Spiced Turmeric Latte

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Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened nut or seed milk ½ cup hot water 1 tsp. ground turmeric 1 tbs. sesame seeds (or 1 teaspoon tahini) 1 tsp. raw local honey (or a few drops of stevia, or  black strap molasses if you're looking for extra iron and like the taste) A sprinkle of black pepper (or 1 drop doTERRA black pepper oil) 1 drop doTERRA cinnamon essential oil (or 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon) Sprinkle of cinnamon

Method:

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.

Place liquid in a small pot and warm over low heat until hot but not boiling.

Pour the liquid into a mug or heat-safe jar and sprinkle with cinnamon to taste. Sip and enjoy!

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

May you enjoy the sweetness of this life! Here's a quick and easy recipe to fulfill your sweet tooth.

Ingredients:

1 1/3 cup  cashews (raw or roasted and salted) 2/3 cup gluten free oats 1/3 cup shredded coconut 3-4 tablespoons maple syrup 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 tablespoons almond butter 1/2 cup chocolate or carob chips Hefty pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg *Optional: add a splash of almond milk if your dough isn't sticking together well. JUST A SPLASH! *Optional: mini-pinch sea salt if you're not using roasted salted cashews

Method:

Blend the cashews, oats, and coconut in a food processor until you've created a fine-ish powder.

Add the syrup, vanilla extract, and almond butter and blend again until it sticks together to form a dough. Add the splash of almond milk if it doesn't turn dough-y.

Add the chocolate chips and pulse briefly or mix in by hand.

Roll the dough into little balls and put them on a parchment lined cookie sheet, or in a pyrex food container. Allow to chill in the fridge for at least 3o minutes. Serve and enjoy!

5-Taste Delicata Squash Rings

Sweet, tart, salty, spicy, and astringent! Allow all the flavors to tantalize your taste buds. This makes an excellent side dish.

Ingredients:

2 medium delicata squashes, scrubbed, cut into 1"-thick wedges or rings, seeded 7 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 1/2 tsp. powdered cumin seed, divided Sea salt, freshly ground pepper 2 tbs. fresh lime juice 1-2 drops doTERRA lemon essential oil 1-2 tbs. tahini (sesame seed paste) 1 little pinch powdered Chimayao chile powder or crushed red pepper flakes 1 tbs. fresh chopped mint (you could also use basil or another fresh herb of your choice, but mint is yummy!)

Method:

Preheat oven to 425°F.

Place squash on a rimmed baking sheet.

Toss the squash with 4 tbs. of olive oil and the cumin, then season the squash with salt and pepper. Toss until well-combined and roast for 25-30 minutes (time may vary depending on squash).

Meanwhile, whisk lime juice, essential oil, tahini, chile, and remaining olive oil in a small bowl to blend. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Transfer squash to a platter. Gently toss the squash in the tahini mixture and sprinkle with the freshly chopped mint. Serve and enjoy!

Creamy Paleo Chicken Casserole

It's casserole time! Enjoy this creamy, dairy free meal during the chilly weather months!

Inspired by PaleOMG

Ingredients:

1.5-2lbs chicken thighs, excess fat removed 1 medium heads of broccoli, chopped into florets 1 head of cauliflower, chopped into florets 1 cup of mushrooms, sliced ½-1 yellow onion, diced *optional: 1 garlic clove minced 1 cup vegetable broth 1 (14oz.) can of coconut milk 2 tsp. garlic powder ½ tsp. smoked paprika ½ tsp. cayenne pepper Salt and pepper to taste 2 tbs. olive oil (or other fat) 2 tbs. ghee or coconut oil

Method:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place the cauliflower and broccoli florets in a 9×12 glass/pyrex baking dish. Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Bake broccoli and cauliflower for 15-20 minutes while prepping other ingredients.

While the florets are cooking, place a large skillet over high heat.

Once skillet is very hot, add the ghee and chicken.

Salt and pepper the chicken while it cooks.

Cook each side for 4-5 minutes, until both sides are lightly browned.

Once chicken is ALMOST cooked through, remove it from the pan and place into the baking dish with the florets that have come out of the oven.

Put the pan over a medium heat and add the garlic and onions. Cook until translucent.

Add the mushrooms and cook for a few minutes more.

Add the coconut milk and vegetable broth, as well as the other seasonings, and mix well.

Once it is all thoroughly combined, pour directly onto the chicken, broccoli, and cauliflower dish.

Add a bit more salt and pepper.

Mix it all together until well-combined and bake for 20-ish minutes, until the chicken skin is crispy and the liquid is bubbling.

Allow to cool to help the sauce thicken.

Enjoy!

Roasted Squash Bowls with Maple Spiced Yogurt

Roasted squash halves make the perfect bowl for your favorite sweet or savory treat! This is my favorite breakfast these days.

Ingredients:

1/2 of a roasted sweet winter squash (I used acorn) 1/2-1 cup full fat organic Greek yogurt 1 tbs. maple syrup (or more to taste) 1 drop doTERRA cinnamon or cardamom essential oil Handful of chopped pecans Pinch of cinnamon for garnish

Method:

Mix all of the ingredients but for the squash and pecans together. Place the spicy yogurt mixture in the squash half. Sprinkle with pecans and cinnamon. Enjoy!

