To purchase oils or learn more go to www.mydoterra.com/kathyskinnerBalance, The Grounding Blend – oil of grounding, promotes a whole-body sense of relaxation. Begin your day by putting doTERRA Balance on the bottom of your feet for less stress throughout the day.Basil – oil of Renewal, supports those under mental strain.Apply it to the temples and the back of the neck to reduce feelings of tension.Console, The Comforting Blend – oil of consolation,soothes emotional pain after periods of extreme stress. Smell directly from bottle or diffuse into room.PastTense, The Tension Blend – oil of relief, helps reduce stress and anxious feelings and provide for grounding and balance of emotions. Apply to temples and back of neck.Don’t have a Diffuser?Read my previous post for some natural “Stress Relieving Tips”Not all brands of essential oils are equal. Just because it may say ‘Pure’ on the label doesn’t mean it is, which is why I ONLY usedoTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.Check them out at www.mydoterra.com/kathyskinner
I love basil, it’s one of my favorite herbs. And so I grow a lot of it! It has a sharp spicy flavor that adds a uniqueness to each and every dish. In addition it has several health benefits such as helps repair the body from damage of free- radicals, combats cancer, promotes cardiovascular health, inhibits inflammation, promotes digestive health, combats bacterial & viral infections.Last summer I came up with a Basil Vinaigrette for our salads and proceeded to find that it makes a great sauce over fish or chicken. I’ve used it as a marinade and on pasta or spaghetti squash with fresh grated Parmesan cheese. All delicious!! I decided to freeze some to see how well it held up. It thawed out and tasted just like I had made it fresh!
Basil Vinaigrettemakes about 2 cupsIngredients:
Directions:Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blenderEnjoy!
- 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ cup Champagne or white wine vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 cup packed basil leaves, coarsely chopped
- pinch of crushed red pepper
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste (I do about 10-12 turns of grinder for each)
My veggie garden has been producing very well this year. And we managed to get if fenced well enough to keep the deer out! Are you experiencing an over load of tomatoes, too? While I’m dehydrating and freezing some, we like eating them right now as well. When the weather is especially warm I like having this delicious ‘No-Cook Tomato Soup’ on hand for a quick lunch, dinner or snack. As I have mentioned before, if I don’t have exactly all the ingredients on hand I will use something similar. It may change the texture and taste a bit but it always turns out to be tasty!!! This goes really well with the Veggie Surplus Quick Bread &/or the Flourless Nuts & Seeds Bread
No-Cook Tomato Soup 4 – 1 ½ cup servings
- 3 cups coarsely chopped tomatoes
- 1 coarsely chopped red pepper
- 1 medium coarsely chopped zucchini
- 1/3 cup chopped onion
- 1 – 11.5 oz can tomato juice
- ½ cup cold water
- 2 minced clove garlic
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ cup chopped fresh basil (or 1/8 cup parsley plus 1 drop Basil Essential Oil Purchase HERE)
- ¼ cup crumbled soft goat cheese
- Pulse tomatoes in batches in food processor/blender, making sure some chunkiness remains; pour into large bowl
- Pulse bell pepper until finely chopped (since I use a blender I add a little of the tomato juice in to aid the peppers and not burn out the motor); adds to tomatoes.
- Pulse zucchini and onion until zucchini is chopped; add to tomatoes (again I have some of the tomato juice with them)
- Stir in tomato juice, water, garlic, salt & pepper to veggies in the bowl
- Cover & refrigerate at least 1 hour to allow flavors to blend (I’ve kept it in the refrigerator up to a week. We usually eat it up before then so I don’t know how well it last past that. I’m pretty sure you could freeze it.)
- Stir in basil before serving; serve & garnish with goat cheese
Per serving: 90 calories, 2.5g total fat, 5mg cholesterol, 705mg sodium, 14g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 4.5g protein
Do you have a favorite no-cook soup? Please share!
