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.

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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Basil-Infused Pasta Primavera

This tasty dish allows your fresh spring and summer veggies to shine, compliments of a hint of basil essential oil!

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Hasselback Herb Potatoes with Essential Oils

Have you tried hasselback potatoes yet? They are a lot like baked potatoes, but rather than piercing the potatoes with a fork, you cut slices in them with a knife, then fill the slices with yummy ingredients either before or after baking them. When making hasselback potatoes with essential oils, it’s best to add the oils after baking the potatoes so you don’t lose the health benefits of the oils.

Start by slicing the potatoes, drizzling them with olive oil, and sprinkling salt and pepper on top before baking them. While they bake, mix up the herb butter by melting butter and stirring in the essential oils. If you happen to taste the herb butter, you may find the essential oils to be a bit strong. Just trust us, though—the final product tastes delicious!

When the potatoes are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, pull them out of the oven. Then, while they are still hot, drizzle on the herb butter. Make sure to get it in between the slices.
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Essential Oil–Infused Italian Dipping Oil

Treat your guests well at your dinner party with this classic Italian appetizer—now infused with essential oils! Aside from the amazing flavor these oils bring to this dish, they also provide added health benefits.

This appetizer also makes a great refreshment at an essential oil class! Just pre-slice the bread, and add the essential oils to the olive oil; then allow your guests to add a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and other additions to condiment cups to accompany their slice of bread.

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Essential Oil–Infused Italian Dipping Oil

  • Servings: 4–8
  • Time: 2–5 minutes active; 1 hour inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 1 drop basil essential oil
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 1 drop rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil
  • Optional additions: crushed garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, grated parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass dish.
  2. Let sit for 1 hour to allow the flavors to blend.
  3. Dip french bread or sourdough bread in the Italian Dipping Oil, and enjoy!

Try this dipping oil with our Rosemary Artisan Sourdough Bread—they make a fantastic combination!

Margherita Garlic Bread with Basil Essential Oil

Want to add a little class to your dinner tonight? Try this Margherita Garlic Bread. This simple dish is packed with flavor! Add a salad, and you have an easy and satisfying dinner.

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Margherita Garlic Bread with Basil Essential Oil

  • Servings: 10–15
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf artisan or french bread, cut into 1″ (2.5 cm) slices
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 tsp. (3 g) garlic powder
  • 5–8 drops basil essential oil
  • Tomato slices
  • Mozzarella cheese slices
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Melt the butter; add the garlic powder and basil essential oil.
  2. Brush butter mixture onto the bread slices with a pastry brush until saturated, or spoon butter on to lightly cover each slice of bread.
  3. Add sliced tomatoes and cheese to each slice of bread.
  4. Broil for 2 minutes or until cheese is melted and edges of bread are golden brown.
  5. Garnish with fresh basil leaves, and serve immediately.


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Mini Lasagnas

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This delicious and light recipe comes in a great portion size for a healthy luncheon!

Mini Lasagnas

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 30 minutes active; 10–15 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. (340 g) ground turkey breast
  • 1 cup (150 g) chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup (38 g) chopped mushrooms
  • 1 tsp. (6 g) salt
  • 1/4 tsp. (1 g) pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (15 oz./425 g) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. (3 g) chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 tsp. (2 g) chopped fresh basil
  • 1 1/2 cups (372 g) part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 1 drop basil essential oil
  • 24 small square wonton wrappers
  • 1 1/2 cups (170 g) shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. (190° C.).
  2. Over medium heat, cook the ground turkey, onions, mushrooms, salt, and pepper until the turkey is browned. Add the garlic and cook for 1–2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Add the crushed tomatoes and half the chopped oregano. Simmer on low for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine the ricotta with the remaining chopped oregano and the basil. Drop in the essential oils. Stir to mix well.
  5. Coat a standard-sized muffin tin with olive oil. Firmly press 1 wonton wrapper into each of the 12 cups.
  6. Divide half of the ricotta mixture among the 12 muffin cups.
  7. Using half of the turkey-tomato sauce, spoon it evenly over each of the ricotta-filled cups, and sprinkle each with mozzarella.
  8. Lay another wonton wrapper on top of the mozzarella layer. Repeat the layering process with the second half of the ricotta mixture and sauce, finishing with mozzarella cheese on top.
  9. Bake 10–12 minutes, until the wonton edges are crispy and the cheese has melted.
  10. Let the cups cool a bit before removing from the pan.