 

 

Spicy Apple Smoothie

Don't let the cool weather deter you from green smoothie-ing! Add a pinch of ginger and/or cayenne pepper to your smoothie to keep your digestion strong and taste buds happy!

Ingredients:

1 medium apple, cored 1 cup filtered water 1/2 cup coconut milk 3-6 tbs. Solay Sacred Strength Protein Powder (or your favorite protein powder, or 3-6 tbs. raw pepitas) 1 cup fresh spinach, blanched 1 drop doTERRA ginger essential oil (or 1/2 tsp. powdered ginger) *optional: 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Method:

Place all of the ingredients in a high powered blender and blend to smithereens.

Serve and enjoy!

Paleo Apple Cinnamon Flapjacks

These are hearty pancakes, folks. Serve them with maple syrup for an extra sweet treat, otherwise they're pretty darn delish with a simple pat of salted butter. Yummo!

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups almond flour 1/4 cup hemp hearts 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon (or 1 drop doTERRA cinnamon essential oil) pinch of ginger root powder pinch of sea salt 2 eggs 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk (or nut milk of your choice) 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 tbs. lemon juice Zest of half a lemon Grated apple, about 1 cup *Optional 1/4-1/2 cup chopped pecans Ghee or coconut oil to cook the pancakes

Method:

Combine the wet ingredients (except for the apple) and whisk until smooth.

Combine dry ingredients (except the pecans) and gently fold into the wet ingredients.

Add the apple and the pecans and gently fold them into the batter.

Warm ghee/coconut oil  in a large skillet over medium heat.

Pour a few tbs. pancake batter onto skillet (I usually aim for about 3 so they don’t stick together).

Pancakes will form little bubbles. When bubbles open (this can take up to a few minutes), flip pancakes over and cook the other side (for about 30 seconds-1 minute).

Plate your pancakes.

Repeat process with remaining batter, adding more oil to the skillet as needed.

Serve with more grated apple, ghee, grassfed butter, maple syrup, or any other delicious topping, and enjoy!

Peachy Keen (Paleo) Porridge

Start your day with a protein packed and nourishing bowl of goodness!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup almond meal 2 tbsp. hemp hearts 2 tbsp. chia seeds 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk 1/4 cup filtered water pinch sea salt pinch or two of cardamom, cinnamon, or ginger powder, or 1/2 drop of the doTERRA essential oil counterparts)' 1 ripe peach *optional: honey, or maple syrup sweetened to taste *optional: 1 organic/pasture-raised egg

Method:

Warm the water and coconut milk in a saucepan over a medium heat.

Whisk in the chia seeds. Allow them to cook (and gel) for a few minutes.

Add in the almond meal and hemp hearts. Whisk until well-combined.

Whisk in the salt and spices and allow to simmer for a few more minutes.

*If adding an egg, break the egg in the porridge and whisk rapidly to ensure even distribution. Allow to simmer for a few more minutes.

*If adding sweetener, sweeten to taste and pour porridge into a serving bowl (or two).

Top the bowl(s) with fresh peach and a pinch of cardamom or cinnamon. Serve and enjoy!

Paleo Blueberry Coconut Pancakes

Yum. That's all. These babycakes are packed with protein, good fat, and flavor! Plus they're a breeze to make. Next time you have a lazy morning or need a protein packed breakfast, try them out!

Ingredients:

2 eggs 1-2 tbs. organic molasses 1 tbs. organic vanilla extract ½ cup full fat coconut milk 1 cup blueberries 1 ½ cups almond flour ½ tsp. sea salt 1 pinch powdered cardamom 1 drop doTERRA cinnamon essential oil (or 1 pinch cinnamon) ½ tsp. baking soda Ghee or coconut oil for cooking

Method:

Combine eggs, molasses, vanilla, and coconut milk, and whisk until smooth.

Add almond flour, salt, spices, and baking soda, and whisk again to incorporate dry ingredients into batter.

Add your the blueberries and fold into the batter.

Warm ghee in a large skillet over medium heat.

Pour a few tbs. pancake batter onto skillet (I usually aim for about 3 so they don't stick together).

Pancakes will form little bubbles. When bubbles open (about 1.5 minutes), flip pancakes over and cook the other side (for about 30 seconds-1 minute).

Plate your pancakes.

Repeat process with remaining batter, adding more oil to the skillet as needed.

Serve with more blueberries, ghee, grassfed butter, shredded coconut, or any other delicious topping, and enjoy!

Jazzed Up Rice Pudding

This rice pudding recipe uses other types of dried fruit and nuts for an even tastier take on the comfort food classic.

Ingredients:

1/4 chopped dried fruit: figs, dates, prunes, apricots, raisins, etc. 1/4 cup chopped pecans 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice 1 1/2 cups whole raw milk (you can use coconut milk if you're not into dairy) 3 eggs 1/4 cup maple syrup (or less if you're like me and think that every dessert is over sweetened) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice Pinch nutmeg Pinch sea salt Ghee for greasing the pan

Method:

Preheat the oven to 375° F.

