Blueberry Donuts

I have one kid who can eat blueberries as if his life depended on it and another kid who would only eat blueberries if it was in a muffin. But blueberries are really good for you! They are one of the highest of anti-oxidant fruits, have a good amount of the B-complex vitamins and even have minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, iron, and zinc. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required for the production of red blood cells, and iron is required for red blood cell formation.

All that for one tiny sweet little berry? Sign me up! I just had to figure out a way to get my other little love bug to enjoy blueberries as much as the rest of the family does without surrounding it with sugar.

This time I decided on donuts instead of muffins and I didn’t want to add any refined sugar. The sweetness comes from the berries and from pure maple syrup.

** I have also made these “plain” by not adding in the blueberries and they come out really good, too **

1/4 cup almond milk (or cashew milk)

1 tsp apple cider vinegar (ACV)

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

3 1/2 tbsp apple sauce (no sugar added)

1 cup gluten free flour blend

1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a donut pan – I rub the donut pan with coconut oil.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
  3. Mix all the wet ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients and whisk to mix. Fold in blueberries carefully.
  5.  Bake for 12 minutes.

 

Vegetable Soup

Oh where to begin with this one! It is SO good! You know I love anything filled with plants. This recipe was born in an effort on my part to make something that was plant-based but also grain free. I was noticing that we (OK, I, since I am the one who does the cooking) were eating grains way too many nights a week. And while grains are certainly not bad for you, I don’t want to depend on them all the time. I wanted something purely plant based. This soup is FULL of flavor and really hearty. I am sure you will enjoy it as much as my family did.

2 1/2 vegan butter

1 1/2 cups diced onion

2 cups peeled and chopped carrots

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 32 oz.container of vegetable broth

2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes (undrained)

3 cups peeled and  diced potatoes

1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley

2 bay leaves

Himalayan Sea Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1 1/2 cups chopped frozen or fresh green beans

1 1/4 cups frozen or fresh corn

1 cup frozen or fresh peas

  • Heat butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and carrots and saute 3 – 4 minutes then add garlic and saute 30 seconds longer. Pour in broth and add tomatoes, potatoes, parsley, bay leaves, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, then add green beans, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 20 – 30 minutes, then add corn and peas and cook 5 minutes longer. Serve warm.

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Making Chia Eggs for a Vegan Substitute

If you want to keep your baking purely vegan you can replace eggs with “chia eggs” or “flax eggs.”

For the equivalent of 1 egg use 1 tbsp of ground chia or flax and 3 tbsp of water.  Mix those together and let sit for a few minutes.  It will turn gelatinous.  (So 2 eggs would be 2 tbsp of ground chia or flax and 6 tbsp of water).

This will work exactly like eggs in your dish without changing the taste at all.  Plus you get the added benefits of the chia or flax!

 

Vegan Shepard’s Pie

This is a delicious recipe for a savory meal!  Truth be told, I was nervous about cooking with lentils for my kids because I just assumed I would get the whole, “What is that?  I don’t like it!” before they even tried it.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.  They took one look and said, “Is this a grain or a bean?”  What happened next brought a tear to my eye…they gobbled it right up saying it was their favorite plant-based meal.

Lentils are a great source of plant-based protein, high in fiber and also pack a punch with iron.  The best part is how tasty they are!  The night I first tried this dish it was a cool and rainy day.  It was the perfect comfort food.  This recipe comes together rather easily and would satisfy your taste buds anytime you are craving something savory and loaded with the power of plants.

Mashed potatoes

3-5 pounds of potatoes

3-4 tbsp vegan butter

salt and pepper to taste

Filling

1 medium yellow onion

3-4 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 cups green lentils (uncooked), rinsed and drained

4 cups vegetable stock

1 10oz bag of frozen mixed veggies (peas, carrots, green beans, corn)

  1. Boil your potatoes 20-30 minutes.  Then mash or whip them – your preference.
  2. Meanwhile, saute the garlic and onion in a pot with vegan butter for 5 minutes.  Add the lentils and stock and cook until the lentils are tender.  About 35-40 minutes.
  3. 10 minutes before the lentils are done cooking add in your bag of frozen mixed vegetables.  You could add 3 tbsp of the mashed potatoes to thicken the mixture.
  4. Pour the veggie/lentil mixture into a lightly greased 9×13 baking dish then layer the mashed potatoes on top.
  5. Bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes are a light golden brown.
  6. Let it cool slightly before serving.  It will thicken a bit as it cools.

