May 8, 2014

Thieves Tea – Naturally Fight Cold & Flu Symptoms With Essential Oils!

May
8
2014
Thursday

Thieves Tea For Flu and Colds



We’ve been using essential oils in place of our old medicine cabinet for over a year now and haven’t looked back*!

One of my favorites is an essential oil blend called Thieves™. It’s a blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary essential oils. I use a drop of it in the back of my throat whenever I feel a sore throat coming on and it knocks it out either immediately, or after a couple of times. (I wrote a whole post about 20 different ways to use Thieves™ essential oil blend here)*.

But when I get a full-blown cold or flu symptoms, then I step it up a notch and drink what I call “Thieves™ Tea”*.

It has seemed to really work for me (and for my friend Kristie!) so I wanted to share the recipe with you guys.

When I’m feeling sick, I drink this mix of hot tea and essential oils every 30 minutes to 1 hour until I start to feel better.


If you want to read more about the essential oils that our family uses, and why we chose to use the brand of essential oils that we use, then click here!

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Feb 27, 2014

Roasted Cauliflower – this recipe is so good!!

Feb
27
2014
Thursday

How To Make Roasted Cauliflower

A couple of years ago some friends introduced us to a Mediterranean restaurant in Dallas called Fadi’s (and oh my! I just looked up the website address so that I could link over there and saw that they have several locations here in Houston too!!) and our whole family fell in love with it!

One of the reasons that we fell in love with Fadi’s was because of their roasted cauliflower. And to think that the first time we went I considered passing on the cauliflower! It’s absolutely incredible!

I’m not a fan of raw cauliflower at all, and I can tolerate steamed cauliflower but it’s definitely not my first choice. But ROASTED cauliflower… it might just be one of the best-tasting foods I’ve ever had. Right up there with Talenti Vanilla Bean Gelato. ;)

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More recipes you might like:

Amazing Roasted Brussels Sprouts

How to make your own Baking Powder

Easy Crockpot Chili Recipe

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Feb 17, 2014

Roasted Brussels Sprouts – this recipe actually makes Brussels Sprouts taste amazing!

Feb
17
2014
Monday

Roasted Brussels Sprouts




I have never been a fan of brussels sprouts. My mom made them every so often growing up and I would obligingly eat them, but I always tried to follow them quickly with something that tasted good.

I actually don’t think I have *ever* (until recently) made brussels sprouts in my almost 14 years of marriage. Not that I wouldn’t eat them at someone else’s house if they made them, but I would never choose brussels sprouts on my own.

Until now.

My mom made us some roasted brussels sprouts when we were at her house recently and they didn’t taste anything like the brussels sprouts that I had growing up!

These were actually good. Really good. And addictive too. In fact, now that I’m writing about it I might just head over to Trader Joe’s later this evening to grab another bag of brussels sprouts so that I can make this again!

You can either make these roasted brussels sprouts whole, or you can cut them them in half before you roast them. Keeping them whole allows the outside to get crispy while the inside stays soft. If you cut them in half (like I did for the picture above) then you get more of that crispiness.

You can also try them with different spices and oils if you would like. I’ve also thought about adding bacon to them in the future.

Oh, and I love the roasted brussels sprouts with the ends on, but you can also chop off the ends if you feel like they taste bitter.

I’d love to hear how you make Brussels Sprouts! If you have a recipe that you love, please feel free to share it in the comments below. I think I might be brave enough now to try some Brussels Sprouts variations. :)

More healthy recipes to try:

How to make homemade ketchup!

Easy Crockpot Chili Recipe!

Easy & Healthy Homemade Cranberry Granola!

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Feb 12, 2014

Homemade Baking Powder (without any cornstarch!!)

Feb
12
2014
Wednesday

How To Make Baking Powder




Ryan and I have been grain-free for over a year now and can’t even imagine going back to eating grains. We both feel better than we ever have and really don’t feel like we’re missing out on much at all.

I’ve been concerned about the aluminum in baking powder for years (one of the reasons I like making my own deodorant), so I always would buy the baking powder that said “aluminum-free”.

Now that we are grain-free though, we can’t even buy the aluminum-free baking powder because it has cornstarch (and yes, corn is a grain, not a vegetable).

Baking powder is something that we use often in our grain-free baked dishes so I wanted to share with you how to easily make it yourself!

It’s actually really (REALLY) easy to make and only takes two ingredients. You can add a little cornstarch to it if you would like to, but it works great without the cornstarch as well.

Baking soda – Sodium bicarbonate, referred to as “baking soda” is primarily used in cooking (baking), as a leavening agent. It reacts with acidic components in batters, releasing carbon dioxide, which causes expansion of the batter and forms the characteristic texture and grain in pancakes, cakes, quick breads, soda bread, and other baked and fried foods. Acidic compounds that induce this reaction include phosphates, cream of tartar, lemon juice, yogurt, buttermilk, cocoa, vinegar, etc. Sodium bicarbonate can be substituted for baking powder provided sufficient acid reagent is also added to the recipe. (Source)

Cream Of Tartar – Potassium bitartrate, also known as potassium hydrogen tartrate, is a byproduct of winemaking. In cooking it is known as cream of tartar.

More foods you can make yourself:

Make your own peanut butter!

Make your own mayonnaise!

Make your own beef jerky!

Make your own vanilla extract!

Make your own butter & buttermilk!

Also, if you’re interest in grain-free, gluten-free, or paleo recipes, here’s a Pinterest board to follow that should be helpful!! :)

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Jan 29, 2014

3 Ways To Make Homemade Ketchup!

Jan
29
2014
Wednesday

Three different ways to make homemade ketchup!  You can cook it all day in the crock-pot OR you can make it quickly in your blender.  Why buy ketchup at the store when it is so easy to make yourself?



