Posted in Organic Food, Vegan food, Vegetarian Food

Simple recipe: Oyster mushrooms in butter and garlic sauce.

If your mushrooms are dried you will need to soak them in water for at least 15 minutes. Soak them longer if you want them soft.

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When the mushrooms become soft you can start. This dish is ready in under 5 minutes. If you want to have it with rice, pre cook the rice and then just throw this on top.

You will need:
Mushrooms (of your choice)
Onions
Ground black pepper / lemon pepper
Butter
Ground garlic (approx 4 cloves)
Salt and Seasoning

For one portion, melt a tablespoon or two of butter in a frying pan. Add garlic to the butter and then add onions.

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Add mushrooms and any herbs and spices you wish to add. I added this great all round seasoning from Badia.

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Throw in the mushrooms, add salt, pepper and seasonings and voila!

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It tastes great and is super low in calories. Serve with pita bread, brown toast, or on a bed of rice.

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Posted in Eco friendly lifestyle, Ghanaian products, Green Events

Where does your money go?

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Every day we spend money on various things ranging from things we absolutely need to things that are for pleasure or considered luxury items. Whatever the case may be, we spend money on products everyday but have you thought carefully about where your money is going and what sort of impact your spending makes on your community, your country, and the world? This is very important so take a few minutes to think about it.

There are mighty multinationals like Nestlé, Unilever, and the like. There are medium to large manufacturing companies some of whom employ the use of chemicals and dangerous substances in their products. Then there are the small to medium companies run by members of our very own communities some of whom are making (or growing) quality eco friendly  products without the use of dangerous chemicals or harming animals. Where would you rather spend your money?
The billions of dollars earned everyday by multinationals may not be impacted severely by your individual decision to patronise and support a local, handmade product but your decision to support that small local business means the world to a mother who desperately needs to make ends meet. You could be helping her put meals on her table, to clothe her children and to put them through school.

Here at Green Butterfly we support such women through capacity building and various retail platforms. Find out about the next eco market happening near you. If you live in Accra it’s happening on the first Saturday of every month at the Goethe Institut in East Cantonments (next to NAFTI) and on the second Saturday of every month in Airport residential area  (near GIZ) and Koala supermarket. Products you can find at the eco market include:

●Locally grown, Organic herbs and vegetables
● handicrafts
● beads and accessories
● natural handmade soaps
● natural handmade cosmetics
● Oils
● natural health foods
● fabric and clothing
● footwear
● art
● local music
● thrift items

Support local ecofriendly business and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing how your spending impacts people in your community. Your money is not going towards funding toxic chemical products, or enriching an already rich group of people. Your money goes back into your community and the people who live there.

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Posted in Organic Food, Vegan food, Vegetarian Food

What you didn’t know about dried Oyster Mushrooms

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Oyster Mushrooms (Pleurotus Ostreatus) are great tasting fleshy mushrooms low in carbohydrates and calories, and high in riboflavin, vitamin B1, B2, iron, and other minerals. These mushrooms are considered very good for the health because they are cholesterol and fat free! The protein quality in oyster mushrooms is nearly equal to animal derived protein. Not to mention being high in fiber, niacin, and antioxidants.

Because of their amazing antioxidant and low sodium properties, Oyster mushrooms are suitable additions to the diet of people with obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. They are recommended to help lower cholestrol in the diet and are even suspected to reduce the profileration of cells that cause cancer. “Extracts of king oyster mushroom has shown to stimulate the immune function.” (Source: http://www.diethealthclub.com)

Use of mushroom in cancer treatment is an on-going research activity that has a lot of promise. It is even known to benefit people with Hepatitis: “Oyster mushrooms are known to benefit people trying to quit tobacco products or even counter the Hepatitis C virus!. Other people who will benefit by including them in their daily diet are people suffering from anemia, hyperacidity, constipation and of course, to boost general immunity.” (Source: Diet Health Club)

Invest in yourself by adding this nutritional food to your diet. Great for vegetarians and vegans. Visit Green Butterfly in North Dzorwulu behind the Fiesta Royale hotel. Or call us for delivery (233) 247900791.

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Posted in Organic Soap

Organic African Black Soap

In Africa, black soap is an age old traditional soap, well known for keeping skin beautiful but more so for healing of various skin problems. Women in Ghana have been involved in the making of black soap for many years. Using various herbs and healing remedies such as plantain leaves and cocoa pods, African women have worked their black soap magic. “Alata samina” is the popular name of black soap in Ghana.It is used to relieve acne, and to clear blemishes. It is also known to help soothe skin irritations and conditions such as eczema, and psoriasis. African Black Soap is excellent for removing makeup, dirt, and oil while giving the skin a beautiful glow.

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Black soap has evolved to a point where women enterpreneurs are developing various blends and formulations of black soap to include ingredients such as Shea Butter and Papaya. Black soap can be quite strong so if you have sensitive skin it is recommended to dilute it a little in a soft towel or sponge.

Our featured black soap today is by a local company called “White Kente” established by a lovely woman called Efe. This natural and organic black soap is made with papaya and is available at the Green Butterfly store. We are located in North Dzorwulu behind the Fiesta Royale hotel in Accra. We also deliver! Call us on 0247900791 or email gogreenbutterfly@gmail.com.

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Green Butterfly from Ghana!

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Welcome to the Green Butterfly blog!
Green Butterfly is a social enterprise focusing on skills training and capacity building for small to medium ecofriendly (and cultural) initiatives in Ghana. The program focuses on individuals as well as small to medium enterprises who are undertaking ventures in culture and the arts, handcrafting, production of organic and natural products, and organic farming.

Green Butterfly hosts cultural programs for people of all ages. One such program is the famous Open Air Stock Exchange – a “pop up” eco market held twice a month in Accra. On the first Saturday of every month, the Open air stock exchange is held at the Goethe Institut (German cultural center) in East Cantonments. On the second Saturday of every month, the market is held in Airport residential area.

Our skills training workshops include soap making, cosmetics formulation, music and dance, fine art, crafts, beads and accessories, organic gardening, organic large scale farming, bee keeping and more.

Call us now (233) 0247900791 or visit us on Facebook to find out how you can become a part of this exciting movement.

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