Lentil, Kale and Quinoa Stew

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Since we are currently in the winter season, I’ve been craving more warming foods. So, I’ve been moving away from the cold salads and moving towards the warming stews and soups.

I found a great recipe in Yummly for Lentil, Kale and Quinoa Stew.

Ingredients:
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 yellow onion
3 carrots
3 celery stalks
4 cloves garlic
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
2 tsp salt, plus more to taste
1 cup red lentils
1/2 cup dry quinoa
5 cups water (I used bone broth)
26.5 oz of chopped tomatoes
2 cups chopped kale

Instructions
* Melt the coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat and sauté the onions, carrots, and celery until tender, about 8 minutes. Add in the minced garlic and sauté another minute, just until fragrant. Add in the cumin, ginger, turmeric, salt, lentils, quinoa, water, and tomatoes and bring the soup to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat and cover the pot to let everything simmer until the lentils are tender, about 20 minutes.

* Once the lentils and vegetables are very tender, stir in the chopped kale and cook until it’s wilted, just a few minutes. Season with additional salt, if desired, and serve warm. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Yummy!!!

Essential Oils

According to Dr Axe, essential oils are organic compounds extracted from plants with tremendous healing properties. Using essential oils for healing purposes is often called aromatherapy, which is a holistic treatment seeking to improve physical, mental and emotional health.
For over 5,000 years, many different cultures have used these healing plant oils for a variety of health conditions. They are often used for relaxation, beauty care, home cleaning and most often used as natural medicine.

I’ve listed a few essential oils and their health benefits.

Lemon oil – energizing, circulation support, cleansing, improves mood

Lavender – relaxing, improves sleep, pain relief, reduce anxiety and emotional stress, alleviates headaches

Sweet orange – natural antibacterial, mood booster, circulation booster, anti inflammatory

Peppermint – relieves headaches, boosts energy, allergy and sinus relief, natural bug repellent, muscle pain relief, acne treatment, hair growth, reduce nausea

Roman chamomile – skin health, relaxing, muscle tension

Tea tree oil – stimulate immune system, acne, insect repellent, hair and scalp health, relieves skin inflammation, cleansing

Rose – skin health, energy balance, anxiety

I’ve been using essential oils in my homemade body butter recipes and cleaning solutions. I also love to diffuse them. There are so many great uses for so many great oils. Check out Eden’s Garden for all your essential oil needs. They offer quality essential oils without breaking the bank. They even have great blends that are ok for kids!

Golden Milk / Turmeric Tea

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img_0193I’ve been hearing a lot about Golden Milk or Turmeric Tea. All of the “it” celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow are drinking it. So, what is it?? And what are the health benefits??

Golden Milk is based on the traditional Ayurvedic recipe that has been used for centuries to boost your health and vitality. It is usually taken at night to promote sleep and heal an array of ailments including common colds, sore throat, indigestion, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, menstrual cramps, headaches and arthritis.

The key ingredient in Golden Milk is turmeric. Most benefits of turmeric come from its key compound, curcumin, which has strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antiseptic properties. The health benefits of turmeric are further enhanced by adding black pepper to it. Research shows that black pepper contains piperine, a compound that helps the body absorb curcumin better.

So how do you make it?

It’s usually made with turmeric, milk ( I used almond milk), black pepper, coconut oil, ginger, cinnamon and honey.

Here is a great recipe I found on Yummly…

Ingredients
(for 1 cup)
1 cup of milk 

1 tsp coconut oil

1/2 tsp ground turmeric

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground ginger

pinch of black pepper 

1 tsp honey

Instructions

1. Mix in a pot or a pan and bring to boil

2. Simmer for 10 minutes and enjoy warm

Not only does it have great health benefits, it’s delicious!!! Very soothing to the soul…