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Month: October, 2013

Apple Cinnamon Paleo Pancakes

These pancakes are the perfect Sunday morning treat.

These pancakes are the perfect Sunday morning treat.

My husband and I have officially dubbed Sunday as “Pancake Day,” because of these filling and delightful pancakes. They’re very hearty and will keep your tank full for whatever Sunday shenanigans you have planned. This recipe made enough for two hungry hippos, but you could certainly double the batch if you’re hosting brunch. Try them topped with berries for sweetness or a fried egg if you’re looking for an extra hit of protein. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup homemade apple sauce (or organic, no sugar added)
4 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 tablespoons coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup almond meal
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, or to taste
1-2 drops doTERRA cinnamon essential oil
coconut oil for cooking oil
*optional: 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup

Method:

Whisk together apple sauce, eggs, (optional maple syrup) cinnamon oil, and vanilla extract together in a bowl until smooth.

Combine coconut flour, baking soda, salt, almond meal, nutmeg, and ginger together in a separate bowl.

Stir the applesauce mixture and flour mixture together in the bigger bowl until well combined.

Allow batter to sit for a few minutes.

Heat a dab of coconut oil in a skillet over low heat. Pour palm-sized circles of batter into the hot oil. Cook until lightly browned, about 3-5 minutes per side. (You’ll know when it’s safe to flip them, as they won’t be jiggly in the center when you wiggle the pan).

Serve with more applesauce, ghee, and if you have it, pure maple syrup.

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.

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.

Cinnamon Oil: Cinnamon essential oil helps to boost metabolism and digestive health. It is also a powerful antioxidant, helps support immunity, enhance circulation, strengthen libido and elevate mood. See here to learn more about doTERRA essential oils.

Eggs: (Preferably pasture-fed and/or organic) 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.

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.

Nutmeg: Nutmeg has been used in traditional medicines as an anti-fungal, anti-depressant, aphrodisiac, digestive aid. It is also a good source of copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, zinc, and magnesium, and B-complex vitamins including Vitamin C, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, and Vitamin A. In small doses it’s great, but don’t overdo it! This powerful spice can be toxic if consumed in large amounts. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Black Bean and Squash Chile

Have a Halloween party coming up? Use pumpkin in this recipe for a festive holiday meal.

Have a Halloween party coming up? Use pumpkin in this recipe for a festive holiday meal.

Whoever invented the “slow cooker” is my new best pal. Who knew that it was so easy to cook beautiful, homemade meals with very little preparation? I recently discovered the crockpot that had been hiding at the back of our kitchen cupboard. Could it really be so simple as tossing a whole mess of ingredients in the crockpot, turn it on, come back a few hours later to a beautiful dinner? Pretty much.

On days when you don’t have a lot of time to cook, let a slow cooker do the work for you. When you ladle yourself a bowl of hot, yummy goodness, you might wonder why it has taken you so long to clear the cobwebs off this handy kitchen tool. Bon appétit!

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium sweet yellow pepper, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2-3 cups cooked black beans, rinsed and drained
1-2 cups cooked winter squash, cubed (pumpkin is orange and delicious, but kabocha or butternut would be yummy too!)
3 stewed, or really ripe, tomatoes, chopped
1-2 cups veggie or chicken broth
2 teaspoons chili powder (Chimayo chile from New Mexico is best in my opinion)
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
*Optional: cubed avocado, thinly sliced green onions, chopped cilantro
*Optional: 1 cup ground or cubed turkey, ground buffalo, or chorizo
*Optional 2 drops doTERRA oregano essential oil

Method:

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.

Add onion and pepper, and cook and stir until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.

Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker; stir in the remaining ingredients, except for the essential oil.

Cook, covered, on low 4-5 hours.

If desired, add 1-2 drops doTERRA oregano essential oil to the whole batch before serving.

Garnish with avocado, cilantro, and/or green onions.

Benefits:

Black Beans: These magical legumes are touted for their abundant protein and fiber content, but are also packed with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients such as folate, tryptophan, and manganese. Great for gut, heart, and overall health. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Bell Peppers: NOTE! Bell peppers, a member of the nightshade family, are not for everyone. They are on the “dirty dozen” list of pesticide laden produce (when not organic), and have been known to cause inflammation in some people. HOWEVER, they have lots of health benefits too: Sweet bell peppers are high in vitamins C and A, and contain other antioxidants. Don’t cook over high heat or they loose some of their nutritional wallop. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Cilantro: Cilantro is a powerful cleansing agent which helps remove heavy metals and other toxins from the body. It’s also beneficial for the digestive tract due to its production of digestive enzymes, acids, and juices. Its essential oils stimulate peristalsis, relieve gas, and aid with digestion. Cilantro also has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, and helps to increase HDL cholesterol (the good kind), and reduces LDL cholesterol (the bad kind. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Oregano Essential Oil: Oregano is a powerful antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-parasitic oil. It battles common intestinal, skin and lung infections, while fending off colds and flu. It is also a general nerve tonic. Be BEWARE! A dab will do ya. See here to learn more about doTERRA essential oils.

