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! 

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My favorite oily recipes!

Honey Lavender Lemonade

You’ll need:

+ 6 lemons

+ 1 lime

+ 1/2 cup of raw honey

+ 2 drops of Lavender Vitality oil
 

+ 10 cups of ice water



Directions:
+ 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

You’ll need:

+ 6 lemons

+ 3 drops of Lemon Vitality oil

+ 1 cup of agave 
+ 1 (16 ounce) container strawberries

+ 1 quart of sparkling water

+ Ice cubes


Directions:

+ 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

You’ll need:

+ 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


Directions:

+ 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

You’ll need:

+ 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


Directions:

+ 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

You’ll need:

+ 1 cup of water

+ 2 cups of Ningxia Red

+ 3 drops of Citrus Fresh Vitality oil
 



Directions:

+ Combine all ingredients
+ Pour into popsicle molds 

+ Freeze and enjoy!

Mango Berry Smoothie Bowl

You’ll need:


+ 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


Directions:

+ 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

You’ll need:

+ 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


Directions:

+ 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

You’ll need:

+ 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


Directions:

+ 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!