Grease an 8X8 pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk together all the ingredients and pour into the pan.

Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 40-50 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool. (If you can wait that long!)

Pour milk over each serving if desired. Refrigerate leftovers.

Jazzed Up Rice Pudding

Benefits:

It's delicious soul food...Need I say more? If so, see below:

Brown Rice: When properly prepared, brown rice is an excellent source of manganese, and provides a good amount of selenium, phosphorus, copper, magnesium, and niacin (vitamin B3) in the diet. It's also super high in fiber (which in combo with selenium packs a one-two punch for colon health). See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Organic Eggs: (Preferably pasture-fed) Eggs are a good source of low-cost high-quality protein. They provide over 6 grams of protein (13% of the daily value for protein) each, and are a good source of choline, a key component of many fat-containing structures in cell membranes, which is particularly important for brain function and health. Eggs are also a rich source of tryptophan and selenium. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Local Raw Milk: This is a VERY touchy subject. So I will leave it to the professionals. See here if you’re interested in learning more about raw milk. Otherwise, good organic milk is a fine alternative.

Pecans: Pecans contain a plethora of vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, a variety of B vitamins and zinc. One ounce of pecans provides 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for fiber. Pecans are also a source of monounsaturated or "good" fat and protein. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

 

Simple Raw Brownie Bites

Chill these tasty bites for a chewy chocolatey treat!

Ingredients:

2/3 cup raw almonds 2/3 cup raw walnuts 1-2 tbs. almond butter Pinch of salt 3/4 cup pitted dates 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

*optional: 1 drop doTERRA wild orange essental oil and a little orange zest *optional: 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract *optional fun add ins: cacao nibs, paleo chocolate chips, coconut flakes, dried cherries or blueberries, cinnamon, cardamom

Method:

Place nuts, nut butter, and salt in a food processor and blend until they are finely ground.

Add the dates, cocoa powder (and vanilla, essential oils, spices, or other add-ins if using) to the bowl. Mix all ingredients until well combined. While the food processor is running, you can add a little water, a few drops at a time, to help the dough stick together.

Use your hands to form 1-inch (or littler) balls and place them in an airtight container. Allow them to chill for at least an hour (trust me, they're delicious cold!).

They will keep for up to a week. Bon apetít!

Benefits:

Almonds: Almonds are a Supernut. High in monounsaturated fats (associated with reduced risk of heart disease), almonds contain high amounts of vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. They are also high in protein, which makes them an ideal snack. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Cacao: Organic cacao is a legit superfood. It abounds with Vitamin A, C, and E, and a plethora of B vitamins, as well as, magnesium, copper, calcium, manganese, zinc, sulphur, iron, chromium, phosphorus, and Omega 6 fatty acids. It is also high in protein and fiber. Move over spinach! See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Dates: Dates are rich with vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, and copper. They are also high in other antioxidants such as beta carotene and lutein, which help protect and nourish our cells. But they’re high in sugar, so a dab’ll do ya. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Walnuts: Walnuts are powerful medicine. They are packed with valuable antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients such as omega fatty acids, manganese, and copper. Walnuts have been studied and proven to help decrease risk of certain cancers,  including prostate and breast. They also help prevent cardiovascular problems and type 2 diabetes. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

 

 

Pan Fried Tilapia and "Instant" Slaw

Need dinner, pronto? I made this in 20 minutes, start to finish. You can too!

Ingredients:

Fish: 2 good-sized fresh wild tilapia filets 2 tablespoons almond or coconut flour Salt and pepper to taste Ghee for frying

Tartar Sauce: 4 tablespoons mayo Juice of 1/4 lemon 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish 1 teaspoon capers Teeny pinch cayenne pepper Salt and pepper to taste

Slaw: 1/4 of a small to medium head green cabbage 1/2 an apple Teeny splash apple cider vinegar Juice of 1/4 lemon 3 tablespoons mayo or Greek yogurt (or 1/2 and half) Teen sprinkle of organic sugar or sweeter of choice 1 drop doTERRA lemon essential oil Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Fish: Rinse tilapia fillets in cold water and pat dry with paper towels.

Season both sides of each fillet with salt and pepper, then sprinkle with a little almond flour.

Heat the ghee in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook the tilapia until the fish flakes easily with a fork (about 4 minutes per side.)

Top with tartar sauce and serve with a lemon wedge.

Tartar Sauce: Make this ahead.

Combine all ingredients. When fish is ready, place a little dollop on each fillet.

Slaw: While fish is cooking (if you are capable of multi-tasking...if not, make this first and let it sit while fish is cooking), finely slice cabbage into 1/8-inch shreds and place in a large mixing bowl.

Core the 1/2 apple and slice in 1/8 slices.

Combine the vinegar, lemon juice, salt, sweetener, and mayo in a large measuring cup. Whisk until smooth.

Add to the prepped vegetables and mix well.

