Stuffed Peppers with Essential Oils

If you’re looking for a new international recipe, you’ll love this European classic. These stuffed peppers are delicious and relatively easy to make. The hint of essential oil adds a nice flavor and makes these even healthier! Your whole family will love this tasty new recipe!

Stuffed Peppers

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Pepper Ingredients:

  • 4 large bell peppers
  • Parmesan cheese for topping

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (500 ml) marinara sauce
  • 1 cup (250 ml) beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. (400 mg) crushed red pepper flakes

Stuffing Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (185 g) uncooked white rice
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 1 drop basil essential oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1 cup (100 g) shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 lb. (500 g) lean ground beef
  • 1 can (10 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup (15 g) chopped parsley
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. (10 g) salt
  • Pinch ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Add the rice, oregano essential oil, and basil essential oil to 2 cups (500 ml) water. Cook the rice over the stovetop or in a rice cooker, and set aside.
  2. In a frying pan, cook onion in olive oil until softened. Place half of the onion pieces in a large bowl, and set aside.
  3. Combine marinara sauce, beef broth, crushed red pepper flakes, and balsamic vinegar in the frying pan with the remaining onions. Cook over medium-high heat for 1 minute, then pour sauce mixture into a 9″ × 13″ (23 × 33 cm) baking dish.
  4. To the large bowl with the onions, add uncooked ground beef, diced tomatoes, garlic, salt, cayenne pepper, parsley, and black pepper essential oil. Stir to combine.
  5. Add cooked rice and 1 cup parmesan cheese to the meat mixture.
  6. Cut each bell pepper in half, and remove the seeds. Stuff the peppers tightly with the meat mixture. You can fill them to overflowing, as the meat will shrink when it cooks.
  7. Place the peppers in the baking dish into the tomato sauce, top with more cheese, cover with aluminum foil, and bake at 375°F (190°C) for 45 minutes.
  8. Remove aluminum foil, and bake for 20 minutes, or until the meat is no longer pink, peppers are tender, and the cheese is melted and crispy.
  9. Scoop a pepper half into a bowl, and pour some of the sauce on top.

You can use our marinara sauce if you want the extra essential oil flavor!

Quinoa Artichoke Essential Oil Bites

These Quinoa Artichoke Bites make a tasty snack or side dish. With the addition of essential oils, they pack even more flavor and health benefits. They go perfectly with our Essential Oil Marinara Sauce (recipe below), or you can mix up your own favorite dipping sauce. Give them a shot; you’re sure to love them!

Quinoa Artichoke Essential Oil Bites

  • Servings: 24
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (185 g) cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup (100 g) shredded cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. (13 g) grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 can (14 oz.) artichoke hearts
  • 4 oz. (115 g) frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 g) salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 toothpick basil essential oil
  • 1 toothpick oregano essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Drain and chop the artichoke hearts, and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Squeeze the spinach with paper towels or a kitchen towel until completely dry.
  4. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, and mix thoroughly.
  5. Using a mini muffin tin, divide the mixture into 24 cups, and press down to pack the mixture in firmly.
  6. Bake for 20–25 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Let the bites cool for a few minutes before removing from the tins.
  8. Serve with a marinara dipping sauce (recipe below).

Cheeses that work great for this recipe are monterey jack, mozzarella, and cheddar. Try one, or a combination of all three!

Essential Oil Marinara Sauce

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. (9 g) salt
  • 2 cans (28 oz. each) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 1 drop rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Place the olive oil and chopped onion in a saucepan, and sauté over medium heat until the onions are tender.
  2. Add the garlic in with the onions, and continue cooking for an additional minute, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the salt and crushed tomatoes to the saucepan. Stir everything in the saucepan together, and continue cooking until warmed through.
  4. Turn off the heat, and stir in the essential oils.
  5. Serve over your choice of noodles or with our Quinoa Artichoke Essential Oil Bites (recipe above).