*Note: Not all essential oil brands are safe for consumption. Which is why I ONLY use doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. Check them out HERE
Hot Summer days mean I’ve been looking for ways to eat HEALTHY without heating up the kitchen. In the process I have learned a lot more about eating raw. (Another post on this!) It has been fascinating and fun as I experiment with new recipes, changing over some of my favorites and creating new recipes of my own. Below is one of my new concoctions. We love it! This soup will definitely become a staple for us.
It is great as an appetizer, main course or snack. I really like that it is easy to prepare, can be made ahead, and the flavor can be changed up by using different herbs. Our favorite herb so far to use is basil.
Makes about 2 – 1 ½ cup servings
- 10 oz frozen spinach chopped
- 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped (about 2 cup)
- ¾ cup of water
- ½ T lemon juice
- 1/2 t minced garlic (1 clove)
- 1/4 t Sea salt
- ½ c chopped green onions including greens
- 1 ripe avocado, chopped
- 1 T extra virgin olive oil
- 1 T minced fresh herbs (parsley, basil, mint, etc.)
- or 1 drop essential oil (basil, mint, cilantro, thyme, etc.)
- Place the spinach, cucumber, water, lemon juice, garlic, onions and salt in a blender and process until smooth.
- Add the avocado and EVOO and blend again until smooth.
- Add the herbs and blend briefly to mix.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving for a chilled soup,
I am making this again this week and plan on using cilantro essential oil for my herb. A perfect complement to our Sevichi salad!
Check out my blog post on the health benefits of different herbs HERE
Let me know what your taste buds think!
Blessings for Health, Joy & Laughter,
NOTE: Not all essential oils are safe to ingest. Which is why I ONLY use doTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils! Check them out HERE
I don’t know about you but I’ve been cooking with herbs for decades. I love the way they can really perk up a dish, but never really gave much thought to the health benefits. Ever since I’ve been researching what are my best and healthiest food options, the how to use and which herbs to use has opened up an exciting new world of cooking.
Please share your favorite herb(s) and how you use them in the comment section below. If you are looking for ideas on uses, post that as well and I’ll get back to you with some (and maybe others will share as well).
Here is a list of some of the health benefits of the more popular herbs.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF HERBS
Cilantro (*Coriander): helps protects against Salmonella, to bind to heavy metal in your body, fights inflammation, lowers blood sugar, relieves intestinal gas, and prevents nausea, prevents urinary infections, lowers LDL(bad cholesterol) and raises your HDL(good cholesterol)
*Dill: helps with bone health, fight off infections internally & externally, in elimination of free-radicals, improve digestive functions, reduce pain of headache and a hiccup cure.
*Lavender: helps calm skin and mind, reduce bad bacteria in your gut, lowers heart rate and blood pressure, reduces anxiety and depression
*Marjoram: helps increase efficiency of digestive system, fight against a variety of common illnesses, improve cardiovascular health; as an anti-inflammatory it helps with asthma, muscle spasms, migraines, sinus headaches and overall body aches
*Oregano: considered Nature’s antibiotic; helps with muscle pain, acne, dandruff, allergies, intestinal parasites, may help slow down or prevent progression of cancer
Parsley: helps fight against inflammation, colon & prostate cancers, promotes healthy bones & teeth, fight infections, ward off cardiovascular diseases, protect nervous system
*Roman Chamomile: helps to reduce swelling, to stop growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi; it promotes a general feeling of calmness, Relieves anxiety and depression
*Rosemary: helps to protect against cancer, stimulate the circulation of the blood around the body, promote digestion in the stomach, relieves flatulence, colic in babies, gas and indigestion, relives arthritic and rheumatoid pain, helps improve blood flow to the brain, which can improve concentration and memory
*Sage: helps to lessen feelings of depression and stress, to calm intestinal spasms and to treat gastritis and diarrhea; helps memory and cognition, protects against diabetes
Tarragon: helps to stimulate and regulate the digestive system, to boost immune system, to remove toxins from the body, helping to prevent the formation and growth of cancer cells and prevent and cure rheumatic arthritis, prevent visible signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines, patchy skin and dark spots.