Serve with a fresh tossed green salad and some homemade vinaigrette!

Sparkling Limeade

Enjoy this refreshing drink as you bask in the sunshine this summer!
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Sparkling Limeade

  • Servings: 4–6
  • Time: 10 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) lime juice (from about 3–4 limes; add water to reach 1/2 cup if needed)
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
  • 1–2 drops lime essential oil
  • Chilled sparkling water or club soda (regular water also works if you don’t like carbonation)

Instructions:

  1. Stir the lime juice in with the sugar in a small saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Lower the heat, and cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat, and pour into a glass dish.
  2. Add lime essential oil. Cover, and refrigerate until chilled.
  3. Mix about 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) of the limeade concentrate with 1 cup (240 ml) of chilled sparkling water in a glass cup. Taste, and add more water if you want a lighter flavor.
  4. Serve with ice.

Flavor Variations:

  • Basil Limeade: Add 1 toothpick of basil essential oil with the lime essential oil, and use basil leaves for garnish.
  • Rosemary Limeade: Add 1 toothpick of rosemary essential oil with the lime essential oil, and use fresh sprigs of rosemary for garnish.

Note: The essential oil flavor will get stronger the longer the limeade sits. Add the basil or rosemary essential oil right before serving.

Extra Ideas:

  • Use frozen berries instead of ice cubes and garnish.
  • Try substituting liquid stevia for the sugar to make it healthier. No need to heat it up either—just mix and serve.

Black Bean Burgers

burger2Enjoy this delicious vegetarian alternative during grilling season. Essential oils give these burgers a healthy, flavorful kick!

 

 

Black Bean Burgers

  • Servings: 5–8
  • Time: 20 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cans (14.5 oz./411 g each) seasoned black beans
  • 1 cup (120 g) seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup (35 g) grated white onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. (1.5 g) chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • 1 drop basil essential oil
  • 1 drop cumin essential oil
  • 2 drops cilantro essential oil
  • 5-8 slices of cheese
  • Hamburger buns or rolls
  • Other desired toppings (mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, etc.)

Instructions:

  1. Drain black beans, and pour half of them (1 can) into a blender.
  2. Add breadcrumbs, onion, egg, spices, and essential oils. Pulse until combined and relatively smooth.
  3. Scrape mixture into a bowl, and add the other can of beans, stirring everything together.
  4. Divide and shape the mixture into patties.
  5. Heat some olive oil in a pan, and grill patties for 6 minutes on each side. Take care when flipping them—they are delicate.
  6. Melt cheese of choice on top, and serve on toasted buns with desired toppings.

Enjoy with a dash of hot sauce and some veggie sticks or chips and salsa on the side!

Homemade Mayonnaise

Making your own condiments can be cheaper and healthier. It also allows you to customize the flavor to your preference. Try this mayonnaise with an added essential oil flavor such as basil, rosemary, lemon, or black pepper!
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Savory Dinner Crepes

These savory dinner crepes are sure to have your family asking for more! The essential oils add a delicious flavor that is sure to impress even the pickiest eater.

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Savory Dinner Crepes

  • Servings: Approx. 15
  • Time: 60 minutes active; 2 hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Crepe Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • Butter

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Place all ingredients except butter in a blender. Blend on high for about a minute or until the ingredients are completely combined.
  2. Place batter in the fridge to chill for 1–2 hours.
  3. Once chilled, remove the batter from the fridge. Lightly coat a crepe pan or small frying pan with butter.
  4. Heat the pan to medium-high. Pour a thin layer of batter into the pan. Cook until the crepe is golden on the bottom; then flip the crepe and cook the other side. Repeat until all the crepes are cooked.

Filling INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups chicken, diced
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup milk, warmed
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 drop rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil
  • 1 drop basil essential oil
  • Grated cheese

Instructions:

  1. Sauté chicken in olive oil until cooked completely. Remove from pan, and set aside.
  2. Using the same pan you cooked the chicken in, melt the butter, and then whisk in 2 Tbsp. of flour.
  3. Gradually add the warm milk to create a creamy sauce. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, and essential oils. Taste, and add more salt and pepper if needed.
  4. Return the chicken to the pan, and stir it in with the sauce.
  5. Sprinkle cheese on the bottom of a crepe, layer chicken and sauce over it, and roll it up. Repeat until all of your crepes have been filled.
  6. Serve immediately.