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Day 9 – Hot Carob? With Peppermint???

 

Yes, I know, it doesn’t sound as yummy as Hot Chocolate. But when you are a chocolate lover that developed a chocolate allergy, you do the next best thing… Hot Carob! And then to amp up that flavor even more, how about some peppermint flavor (or cinnamon)? This recipe can absolutely be made with real chocolate too – I made it that way for Malcolm and he loved it!

It’s really easy to make and it only requires a few ingredients.

• 1 cup of milk (dairy or non-dairy)
• 2 Tbsp Unsweetened Carob Powder or Cocoa Powder
• 1 Tbsp Raw Honey
• 1 drop of Peppermint Essential Oil or Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil
• a few Chocolate Chips or Carob Chips (optional)

Over medium heat, stir the milk in a saucepan until hot (but not boiling). Add the Carob or Chocolate Powder to the milk and allow it to dissolve. Then pour the mixture into your favorite mug and add honey and Essential Oil. (This is where I threw in a few chocolate or carob chips to add that chocolate creaminess but only if you are a chocolate crazy like me. 😂 Stir well and drink up! So easy!

To find out more about the Essential Oils I use and why I chose this company, click here.

Day 4 – A Fancy Meal That’s Not

This meal right here is my boys’ all time favorite. Every time I ask them what they want for dinner, they say “Pasta with Prosciutto and Peas”. It sounds so fancy, especially when you find out it has shallots and heavy cream too. I had never even touched a shallot before I made this but they are really tasty! They are like a very mild onion.

This is pretty much the most difficult part of this dish – cutting up the shallots and the prosciutto, but the fact that you are using non-traditional ingredients just elevates this dish to something that seems much fancier. If you need a super easy dish for a dinner party, this can be the one.

I originally got this recipe from Martha Stewart but have simplified as I have made it so many times and I leave out the lemon juice (although it would be tasty) and I don’t really measure anything anymore. I also think it would be good with zucchini noodles or gluten free noodles if you have diet issues to consider. Leave in the butter and heavy whipping cream – those are really good for you!

Cooking this easy meal that your friends or family will love is a great way to get a great dinner on the table quickly so that you can calmly join the gathering instead of being stressed about getting everything done. What a boost for your well-being!

(Fairly) Healthy Apple Crisp

Even when its still warm in October here, we want to have the sights and smells of fall. Hence an Apple Crisp. It’s a staple for fall desserts and it’s an easy to dessert to create in a more healthy way. Here is my version:

Apple Crisp Recipe

Filling
4 cups chopped apples (can be peeled but I left the peels on for mine)
3 drops Young Living Citrus Fresh Vitality Essential Oil Blend

Stir the Essential Oil Blend into the apples. It will keep them from browning too. Pour apple mixture into a baking dish. Butter the dish if you would like to but its not necessary.

Topping
1 cup Young Living Einkorn Granola
1/2 cup Almond Meal
1/2 cup Oats
1/2 cup Coconut Sugar
1/3 Coconut Oil
4 Drops Cinnamon Bark Vitality Essential Oil

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Add the Essential Oil and blend well. Pour the mixture over the top of the apples. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

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Make Your Own – Almond Butter

This is a throwback post from 2 kitchens ago but its such an easy and healthy thing to make it is worth repeating!

If you have ever priced or purchased Almond Butter at the market then you will know how expensive it is. Well, if you have the supplies pictured above you can make your own for less and control the ingredients included (think sugar)! I did not attempt this without any guidance. I found this great recipe and tutorial at Katie’s blog Dishin’ and Dishes. She goes through the steps with great pictures so that I could make sure that what I was doing was right. It seems like your food processor will go on forever but just be patient, the almonds WILL turn into butter. A great addition to the almonds is Cinnamon Bark essential oil – you only need a drop or 2! (Here’s the kind I use.)

 

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Is it Fall Yet?

About this time of the year, I start thinking about the cooler weather coming. Down here in South Texas, we won’t see fall until about the end of October but I grew up in Kansas where we would have a crisp coolness in the morning air around September.

It doesn’t matter if we won’t feel it for a while, I’m ready for it so I’m making it happen in my mind. That’s why I’m starting in on soups! I recently got an Instant Pot to help alleviate the cooking heat in my kitchen in 100 degree summers and it is perfect for my step forward into soup season.

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