Tropical Sunrise Smoothie

The benefits of coconut milk are pretty remarkable. That’s one thing I love about this smoothie. With the addition of coconut milk you get an awful lot of benefit for such a tasty treat! Coconut milk is pretty sweet, and seems like it should be bad for you, but it’s not! It only has 2 grams of sugar. Even better is what else it DOES have, including manganese, phosphorus, copper, magnesium, and iron. So what does that mean for your body? It means it is great for your heart and can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, it is high in healthy fats so it can help your body build muscle and aid in losing weight (because of it’s fat content which leaves you with a better sense of feeling full), it provides electrolytes and prevents fatigue. Coconut milk also nourishes the digestive lining which aids in a healthy gut (think improved digestion and relieved constipation), the fat content in coconut milk also slows the rate at which sugars are released into the bloodstream (great for not getting those “sugar highs”). It is a good source of plant-based iron, can lower inflammation, and so much more!

That alone just makes me want a glass of coconut milk all by itself, but this smoothie also has banana, mango and pineapple. YUM! It tastes like you should be sitting on a beach on a tropical island somewhere. So whip up this smoothie, close your eyes and imagine yourself somewhere tropical!

1 cup frozen pineapple (you can use fresh pineapple but will then want to add ice to the blend)

1/2 cup diced mango

1 medium banana

coconut milk – enough to cover the fruit

  1. Blend until smooth.

How to Purchase Essential Oils

When you order your own premium starter kit, you are entitled to wholesale pricing on all Young Living products, which is an amazing 24% off of the retail price!

The Premium Starter kit comes with a few diffuser options. Which one do you want to pick?

To get the spa experience of diffusers most people start with the Premium Starter Kit with the Aria diffuser.

A second favorite diffuser, is the Premium Starter Kit with the Rainstone diffuser.

OR

You can get either the Home diffuser or the Dew Drop diffuser along with your Premium Starter kit.  Its is a very popular option that is worth over $300 retail, but as a starter kit is only $160! By far the best deal going!

What do you get with your starter kit?  All of the above diffuser options come with:

  • A diffuser:  Aria, Rainstone, DewDrop or Home diffuser.
  • 10 5ml bottles of our exclusive essential oil blends and single oils: Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Frankincense, Copaiba, Thieves, PanAway, R.C., Purification, DiGize.
  • A Product Guide
  • Bonus 5ml bottle of Stress Away
  • AromaGlide Roller Fitment which fits on both the 5ml and 15ml bottles
  • 2 packets of Ningxia Red
  • 10 Mini dram bottles for samples
  • 10 Sample packets of oil (including a sample of Peace & Calming!)
  • 10 product usage cards with a place to attach a sample

SIGN UP!

1. Click over to the sign-up page.

2. At Sign up – Select “Sign up as a Wholesale Member” – choosing wholesale member gets you the 24% off price.

3. Enroller and Sponsor – The “Enroller ID” and “Sponsor ID” boxes should already be auto-populated for you. (If for some reason it is not, enter 2722534 in both boxes)

4. Personal Information – Fill out your name, billing address, shipping address, and contact information. (The reason you are asked to list your social security number is for tax purposes. If you make over $600/year selling Young Living products, you will receive a 1099 form in the mail, as is required by law. Young Living will never share this info with anyone. But don’t worry, you absolutely do NOT have to sell Young Living products to be a wholesale member.)

5. Username, Password and Pin – Create your password and pin which you will use to log in to your account and order your oils. Be sure to write down and remember these!

