Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew

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.

Irish Beef Stew

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Time: 20 minutes active; 4–8 hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) olive oil
  • 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)

Instructions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat for 7–8 hours or on high heat for 3–4 hours.
  4. 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.
  5. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley if desired.

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.

Add a little fresh parsley for a pop of color, and sprinkle on some parmesan cheese for the final touch! Don’t wait too long to get a bite of this delicious potato!

Hasselback Herb Potatoes

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Time: 10–15 minutes active; 30–40 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

Potatoes:

  • 2–3 lbs. (1–1.5 kg) small potatoes
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Olive oil

Herb Butter:

  • 1/3–1/2 cup (80–120 ml) melted butter (can use olive oil or a mixture of butter and olive oil)
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 drops basil essential oil
  • 2 drops thyme essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Additional Ingredients:

  • Fresh minced parsley for garnish
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Slice along each potato in 1/16-inch (2 mm) intervals, making sure to only slice a little more than halfway through the potato. It is easiest to start cutting on one end, then when you get to the middle, rotate the potato and continue cutting from the other end toward the middle again.
  3. Place the sliced potatoes on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Roast the potatoes in the oven for about 30–40 minutes, until tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.
  5. While the potatoes are roasting, mix together the herb butter.
  6. Once the potatoes are done, pull them out of the oven, and brush the herb butter mixture evenly over the potatoes and in between the slices.
  7. Sprinkle potatoes with fresh parsley and parmesan cheese, if desired.
  8. Serve immediately, and enjoy!

Note: The herb butter may seem pretty strong if tasted on its own, but it tastes just right when combined with the potato.

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!

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 sage essential oil
  • Grated cheese

Instructions:

  1. Saute 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.

Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Essential Oils

You will be delighted with this savory and flavorful pulled pork sandwich that incorporates the benefits of thyme, rosemary, and black pepper essential oil!

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Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork Sandwiches

  • Servings: 10–12
  • Time: 1 hour active; 4 1/2–10 hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

  • 4 lb. (1.8 kg) pork shoulder roast
  • 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) chicken broth
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil

Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups  (360 ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup (240 ml) ketchup
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) honey
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. (23 ml) worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. (23 ml) dijon mustard
  • 2–3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 g) salt
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil
  • 1 drop rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil

Additional Ingredients

  • Hamburger buns or rolls
  • Coleslaw or broccoli slaw

Instructions:

  1. Cut off excess fat from the pork, and divide roast in 2–4 pieces.
  2. Rub with vegetable oil, and brown each pork piece a little over the stove.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Add the sauce to the slow cooker, and stir everything together until all the meat is covered in the sauce.
  7. Cover, and cook for another 30 minutes on low.
  8. Serve on hamburger buns or rolls with broccoli slaw or coleslaw.

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Homemade Natural Dishwashing Soap

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Are you looking for a more natural soap to clean your handwashed dishes? This dish soap is thick like commercial brands and produces a good lather as you clean. We really liked this oil scent, but you are welcome to try something new—just add 15–20 drops total of your desired essential oils to the mixture before whisking.

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All-Natural Dish Soap

  • Servings: Yield=8 oz.
  • Time: 5 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a glass bowl; gently whisk until the mixture thickens.
  2. Pour into the 8 oz. bottle.
  3. Place a small amount on a sponge and use to handwash your dishes, or add some to your dish water as the water is filling the sink.

Slow Cooker Herbed Pot Roast

At the end of a long day, there is nothing like coming home to the smell of a delicious roast in the slow cooker. This simple recipe packs a big flavor and will leave you highly satisfied.

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Slow Cooker Herbed Pot Roast

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Time: 20 minutes active; 8 hours inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 lb chuck roast
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic clove
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1–2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil
  • 1–2 drops marjoram essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Place water and uncooked chuck roast in the slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle salt, garlic, and olive oil over roast.
  3. Turn the slow cooker to low, and cook for 6–8 hours until tender (if the water level gets low, add a little more water so the roast doesn’t get dry).
  4. Turn off heat, and add essential oils to the broth around the roast. Taste the broth, and add more salt if needed.
  5. Remove roast from slow cooker, and slice or shred it.
  6. Return sliced roast to broth, and let marinate in the broth for 15 minutes.
  7. Serve roast warm with potatoes, salad, vegetables, bread, or whatever you desire!

