Turmeric is a traditional seasoning used in curries and other East Indian dishes. This golden, warming soup is flavored with curry power plus turmeric and black pepper essential oils. These oils not only complement each other as seasonings but also work synergistically for powerful health benefits. Both are highly analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant—to name just a few properties. You will love this soup, and it will love you back!
Many thanks to Ashley Farrell, a dōTERRA® Wellness Advocate and AromaTools® customer, for her Instagram recipe (slightly adapted). Ashley recommends topping the soup with caramelized onions and toasted pepita seeds (the green insides of pumpkin seed shells).
This creamy vegetarian soup is packed with nutrients and flavor! In fact, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven—it’s that good! It got rave reviews from the many people who tested this recipe in preparation for this post. Give it a try and let us know what you think!
[recipe title=”Artichoke Portobello Soup” servings=”4–6″ time=”20–25 minutes active; 15–20 minutes inactive” difficulty=”Easy”]
1 jar (4–6 oz.) marinated artichoke hearts, drained and sliced
1 bay leaf
1/8 tsp. (220 mg) cayenne pepper
1 cup (240 ml) heavy cream
Salt to taste
1 drop thyme essential oil
1 drop oregano essential oil
1 drop black pepper essential oil
Place butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, and allow it to melt a little. Add onion, carrots, and celery; sauté until the vegetables start to caramelize.
Add chopped mushrooms, sauté 3–4 more minutes, and then sprinkle with flour and stir for 1–2 minutes to allow the flour to cook in the butter. Add broth, artichokes, bay leaf, and cayenne pepper. Simmer for 15–20 minutes.
Scoop soup into a blender, and pulse 5–10 times (this step can be skipped if you like larger chunks in your soup).
Pour the soup back into the large saucepan, and stir in the heavy cream, salt, and essential oils. Cook 3–5 minutes, or until slightly thickened and heated through.
These frozen whipped cream cubes make hot chocolate a fun experience and add a little minty flavor to your cup as well! This recipe can be a healthier alternative to adding marshmallows to your hot chocolate, especially if you follow the substitutions to make this a healthy non-dairy topping!
[recipe title=”Peppermint Whipped Cream Cubes” time=”5–10 minutes active; 1 hour inactive” difficulty=”Easy”]
Ingredients & Supplies:
1 cup (240 ml) heavy whipping cream (or coconut cream)
2 Tbsp. (17 g) powdered sugar or 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) maple syrup
2–3 drops peppermint essential oil
Using an electric mixer, whisk together the whipping cream, powdered sugar, and peppermint essential oil until it thickens and forms stiff peaks.
Cover a dish with parchment paper, and spread the whipped cream on the parchment paper. You’ll want it at least 1/2″ (1 1/4 cm) thick.
Freeze the cream until solid (about an hour).
Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes in the cream, and place them in hot chocolate.
A chocolate stirring spoon makes the drink more decadent. You can even add a drop of peppermint to the chocolate before pouring into the spoon mold for a little extra mintiness!
Forget freezing and just use it as cream. It’s delicious either way!
Make “ice cream sandwiches” by placing this cream in between your favorite cookies.
This essential oil–flavored chili and cornbread make the perfect meal for a cold evening. This recipe is easy to make whether you make it on the stove, in a pressure cooker, or in a slow cooker.
[recipe title=”Black Bean Chili” servings=”6–8″ time=”15 minutes active; 30 minutes–6 hours* inactive” difficulty=”Easy”]
Ingredients & Supplies:
2 tsp. (10 ml) olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
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.
[recipe title=”Rosemary Cornbread” servings=”6–8″ time=”15 minutes active; 20–25 minutes inactive” difficulty=”Easy”]
Ingredients & Supplies:
6 Tbsp. (85 g) butter
1 cup (155 g) cornmeal
3/4 cup (90 g) flour
1 Tbsp. (12.5 g) sugar
1 1/2 tsp. (7 g) baking powder
1/2 tsp. (2 g) baking soda
1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
2 large eggs
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.
This delicious cake was loved by all who tried it—including those who don’t normally like grapefruit! The cake is a perfect balance of tart and sweet with an incredibly moist texture. It is sure to be a hit at your next dinner party, essential oil class, bridal or baby shower, or wherever you choose to share it. Continue reading →
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!
Here are a few other recipes to round out your Thanksgiving meal:
1/4 cup (60 ml) brown sugar, agave nectar, or pure maple syrup
1/4 cup (27 g) chopped pecans (optional)
1/4 cup (28 g) currants or chopped raisins
2 drops cinnamon essential oil
2 Tbsp. (28 g) butter
3/4 cup (180 ml) boiling water
Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) while you wash and core apples. Cut out the core of each apple, leaving the bottom 1/2″ (1.25 cm) intact so the hole does not go all the way through.
Mix sweetener, chopped pecans, currants or chopped raisins, and cinnamon essential oil in a small bowl.
Place apples in a baking dish, and fill each one with the sweet stuffing mixture.
Put a pat of butter on top of each apple over the hole.
Pour the boiling water into the bottom of the baking dish. Bake for approximately 40 minutes, until the apples are cooked to tender but not mushy.
Remove the apples from the oven, and baste them with the juices from the pan. These are delicious topped with vanilla ice cream or homemade Cinnamon Whipped Cream (recipe below)!
[/recipe] This Cinnamon Whipped Cream really takes this baked apple dish to the next level! Go ahead and give it a try!
[recipe title=”Cinnamon Whipped Cream” servings=”4–6″ time=”5 minutes” difficulty=”Easy”]
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.