Eating Healthy with Rodelle

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The new year is always a great time to kick off new healthy habits – including everything from working on your fitness to cleaning up your eating. After all of the holiday baking and preparing treats for friends and family, you may be accustomed to turning to Rodelle for trusted baking essentials. But, did you know that those baking essentials can also be the cornerstones of flavor that will make your healthy recipes shine?

Rodelle Vanilla Extract is a wonderful flavor enhancer for unsweetened or naturally sweetened recipes, similar to those holiday cookies and candies. Adding vanilla extract is an easy way to flavor unsweetened, plain yogurt for a quick, protein-packed breakfast. Or, try adding a teaspoon to acidic dishes like a hearty and healthy tomato bisque to cut through some of the acidity.

Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa isn’t just for baking! With a superior, all-natural cocoa flavor, your breakfast oatmeal or smoothies can take on an indulgent taste without adding sugar or excess calories. We’re big fans of our low-carb Whipped Cocoa Ricotta with Pears – this is a low-fat calcium and antioxidant rich breakfast option. We serve ours with pears for a hint a sweetness.

Rodelle Pure Almond Extract is a fabulous way to add a sweet flavor to your morning coffee without adding any calories or sugar. If you crave that richness from coffee creamer, you can make your own with this recipe – just substitute 2 teaspoons of Almond Extract in place of the Vanilla Extract!

Lastly, Rodelle Gourmet and Organic Spices and Spice Blends pack on the flavor without a lot of sodium, calories or added sugars. Check out all of our spice offerings to add gourmet flavor to your favorite dishes!

If you’re craving more healthy recipes, follow along in January as we share some of our favorite healthy tips including substitutions and alternate approaches to preparing healthy foods!

Rodelle Cinnamon – What’s the Difference?

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We’re already ramping up production for fall baking and cooking at Rodelle! And, we’ve been busy launching our line of Organic Ground Spices, including Turmeric, Ginger and Cinnamon. Because Rodelle now offers two types of Cinnamon, we wanted to demonstrate some of the unique characteristics of each product in this post.

Let’s start with the basics. All varieties of cinnamon are obtained from the inner bark of trees from the genus Cinnamomum – the majority of the world’s cinnamon is produced in Indonesia, China, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. Cinnamon has many uses in sweet and savory foods, and has been used in many different ethnic cuisines for centuries. Many people also have relied on cinnamon for its antioxidant, healing and health properties. You can read more about the health benefits of cinnamon in this article!

The two primary types of Cinnamon in the United States are Cassia and Ceylon. Most of the cinnamon you will find on the shelves is cassia cinnamon which has a notably strong, spicy flavor. Rodelle’s Gourmet Cinnamon Sticks are from the cassia genus and perfect for several baking, cooking and lifestyle applications. Because the cassia cinnamon is much thicker and stronger than ceylon cinnamon, if you want to grind Rodelle Cinnamon Sticks at home, we recommend working in very small batches with a high-powered spice grinder. That being said, we definitely prefer recipes that take advantage of the whole length and unique beauty of the whole cinnamon sticks. Some of our favorite ways to use whole cinnamon sticks: garnish on cupcakes, brewed into a comforting mulled wine, as part of a DIY scent freshener, and simmered in recipes like Apple Butter!

Ceylon Cinnamon is known by many as “true cinnamon” – it is distinctive because of its lighter color, sweeter flavor and lower levels of coumarin – which can be detrimental when consumed in very high quantities. Cinnamon has long been demonstrated to be beneficial when used in moderation for medical purposes (under the guidance of your physician), and many people seek out ceylon cinnamon for this reason. Rodelle Organic Ceylon Cinnamon is conveniently ground and easy to add to your oatmeal, smoothies, cookies, soups and more! We recommend having both types of Cinnamon, whole stick and ground, in your pantry to use in different applications. You can find both products seasonally at select Costco stores, and we’ll have the products available in our Amazon store by the end of the summer!

 

Rodelle Organic Ground Spices

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We are thrilled to expand our line of organic offerings with three new Organic Ground Spices. We’d love to tell you a little more about the three new organic spice offerings from Rodelle!

Rodelle Organic Ground Ginger

This Organic Ground Ginger is bright, flavorful, and just the right level of spicy. Ground Ginger is commonly used in Asian dishes like stir fry, curry, chutney and teriyaki sauce. We also love ground ginger in our gingersnaps, gingerbread and smoothies!

1/4 teaspoon = 1 teaspoon of fresh ground ginger

Some of our favorite recipes:

Double Ginger Gingersnaps – featuring both crystallized and ground ginger!

Salmon with Vanilla Bean Ginger Sauce – this recipe calls for fresh ginger, so substitute with 1/4 teaspoon of Rodelle Organic Ground Ginger!

Peachy Almond Ginger Ice Cream – boost the ginger flavor in this recipe by blending a little ground ginger with the peaches.

Rodelle Organic Ground Turmeric

Organic Turmeric is a wonderful addition to curry, marinades, rice seasonings, or even mixed into your morning smoothie! Turmeric is touted for its many claimed health benefits including reducing inflammation. This bright yellow spice is a wonderful substitute for fresh Turmeric root, which can be difficult to find in some grocery stores. The uses for turmeric are virtually limitless as seen in this article!

1/4 teaspoon = 1 teaspoon of fresh ground turmeric

Turmeric Roasted Potatoes – The Rodelle Organic Ground Turmeric adds an exotic earthiness to this simple roasted vegetable recipe. Serve with any meat dish or your favorite vegetarian protein to make a hearty meal.

Spinach Salad with Turmeric Dressing – Loaded with healthy ingredients, this salad is perfect for a simple lunch, or a distinctive side dish for almost any meal.