Serve alongside the fish, or cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Benefits:

Apples:  My, what balanced phytonutrients you have, oh beloved apple. Apples contain a wide array of polyphenols which help regulate our blood sugar. They're also a great source of Vitamin C and other antioxidants, and fiber. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Cabbage: Cabbage is a powerful cancer fighter and lowerer (new word?) of cholesterol. It contains massive amounts of Vitamin A and is a good source of Vitamin C. While purple cabbage is more nutrient dense than the lighter green varieties (due to their added phytonutrients), all varieties are nutritional powerhouses. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Lemon: Lemons are vitamin C powerhouses. Great for immunity, vitamin C can also be helpful for preventing the development and progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Lemon Essential Oil: Lemon oil has many properties including antidepressant, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and antioxidant. It is refreshing and invigorating, had can be used to help lower blood pressure, improve memory, ease sore throats and anxiety, help dissolve cellulite, boost energy, calm digestive problems, cleanse the lymphatic system cleansing, and promote a sense of well-being. It is also miraculous for removing grease, gum, oil, and unwanted marks and spots. See here to learn more about doTERRA essential oils.

Tilapia: This is a low calorie, low fat fish with a mild flavor. Try to find wild-caught, if possible. If not, then at least try to get farm raised tilapia from a country with strict policies on quality control (such as the U.S.). See here for more health information and nutritional info.

Paleo Mayo

This paleo mayo is a delicious addition to chicken salad, whitefish salad, sammies, and wraps. Yum!

This recipe was adapted from Nom Nom Paleo.

Not everyone loves mayo. But I am not one of those people. Homemade mayonnaise has a special place in my heart, and my chicken salad. Our dear friend, Chef Victor came to visit recently, and I asked him to show me how to make this splendid condiment. He obliged, and my life has been forever changed. Gone are the days of me wandering the aisles at the grocery store (well, that still happens... A LOT), wondering what kind of mayo to purchase. I'm not a big fan of mainstream "real" mayo, because it contains eggs and soy bean oil from goodness-knows-where (factory farms and genetically modified soy, anyone?). And the vegan variety just doesn't do it for me. So, what better way to know what kind of nourishment goes in your body? You guessed it! Make your own.

Make sure your ingredients are all at room temperature before you begin.

And patience, young grasshoppa. Mayo can be tricky. Add the first bit of oil sloooooowwwwwly. Like one drop at a time. Then you can start to add the oil a little faster, and the end result is well worth it. Bon appetit!

Ingredients:

1 egg (organic, pasture raised, pretty please!) 1 egg yolk (organic, pasture raised, pretty please!) 1 cup of oil, divided (you can use light olive, melted coconut, avocado, macadamia, almond, or walnut...but note it WILL affect the flavor, so pick something neutral and/or a flavor your favor) Juice of half a lemon or lime (about 2-3 teaspoons) A generous pinch of salt One to two drops of doTERRA lemon essential oil

Optional ingredients: Kick it up a notch with some other flavorings like a teaspoon of mustard, some ground black or cayenne pepper, or other herbs and spices. When the mayo is made, add a few tablespoons of pesto for a ridiculously delicious aioli.

Method:

Place all the ingredients, except the oil, in a blender.

Mix on "medium" until all the ingredients are well blended.

Then begin to pour 1/4 cup of the oil, a couple drops at a time. The mayo will begin to emulsify.

Then slowly add the second 1/4 cup of oil (at about the same rate). Then add the last 1/4 cup of oil all at once. Continue to blend until the mayo has emulsified completely (another 30 seconds-ish).

Add any other salt or seasonings to taste, then transfer to a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.

It's ready to eat, or you can leave it in the fridge overnight to let it thicken.

Use within a week of making.

Health Benefits:

Coconut Oil: Coconut is highly nutritious, rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Both modern and traditional medicine have recognized coconut as having antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Meanwhile coconut provides a nutritional source of quick energy, and can be used to enhance endurance and physical performance. Coconut is also soothing to the digestive tract, and aids in absorption of other nutrients within the body. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Organic Eggs: (Preferably pasture-fed) Eggs are a good source of low-cost high-quality protein. They provide over 6 grams of protein (13% of the daily value for protein) each, and are a good source of choline, a key component of many fat-containing structures in cell membranes, which is particularly important for brain function and health. Eggs are also a rich source of tryptophan and selenium. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Olive Oil: Olive Oil is packed phytonutrients including polyphenols. Most of the polyphenols in olive oil function as both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients in the body. When eaten in moderation, olive oil can be very beneficial to our gastrointestinal and cardiovascular health. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Lemon: Lemons are vitamin C powerhouses. Great for immunity, vitamin C can also be helpful for preventing the development and progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Lemon Essential Oil: Lemon oil has many properties including anticancer, antidepressant, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and antioxidant. It is refreshing and invigorating, had can be used to help lower blood pressure, improve memory, ease sore throats and anxiety, help dissolve cellulite, boost energy, calm digestive problems, cleanse the lymphatic system cleansing, and promote a sense of well-being. It is also miraculous for removing grease, gum, oil, and unwanted marks and spots. See here to learn more about doTERRA essential oils.