Tuscan Pasta Salad with Essential Oils

If you’re looking for a fun new spring dish, this is the one for you! This pasta salad is super simple but delicious and filling. It makes a lot, so you can eat it as the main dish, take it as a side salad to parties, or save the leftovers for lunch the next day. And the best part? It uses essential oils! Now you can enjoy the flavor of basil and oregano in this tasty salad while enjoying the health benefits of essential oils at the same time.

Tuscan Pasta Salad

  • Servings: 8–10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Salad:

  • Two 19 oz. packages cheese tortellini pasta
  • 1/2 cup (65 g) sliced olives
  • 1/2 cup (80 g) artichoke pieces
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) mini pepperoni or salami
  • 1/2 cup (90 g) chopped red peppers (roasted or fresh)
  • 1/2 cup (25 g) diced tomatoes (sundried or fresh)
  • 1 cup (20 g) arugula or spinach

Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. (50 ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. (3 g) minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 g) salt
  • 1/4 tsp. (500 mg) black pepper
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 toothpick basil essential oil
  • 1 toothpick oregano essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Following the instructions on the packaging, cook the pasta, drain, and set aside to cool.
  2. While the pasta is cooling, combine all the dressing ingredients in a shaker bottle or glass jar, and shake well to combine.
  3. In a large bowl, combine all the salad ingredients, pour the dressing on, and toss to combine.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper (to taste), and serve!

Essential Oil Ravioli Hearts

These noodles are so cute and fun to make, and they make a perfect Valentine’s Day dinner! The recipe is a little complicated, but this ravioli is to die for, making it worth every minute! It’s so fun that all the kids will want to join in and help you cut out the noodles! The hardest part will be sharing these tasty raviolis with the rest of the family.

Homemade Ravioli

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Difficult
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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups (180 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • 1–2 Tbsp. (15–30 ml) water (as needed)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) water
  • Cheese mixture (recipe below)
  • Marinara sauce (recipe below)
  • Parmesan cheese for topping

Instructions:

  1. Combine flour, 2 eggs, and salt in a food processor, and process until well mixed.
  2. If necessary, slowly add water until the mixture forms a firm dough.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough until smooth. Check the dough by cutting it with a knife. Once there are no air bubbles in the middle, and the outside is smooth, the dough is ready.
  4. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, and let stand for 30 minutes.
  5. Divide dough into 4 portions, and roll out to about 1/16″  (1.5 mm) thickness using a rolling pin or pasta machine.
  6. Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut hearts into the dough. Or cut the dough into 2″ (5 cm) squares using a knife.
  7. Combine 1 lightly beaten egg and 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) water in a bowl, and brush the dough pieces lightly with the mixture.
  8. Place a small spoonful of the cheese mixture (recipe below) in the middle of the dough, leaving enough space around the edges to seal the dough.
  9. Lay the second piece of dough on top, and use your fingers to press the edges down around the cheese so they stick together.
  10. Bring a pot of saltwater to boil, and gently drop the ravioli into the boiling water. Cook 1/4 of the ravioli at a time to avoid the noodles sticking together. Cook for 5–10 minutes (depending on the thickness of the noodles), or until tender.
  11. Using a slotted spoon, remove the ravioli from the water, and place on a serving dish.
  12. Top with marinara sauce (recipe below) and parmesan cheese.

Notes:
If your noodles are thick, they will take longer to cook.
If you have leftover cheese filling, it makes a great topper for the finished pasta for an added cheesy kick.

Basil and Oregano Cheese Filling

  • Servings: Yield=2 cups (500 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (125 g) ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup (55 g) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup (55 g) shredded gouda cheese
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 tsp. (125 mg) dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 toothpick oregano essential oil
  • 1 toothpick basil essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine cheeses, parsley, salt, and pepper.
  2. Dip a toothpick in the oregano and basil oils, and run the toothpicks through the cheese mixture to combine.
  3. Taste, and add more salt, pepper, and/or essential oil as needed.

The taste may be a little strong, but once the noodles are boiled, the flavor will be much milder.
You can use just about any kind of cheese in this recipe, not just the ones listed. If you have other cheeses, experiment to find out which ones give the best flavor for you!