*Thyme: helps with liver detoxication, boost immune system encouraging white blood cell formation while increasing resistance to foreign organisms; effective against respiratory and digestive infections
Want to boost your health benefits and flavor even more? Try using essential oils! Check out on how in this post: Difference between using Fresh, Dried Herbs or Their Essential Oils and how to substitute between fresh, dried & oils.
Herbs have been around a very long time adding health and flavor to your foods. If you haven’t been using them, I really encourage you to pick out one from the list above and add it to different meals through out week. You will find that you don’t need as much salt or fats to have a flavorful meal!
Wishing You Happy Healthy Cooking! Kathy
The Summer harvesting is upon us! You may have a vegetable garden that’s giving you an abundance of crops or you are enjoying the bounty at your local Farmer’s Market. If you find yourself with a little bit of this and a little bit of that, here is a different way to use them up besides making soup!
This bread isn’t a sweet bread like most squash quick breads. This morning I had it toasted with a butter substitute I make with Coconut Oil and it was tasty! I found it goes well with a meal or with a spreadable cheese for a snack.
Remember to be adventuresome and switch out the suggested veggies for the ones you have.
Surplus Veggie Quick Bread Yield: 1 loaf of 18 slices
- 1 cup Organic Rye Flour
- 1 cup Organic Whole-wheat Flour
- ½ cup uncooked Organic oats
- 3 T. grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1/4 cup Raw Local Honey
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup organic virgin coconut oil liquefied
- 1 cup grated carrot
- 1 cup grated zucchini
- 1/3 cup chopped green onions with tops
- 1/2 cup finely chopped celery with leaves
- 1 T. each of chopped fresh Thyme, Basil & Oregano
- 1 drop each of Thyme, Basil & Oregano Essential Oils purchase HERE
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Oil & flour standard loaf pan.
- In large bowl, combine dry ingredients.
- In separate bowl, beat together eggs, milk and oil.
- Combine wet ingredients, dry ingredients, and herbs, essential oils and veggies until just moistened.
- Fill loaf pan and let sit for 10 minutes or so before baking.
- Bake for 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Cool briefly, then turn out of pan to cool further.
1 loaf yields 18 slices Nutrition Per slice: 143 cal, 7.5g total fat, 32mg Chol, 85mg sodium, 16.5g carbs, 2.3g fiber, 5g sugar, 3.5g protein
- This bread freezes nicely and travels well so great for sharing which means you just may want to make several loafs at a time.
- Besides changing out the vegetables you could also change the Herbs and essential oils. If you don’t have the particular essential oil up the fresh herb to 2-3 Tablespoons.
- I use the oils because it ups the health/nutritional benefits for the bread.
- Not all essential oils are safe to take internally. To learn more and which essential oils I use, click HERE or Contact me Kathy@kathyskinner.com .
Leave me a comment below on what changes you made.
- Thyme – Provides cleansing and purifying effects for the skin, Broad-spectrum activity
- Basil – Soothes sore muscles and joints, Assists with clear breathing, Acts as a cooling agent for the skin, Promotes mental alertness, Lessens anxious feelings, Enhances memory function, Reduces stress and tension, Reduces tension when applied to temples and back of neck, Soothes minor irritations, Sharpens focus while studying or reading, Soothes minor skin irritations
- Oregano – Used as a powerful cleansing and
purifying agent, Provides immune-enhancing benefits, Supports healthy digestion and respiratory function, Excellent source of antioxidants
- Ask Me about use for specific health benefits
- Due to the purity of the essential oils I use, very little goes a long way – use very little and then reapply every half hour if you need to.
Wishing you Blessings for a Wonderful Day!
NOTE: The advice shared in document has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. Kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – thus helping the body’s natural defenses to restore homeostasis