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTERRA because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTERRA Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per batch. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

Click here to learn more about doTERRA Essential Oils.

Action Packed Trail Mix

Spring has sprung! Time to hit the trail (mix)! My über adorable nephew was just here visiting, and I needed to come up with some energy-boosting snacks, stat. When you only have 2 minutes before heading off on an adventure (in our case we went snowshoeing in the high country...had to enjoy the last of the snow!), then this is a perfect treat.

I always have some dried fruit, and crispy (soaked and dehydrated) nuts and seeds on hand, just in case. This time we also added some raw cacao nibs and a few crack almonds chocolate covered almonds to make our mix chocolatey and delicious. Hope you enjoy this special snack and whatever kinds of adventures you can dream up!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup crispy almonds 1/4 cup crispy pecans 1/4 cup golden raisins Hefty sprinkle tart dried cherries Hefty sprinkle cacao nibs Chocolate covered almonds to taste

Method:

Mix all the ingredients and place in a container that can withstand your adventure (I don't recommend glass if you're going hiking, biking, running, etc....But I really hate plastic). Try a wax paper bag if you think it won't get destroyed. Grab a handful as needed and enjoy!

Benefits:

Almonds: Almonds are a Supernut. High in monounsaturated fats (associated with reduced risk of heart disease), almonds contain high amounts of vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. They are also high in protein, which makes them an ideal snack. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Cacao: Organic cacao is a legit superfood. It abounds with Vitamin A, C, and E, and a plethora of B vitamins, as well as, magnesium, copper, calcium, manganese, zinc, sulphur, iron, chromium, phosphorus, and Omega 6 fatty acids. It is also high in protein and fiber. Move over spinach! See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Pecans: Pecans contain a plethora of vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, a variety of B vitamins and zinc. One ounce of pecans provides 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for fiber. Pecans are also a source of monounsaturated or "good" fat and protein. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Raisin: Raisins are high in fiber witch can aid in relief of constipation. They a good source of iron (thus helping with anemia), arganine (which can enhance libido and aid with sexual weakness). They also contain calcium and boron, both of which are crucial for proper bone health. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies...Nom nom

Ok seriously, these cookies have like 5 indgredients, all of which are nutritious and delicious. Next time you get a sweet tooth, I hope you give these a try!

This recipe was inspired by Taylor Made it Paleo.

I've had an insatiable sweet tooth of late, and don't like to load up on refined sugars. So I found this delightful paleo chocolate chip cookie recipe and thought I'd give it a go. Much to my pleasant surprise, these cookies are simple to make and delicious indeed. They're like little, glossy, fluffy, chocolate chippy bites of heaven. You'll see what I mean about "glossy." They've got a little sheen like they've been painted with lacquer. May you enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 cup chunky nut or seed butter (I used almond butter and it was divine.) 1/3 cup maple syrup 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste 1/2 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts) 1/2-3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (preferably no refined sugar added)

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mix all ingredients thoroughly.

Using a large spoon, scoop the cookie dough into little balls and place them onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet (leave ample space between each as they expand).

Bake for 12-15 minutes.

Allow to cool, and enjoy!

Benefits:

In moderation, chocolate chip cookies can be good for the soul.

Massaged Kale Salad with Globe Grapes Goat Cheese and Sauteed Veggies

Start with a base of "massaged kale" and add whatever fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds, cheese, or protein you have on hand. The result will be delicious! I always have at LEAST one bunch of fresh kale in the fridge. Kale makes a great base for a lunch or dinner salad. Plus, it's a great food to favor in the month of February, as our metabolism is getting ready to rock-n-roll for spring. Hangry and need instant food? Have a whole bunch of leftovers, but nothing that's dinner worthy? Put them on a base of massaged kale and, tadaaa! Dinner is soived.

Massaged kale is a lovely canvas for raw or cooked veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds, cheese, legumes, meat protein, whatever sounds good. Each meal can be one of a kind, and a delicious way to enjoy your masterpiece. Bon appétit!

Ingredients:

1 head of kale (purple, lacinto, dino...your call), rinsed Healthy slathering of extra virgin olive oil (2-ish tablespoons) Juice of 1/2 a lemon 1 drop doTERRA lemon, lime, or grapefruit essential oil 1 pinch sea salt Ground pepper to taste Any other fixins that sound good. (The version pictured includes sauteed zucchini and jicama, globe grapes, and herbed goat cheese.)

Method:

Gently tear the kale leaves off of the vein in the center of each leaf.

Shred or chop the kale into bite-sized pieces.

Place the kale in a bowl and add lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Massage the kale in this mixture until it is soft (a few minutes).

Allow the kale to sit for a few more minutes as you peruse the pantry and fridge for the rest of your fixins.

Dress up your salad with other yummy ingredients, serve and enjoy!

