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.
Share this delightful Italian Dipping Oil with your friends and family. Just mix the olive oil and essential oils together (omit the balsamic vinegar) in a glass bowl or measuring cup, then use a funnel to pour the oil into two 2 oz. Amber Glass Bottles or one 4 oz. Amber Glass Bottle. Add a gift tag with instructions to add balsamic vinegar or any of the optional ingredients for dipping or to use it when cooking savory Italian dishes (like you would add olive oil).
In a mixer, whip all ingredients together until fluffy.
Note: if you aren’t a huge fan of cinnamon, you can start small by dipping a toothpick in the oil and stirring it into the cream. Taste the cream, then add another toothpick dipped in oil if you think it needs it.
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!
If you are looking for a relatively healthy dessert, then you should try this recipe! It is vegan and gluten-free, but it still tastes quite good. Of course, it doesn’t taste like a normal cheesecake, but even our pickiest tasters asked for more. There is something so satisfying about the lemon, coconut, nutty, and berry flavor combination tasted in every bite.
1/4 cup (60 ml) agave nectar, maple syrup, or honey
1/4 cup (48 g) coconut oil, melted
1 drop lemon essential oil
Pre-soak the cashews (and dates if needed) for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Rub an 8″ x 8″ (20 x 20 cm) glass baking dish with coconut oil.
Place all crust ingredients in a food processor or blender, and pulse until the mixture looks and feels like dough. Dump it into your baking dish, and press it down evenly to cover the bottom of the dish. Once done, place the pan in the fridge while you make the other layers.
Repeat with the cheesecake ingredients—blend, and then layer on top of crust.
If using frozen berries, place all berry topping ingredients in a pan on the stove top, and heat just until the berries have thawed a little and coconut oil is melted.
Place berry topping ingredients in the food processor, and pulse until mixed. Pour on top of the cheesecake layer.
Place in the fridge or freezer until set up (about 4 hours in the freezer or 6 hours in the fridge).
Top with fresh berries before serving, if desired.
This recipe was submitted by Ali Corle as part of our Facebook contest. She says, “I make this amazing salsa, it’s out-of-this-world good!” And we agree! This recipe makes a lot of salsa, so it is great for a party or large gathering.