The Ultimate Guide to Cooking with Essential Oils

Posted on May 15, 2021May 15, 2021Categories Cooking/Recipes, Essential OilsTags
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Have you tried cooking with essential oils? If you are like most people you either haven’t tried it, or you tried it once or twice and it wasn’t a success so you gave up but are still wanting to do it. Keep reading and I will give you some great tips on how to cook with essential oils successfully.

On this blog I’ve already written a few other posts on recipes that contain essential oils. You can check them out below.

That said, I’ve never really written a complete guide on cooking with essential oils so I would like to do that here.

First, before you can cook with essential oils you need to make sure you are using essential oils that are safe and appropriate for cooking. The brand you are using should say safe for internal use on the label. You also should only use those where the herb or fruit equivalent is common in cooking. Examples include oregano, basil, cilantro, lemon, orange, cinnamon, sage, thyme etc. For those of you who doubt that this is a good idea; look at how many products at the grocery store have essential oils in them. This includes things like candy and gum and even some other deserts and dressings. It can be done and can be very beneficial if done in the right way and this is key and the reason for this blog post.

Second, use a toothpick or a dropper to make sure you don’t accidentally use too much. This can be a big problem and even more so with hot toils like oregano or thyme.

Third, try mixing 1-2 drops in another cooking oil such as olive oil or avocado oil first and then using this cooking oil in your cooking.

Fourth, realize that in order for cooking with essential oils to really work successfully, you will want to use them when you are cooking a larger amount of food. If you are only making enough food for 1 person for 1 meal, you will have hard time making it work since even 1 drop of most oils will be too much. Instead use them when making food for more people, or when meal prepping and you are planning on have leftovers for a few meals.

Fifth, use the right essential oil for the right recipe. The best way to do this is to use the essential oils to replace any fruit rind or herb, or spice. For example wild orange essential oil instead of orange rind, or thyme essential oil instead of thyme the herb or spice.

Sixth, experiment with them. As long as you do it safely there is no harm in trying a variety of things and seeing what works.

Hopefully you have found these tips helpful. Get cooking with essential oils and have fun and enjoy the new flavors.

How to Create a Meal Planning Calendar

Posted on March 10, 2021March 10, 2021Categories Cooking/RecipesTags
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Have you ever created a meal planning calendar? If not, you really should. Creating a meal planning calendar makes it a lot easier to save money on your grocery bill, and it makes it more likely that you will eat healthier and it is a great way to avoid food waste or food going bad. That said, I highly recommend meal planning calendars but they obviously are not an absolute must.

That said, if you want to create one, keep reading so I can explain to you how to create one and how to make it work for you.

To get started with your meal planning, I recommend you start by deciding where you want to store your calendar for easy access. Do you want to have it digitally on your computer, or on an app like Google Drive, Google Keep, Ever Note or do you want to have it in paper? If you chose paper you can also keep it with your planner or journal or you can create a paper copy on your computer and print it out. You can also use a whiteboard with a marker or you can just use a plain old fashioned paper and pen or pencil.

Once you have decided how you want to create your meal planning calendar, then you need to decide when you will create it. I recommend either Saturday or Sunday since it’s at the start of a new week. You also want to gather the weekly ads for grocery stores where you shop as well as any coupons, apps for stores and anything else you will need to decide what foods you need to buy for the week if any.

Now you are ready to get started. The first thing you want to do is go through your pantry, fridge and freezer and write down what you already have. I also like to estimate how many servings I can cook with that item. For example if I have a bag of spinach, I try to note how many servings I can get from it so I have an accurate idea of how many servings of vegetables I have on hand.

Once I have a list of what I already have, I start creating meals for each day based on what I have already. I also keep in mind any evenings when I may not be home, or will be busy enough that I need to keep cooking time in mind. For example, sometimes it is helpful to have a crockpot soup or stew ready to eat, so I don’t have to cook a lot of vegetables and wait to eat dinner until later. If I know I have an extra busy week it can also help to spend some time as part of my meal planning and prep to pre-chop my fruits and vegetables and store them in Tupperware containers and or ziplock baggies to save time later. Sometimes I will also batch cook Buckwheat Waffles, or gluten free muffins or other things I may want to eat throughout the week.

Then I make a list of any food I need to buy and I order that food for grocery pickup. Whenever possible I like to order my food ahead for 2-3 weeks so I’m not always ordering and picking up food orders.

Sometimes I also find it helpful to get out some of my cookbooks or to go through my Google Drive where I store e-cookbooks and recipes I’ve already made or want to try so I can write down new recipes on my meal planning calendar.

Basics of Cooking with Beets

Posted on January 9, 2021January 9, 2021Categories Cooking/RecipesTags
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Do you eat beets? If so, you have likely encountered some challenges with cooking beets. So keep reading to learn about the basics of cooking with beets.

Why Beets? This is the first question I think needs to be answered before even talking about the various ways to cook with beets. Beets are very good for your liver and kidneys. They can be used to cleanse and detox your body. They are also very high in anti-inflammatory minerals and should be a regular part of a healthy diet. This is especially true if you have an auto-immune condition, which if you are reading this blog then you probably do since that is the audience for this blog. Learn about the health benefits of beets here. As you have probably noticed from that article, beets contain some minerals that many people don’t get enough of such as iron, potassium and B9. Making sure to eat beets on a regular basis can help make sure you do get enough.

Sauteing Beets- This is probably the most common method of cooking with beets. At least I know that this is how I cook beets the most often. This is my favorite way to cook beets. I like to chop them up into smaller pieces and saute them with beet greens, or spinach, or kale and then eat them with some chicken or turkey and some potatoes or sweet potatoes. The main trick to making this cooking method work is to chop the beets up into small enough pieces. Beets can be difficult to cook all the way through and the larger the pieces the more this is the case.

Boiling Beets- This is my least favorite method however, it can work well. The biggest problem I’ve encountered with boiling beets is that they can get mushy really easily if you use too much water, and they can burn if you don’t use enough. I find that the best bet is to use about one cup of water per large beet or half a cup per small beet and then to monitor them carefully as they cook.

Using a Crock Pot to Cook Beets- This is the easiest and quickest since you can just put them in with some water on low and cook them all day. However, they can also get too mushy this way so you have to limit the water and be careful.

Using an Air Fryer- This is a more unique way of cooking with beets however, it makes the nice and crispy like fries and they are delicious this way. The biggest secret to making this a success, is to slice them into thin pieces and to use the right oil. Olive oil is my favorite.

Juicing Beets- This is another way that can be a good idea especially if you don’t really like the taste of them. You can juice 1 beet with an apple and some carrot and or celery and that makes a nice good tasting and healthy juice.