ESSENTIAL OILS AND COOKING
Young Living has an entire line of essential oils that are FDA approved for dietary usage! This line is called the Vitality line!
I want to share some of my favorite recipes with you using Vitality oils, but first, I want to answer a common question! People often ask "are the Vitality oils the same as the regular oils? Are Vitality Lavender and regular Lavender the same thing, or is there a difference?" To answer the question, the same thing is in both bottles! The only difference is the label!
My favorite oily recipes!
Honey Lavender Lemonade
+ 6 lemons
+ 1 lime
+ 1/2 cup of raw honey
+ 2 drops of Lavender Vitality oil
+ 10 cups of ice water
+ Squeeze lemons and lime into a glass pitcher
+ Add honey
+ Add Lavender Vitality oil
+ Add water to taste and stir
(Add less water for stronger lemonade)
+ Make it an adults only beverage by adding Prosecco!
Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade
+ 6 lemons
+ 3 drops of Lemon Vitality oil
+ 1 cup of agave
+ 1 (16 ounce) container strawberries
+ 1 quart of sparkling water
+ Ice cubes
+ Squeeze lemons into a bowl
+ Blend the strawberries with 1/2 cup of the agave in a blender until smooth
+ Pour the lemon juice, Lemon Vitality oil, strawberry puree, other 1/2 cup of agave, and sparkling water into a glass pitcher and stir! (Add more agave if you want it sweeter!)
+ Add ice cubes and enjoy!
Easy Blender Salsa
+ 2 cans of diced tomatoes
+ 1 fresh jalapeno, seeded
+ 1/2 large onion
+ 2 cloves of minced garlic
+ 5 drops of Lime Vitality oil
+ 3 drops of Cilantro Vitality oil
+ Puree all ingredients in the blender until it reaches desired consistency
+ Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving with tortilla chips!
Black Pepper Burgers
+ 1 lb of organic, grass-fed ground beef
+ 1/2 cup of grated raw cheese
+ 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce
+ 10 drops of Black Pepper Vitality oil
+ 1/4 tsp of onion powder (or 1/4 onion finely diced)
+ 1/8 tsp of garlic powder
+ 1/8 tsp of paprika
+ 1/8 tsp of sea salt or himalayan salt
+ Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl
+ Form the burgers into patties
+ Grill burgers until cooked to your desired doneness!
Ningxia Red Ice Pops
+ 1 cup of water
+ 2 cups of Ningxia Red
+ 3 drops of Citrus Fresh Vitality oil
+ Combine all ingredients
+ Pour into popsicle molds
+ Freeze and enjoy!
Mango Berry Smoothie Bowl
+ 1 scoop of Vanilla Spice Pure Protein Complete
+ 1/2 cup of almond milk
+ 1 cup of frozen mango chunks
+ 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries
+ 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries
+ 1/4 cup of plain Greek yogurt
+ 2 drops of Grapefruit Vitality oil
+ Toppings of your choice
+ Blend all ingredients except for toppings in a blender
+ Separate into two bowls and garnish with your choice of tasty toppings! I love using bananas, strawberries, organic dried wolfberries, granola, and chia seeds.
Guilt Free Peppermint Brownies
+ 1 15-oz. can of low sodium black beans
+ 1/3 cup of coconut oil
+ 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
+ 1/8 tsp of salt
+ 2 tsp of vanilla extract
+ 1/2 cup of raw honey
+ 3 eggs
+ 2 drops of Peppermint Vitality oil
+ Preheat oven to 350°F
+ Rinse and drain black beans
+ Melt coconut oil on stove
+ Blend all ingredients except eggs in food processer
+ In a separate bowl, lightly whisk eggs until well beaten
+ Fold into chocolate mixture
+ Pour mixture into a greased 8x8 pan and bake 25–30 minutes
+ Let cool 15 minutes then cut
+ Let cool another 15 minutes and serve
Thai-Style Lettuce Wraps
+ 1 tbsp of olive oil
+ 1 lb of ground chicken or turkey
+ 2 tbsp of red curry paste
+ 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
+ 1 red bell pepper, diced
+ 1 cup of cabbage, chopped
+ 8 ounces water chestnuts, drained and diced
+ 1/4 cup of hoisin sauce
+ 4 green onions, chopped
+ 2 drops of Ginger Vitality oil
+ 1 drop of Basil Vitality oil
+ Salt and pepper to taste
+ 1/2 head of iceberg lettuce
+ Heat olive oil in a large skillet until very hot. Add ground chicken or turkey and cook for about 3 minutes on medium-high heat until it begins to brown.
+ Add red curry paste, garlic, diced peppers, cabbage, and water chestnuts. Stir-fry for another 3 minutes.
+ Add hoisin sauce and green onions. Toss.
+ Stir in Ginger Vitality and Basil Vitality essential oils.
+ Add salt and pepper to taste.
+ Transfer cooked meat to a bowl.
+ To serve, place spoonfuls of filling into pieces of lettuce. Enjoy!