Marinara Sauce

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. (9 g) salt
  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes (28 oz. each)
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 1 drop rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Place the olive oil and chopped onion in a saucepan, and sauté over medium heat until the onions are tender.
  2. Add the garlic in with the onions, and continue cooking for an additional minute, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the salt and crushed tomatoes to the saucepan. Stir everything in the saucepan together, and continue cooking until warmed through.
  4. Turn off the heat, and stir in the oregano, rosemary, and thyme essential oils.
  5. Serve over your choice of noodles.

Essential Oil Spotlight: Basil


Basil essential oil (Ocimum basilicum CT linalool) is steam-distilled from the leaves, stems, and flowers of the basil plant. This oil is characteristically known for its herbaceous, spicy, anise-like, camphorous, and lively aroma.

Anciently, basil was used to treat respiratory problems, digestive and kidney ailments, epilepsy, poisonous insect or snake bites, fevers, epidemics, and malaria. The French have historically used basil to help aid migraines, mental fatigue, and menstrual periods.

Today basil is most commonly used for autism, bee/hornet stings, bronchitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, cramps (abdominal), earache, hiatal hernia, incisional hernia, infertility, mouth ulcers, muscular dystrophy, ovarian cyst, and viral hepatitis. This essential oil primarily affects the cardiovascular system, muscles, and skeletal system.

Basil contains antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antispasmodic (powerful), antiviral, decongestant (veins, arteries of the lungs, prostate), diuretic, disinfectant (urinary/pulmonary), energizing, stimulant (nerves, adrenal cortex), and uplifting health properties.

Other possible uses of basil oil include anxiety, chills, concentration, digestion, fainting, insect repellent, chronic mucus, vomiting, and whooping cough.

Applications of Basil Essential Oil and Safety Data:

Topical Application: Basil can be applied neat (with no dilution) directly to the area of concern and reflex points. Dilute with a carrier oil when using on sensitive skin or children (see safety data below).
Aromatic Application: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly. The aroma of basil helps one maintain an open mind and increases clarity of thought.
Internal Application: Basil is recognized as safe for internal consumption by the FDA and may be used as a food flavoring agent or taken in capsules.
Safety Data: Basil is not to be consumed internally by children under 6 years old and should be used with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and older. The use of this oil should be avoided during pregnancy. Basil should not be used by people with epilepsy. This oil may also irritate sensitive skin; test by applying to a small area before continuing application.

5 Ways to Use Basil Essential Oil:

1. Massage
There’s nothing like a simple soothing massage with some of your favorite essential oils to calm your mood. Try these massage blends to help boost your mental health and aid carpal tunnel syndrome.

Mental Fatigue Massage Blend
4 drops basil essential oil
4 drops lemon essential oil
4 drops juniper essential oil
2 Tbsp. (25 ml) carrier oil or butter
Combine essential oils with your favorite carrier oil or butter, and lightly massage into your neck, hands, and feet.
Carpal Tunnel Massage Oil
3 drops basil essential oil
3 drops marjoram essential oil
2 drops lemongrass essential oil
2 drops cypress essential oil
1 Tbsp. (15 ml) Fractionated Coconut Oil
Blend oils together, and massage gently into your arm from your shoulder down to your fingertips. You can also make this massage oil in a roll-on bottle for easier application.

2. Earache
Basil is great for helping to dull painful earaches. Add 1 drop each of basil and melaleuca to a cotton ball, and hold over the ear canal for 30 minutes. Do not place directly into the ear canal.

3. Diffuse
Basil’s aroma can have an amazing influence, as it helps one maintain an open mind and increases clarity of thought. Try out some of these diffuser blends to help you focus and engage better in all your endeavors.

4. Bath
Bath salts are perfect for relaxing, but they are also a great way to soak up the benefits of essential oils. Try out the following recipe to help calm your anxiety and energize your body. Remember that basil may irritate sensitive skin, so be careful and dilute further if necessary.