Have you ever wanted to try making your own homemade ketchup?   

It’s not hard to make and you likely have all of the ingredients sitting in your pantry!

The great thing about making ketchup is that you can add extra spices, use less sugar, add more tomatoes… whatever you think sounds good… and it will probably still turn out great.

Also, if you’re planning on planting tomatoes in the coming months (I’m going to attempt growing tomatoes again this year, so far I’ve been pretty unsuccessful) then this is a wonderful way to use them! You can cook your ketchup on the stove OR in the crock-pot.  

Here are three different Homemade Ketchup Recipes to try!

Homemade Ketchup Recipe #1:  

Ingredients:

  • 2 large cans (28 oz) of peeled whole tomatoes OR 20-24 PEELED fresh tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water OR 1 1/2 cups of water if using fresh tomatoes
  • 1/3 – 2/3 cup of sugar (in whatever form you would prefer… white sugar, sucanat, honey,  etc.)
    • *NOTE: If you decide to use powdered stevia as a sweetener, just use a very small amount (like 1/4 tsp) at first and increase after you taste it.  This is the powdered stevia we use.
  • 3/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 whole clove

Directions:

  • Pour the cans of tomatoes in the crock-pot, or add the peeled fresh tomatoes.
  • Add the right amount of water for whatever type of tomatoes you used. If you used canned tomatoes then you’ll want to put half of the water in each can before pouring into the crock-pot so that you can get the extra tomato out of the can.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the crock pot.
  • Cook uncovered and on HIGH for at least 10-12 hours until the mixture has thickened. If you used fresh tomatoes then you might need to let it cook a little longer.
  • Stir once an hour while it is cooking.
  • Using an immersion blender (I LOVE my immersion blender!!) smooth out the mixture. You can just stick the immersion blender right in the crock-pot.
  • Using a fine strainer placed over a bowl, slowly pour the ketchup (or use a soup ladle) into the strainer and push through the strainer with a spoon.
  • Store in the refrigerator!

Adapted from All Recipes

Homemade Ketchup Recipe #2:

If you want to whip up some ketchup in a hurry, then this recipe is a lot quicker than the first one.

It uses tomato paste instead of fresh or canned whole tomatoes, and you can blend it up in your blender or vitamix pretty quickly.

You can play around with the spices in your ketchup to see what you like… all-spice, hot sauce/cayenne pepper, cinnamon, cloves, ground mustard seed, etc. are all great spices to try in your homemade ketchup! Just use the basic recipe below and then add any of the above spices to your liking. Taste the ketchup base after it blends and then slowly add any (or all!) of the above spices until it tastes good to you.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cans of tomato paste (if you’re concerned about the BPA in cans then you can get tomato paste in glass jars instead)
  • 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder or 1 medium chopped onion
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder or 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1/8 cup sugar (in whatever form you would like… honey, white sugar, brown sugar, molasses, etc.)
  • *NOTE: If you decide to use powdered stevia as a sweetener, just use a very small amount (like 1/4 tsp) at first and increase after you taste it.  This is the powdered stevia we use.
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground mustard powder
  • 1 cup of water
  • A mix of whatever seasonings you want to add (see the notes before the ingredients)
  • *Optional: a teaspoon or two of chia seeds or flax seeds for thickness.

Directions:

  • Put all of the ingredients into a blender (or Vitamix or Blendtec) and blend until smooth.
  • Put in a mason jar and let it sit in the refrigerator for several hours before serving.

Homemade Ketchup Recipe #3:

You can also FERMENT your ketchup! There’s all kinds of great healthy bacteria in fermented food.

This recipe is adapted from one of my favorite healthy-living cookbooks called Nourishing Traditions.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of canned tomato paste (or in glass jars)
  • 1/4 cup whey (you can make whey by straining yogurt through a cheesecloth – the liquid that strains out is the whey)
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 cup fish sauce (you can buy fish sauce at any asian market)

Directions:

  • Mix all of the ingredients in a blender.
  • Put the mixture in a wide-mouth quart-sized mason jar. Be sure that the ketchup is at least 1 inch BELOW the top of the jar.
  • Leave the ketchup out on the counter for 2 days and then transfer to the refrigerator.
  • Serve like normal!

Have you tried making homemade ketchup before? Feel free to share your recipe in the comments below!

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Jan 8, 2014

Easy Grain-Free Crockpot Chili Recipe!

Jan
8
2014
Wednesday

Super Easy Grain Free Crockpot Chili Recipe


One of my favorite things to eat during these cold winter months is chili.  It’s down in the 50s right now here in Houston and we need something to help warm up us cold-weather-wimps down here in the South.  ;)

This is by far my favorite chili recipe and it’s completely grain-free!

Back before Ryan and I were grain-free I would just buy the McCormick chili seasoning packets in the store but it has both Wheat Flour and Corn Maltodextrin so it’s now a no-no for us.

But this recipe below is easy, SO good, and very versatile.  You can add pretty much anything else that you like in your chili to it.

Ryan and I eat it without any rice, but I always make a side of rice for the kids since they aren’t grain-free.  Sometimes we’ll eat our chili with Quinoa but it’s great on its own too.

 

If you’d prefer not to eat food from cans (I’m pretty picky about only buying canned goods that don’t have a BPA-lining) then you can use 5 tomatoes roasted at 425 in the oven until they are a little black on the edges AND you can use beans that you’ve pre-cooked instead of beans from the can.

I love topping off my chili with cheese, sour cream, and diced avocados.  SO GOOD!!

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