Benefits:

Kale: Kale is a powerful green which has been proven to help lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of various types of cancer including bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate. It has powerful detoxifying properties and is an excellent source of vitamins C, K, and A. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Lemon: Lemons are vitamin C powerhouses. Great for immunity, vitamin C can also be helpful for preventing the development and progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Lemon Essential Oil: Lemon oil has many properties including anticancer, antidepressant, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and antioxidant. It is refreshing and invigorating, had can be used to help lower blood pressure, improve memory, ease sore throats and anxiety, help dissolve cellulite, boost energy, calm digestive problems, cleanse the lymphatic system cleansing, and promote a sense of well-being. It is also miraculous for removing grease, gum, oil, and unwanted marks and spots. See here to learn more about doTERRA essential oils.

Olive Oil: Olive Oil is packed phytonutrients including polyphenols. Most of the polyphenols in olive oil function as both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients in the body. When eaten in moderation, olive oil can be very beneficial to our gastrointestinal and cardiovascular health. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTERRA because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTERRA Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per batch. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

Click here to learn more about doTERRA Essential Oils.

Meatloaf Patties and Whipped Yams

Is isn't your average "meat-n-taters." This flavor bomb contains lots of protein packs a nutrient punch! Ever notice that when you try to avoid certain foods, then that's all you seem to crave? (Chocolate, booze, cheese, gluten...ring a bell?) There's another, usually more effective, way of eliminating foods from our diets that don't serve us well. It's called "crowding out,"and it means to include all kinds of other delicious foods in your daily diet, so there's very little room (or even craving) of those other foods that you're looking to avoid.

In an effort to stop craving sweets late at night, I've been experimenting with including a few sweet vegetables in my diet. It seems to be working. So, instead of drinking green juice all day, then binging on chocolate late at night (not that that's ever happened....), it's worth including even just a serving or two of sweet vegetables, such as squash, sweet potatoes, and carrots into your daily diet. You might notice that come chocolate thirty in the evening, you are perfectly satiated and would rather drink a cup of tea instead. Voilá! Chocolate crisis averted.

This meal is very hearty. It's a nice combination of protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates, to keep you feeling fuller longer. To boot, it's a delicious combo. Feel free to get creative with the meat add-ins. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Meat Patties: 1 pound organic (if possible) grassfed ground buffalo or beef 1 egg 1 tablespoon almond flour Big pinch garlic salt 1-2 big pinches sea salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 medium carrot, shredded 1 celery stalk, finely chopped 1 handful shelled pistachios 1 small handful golden raisins 1 teaspoon dried oregano or thyme 1 tablespoon dried or fresh flat parsley 1 small pinch cayenne pepper 1-2 tablespoons organic Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon ghee or coconut oil for pan sauteing Fresh chopped herbs to garnish (optional)

Method: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Place all ingredients, except the ghee or coconut oil, into a bowl and mix until well combined.

Make into single-serving patties.

Heat an oven-proof saute pan over medium-high heat.

Sear each side of the patties until browned (a couple minutes each side), then place the pan in the oven until juices run clear (about 5 more minutes).

You can cut a patty in half to check for done-ness. Cook until it's no longer pink in the center. (But try not to overcook, otherwise you will end up with expensive hockey pucks for dinner.)

Whipped Yams: (You can make these ahead and reheat so they're ready when you're meat is done.) 2 medium to large yams, peeled and chopped into 1" hunks 1-2 carrots, peeled (optional) and chopped into 1" hunks 2 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil Sea salt and pepper to taste

Method: Place a steamer basket in a medium saucepan and fill to the pan with water until it reaches the bottom of the steamer basket.

Place your veggies in the steamer basket, and steam on medium-high heat until they're tender (about 12-15 minutes).

Drain the water from the saucepan and place the still warm veggies in a food processor or blender (or a bowl to mash with a hand-masher) with some ghee or coconut oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Blend or mash your carrots and taters until creamy.

Return them to your saucepan and heat through until your meat is ready to eat.

Serve the meat patty atop your whipped taters and garnish with fresh herbs (like basil!)

Benefits:

Buffalo: Grass fed buffalo is an excellent source of lean protein, riboflavin, vitamin B6, phosphorus, zinc, and selenium. It's also high in Omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin E. See here for more nutritional info.

Carrot: Carrots are well known for their rich supply of the antioxidant nutrient, beta-carotene, which is GREAT for our eye health. However, these root vegetables are also a great source of a variety of antioxidants and other health-supporting nutrients such as vitamins A, C, K. Studies have shown their effectiveness in the prevention of colon cancer, and their benefits to our cardiovascular health. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Celery: Celery is jam-packed with vitamins K and C, beta-carotene, and manganese. But also contains phytonutrients that are shown to have anti-inflammatory benefits and protect the digestive tract. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Yams: A great source of Vitamin B-6, potassium (a mineral that helps to control blood pressure), and manganese. According to Chinese herbal medicine, yams also support kidney function and the female endocrine system. The yam’s composition of complex carbohydrates and fiber make them a great food for maintaining steady blood sugar while helping you feel fuller for longer. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Warm Pickled Beet Salad with Goat Feta

Cleanse your blood and please your palate with this tasty pickled beet salad!

This recipe was inspired by A Thought For Food.