Calm the Anxiety Bath Salts
2 cups (500 g) Epsom Salt
1/2 tsp. (2 g) baking powder
1 tsp. (5 ml) Sweet Almond Oil
3 drops lime essential oil
2 drops basil essential oil
16 oz. PET Jar
Combine salt and baking powder. In a separate bowl, mix essential oils with almond oil. If desired, mix in a few drops of food coloring. Slowly stir oils into the salt mixture, and blend well. Allow the salts to sit for a couple hours in order for the salt to soak up the scent. Add 1/2–1 cup (125–250 g) of salt mixture to your bath under the running tap.

5. Cooking
Basil essential oil is a great ingredient to add to your kitchen. This oil can add rich flavor to any of your recipes with just a drop or less. When adding basil essential oil to your food, start with a toothpick dipped in the oil and stirred into the mixture, and add more until you reach the desired taste. Keep in mind that cooking (or heating) the oil tones down the bold flavor. Here are some of our favorite recipes with basil essential oil!

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: The Complete Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 9th Edition, pp. 38–39.
Aromatherapy Blends & Remedies by Franzesca Watson
Organic Beauty With Essential Oil by Rebecca Park Totilo

Veggie Wraps with Avocado White Bean Spread

These veggie wraps make a healthy and light meal that is perfect for helping you achieve your health goals. Use a large leafy green or a tortilla as your wrap, depending on your preference or health goals. If you have any leftover Avocado White Bean Spread, try using it as a veggie dip—it’s delicious!

Veggie Wraps

  • Servings: 2+
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • Chard, collard greens, or tortilla wraps
  • Avocado White Bean Spread (recipe below)
  • Carrots, julienned or sliced with a vegetable peeler
  • Red cabbage, shredded
  • Sprouts (broccoli, alfalfa, or bean)
  • Sweet bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • Cucumbers, cut into matchsticks or sliced with a vegetable peeler
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Prepare your vegetables, and make the Avocado White Bean Spread (see recipe below).
  2. If using the chard or collard green leaves as the wrap, cut along the stem on the large leaf so you end up with 2 pieces.
  3. Spread the Avocado White Bean Sauce over the middle of the chard leaf, collard green leaf, or tortilla wrap. Layer on the sliced vegetables over the sauce. Starting at one end, begin rolling as you hold down the filling to tightly roll up the wrap. Lay seam-side-down on a serving platter or plate. Enjoy!


This avocado spread is great to use in a veggie wrap or as a vegetable dip!

Avocado White Bean Spread or Dip

  • Servings: 2+
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1–2 avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) great northern white beans
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil
  • 1 toothpick black pepper essential oil
  • 1 toothpick basil essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender, and blend until all combined.
    You may need to scrape down the sides a few times.
  2. Enjoy on the veggie wraps (recipe above), or dip with vegetable sticks!

Tomato Basil Soup

If you have a garden this summer and need an idea that uses tomatoes, look no further! This soup is perfect for the cooling days and it pairs wonderfully with our Rosemary Artisan Sourdough Bread. It can even be frozen and thawed for a later meal—just remember to add the essential oils after it has been reheated.

Tomato Basil Soup

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 3 Tbsp. butter, avocado oil, or coconut oil
  • 2 medium onions, diced or coarsely sliced
  • 2–4 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3–4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 quart bone broth
  • 5–6 large tomatoes, stems removed and chopped in half
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil
  • 2 drops basil essential oil
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream or 1 ripe avocado
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish (whole leaves or cut ribbons)

Instructions:

  1. In a soup pot, saute butter/oil, onions, and carrots for 3–4 minutes until softened. Add garlic and tomato paste; stir for another minute.
  2. Pour in the bone broth, and add the tomatoes.
  3. Reduce heat to medium low and allow the soup to simmer for 20–30 minutes.
  4. Transfer soup to a blender (or use an immersion blender) and add honey, cream or avocado, and essential oils. Blend until smooth or as chunky as you like. You can also remove some of the tomatoes and chop them a little smaller and add them back to the soup after blending it. Add salt to taste.
  5. Garnish with basil leaves and serve immediately.

