Winter Harvest

Winter Harvest

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

No Bake Chocolate Walnut Bars

My husband and sons love, love, loves these. They are a great grab and go. If you have a sweet tooth, these will hit the spot.  They are pretty easy to make and work great for us.

Here is what I do:
1/2 Cup raw unfiltered organic honey
1/4 Cup organic cold pressed coconut oil
1/4 Cup almond butter
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 Cup chopped walnuts or half cup walnuts and half cup almonds chopped
1/2 Cup raw organic cocoa nibs (you can use chocolate chips if you want. We just don't want the added sugar. Cocoa nibs keeps it healthier.)
1/4 Cup sunflower seeds
1/4 Cup pepitas ( raw shelled pumpkin seeds)
1/4 Cup dried goji berries (I sit and cut them in half. You don't have to but I like them smaller)
1 Cup organic rolled oats

Place walnuts, cocoa nibs, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, goji berries and rolled oats into a large bowl. Mix and set aside.
Oil an 8x8 baking dish and set aside.
In a saute pan set over med-low heat add the honey, coconut oil, almond butter, salt, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix good and stir till heated. Hot but not boiling.
Pour over dry ingredients and stir well to combine (I use a rubber spatula for this. It seems to work best and everything doesn't stick to it.)
Pour into prepared baking dish and press everything in tight. Place in refrigerator for two hours. Take out and cut into 12 bars. I them wrap them individually in plastic wrap and store in refrigerator. They will soften some as they warm up while you eat them. Sticky and delicious. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Vegetarian Mexican Tortilla Soup

This soup is terrific, filling and healthy. It is adapted from "The Food Babe's" recipe. Just like most recipes I take a recipe and then make it my own to suit our tastes. I will give you options in making it healthier if you choose. I also used all organic ingredients where I could.

Here's what I did: (I doubled the recipe)

2 Tbl. extra virgin olive oil
1-2 Cups onion, chopped (I used two small white onions)
1/2 Cup diced cerely
1 Cup diced carrot
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2-1 cup green lentils, rinsed (the original recipe called for 1/2 cup but I wanted more so I used 1 Cup to make it heartier)
6 Cups vegetable stock
1 (14oz) can or jar crushed tomatoes (mine were chopped not crushed and they broke down just fine)
1/2 jalapeno, seeded and minced
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. coriander
1/2- 1 tsp. salt (you will taste and adjust seasoning at the end)
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
3 sprouted corn tortillas **( I did not use sprouted corn tortillas as I couldn't find them. I bought a bag of organic white corn tortilla chips and crushed up a hand full to add to the soup. It is important to use organic corn products as almost all corn and corn products are GMO's. If I can find sprouted corn tortillas next time I make the soup I will give it a try. The organic chips worked great though)

In a large pot heat the olive oil up over med heat and add the onions, celery and carrots. Stir and cook till the vegetables are slightly tender. Add the garlic and cook another minute. Next add the vegetable broth, tomatoes, lentils, jalapeno, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper and chopped cilantro. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer and cover and simmer 30 minutes or so till lentils are tender. When lentils are tender add a hand full of crushed corn tortilla chips(or the sprouted corn tortillas.) Cover and continue to simmer another ten minutes. The chips should break up and dissolve into the soup and thicken it up some. Taste for seasoning.
Serve with optional toppings of :
tortillas chips
monterey jack cheese (I use pepper jack cheese. Organic or course.)
cubed avacado
additional cilantro


Monday, March 9, 2015

Individual Cauliflower Pizza

Made this today and this is sooooo good that I just had to put it on here for you all to try. I unfortunately can't remember which web site I found it on to give them the credit they are due for this wonderful recipe. I found it by looking for cauliflower recipes on Pinterest.
We are trying to go 95-100% organic without breaking the bank. This was fairly reasonably priced and very easy to make.