Rodelle Organic Ground Ceylon Cinnamon

Organic Ceylon Cinnamon is one of the best cinnamons you can purchase. Ceylon Cinnamon is known as “true cinnamon” and deemed healthier than Cassia Cinnamon for every-day consumption. The flavor is bright and mellow and does not have the spicy notes that many ground cinnamons do.

Make our quintessential Vanilla Cinnamon Rolls with our ground cinnamon and you’ll never go back! Click here for the recipe!

Rodelle Organic Ground Ginger, Organic Ground Ceylon Cinnamon and Organic Ground Turmeric are available now at select Costco stores in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. We’re looking to increase availability at more Costco stores as well as online on our Amazon store. Hopefully, the products will be available to all US shoppers by the end of summer!

Healthy New Year’s Recipes!

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Every time a new year rolls around, we are elated to usher in some new attitudes, new outfits (thanks, Santa) and maybe a little healthy eating in there too. Bring on the healthy habits – less sugar, fewer desserts and lots of vegetables! Rodelle’s much loved vanilla products and baking essentials don’t need to be stowed away when you are eating healthy! Rodelle has come up with some really stellar, flavor-ful, healthy uses for our ingredients. You won’t miss the sugar, carbs or feel sad this New Years!

Smoothies

Guilt-free Raspberry Chocolate Smoothie – This simple and elegant recipe was created by Erin Ireland. It’s a very clever mixture of our Gourmet Baking Cocoa mixed with your favorite fruit! Erin chose raspberries!

Apple Almond Vanilla Smoothie – Packed with delicious nutrients to fuel your day, this great tasting smoothie is an easy and quick meal replacement or snack option!

Rodelle Green Smoothie – A detox smoothie that will make your breakfast last until lunch and sneak some greens in to start the day off on the right foot!

Orange Cinnamon and Vanilla Super Juice Smoothie – Packed with fiber, this delicious smoothie has citrus, vanilla and delicious fruit flavors that you will love!

Salads, Healthy Sides and Entrees

Tilapia With Mango Salsa –  Tilapia is a very lean, and protein filled fish that is a great canvas for flavor. Our new Rodelle Salsa Seasoning is really spicing things up in this mango salsa recipe.

Rodelle Vanilla Bean Roasted Beet Salad – This salad is deceptively easy to prepare, but oh my, the complex flavors of the roasted beets, honey goat cheese and balsamic glaze make this salad nothing short of delectable.

Cranberry Kale Salad with Vanilla Cranberry Vinaigrette – Deliciously easy as well as healthy! This satisfying salad goes with your holiday turkey, ham, or roast. Or simply take it along with a whole wheat roll for a healthy lunch!

Baja Shrimp Salad – Shrimp salad never tasted so good. Our Rodelle Baja Spice blend adds impeccable flavor to this tasty, simple seafood salad recipe.

Delicious, light treats

Guilt-Free Cocoa Bliss Balls – We know it’s hard to eat healthy all the time so we’ve created these no-bake cocoa bliss balls that are the perfect bite-sized snack and are still good for you!

Healthy Chia Seed Pudding – Prepare for the long winter months with easy, tasty, healthy comfort food. Chia seed pudding is light and flavorful when garnished with berries and nuts.

Healthy Chocolate Pudding – This healthy chocolate pudding packs powerful nutrition and flavor. And, you’d never guess the secret ingredient: avocados!

We hope you try something new and include some of Rodelle’s ingredients in your healthy New Year’s dishes! We’ve tested all of the above recipes and they are big winners!

Rodelle’s Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

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We’ve rounded up our favorite holiday recipes, from savory to sweet, to save you some time before this busy weekend of Thanksgiving preparations, grocery shopping and house cleaning. Check out our handy guide for some inspiration. And, be sure to hop over to our Pinterest page for even more ideas!

Savory

Baked Brie with Apple Cranberry Compote appetizer This flaky pastry is filled with some of our favorite things: cheese, apples, cranberries, and vanilla beans. This is a show-stopper appetizer and your crowd will love it!

Cranberry Kale Salad with Vanilla Cranberry Vinaigrette – Deliciously easy, healthy and satisfying. Your vegetarian guests will love this as a main, and you can easily keep leftovers handy to go with turkey on Black Friday as a healthy re-energizing salad.

Butternut Squash Vanilla Dauphinoise – A delicate, delicious mix of butternut squash, vanilla and Gruyere cheese. The perfect side to impress and delight!

Vanilla Bean Challah Bread – Our twist on tradition! This Challah is perfect to soak up gravy with!

Turkey!!! – With a little boost from Rodelle’s Gourmet Turkey Brine, this bird couldn’t be juicier!

Hasselback Sweet Potato with Whipped Vanilla Bean Butter – Baked sweet potato meets homemade potato chips. Take your sweet potatoes over the edge this year by whipping some Rodelle Vanilla Beans into your butter and top away!

Sweet

Cranberry Pear Vanilla Jam – All of the wonderful flavors of fall, perfectly balanced with sweet vanilla beans – slather this on everything from rolls to turkey!

Vanilla Bean Cranberry Sauce – Vanilla bean, cranberry, orange zest…all of our favorite things in one cranberry sauce that will definitely rival the competition!

Pumpkin Flan – A delicious, single-serve option that tastes just like pumpkin pie!

Pumpkin Sweet Potato Pie – The perfect level of sweetness – a little pumpkin and a little sweet potato – this pie is where it is at!

Vanilla Pecan Pie – Made with the best vanilla extract, this pecan pie is perfectly sweet and nutty!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake – The perfect dessert recipe for any holiday meal! It’s a delicious combination of drizzled caramel sauce, sweet Rodelle Vanilla, and mouthwatering cheesecake. Don’t miss this one!

So…are your grocery shopping lists ready yet? Have a great Thanksgiving!!