Note: We like to make this in an electric pressure cooker. Follow the instructions above, but rather than simmering the soup, just secure the lid, seal the valve, and cook on high pressure (or use the soup setting) for 10 minutes then quickly release the pressure. Add honey and other ingredients before blending.

Rosemary Baked Potato Fries with Creamy Basil Dip

Have you ever tried adding lots of fresh rosemary to your fries? Some fancy restaurants do this, and it is incredibly delicious! Try out this recipe to make your fries a little more gourmet—with the added benefits of essential oils!

Rosemary Baked Potato Fries

  • Servings: 4–6
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 2 lbs. (1 kg) potatoes, cut into 1/4″ (3/4 cm) sticks
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 g) salt or to taste
  • 4–6 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Parmesan cheese, finely grated

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Place potato sticks in a large glass or metal bowl. Add olive oil, and toss with hands to coat the fries.
  3. Pick up handfuls of the potato fries, and shake off some of the oil before laying them flat on a baking sheet. Try to lay them in a single layer as much as possible so they cook evenly. Shake a little salt over the fries. Our Essential Oil Italian Salt or Essential Oil Herbes de Provence Salt tastes fantastic with this recipe.
  4. Bake the potato fries for 30–35 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  5. Meanwhile, add the rosemary essential oil and garlic to the remaining olive oil in the large bowl. Stir to combine, and set aside to allow the rosemary oil to infuse the olive oil.
  6. Once the potatoes have finished cooking and are just starting to crisp up, remove them from the oven and put them back in the large bowl. Carefully stir to coat the potatoes with the flavored olive oil; then place them back on the baking sheet, and spread them in a single layer.
  7. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the fries, and place them back in the oven for another 10 minutes or until crispy/browned to your preference.
  8. Serve immediately. These taste fantastic with the Creamy Basil Dip (recipe below).

Fries are meant for dipping, so don’t forget to try out this Creamy Basil Dip! These shot glasses make a perfect condiment container for dipping.

Creamy Basil Dip

  • Servings: Yield=1 cup (240 ml)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) sour cream or greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) mayonnaise
  • 1–2 drops basil essential oil
  • 1 tsp. (3.5 g) garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Basil leaves, chopped finely for coloring or left as leaves for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl, and whisk until combined.
  2. Chill in the fridge until ready to serve.
  3. This dip tastes great on burgers or with french fries (particularly the Rosemary Baked Potato Fries).

Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

Summertime means lots of fruit, but sometimes eating plain fruit can get boring. Try this quinoa fruit salad to change it up and add a little protein to your meal! Serve this as a side or as breakfast. You can eat it as is, or add a little yogurt—either way it tastes great!
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Essential Oil Spice Mixes for Savory Dishes

Essential oils can add a lot of flavor to cooking, but sometimes even a drop is too much for the dish. These spice mixes are an easy way to add a hint of additional flavor to your cooking with the help of essential oils! You may even enjoy adding a little to your plate if you like to salt your food.

AromaTools sells empty spice jars that are perfect for these spice mixes in 2 sizes: 1 oz. glass and 4 oz. plastic. Most of these recipes include ingredient lists for both sizes, so you can make these recipes in either jar. If you would like to try them out before making a larger batch, just follow the 1 oz. recipe. We also designed some labels that you can print onto our blank label sheets (large blank label sheet or small blank label sheet):
Large Labels (fit the larger jars)
Small Labels (fit either jar size)

One important thing to remember when using these spices—use them like you would salt. If you want more of the essential oil flavor, add more oils to the salt mixture, or add a toothpick or a drop of essential oil to the dish after cooking it.

Another tip: Make sure to use a slightly coarse salt (kosher salt and Himalayan sea salt are recommended). Do not use table salt—it will make these taste too salty. Also avoid the really coarse salt if you plan on adding more to your dish just before eating (unless you happen to like biting into large chunks of salt full of essential oil flavor . . . which isn’t necessarily a bad thing).

With Father’s Day just around the corner, try making these as a gift for the man who loves to cook!
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