarding stems. Mince garlic. In a medium bowl, combine chopped rosemary, minced garlic, zest of 1 lemon, and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Rinse pork chops and pat dry with paper towel.  Place pork on a plate and spoon marinade over. Allow to marinate for at least 10 minutes and up to 2 hours.

2. Roast Sweet Potatoes
Wash sweet potatoes, pat dry with paper towel, and cut into 1-inch dice. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and toss with spice mix and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, place in a single layer, and roast until browned and tender, about 15 minutes.

3. Prepare Dressing
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together juice of ½ lemon, Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon Honest Tea, and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

4. Roast Pork
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium ovenproof skillet (preferably cast iron)over medium-high heat. When oil is just smoking, add pork chops and marinade. Cook until browned on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer pan to oven and roast until pork is well browned and slightly pink on the inside, about 4 minutes.

5. Mash Sweet Potatoes
Remove cooked pork chops from pan and allow to rest for 5 minutes exactly. Transfer roasted sweet potatoes to a large bowl and add butter. Mash with back of a large fork until smooth. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.

6. Plate Pork
Add salad greens to bowl with dressing and toss to coat. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Divide sweet potato mash evenly between 2 plates and top with pork. Serve alongside salad.

P.S. Want this (and other!) delicious meals delivered to your door? Check out Plated for more information.  Fans of HONEST Tea receive $20 off one meal, simply plug in the promo code “20forhonesttea”!

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#givingtuesday Twitter Party Dec 2nd!

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Passionate about the food you eat?  Join HONEST Tea and FoodCorps on Monday December 2nd for a Twitter Party from 8-9pm EST.  During the hour we’ll be sharing meal ideas, discussing locally-grown produce, and offering a number of giveaways!  We’ve also brought in a few expert panelists (Applegate, Happy Family & Stonyfield) to share a few tips, ideas and giveaways of their own! To join, here’s the details:

Who: You, HONEST Tea & FoodCorps

Panelists: Applegate, Happy Family & Stonyfield

When: Monday December 2nd 8-9pm EST (Day before Giving Tuesday)

How to join in: Simply follow the hashtag #givingtuesday to join in on the conversation!

About FoodCorps:  FoodCorps is a nationwide team of leaders that connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy.  FoodCorps places these leaders in limited-resource communities for a year of public service where they conduct hands-on food education, build and tend school gardens, and facilitate getting high-quality local food into public school cafeterias.   Our twitter party is part of a national campaign called #givingtuesday, a day dedicated to giving back to local organizations that are improving our communities.

Fun Facts from the Thanksgiving Table

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Chances are you’re making plans to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday with friends or family and looking forward to enjoying all the foods and flavors this season brings.  Here are a handful of fun facts* about Thanksgiving you probably didn’t know, (feel free to pull this out at the table if the dinner conversation gets awkward).

115 Million—the number of households across the nation expected to gather and enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner together.

4—the number of places in the United States named after your traditional holiday main course—Turkey.  (Turkey Creek , LA—population 440; Turkey, TX—pop  424; Turkey, N.C.—pop 295; and Turkey Creek, AZ—pop 294). All major travel destinations, as you can see.

768 Million—the total weight (lbs.) of cranberries forecasted to be served in the United States.  Wisconsin is estimated to lead all states in the production of cranberries, with 450 million pounds, followed by Massachusetts.  Runner(s) up: New Jersey, Washington and Oregon.  Pat yourselves on the back.

2.6 Billion—the total weight (lbs.) of sweet potatoes expected to be consumed in the US this year.  Are you sure that’s not just for one household?

1.1 Billion—the total weight (lbs.) of pumpkins grown for fall harvest (and of course, pumpkin pie!) More of a cherry pie fan? An estimated 73.1 million pounds of tart cherries were grown last year.

PS Have a few empty bottles of HONEST Tea lying around? Not a problem—reuse it and impress your guests with these two simple steps:

Inspire your guests with a quote before dinner.  Carefully peel off the inside of your label of your favorite HONEST Tea bottle and use it to wrap your silverware and napkin—creative and simple!

ImageYour empty bottles make fun table vases to show off your favorite fall flowers! We placed one at each end of our table, filled with beautiful fall mums.

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Amidst the turkey and conversation, hopefully you can find a moment to reflect on the past year and be reminded of what you are thankful for this season.  Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

*Source: USCensus.gov

What Weighs the Equivalent of 326 African Elephants?

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At HONEST Tea a major part of our mission is to get people to enjoy the delicious taste of real, organic ingredients.  And because more people chose to enjoy an HONEST beverage, in 2012 we were able to purchase 4.9 million pounds of organic ingredients.  That’s 13% more than was purchased in 2011 and an six-fold increase over what we ordered in 2007, the year before The Coca-Cola Company first invested in our business.  To put it into context, all of our organic ingredients we used in 2012 were weighed on a (very) large scale; it would equal the weight of roughly 326 adult African Elephants!  Put another way, it takes an area four times the size of New York City’s Central Park’s to grow that much organic produce.

Promoting organic agriculture is only part of our mission.  Every year at this time we look back to see how we are measuring up to all aspects of our mission.  Our annual Mission Report looks at packaging, Fair Trade purchases, community partnerships and more.  The report shares what we’ve learned, new ideas and what we’re still working on.  Here are a few other interesting facts previewed in this year’s Mission Report, none of which would be possible without your support:

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We invite you to read more about our journey HERE and share your honest feedback in the comments section below.

Elephant photo credit: Karen Corby

5 Important Keys to Success

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Every day you are faced with new challenges and hurdles that at times seem insurmountable.  From day 1 people said an organic bottled tea line that tastes less sweet than the competition would never make it—yet we believed in our mission and what thirsty communities told us.  So we took a leap of faith and started brewing real tea.  Here are 5 guiding principles from our TeaEO in building a mission-driven business:

  1. Don’t aim for 10% improvement.  Make it radically better and different.
  2. Prepare to be copied.  Don’t start unless you’ll survive imitation.
  3. Figure out how to achieve your goals on a tiny budget—then cut that number in half.
  4. Take care of your family, personal, and spiritual health—if you aren’t laughing or smiling on a regular basis, recalibrate.
  5. It’s a marathon. Not a sprint.

So what life or business lessons have you taken to heart? Feel free to share them with us in the comments section below.  P.S. the journey is still going at HONEST Tea.  Visitors to our Headquarters are greeted by our company quote: “Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the people doing it.”