1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (or 1 small can of green chiles)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. (450 g) organic, grass-fed ground beef
1 (14.5 oz.) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 (14.5 oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 (14.5 oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained (or substitute with 5–6 large fresh tomatoes, skinned and diced)
3 Tbsp. (45 ml) tomato paste
1 Tbsp. (15 ml) dark brown sugar or honey (add a little more sugar if using fresh tomatoes)
2 tsp. (5 g) unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
2 Tbsp. (16 g) chili powder
2 tsp. (4.5 g) paprika
1/2 tsp. (2.5 g) kosher salt, or to taste
2 cups (480 ml) beef broth
2–3 drops cumin essential oil
1 drop black pepper essential oil
1 drop coriander essential oil
Heat olive oil in a pan (or pressure cooker), and sauté the onion, bell pepper, and jalapeño pepper (or green chiles) for 3–4 minutes or until the onion is translucent. Add the garlic, and sauté for an additional 10 seconds. Transfer onion/pepper mixture to a bowl.
Place the ground beef in the pan (or pressure cooker), and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beef has browned. Drain fat if desired.
In a stock pot, pressure cooker, or slow cooker, place the onion/pepper mixture, ground beef, beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar (or honey), cocoa powder, chili powder, paprika, salt, and beef broth; cook* until flavors are combined.
Top chili with desired toppings. Serve with rosemary cornbread or baked potatoes.
Stovetop (in stock pot): Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes.
Pressure Cooker: Cook on high pressure for 8–10 minutes, then release pressure naturally.
Slow Cooker: Cook on high for 1–2 hours or low for 4–6 hours.
Cornbread is the perfect pairing with chili. Place little bits of cornbread in the bowl to scoop up with some chili, or mix up a little honey butter and spread it on the cornbread for a delicious side dish.
1 1/2 cups (360 ml) buttermilk (or 1 1/2 cup milk + 1 1/2 Tbsp. white vinegar or lemon juice)
1–2 drops rosemary essential oil
Preheat the oven to 425°F. Place butter in an 8″ (20 cm) baking dish (or standard bread pan), and put in the oven so the butter will melt.
If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, stir together 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) milk and 1 1/2 Tbsp. (23 ml) white vinegar or lemon juice. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a separate bowl, add the eggs, and lightly beat. Then add the buttermilk and essential oil. Whisk together until combined.
Remove the baking dish from the oven, and rotate the pan to coat the sides in the melted butter.
Pour the wet ingredients and melted butter into the dry ingredients, and fold together until there are no dry spots (the batter will still be lumpy).
Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish, and bake for 20–25 minutes (30 minutes in a standard bread pan) or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cornbread comes out clean.
Remove the cornbread from the oven, and let it cool for 10 minutes before serving.
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1–2 drops cinnamon essential oil (If you don’t love a lot of cinnamon flavor, add a toothpick at a time until you reach the right amount for you.)
Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
In mixer bowl, combine butter or oil, sugars, flour, nutmeg, and essential oils. Blend until mixed.
Add eggs and egg white. Blend on high speed for 1 minute. Reduce mixer to low speed, and gradually add evaporated milk. Mix until well blended.
Add pumpkin purée and vanilla extract. Mix again until blended. Pour into unbaked pie shells.
Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350°F (175°C); without opening oven door, bake for an additional 50–60 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Note: If crust is getting too brown, carefully cover with a foil tent 45 minutes into baking.
Cool pies for 2–3 hours. If you like your pumpkin pie cold, store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
For the cinnamon whipped cream, whisk the heavy cream until it starts to form stiff peaks. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon essential oil, and whisk for a few seconds to incorporate into the cream. Taste, and stir in more cinnamon essential oil as needed.
Serve each pie slice with a dollop of cinnamon whipped cream, and enjoy!
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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.
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.
Need a chicken marinade this summer that works well on the grill? This marinade uses essential oil flavors that are often used in Asian cooking to create a new and exciting dish for your family this summer!