Pumpkin: This tasty winter squash is packed vitamins A and C, magnesium and potassium, as well as dietary fiber. It’s also contains high amounts of carotenoids, the little nutrients which help to neutralize free-radicals within the body, and is low in calories. 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.

Add some chorizo, turkey, or buffalo for an added boost of protein and flavor.

Add some chorizo, turkey, or buffalo for an added boost of protein and flavor.

Mexican Chocolate Ice Box Tart

Impress your guests with this easy chocolate tart.

Impress your guests with this easy chocolate tart.

Inspired by Dr. Andrew Weil’s recipe for the chocolate ice box tart from his beautiful cookbook True Food.

Looking for a way to include “healthy” fats into your diet? Well, look no further. This is my most favorite homemade chocolatey dessert of all time. A dab will do ya, as it is pretty much entirely comprised of fat. And while the jury is still out on whether coconut oil is as miraculous as many claim it to be (I think it’s just fine in small to medium-sized doses), it makes for a truly delectable dessert.

This chilled confection is actually warming due to the alchemy of the spices usually found in Mexican hot chocolate. May you enjoy this sweet treat as much as my husband, dinner guests, and I did! Plus it’s great to send leftovers home with party goers, or snag a bite for breakfast the next morning! The cocoa contains plenty of caffeine, and coconut oil is known to provide sustained energy. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
3/4 cups ground almonds
1 1/3 cup organic fair trade cocoa powder, divided
1/3 cup local honey, divided
1 1/3 cup coconut oil, divided
1/2 cup almond butter
1 pinch sea salt
1 pinch cinnamon
1 pinch cardammom
1 pinch powdered ginger
1-2 drops doTERRA cinnamon essential oil

Method

In a bowl, mix together the shredded coconut, almonds, 1/3 cup of the cocoa, 3 tablespoons of the honey, and 1/3 cup of the coconut oil.

Mix until well-combined to make the crust.

Press this mixture into the bottom and along the sides of a 11X7X2 inch sheet pan, or into a pie plate (for thicker pieces).

Allow to chill for 30 minutes.

Add the remaining ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl.

Pour the filling into the chilled tart shell, and allow to chill for 2 more hours (or until firm).

Cover and refrigerate any leftovers for up to 3 days.

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.

Cardamom: This spice is an excellent source of iron and manganese, making it a rock star for blood and cellular regeneration. It also contains significant amounts of riboflavin, niacin, vitamin C, and can be used as an anti-spasmodic and digestive aid. Great for the belly AND the heart. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon has long been used as a medicine. It’s a good source of manganese and calcium. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to lessen unwanted blood clotting. It also has strong anti-microbial properties and help control blood sugar. The list of the powerful spice’s benefits continue, so see here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Cinnamon Oil: Cinnamon essential oil helps to boost metabolism and digestive health. It is also a powerful antioxidant, helps support immunity, enhance circulation, strengthen libido and elevate mood. See here to learn more about doTERRA essential oils.

Coconut: 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.

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.

Honey: Often called “Nature’s sweetener,” local, raw, honey is a great way to add sweetness to your life. Raw honey is packed with vitamins and minerals and offers anti-bacterial and and anti-viral properties. But according to the Ayurvedic tradition, don’t cook honey. Adding significant heat to honey both strips it of its vitamins, minerals, and enzymes while creating cellular toxicity. So add it to your cool dishes, or to warmer dishes AFTER they have finished cooking. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

*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.

Apple Beet Salad Stacks

Tired of boring tossed salads? Get architectural and stack which ever veggies you have on hand for a new take on salads!

Get architectural and stack which ever produce you have on hand for a new take on salads!

Autumn is one of my favorite times of year because a huge variety of produce is in season. I’m happy to report that the veggies in this salad were grown locally. I’d say they weren’t harmed in the making of this salad, but I’d be lying. They were all gobbled up (with love and appreciation, of course!).

