Basil-Infused Pasta Primavera

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

Basil-Infused Pasta Primavera

  • Servings: 4–6
  • Time: 20–30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. farfalle pasta (or other pasta cut)
  • 4–6 drops basil essential oil
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lemon juice to taste
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for topping
  • 2 Tbsp. minced, fresh basil for topping

Instructions:

  1. Boil water for pasta. Add 4–6 drops of basil essential oil to the water. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain, rinse, and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute broccoli until just tender, about 7–10 minutes.
  3. Combine pasta, broccoli, spinach, and cherry tomatoes in a serving bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Squirt the pasta primavera with lemon juice to taste, and then top with grated Parmesan cheese and minced, fresh basil. Serve immediately.

Herbed Parmesan Chicken

Impress your friends and family with this classy and delicious dinner. The essentials oils provide a wonderful herb flavor that won’t disappoint.

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Herbed Parmesan Chicken

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 30 minutes active; 25–45 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts, cut in half
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Sprinkle chicken breast halves on each side with salt and pepper.
  3. Get out three small bowls (big enough to fit a single chicken breast half in).
  4. In the first bowl, combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, paprika, and garlic salt.
  5. In the second bowl, whisk together the eggs and essential oils.
  6. In the third bowl, place the flour.
  7. Line up your bowls of flour, egg, and bread crumbs.
  8. Dredge the chicken in the flour, then dip it in the egg mixture, and then dredge it in the bread crumb mixture (completely coat the chicken breast half with each of these steps). Repeat until all of the chicken breast halves have been covered.
  9. Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Once the pan is warm, place the chicken breasts in the pan, and brown them on all sides (you aren’t trying to cook the chicken pieces through with this step; you just want to give them a nice golden color).
  10. Place chicken breast halves in a greased baking dish, and cover tightly with aluminum foil.
  11. Bake for 25–45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Note: If your chicken pieces vary in thickness, some may cook faster than others. Use a meat thermometer to test for doneness, and remove chicken pieces from the oven as they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Chicken will be the most moist if you don’t overcook it.
  12. Serve Parmesan chicken with your choice of noodles and marina sauce (see below for a great marinara sauce recipe using essential oils).

Marinara Sauce

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 15 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes (28 oz. size)
  • 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 saute 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.