Thanksgiving Gravy with Thyme Essential Oil

Incorporate the benefits of pure thyme essential oil into your holiday cooking this year with this delicious poultry gravy! The fresh herb flavor will leave your guests asking for the recipe––and for a second helping!

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Poultry Gravy

  • Servings: 8–10
  • Time: 20 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper (or use 1–2 drops black pepper essential oil and add with the thyme essential oil)
  • 1/2 cup + 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 4 cups turkey drippings (strained) or 4 cups chicken broth plus 1 Tbsp. chicken bouillon
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil
  • Salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. Melt butter in a medium-size saucepan over medium-low heat.
  2. Stir in black pepper.
  3. Whisk in flour. Continue whisking for 3 minutes.
  4. Add turkey drippings or chicken broth and bouillon, and continue heating until hot and bubbly.
  5. Remove gravy from heat, and stir in thyme essential oil.
  6. Add salt to taste, if needed.
  7. Serve gravy warm over turkey and mashed potatoes!

Homemade Lasagna with Essential Oils

Impress your family with delicious, feel-good food––without compromising health! This lasagna is simple to make, tastes amazing, and incorporates the benefits of pure essential oils.

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Homemade Lasagna with Essential Oils

  • Servings: 8–10
  • Time: 35 minutes active; 45 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • 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
  • 1 container cottage cheese (24 oz. size)
  • 16 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions:

  1. In a large saucepan, brown the ground beef. Once cooked, drain the ground beef, and set aside in another dish.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and then add the lasagna noodles. Cook until noodles are tender. Then remove from heat, drain, and set aside.
  3. While the noodles are cooking, prepare the sauce. Place the olive oil and chopped onion in the saucepan, and saute over medium heat until the onions are tender.
  4. Add the garlic in with the onions, and continue cooking for an additional minute, stirring frequently.
  5. Add the salt, crushed tomatoes, and cooked ground beef to the saucepan, stir everything in the saucepan together, and continue cooking until warmed through.
  6. Turn off the heat, and stir in the oregano, rosemary, and thyme essential oils.
  7. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  8. Spray the bottom of a 9 x 13 casserole dish with cooking spray.
  9. Assemble the lasagna in the casserole dish by layering noodles, sauce, cottage cheese, and grated mozzarella cheese. Continue layering until you have used all of the noodles and the casserole dish is full.
  10. Cover the lasagna with aluminum foil, and bake for 45 minutes, or until hot and bubbly. Remove the foil for the last 15 minutes of baking.
  11. Let the lasagna sit for about 15 minutes so that it cools slightly, and then serve!

Holiday Stuffing with Essential Oils

No turkey dinner is complete without a delicious side of bread stuffing! This easy recipe combines everything you love about stuffing with the therapeutic benefits of essential oils, elevating the flavors in a most satisfying way.

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Holiday Stuffing with Essential Oils

  • Servings: 4–6
  • Time: 35 min. active; 25 min. inactive
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 8 slices bread
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 6 Tbs butter
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper (or use 2 toothpicks dipped in black pepper essential oil and add with the other essential oils)
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1 drop rosemary essential oil
  • 1 drop thyme essential oil
  • 2 eggs

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Using a serrated knife, cut bread into cubes. Spread bread cubes out evenly on a baking sheet, and bake for 15–20 minutes, stirring once, until lightly golden.
  2. Finely chop the onion and the celery. In a large saucepan, melt the butter, and then add the chopped onion and celery. Saute the onion and celery over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until barely tender.
  3. Add the chicken broth, salt, pepper, and sage.
  4. Remove saucepan from heat, and stir in essential oils.
  5. Add the toasted bread chunks, and stir until evenly coated.
  6. Stir in two eggs; and then spoon the stuffing into a greased casserole dish.
  7. Bake stuffing at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes, or until the egg is cooked and the stuffing is a nice golden color.
  8. Serve this delicious stuffing as part of your holiday meal!