If you’re looking for a new and delightful way to enjoy fruits and veggies, I highly recommend engaging your creative streak and stacking your veggies to towering heights. It’s important to tickle all the senses while preparing and eating one’s food, so may you build glorious vegetable stacks. (Sorry, Mom…I guess I’m telling people to play with their food.)

What other stackables can you imagine? Squash? Peppers? Eggplant skyscrapers? Other potential items to crumble over the top: bacon…maybe I’ll just leave it at that. (Apologies, vegans…a little chopped avocado would be delicious too…) Bon appétit!

Ingredients:

Salad: (Serves 2)

Large handful or two of local, organic mixed greens
1 large apple, sliced thinly (honeycrisps are my personal favorite: sweet, tart, and crisp!)
2-3 medium sized beets, boiled or roasted until soft
Balsamic glaze for drizzling
*Optional toasted walnuts or pecans
*Optional blue cheese crumbles

Dressing:

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
squeeze of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 teaspoon local honey
hefty pinch of salt
1-2 drops doTERRA lemon essential oil

Method:
Mix dressing ingredients and set aside.

Skin and slice the beets to match the width of your apple slices.

Toss the greens in the dressing in a mixing bowl.

Plate the greens.

Atop the greens, stack slices of the beets and apples, until you’ve reached your desired level of stacked-ness (new word?)

Sprinkle with nuts and cheese and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Serve and enjoy!

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.

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).

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.

Mixed Greens: Salad greens abound with vitamins A and C, beta-carotene, calcium, folate, fiber, and other phytonutrients. Make sure to rinse them thoroughly before eating. See here for more health benefits and safe handling instructions 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.

Cinna-Milk

Warm your belly and your soul with this yummy, immune boosting elixir!

Warm your belly and your soul with this delicious, immune boosting elixir!

This warming treat is a nice caffeine-free alternative to coffee or chai. It is warm and creamy, and offers a little boost thanks to the stimulating properties of cinnamon. Cinnamon is a known immune supporting spice that is also great for your digestion (and libido!).

Cinna-Milk is packed with “good” fat, an absolute necessity for healthy cells, and other healing properties, depending on which spices you choose to include. Try it with ginger for an extra little kick of spiciness. And don’t be surprised if you find a smile passing your lips as you sip this cup of enlivening goodness. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1-2 cups raw, whole, local, organic milk (or you can use nut, seed, or coconut milk)
*Note: you can also use 1/2 milk and half water if you’re worried about consuming too many calories
1 cinnamon stick
1 pinch cardamom
1 pinch nutmeg
1 teaspoon raw local honey
1 drop doTERRA cinnamon essential oil

Method:

Combine all ingredients except for cinnamon oil and honey in a small saucepan, and turn to medium heat.

Allow the flavors to combine as you gently warm the milk.

When milk is almost hot (but not boiling), turn off the heat.

Add your cinnamon oil and honey.

Whisk the ingredients together, pour into a cup and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Serve and enjoy!

Benefits:

Cardamom: This spice is an excellent source of iron and manganese, making it a rock star for blood and cellular regeneration. It also contains significant amounts of riboflavin, niacin, vitamin C, and can be used as an anti-spasmodic and digestive aid. Great for the belly AND the heart. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon has long been used as a medicine. It’s a good source of manganese and calcium. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to lessen unwanted blood clotting. It also has strong anti-microbial properties and help control blood sugar. The list of the powerful spice’s benefits continue, so see here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Cinnamon Oil: Cinnamon essential oil helps to boost metabolism and digestive health. It is also a powerful antioxidant, helps support immunity, enhance circulation, strengthen libido and elevate mood. See here to learn more about doTerra essential oils.

Honey: Often called “Nature’s sweetener,” local, raw, honey is a great way to add sweetness to your life. Raw honey is packed with vitamins and minerals and offers anti-bacterial and and anti-viral properties. But according to the Ayurvedic tradition, don’t cook honey. Adding significant heat to honey both strips it of its vitamins, minerals, and enzymes while creating cellular toxicity. So add it to your cool dishes, or to warmer dishes AFTER they have finished cooking. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

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.

Nutmeg: Nutmeg has been used in traditional medicines as an anti-fungal, anti-depressant, aphrodisiac, digestive aid. It is also a good source of copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, zinc, and magnesium, and B-complex vitamins including Vitamin C, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, and Vitamin A. In small doses it’s great, but don’t overdo it! This powerful spice can be toxic if consumed in large amounts. 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.