These chicken tacos are incredibly delicious and easy to make! Everyone will want to know what’s cooking when they smell the aromas coming from your slow cooker! The flavors are delightfully enhanced by the addition of cumin and lime essential oils.
Stir together honey, lime juice, salsa verde, and taco seasoning. Add a little of the sauce to the slow cooker (enough to coat the bottom). Place chicken breasts in the slow cooker and top with the remaining sauce. Cover, and cook on low for 6–8 hours or on high for 3–4 hours.
When the chicken is cooked, shred between 2 forks. Stir together the chicken, sauce, sour cream, and essential oils. Keep on the warm setting until ready to eat.
When ready to serve, fill tortillas with chicken and additional toppings. Enjoy immediately!
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year with a hearty Irish Beef Stew! You can now enjoy the comforting flavors of this dish along with the health benefits of the essential oils. Try pairing this beef stew with our Rosemary Artisan Sourdough Bread for an easy make-ahead meal.
2 lbs. (1 kg) stew beef, cut into 1″ (2.5 cm) pieces
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4–6 cloves garlic, minced
2 lbs. (1 kg) potatoes, cut into 1/2″ (1.25 cm) pieces
6 carrots, cut into 1/4″ (0.75 cm) coins
1 large onion, diced
3 cups (720 ml) beef broth
2 Tbsp. (30 ml) tomato paste
1 Tbsp. (15 ml) Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. (12.5 g) sugar (or 1/2 Tbsp. honey)
1 tsp. (2.25 g) paprika
2 bay leaves
1/3 cup (80 ml) cold water
3 Tbsp. (22.5 g) flour
5 drops thyme essential oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil
5 drops oregano essential oil
2 Tbsp. (7.5 g) chopped fresh parsley (optional)
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season beef with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add beef to skillet, and sauté until brown on all sides. Add garlic, and sauté for 1 minute.
Transfer the beef to a slow cooker. Add potatoes, carrots, onion, beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, paprika, and bay leaves. Season with salt and pepper, and stir to combine.
Cover and cook on low heat for 7–8 hours or on high heat for 3–4 hours.
In a small bowl, whisk together the cold water and flour; stir into stew. Add the essential oils, and cook on high heat for an additional 20–30 minutes or until the broth has thickened. Remove and discard bay leaves.
Serve immediately, garnished with parsley if desired.
1–2 drops cinnamon essential oil (If you don’t love a lot of cinnamon flavor, add a toothpick at a time until you reach the right amount for you.)
Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
In mixer bowl, combine butter or oil, sugars, flour, nutmeg, and essential oils. Blend until mixed.
Add eggs and egg white. Blend on high speed for 1 minute. Reduce mixer to low speed, and gradually add evaporated milk. Mix until well blended.
Add pumpkin purée and vanilla extract. Mix again until blended. Pour into unbaked pie shells.
Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350°F (175°C); without opening oven door, bake for an additional 50–60 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Note: If crust is getting too brown, carefully cover with a foil tent 45 minutes into baking.
Cool pies for 2–3 hours. If you like your pumpkin pie cold, store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
For the cinnamon whipped cream, whisk the heavy cream until it starts to form stiff peaks. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon essential oil, and whisk for a few seconds to incorporate into the cream. Taste, and stir in more cinnamon essential oil as needed.
Serve each pie slice with a dollop of cinnamon whipped cream, and enjoy!
Here are a few other recipes to round out your Thanksgiving meal:
Wash peppers. Cut the top off each pepper, and scrape out the insides. If desired, use a small paring knife to cut out a jack-o-lantern face on one side of each pepper.
Place peppers in a large baking dish, and add about 1″ (2.5 cm) of water. Cover with foil, and bake for 20 minutes while you make the filling.
Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add ground meat and cook, stirring and breaking up large chunks, until browned and cooked through. Drain off as much grease as possible.
Return pan to heat, and add taco seasoning, onion, and garlic. Cook for a few minutes until soft. Reduce heat to medium. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, rice, green chiles, black beans, corn, crushed red pepper, and 1 cup (113 g) of cheese. Stir to combine, and cook until cheese is melted.
Remove from heat, and stir in the essential oils.
Remove peppers from the oven, and reduce the oven temperature to 375°F (190°C). Move the peppers to a plate or cutting board. Pour out the water from the pan.
Add the filling to each pepper, and place peppers back in the baking dish. Cover with foil, and bake for 25–30 minutes. Remove foil, and top each pepper with additional cheese. Return peppers to the oven for 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Add desired toppings, and enjoy!
*Note: You can use any kind of taco seasoning you have on hand, or try replacing the taco seasoning altogether with 1 Tbsp. (8 g) chili powder, 1 tsp. (6 g) sea salt, and 1–2 drops cumin essential oil. See our Taco Seasoning recipe below that we put together in an empty spice jar.
Heat 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add rice, and stir around for 2 minutes. Pour in chicken broth, 1/2 of the lime juice, and 1 drop of lime essential oil. Bring to a boil; then reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20–25 minutes, until all the liquid is absorbed. Stir in the remaining lime juice, 1 drop of lime essential oil, cilantro leaves, and 2 toothpicks of cilantro essential oil. Set aside.
While the rice is cooking, place 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) olive oil in a heavy skillet, and sauté the zucchini, squash, and corn over medium-high heat. Add salt while sautéing. Remove when the veggies have brightened in color. Set aside.
Heat the beans in a small saucepan until hot.
Warm tortillas, if desired.
To assemble the burritos, lay each tortilla flat, and add the rice, veggies, beans, and desired toppings. Roll the burrito up, and enjoy a fresh, healthy, and delicious meal!
Need a chicken marinade this summer that works well on the grill? This marinade uses essential oil flavors that are often used in Asian cooking to create a new and exciting dish for your family this summer!
Cut off excess fat from the pork, and divide roast in 2–4 pieces.
Rub with vegetable oil, and brown each pork piece a little over the stove.
Place pork, broth, onions, and essential oils in slow cooker; cover, and cook on low for 9–10 hours or on high for 4 1/2–5 hours.
Once the pork is finished cooking, whisk together the sauce ingredients (except essential oils) in a medium saucepan. Bring the sauce to a boil over medium heat; then reduce to a simmer. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens slightly (about 20–25 minutes). After the sauce has thickened a little, stir in the essential oils.
While the sauce is cooking, remove pork from the slow cooker, and place it on a cutting board. Use two forks to pull the meat apart into shreds, discarding any fat or bones. Strain out the onions; discard the broth. Return the meat and onions to the slow cooker.
Add the sauce to the slow cooker, and stir everything together until all the meat is covered in the sauce.
Cover, and cook for another 30 minutes on low.
Serve on hamburger buns or rolls with broccoli slaw or coleslaw.