February marks the last bit of winter. In Ayurveda it is "kapha" season, which means that our digestion and our bodies might feel sluggish. It's an important time to start to boost our metabolism of fat in preparation for spring cleansing. So in order to assist our gall bladders and livers rev up their fat-busting super powers, we should favor natural cleansers such as vinegar, lemons, beets, kale, and beans.

Beware of too much dairy this time of year, as it can keep our systems slow and sludgy. If you're going to partake, then try to include goat dairy, as it is generally easier on the digestion than most cow dairy.

In terms of seasonal eats, there's not much growing outside in February, so it's nice to have stocked up on some canned or pickled items (I just learned how to make pickled beets in November...Thanks Tamlin!). And folks who are fortunate enough to have a greenhouse or cold frame might have some greens growing. So thus was born this warm pickled beet salad with arugula and goat feta. Feel free to add whatever kinds of herbs to your vinaigrette that sound tasty. I personally liked the basil/mint combo, but get creative and enjoy!

Tamlin and me, having a domestic goddess day in our frilly aprons. She taught me how to can beets. So fun!

Ingredients:

1 Pint jar of pickled beets (or you can just roast or boil 4 beets that have been trimmed, peeled, and sliced into rounds) 1/4 Cup extra virgin olive oil 2 Tablespoons ghee 3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 Clove garlic, minced 1/2 Teaspoon ground allspice Salt and pepper 1/2 Drop doTERRA basil essential oil 1/4 Cup chopped mint, or 2 tablespoons dried mint 1/4 Cup chopped basil, or 2 tablespoons dried basil 1 Small red onion, thinly sliced into rounds 4-6 Cups arugula (you can use spinach or watercress in its place too...) 1 Cup goat feta cheese, crumbled

Method:

Drain the pickled beets. (If using fresh beets, roast or boil them to your liking, skin, and slice them into rounds, and allow them to cool a bit.)

In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, vinegar, garlic, allspice, salt and pepper to taste, the mint, the basil. Then dip a toothpick in the doTERRA basil oil and stir it into the mixture.

Heat a medium saute pan over medium heat, add the ghee, and the onions. Allow the onions to brown, then add the pickled beets. Saute them together for a few minutes until sufficiently warmed. Add a bit of the dressing mixture into the pan to coat the beets and onions.

Toss the arugula in remaining dressing. Put it into serving bowls (2 for a meal-sized salad, 4 for an app-sized salad), then adorn each bowl with a bit of the beet onion mixture.

Crumble some goat feta atop each one. Serve and enjoy!

Benefits:

Arugula: Arugula is a rich source of folate, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, and B-complexes (such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, which are essential for optimum cellular enzymatic and metabolic functions). This is a low-cal lettuce leaf that packs a nutritional wallop, so don’t be afraid to ask for a second helping! See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Basil: Basil contains flavanoids called orientin and vicenin, which protect us at a cellular level. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Basil is also high in vitamin K, so is great for our blood health. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Basil Essential Oil: Basil has powerful anti-infectious, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antioxidant, and antiviral properties. It can be used to boost alertness and concentration, ease anxiety, nervous depression, headaches, mental fatigue, and insomnia. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

Beet: A great source of phytonutrients called betalains, which provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. They are also an excellent source of folate, which is a crucial nutrient especially for those who are (or are looking to get) pregnant. They are also very high in manganese and fiber. These root veggies contain nutrient compounds that help protect against heart disease, birth defects and certain cancers, especially colon cancer. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information (raw) (cooked).

Ghee: A favorite among Ayurvedic practitioners, said to help cure ailments from tight muscles to memory loss. Ghee is essentially clarified butter that has been separated from the milk solids and saturated fats. I highly recommend replacing your regular butter with this. Read up on the health benefits and nutritional information.

Peppermint: Peppermint is a good source of vitamins C and A, as well as manganese and copper. It is also great for the digestion and has antimicrobial properties. See here for more health benefits.

Kimchi (Spicy Tart Fermented Korean Veggie Love)

Put a dose of kimchi over eggs, with spicy sausage or bratwurst, over your favorite fish dish. According to Ayurveda, yoga's sister science which helps us to maintain balance in our beings,  January is a time to include fermented foods in our diets to ensure gut health. It's a time to favor sour, hot, and bitter foods. And this dish offers all three! Introducing kimchi. Perhaps you've met this dish at your favorite Korean barbeque house, or in a bento lunch box aside your teriyaki salmon. Or perhaps you think I'm speaking gibberish, which, of course, is also entirely possible.

Kimchi is a traditional Korean condiment made from fermented veggies, most commonly, Napa cabbage, radish, cucumber, or scallions. This recipe favors Napa cabbage. If you're afraid of fermenting your own veggies, don't be. It's a simple and delicious way to get more nutrients out of your produce while promoting healthy flora in your belly.

The process of lacto-fermentation (which can be done with fresh veggies, salt, herbs and spices, and filtered water) renders your veggies and fruits more easily digestible, and with more access to the vitamins therein. Also, it produces lactobacilli, those yummy beneficial probiotic organisms that keep your tummy happy. So, even if this process or these flavors are new to you, it's worth trying out. I modified this recipe from the Nourishing Traditions cookbook. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 Head Napa cabbage 1 Bunch green onions, chopped 2 Medium carrots, grated 1/2 Cup daikon radish, grated 1 Tablespoon finely grated ginger 2-3 Cloves garlic, peeled and minced (You can use more if you want to ward off vampires...) 1/2-1 Teaspoon dried chile flakes 2 Tablespoons sea salt

Method:

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and pound or mash them to release their juices (about 5-10 minutes).

