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Nourish Your Self From the Inside Out

Month: June, 2013

Chilled Pea Soup

When it's hotter than Hades outside, cool off from the inside out with some chilled pea soup.

When it’s hotter than Hades outside, cool off from the inside out with some chilled pea soup.

This recipe was inspired in part by www.chow.com.

I love summer cooking. Usually it involves slathering lots of fresh veggies with olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon juice, and tossing them on the grill. But we had some peas to use up, and they don’t grill particularly well. Thus, this pea soup recipe. I just took the same ingredients, sauteéd and pureéd them, and voilá: a nice, cooling and delicious dinner. Lots of ways to dress up this soup. You can add other herbs to taste, or just leave it simple. Sometimes, in cooking and in life, simplicity is the best course of action. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
3 cups shelled fresh peas, or frozen and thawed
2 tablespoons of freshly chopped leek, onion, or shallot
Drizzle of olive oil
2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed
freshly ground black pepper to taste
juice of 1/2 lemon, plus more as needed
1 drop doTERRA lemon essential oil
* 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves (optional)
*crème fraîche, for serving (optional)
*fresh arugula blossoms for serving (optional)

Method:

Drizzle olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the leek/onion/shallot, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and a pinch of pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened. (About 3 minutes.)

Add the broth, remaining salt, and bring to a boil. Add the peas and bring to a boil again. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until the peas are tender. (About 5 minutes.)

Remove the pan from the heat. If you want a minty flavor, add the mint leaves, and stir to combine. If you have time, allow the mixture to sit uncovered until the flavors meld. (About 10 minutes.)

Using a blender, purée the soup in batches until smooth.

Transfer the soup back to the saucepan to a clean saucepan and stir in the lemon juice and essential oil.

Taste and season with more salt, pepper, and lemon juice as needed.

Top each serving with a dollop of crème fraîche or a few arugula blossoms. (They have a faint aroma of chocolate!)

*This soup can also be served warm if you don’t have time to chill it.

Benefits:

Lemon Juice: 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, and promote a sense of well-being. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

Onion:  Like garlic, onions are 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. They are a very good source of vitamins B6 and C, fiber, and manganese. They help protect our blood, bone, and connective tissue. See here for other health benefits and nutritional info. Please note: due to its rajastic nature, garlic and onions are NOT part of the traditional Saatvic diet.

Peas: Green peas are an excellent source of vitamins C and K, large amounts of manganese, and are high in dietary fiber. They’re high in protein and are loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients. Yum! 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 dish. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

Click here to learn more about doTerra Essential Oils.

Chocolate Dipped Strawbellies

Nothing says romance like chocolate dipped strawberries (except for maybe a sip-o-champagne to go with it...hint hint).

Nothing says romance like chocolate-dipped strawberries (except for maybe a sip-o-champagne to go with it…hint hint).

Guess who’s on a chocolatey fruit rampage…Me! I’m almost a little sorry that I found out that melting chocolate is so easy and delicious. Almost. That being said, this is truly one of the fastest and most rewarding desserts, that requires minimal effort, that I know of.

Ingredients:

1 container of fresh, organic strawberries (I MEAN IT! ORGANIC OR DON’T DO IT…Strawberries are high atop the list of the pesticide-laden “Dirty Dozen” fruits and veggies list)
1 bar organic, fair trade, dark chocolate, broken into pieces (at least 70% cacao)
*Optional: 1 drop doTerra lavender, tangerine, or wild orange essential oil to kick it up a notch

Method:

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Rinse and dry the berries.
Melt the chocolate in a small saucepan over a VERY low heat.
Turn off the heat when the chocolate is perfectly melted.
*Optional: add the drop or two of essential oil.
Hold the berry by its stem and gently roll in the chocolate until it is evenly coated.
Place the berry on the parchment.
Repeat with the rest of the berries.
Place the berry tray in the fridge for at least 10-20 minutes to allow the chocolate to set.
Serve and enjoy!

*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 dish. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

Click here to learn more about doTerra Essential Oils.

Benefits:

Strawberries: These precious berries are packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients which help boost our immune function and decrease unwanted inflammation in the body. They are also great for regulating blood sugar and are off the charts with Vitamin C content, but also abound with dietary fiber, folate, and manganese. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

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.

Lavender Essential Oil: Known as the “mother of all oils” for its sedative, mood modulating, analgesic (reduces pain), anxiolytic (reduces anxiety), and anti-carcinogenic properties. It is also great for digestion, and has a calming and soothing effect. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

Tangerine Essential Oil: DoTerra’s Tangerine Essential oil is an extremely powerful blood purifying agent, digestive aid, anti-septic, and relaxant. It can help improve blood circulation, and reduces internal inflammation. The neurological benefits abound as well. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

Wild Orange Essential Oil: Wild orange essential oils is anti-bacterial, anti-depressant, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, and carminative (expels gas from the alimentary canal, relieving colic and spasmodic pain of bowels). It is also a digestive aid, a gentle sedative, and is hugely mood uplifting. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

Grapefruit Apple Smuice (Smoothie Juice Hybrid)

Gently cleanse your digestive and lymphatic systems with this tasty elixir.

Gently cleanse your digestive and lymphatic systems with this tasty elixir.

In spite of these surprise April snowstorms, tulips, hyacinths, and crocuses are bursting forth en mass. These heralds of spring are telling us that now is a good time to gently cleanse the body of toxins and extra pounds that we may have accumulated during the winter months. This tangy drink is a tasty way to aid this natural process.

This juice contains a powerful combination of ingredients that will help flush away toxins while soothing your digestive system and offering your body nutrients it needs to help develop and maintain healthy cells. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 grapefruit, peeled, pith and seeds removed
1/2 cucumber, peeled
1 small apple, cored
1 1″ hunk of ginger, peeled
Juice of 1/4 lemon or lime
1/2 cup coconut water or purified water
1 drop doTerra grapefruit essential oil

Method:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend to smithereens.

*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 dish. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

Click here to learn more about doTerra Essential Oils.

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.

Coconut Water: Coconut water is perfect for replenishing simple sugars, electrolytes, and minerals within the body. It contains cytokinins with significant anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic properties, and is very soothing to the digestive tract. But there’s so much more! See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Cucumber: Cucumbers contain three types of phytonutrients which provide with valuable antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits. They are also very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium and are a good source of Vitamin A, C, and K, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

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.

Grapefruit: This citrus fruit is packed with Vitamins C and A. The pink varieties are an excellent source of the phytonutrient, lycopene, which has been touted for its ability to battle cancer-causing free radicals. Grapefruits also contain phytonutrients called “limonoids” which help inhibit tumor formation and growth. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Grapefruit Essential Oil: This citrus oil boosts digestion and helps to clear the lymphatic system, while flushing the body of excess fluids. It is also beneficial for treating aging or loose skin. It is mood balancing and uplifting to the mind, and may help to relieve anxiety. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

Lime: Limes 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.