Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Date Squares with a Hint of Orange (Refined Sugar Free)

I asked my oldest what she wanted to make as a treat to bring to Opa and Oma's house.  Her pick was date squares, a big family favourite by us and our extended family.   I used doTERRA's Wild Orange for a great orange flavour.  You could omit or use orange zest or extract instead.  We don't prefer our date squares very sweet as we find dates sweet enough but feel free to adjust stevia and agave if desired.
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups dates
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1-3 drop doTERRA Wild Orange essential oil (depending on desired taste)
  • 5-7 drops liquid stevia (optional)
  • 2 cups gluten free quick oats
  • 1/3 cup tapioca or arrowroot starch
  • 2/3 cup sorghum flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons psyllium husk
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds soaked in 1/4 cup water for 1 minute
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil, ghee or grass fed butter
  • 1/3 cup agave, honey or maple syrup

Directions
  1. In a small sauce pan heat dates and water and simmer for 2 minutes.  Puree until smooth and add in orange essential oil and stevia.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F and grease a 9 x 9 baking dish.
  3. Combine oats,starch, sorghum, psyllium husk, flax, salt and baking soda into a mixing bowl.  
  4. Add oil and agave and stir to fully combine.
  5. Take half of the dough and press into prepared dish,
  6. Spread date mixture over top of dough.
  7. Add remaining dough on top of dates pressing lightly but ensure you don't mix the date layer into the top layer.
  8. Bake in prepared oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  9. Cool on wire rack and cut into squares.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cabbage, Beef and Tomato Stew (Gluten and MSG Free)

There is nothing like a stew on a cold day.  This cabbage stew is definitely a comfort food for me.  It is very easy to make and tastes great as leftovers as well.  I prefer to use my own stock/broth as I am sure it is MSG free, but there may be a few other brands out there. We like it with okra, but you could add in peppers, potatoes or many other favourite vegetables. Cabbage and tomatoes are in abundance right now making this a great fall recipe.
I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound stewing or ground beef
  • 1 diced onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes (or 1 cup diced with 1 cup tomato puree)
  • 1/2 large diced cabbage 
  • 4 cups homemade or MSG free broth
  • 3 diced carrots
  • 3 stalks diced celery
  • 1 cup diced okra (optional)
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • handful fresh parsley


Directions
  1. In a large pot or dutch oven heat oil and fry onions for 3 minutes.
  2. Add garlic and beef and cook until beef is brown.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients (except parsley.)
  4. Bring to boil then turn to low and simmer 45 minutes.
  5. Add parsley and cook another 5 minutes.
  6. Serve.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dandelion Tea Latte and Detox

I have recently discovered dandelion root tea.  I love the nutty flavour and all its benefits.  This tea helps clean the liver, bladder, kidneys and blood.  It has helps with digestion and bloating.  I enjoy this tea just in boiled water but also as a latte.  I add the coconut oil as improves immune systems, skin and overall digestive tract health.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup brewed dandelion root tea
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • 4-6 dates (depending on desired sweetness)
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil (optional)
  • dash cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon gluten free vanilla (optional)


Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Add tea to a pot to warm to desired temperature, stirring frequently.
  3. Serve.




Wednesday, October 08, 2014

DIY Homemade Foam Hand Soap (Chemical Free)

I am always trying to save money and live with less chemicals.  I have another recipe for hand soap but there is something fun about foam soap, especially for the kids ;)  I used some vitamin E in this recipe to help protect the skin and keep it moist.  I have seen recipes which use almond oil, fractionated coconut oil and/or Aloe Vera juice.
I am also using doTERRA essential oils as they are a pure oil without any synthetic additives.  I like the wild orange as it has antibacterial properties and smells great but I have also used melaleuca, peppermint, lemon and/or lavender.
Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons castile soap (I use Dr.Bronner's)
  • 10-15 drops essential oils of choice 
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil, aloe vera, fractioned coconut oil, almond oil (optional)
  • filtered water

Directions
  1. Add ingredients into empty hand soap container in order listed.
  2. Add the water to fill bottle to the top leaving room to add the foam dispenser.
  3. Shake lightly.
  4. Use 1-2 pumps as needed.



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Zucchini Relish (Refined Sugar Free)

I found another recipe for all the zucchini that great this year.  We love zucchini relish and this recipe still tastes sweet without the refined sugar.  This recipe does take some soaking time time in salt so do plan ahead.
Ingredients

  • 7-8 cups shredded zucchini
  • 2 diced onions
  • 2 diced red or sweet bell peppers
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 20 drops stevia
  • 1/4 cup honey (if you prefer it sweet)
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 tablespoon psyllium husk


Directions
  1. In a large bowl combine zucchini, onions, peppers and sea salt.  Cover and let sit overnight (7-10 hours) so that salt can work out the additional water.
  2. Rinse vegetables and add to a large cooking pot.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients.  Cook on medium heat, stirring in between for 45 minutes or until relish is as desired consistency.
  4. Process in a canning bath for 15-20 minutes.