Here is what I did:

1 lg. head cauliflower, shredded. (you need 4 cups. The Cauliflower I used made a smidgen more than 4 cups and I used it all.)
2 eggs, beaten
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
salt (optional)
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried basil
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 cup pizza sauce (optional. I did not use it. I just used the slices of fresh tomato)
fresh basil, shreds
12 slices of tomato
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven 450

using a hand grater, shred cauliflower into crumbles. Measure out 4 cups and place in microwave safe bowl.  I had about 4 1/2 cups and just used it all.
cook cauliflower in microwave for 8 minutes. Stir and let cool 10-15 minutes.
Add salt to taste if using, the 2 beaten eggs, 2 cups mozarella, oregano, dried basil and garlic powder and stir to combine.
 Lightly  grease two baking sheet pans. Divide into 12 balls (I used a 1/3 measuring cup and got 11 and that worked fine) Place spaced out on baking sheets and pat each one down to about 4 inch wide rounds. Bake 15 minutes. The edges will char and this is a good thing as it is very flavorful.
Remove from the oven and turn the oven onto broil. Top each with parmesan cheese, shreds of fresh basil and then mozzarella. Top with slice of tomato. Place under broiler for 3-5 minutes till cheeses are melted and tomatoes are warmed some.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Home made air freshener spray (throw away that Fabreze)

Once in a while you just need to spray something in the air that smells good. Here is a great way to make your own at home with water and essential oils. Easy and safe. No synthetic fragrances here.

Air Freshener:

2 Cups distilled water (I use tap water if I don't have distilled water)
1 Tbl. baking soda
1 ounce cheap vodka (vodka has a disinfectant element and it also helps suspend the oils in the water)
15-50 drops essential oils of choice

Place all ingredients in spray bottle. Shake before spraying in the air.

Home made multi-purpose scouring powder

I use this as an all purpose scrub where and when needed. I use it in the bathroom in my tub and on the shower walls when needed. It also works great to scrub out my kitchen sink.

Multi-purpose scrub:
2 Cups baking soda place into blender (if you have it use the blender for dry goods, or whatever you have.
1/2 cup shredded bar soap (I use Dr. Bronners unscented bar soap) Add this to the blender with the baking soda
Add 25-50 drops of your choice of essential oil
Turn on blender and blend into a powder and store in container with sprinkle top if you want or just a jar. 

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Yes, I'm going to talk about toilet bowls. In going natural and home made cleaning items this one is important to me. Germs love the toilet bowl and feeling like it is super clean is important to my mental health. So here is what I do:

1 Cup of baking soda with 10 drops of tea tree oil or a mixture of anti-bacterial EO's mixed added to the baking soda and mixed together.

1 cup white vinegar.

Pour the baking soda into the toilet and then pour the white vinegar in and step back and watch it fizz and fizz. After the fizz settles down take your bowl brush and scrub the toilet. Flush and watch how clean and shiny it is. AND you didn't hurt the environment with toxic toilet bowl cleaner. I clean the rest of the toilet with either the all purpose cleaner or the granite/glass cleaner with alcohol. You can find those recipes here on my blog.

Home made all purpose cleaner and granite/glass cleaner

I have been loving my home made cleaners. Here are a couple that I think have proved worthy of using and sharing with you.
I have been purchasing my essential oils from Edens Garden
They are high quality oils and everyone of them they carry are therapeutic grade oils. There are three grades of essential oils

1. Therapeutic grade -the very best
2. Grade B or perfume/comsetic grade
3. Grade C or perfume oils

Edens garden has a oil blend called "Cleaning Blend" this is the one I use the most for cleaning recipes. I also use one called "Thieves" and it is wonderful too. But you can learn some about them and then make use the ones you like best. I love lemon for laundry soap and softener.

Better Than Lysol: I read this off one of the many sites I visit, but can't remember which one.

10 ounces distilled water (I use distilled if I have it if not I use tap water.)
50-100 drops of Rosemary essential oil or other germ killing EO
1 Tbl. plain and cheap vodka (this has germ killing properties but it also helps suspend the essential oils in the water.)

Add to stray bottle and spray and use as any all purpose cleaner. Be sure to shake up the bottle prior to each use to keep the EO's suspended in the liquid. 

Granite/Glass and mirror cleaner: This is probably my most used recipe. This does have Isopropyl alcohol in it. Depending on who you ask this alcohol is ok or its not. I like it cause it is germ killing and evaporates quickly to leave a nice shine. It can have an overpowering alcohol scent when you spray it so used in well ventilated area. The scent disappears quickly.

1 1/2 Cups 70% or higher Isopropyl alcohol
2 1/2 cups distilled water
1/4 tsp. dish soap
50 drops germ killing essential oils.

mix and place in spray bottle. Use on granite, glass, mirrors or any surface you want. I would not use this on wood or anything that the alcohol could dry out but its great on everything else.