6. Select your Premium Starter Kit. This is where you can specify which starter kit you would like. You also get to pick which diffuser you would like with your kit. You must sign up with one of these kits to become a Wholesale Member. You can also purchase other items at this time if you wish.

8. Agree to Terms & Conditions.

9. CONFIRM YOUR ORDER. I have had many folks miss this step and end up not fully checking out. To confirm, the tool will log you in and it will show you your order again and it will make you enter in your payment information again. We wouldn’t want that to happen because then you would not get your oils!

 

Chemical Free Bleach

Bleach is SO bad for our health but I like my whites white when I do laundry. And sometimes you just want a little extra cleaning power when working on really gross things (like the dirty inside of your dishwasher – how does that get so gross?!). What’s a girl to do??? Make her own, non-toxic and chemical free bleach that does the job AND smells delicious. Who doesn’t love the smell of lemons?!  Bonus…it is ridiculously easy to make.  You’re welcome. 🙂

What you’ll need:

1 gallon jug

1 1/2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide

1/2 cup lemon juice

distilled water

10-12 drops of Young Living lemon essential oil

  1. In a gallon jug mix the hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice.
  2. Add enough distilled water to fill the jug.
  3. Add 10-12 drops of lemon essential oil.
  4. Gently shake to combine. Then pour into a GLASS bottle to store. (Due to the nature of citrus oils it will eat away at the plastic if you store in plastic and not glass.  Where does that plastic go? Right into your bleach.  Besides, plastic isn’t good for you anyway and these glass bottle are so much cuter! :-))

Want essential oils of your own? Click here to find out how!

Oatmeal Burger

As much as I love other versions of veggie burgers, this one HAS to be my favorite!  The biggest difference with this burger is that there are no beans. The bulk of this patty is made with oatmeal. When you add in the sweetness of shredded carrots, zucchini and onion you won’t even miss your all-meat patty. It is a great way to get more veggies into your (and your kids!) diet.

2 tsp olive oil (or coconut oil or vegan butter)

1 small onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup shredded carrots

3/4 cup shredded zucchini

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1 egg

2 tsp Himalayan sea salt

1 1/2 cup brown rice flour (or any gluten free flour blend)

  1. Heat oil over low heat (important to keep it low especially if using olive oil so it won’t burn) and cook the onion and garlic until soft. About 5 minutes. Add in the carrots and zucchini and continue to cook until those are soft. Take your time with this. Low and slow. The softer the veggies the juicer the burger. Another 5-7 minutes. Remove pan from heat and mix in the oats, and egg. Stir in the salt. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  2. Mix the flour in a shallow bowl. Form the oatmeal mixture into patties and lightly coat each side with the flour. Place on a griddle or skillet. Cook for 5 minutes on each side or until nicely browned.

*Note: the mixture saves well for a few days in the refrigerator, covered, if you only want to make a few patties at a time. I like to make a little extra to have some to make for lunches.

Coconut Palm Sugar

When doing my baking I prefer to opt for coconut palm sugar rather than refined white sugar.  Is it a health food, though?  Well…let’s just say it is less bad than white refined sugar, but it certainly isn’t a “superfood.”

Coconut sugar is a natural sugar made from sap, which is the sugary fluid of the coconut plant.

Coconut sugar is made in a natural 2-step process:

  1. A cut is made on the flower of the coconut palm and the liquid sap is collected into containers.
  2. The sap is placed under heat until most of the water has evaporated.

Regular table sugar and high fructose corn syrup don’t contain any vital nutrients and therefore supply “empty” calories.  Coconut sugar does retain quite a bit of the nutrients found in the coconut palm.  Some of these are the minerals Iron, Zinc, Calcium and Potassium, along with some short chain fatty acids, polyphenols and antioxidants that may also provide some health benefits.  (That being said, you would get a lot more by consuming food and you would have to eat a ridiculous amount to satisfy the body’s need for these nutrients).

Coconut palm sugar is also lower on the glycemic index, so it will have less effect on your blood sugar levels than white sugar.