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!


  • 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

  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.

  • 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)


  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.

  • 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

  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.

  • 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

  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.

Monday, September 22, 2014

On Guard and It's Fight Against Illness

I have been using my some of my essential oils now for a few weeks.  I am really enjoying the purity of these oils.  I am amazed with how they smell and how effective they can be.  My favourite one right now is the On Guard.  On Guard is a blend of several essential oils.  This unique blend has since been studied and found to be a great support on the immune system.

On Guard isn't designed to destroy all germs, unlike antibiotics which kill good and bad bacteria. On Guard is designed to inhibit the growth of germs.  Taking this oil blend at the onset of sickness, it will slow down or stop the sickness from growing.  Your body will now be able to fight it off and you should recover much quicker.  On Guard is also a great blend to protect your body ahead of time as it will fight off germs before they have a chance to even infect you.  The combination of these oils also have a high anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-septic properties.  

Here are just a few of the uses for this oil blend.
  • Mix 1 drop with a tbsp of water, gargle for 1 minute then swallow at the onset of a sore throat.
  • Put 5 drops oregano and 5 drops on guard in a gel capsule and take 3 times daily at the onset of cold or flu symptoms.
  • Put on the soles children’s feet at night during cold & flu season to support immune system.
(1 drop:1 teaspoon carrier oil)
  • Put several drops on a bowl of hot – hot water and Breathe in the vapors as it begins to volatilize when you have lung congestion.
  • Diffuse 3 drops (or depending on diffuser) to clean the air and help protect against colds and the flu.
  • Add to your laundry cycle for micro clean clothes.
  • Add to your mop water for cleaner floors.
  • Apply to bee and insect stings to neutralize the toxin and relieve the pain.
  • Gargle and brush daily for healthy teeth and gum’s and to prevent and treat gum disease.
  • Diffuse in homes or business to kill airborne pathogens, inhibit mold and build immune systems.
  • Make an antibiotic blend using On Guard (12 drops) Oregano (6 drops) Frankincense (2 drops) in a gelcap.
  • Apply neat to the toes and nails to combat fungus.
  • Combine 2 tbps of water with 5 drops of on guard in a small glass and store your toothbrush overnight to sanitize.

Make an on guard spray with 15 drops for every 6 oz (¾ cup) of water – use the spray for…

  • Clean kitchen’s and bathrooms
  • Wipe doorknobs and other things touched by the public.
  • Wipe dirty piano keys to clean and disinfect.
  • Use to clean childrens hands when traveling.
  • Use on the steering wheel and gearshift of your vehicle.
  • Use on computer keyboards.
  • Use as an underarm deodorant.
  • Carry for protection in countries with cholera, malaria or dysentery.
  • Use as an air freshener for cooking odors or other unwanted smells.
  • Take to the gym and spray all the equipment you use.
  • Take to the supermarket and use to disinfect shopping cart handles.
  • Use in the classroom for desks, tables and other items handled by children.
  • Spray in your mouth and throat at first onset of cold or bronchitis.

If you are interested in more information about On Guard or any other essential oils please contact me or check out doTerra's website