Place the juicy mixture in one quart-sized or two pint-sized mason jars and press down firmly with a clean spoon until juices come over the top of the veggies.

The top of the veggies should be one inch below the top of the jar. Cover tightly and keep at room temperature for three days. I like to put them in a cool dark place covered in a tea towel for extra good fermenting juju.

After day three, transfer to cold storage.

Your kimchi is ready to enjoy! Try it in place of sauerkraut over bratwurst, over eggs, with your favorite Asian dish, or over fish. Enjoy!

For this recipe, I sauteed the kimchi and put it over oven-baked mustard-crusted halibut, over a smear of pureed cauliflower. It was marvelous.

Benefits:

Cabbage: Cabbage is a powerful cancer fighter and lowerer (new word?) of cholesterol. It contains massive amounts of Vitamin A and is a good source of Vitamin C. While purple cabbage is more nutrient dense than the lighter green varieties (due to their added phytonutrients), all varieties are nutritional powerhouses. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Carrot: Carrots are well known for their rich supply of the antioxidant nutrient, beta-carotene, which is GREAT for our eye health. However, these root vegetables are also a great source of a variety of antioxidants and other health-supporting nutrients such as vitamins A, C, K. Studies have shown their effectiveness in the prevention of colon cancer, and their benefits to our cardiovascular health. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Garlic: Garlic has long been touted as a health promoting food. It is high in sulfur (and while that might make us a little, ahem, stinky, this may be an important part of a our otherwise sulfur-deficient diets. Garlic is also rich with manganese and is a very good source of vitamins B6 and C, as well as selenium. This "stinky rose" also protects our blood vessels from inflammatory and oxidative stress, but its other health benefits abound. See here for nutritional info. Please note: due to its rajastic nature, garlic and onions are NOT part of the traditional Saatvic diet.

Ginger: Ginger is very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress such as gas, bloating, motion sickness, and morning sickness. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Roasted Cauliflower and Apple Bisque

Enjoy this warm soup during the winter months, or serve chilled in the summer! January is a lovely time to give your digestion a rest from heavy foods. Pureed soups and bisques are the answer! They allow you to feel warm and nourished without feeling like a lead weight in your tummy. This is a nice recipe because it includes cauliflower, one of the shining stars of the cruciferous vegetable family. It's a gentle detoxifier, is packed with antioxidants, and is anti-inflammatory. Sooooo, eat it. A lot.

Cheers to a happy belly and a happy body!

Ingredients:

1 Head cauliflower, chopped into florets 1-2 Apples, (I like honeycrisps or pink ladies) cored and sliced 1 Onion, de-skinned and chopped into eighths 2-ish cloves garlic, peeled Salt and ground pepper to taste 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 4-6 cups chicken or vegetable stock 1-2 drops doTERRA ginger essential oil Sprinkle of ground nutmeg to garnish *Optional: truffle oil or sour cream (NOT BOTH!) to garnish

Method:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place cauliflower, apples, ginger, and garlic in roasting pan and toss with salt, pepper, and oil, and toss to coat.

Roast for 30-40 minutes, tossing the vegetables about half way through, until the cauliflower is lightly browned and the onion is tender.

Transfer the veggies to a blender and add the stock. Add the ginger oil. Blend until creamy.

Transfer contents of the blender to a soup pan (or stock pot) to gently reheat the puree.

Add a little salt and pepper to taste and serve with a touch of ground nutmeg.

Benefits:

Apples:  My, what balanced phytonutrients you have, oh beloved apple. Apples contain a wide array of polyphenols which help regulate our blood sugar. They're also a great source of Vitamin C and other antioxidants, and fiber. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Cauliflower: Holy antioxidants! Need a gentle cleanse, this is your veggie. Cauliflower, a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, is full of cancer-fighting antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese, as well as phytonutrients such as beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, and quercetin (think cell detox and protection!). See here for more nutritional information and health benefits.

Garlic: Garlic has long been touted as a health promoting food. It is high in sulfur (and while that might make us a little, ahem, stinky, this may be an important part of a our otherwise sulfur-deficient diets. Garlic is also rich with manganese and is a very good source of vitamins B6 and C, as well as selenium. This "stinky rose" also protects our blood vessels from inflammatory and oxidative stress, but its other health benefits abound. See here for nutritional info. Please note: due to its rajastic nature, garlic and onions are NOT part of the traditional Saatvic diet.

Ginger Essential Oil: Ginger is a powerful analgesic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-nauseant, and stumulant. It provides tremendous benefits to the digestive system, and can also be used as an expectorant and decongestant. Ginger can also help provide relief from coughs and sore throats. See here to learn more about doTERRA essential oils.

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTERRA because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTERRA Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per batch. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

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