Recipes with Young Living Vitality Oils

Cilantro Lime Butter Steak Bites

I am using chop steaks today, but you can use any type of steak and even beef roast chunks.  My local grocery store often has meats at greatly reduced prices regularly! This means that often I have doubles or triples of meats and sometimes random things. 😂  Like this Chop Steak. Im a proper southerner and do enjoy fried steak and gravy but 4 packs equals a lot of steak and gravy and I get bored easily. 😉 So…. as I was organizing my oils for my monthly Essential Oils order AND my chest freezer for grocery day, I dreamed up this recipe and proceeded to make it happen. Let’s just say, the gentlemen in the house sure did enjoy a “man dish” . 🤣

*This is a two part recipe that requires marinating 3 to 8 hours is advised for flavor purposes.

Supplies:
1 medium glass dish
1 small glass dish
Spoon for stirring
Sharp knife
Cutting board

Ingredients for coating mixer:
Combine:
¼ cup flour
1 TBSP cornstarch
½ tsp sea salt add 1 drop of Lime Vitality
¼ tsp black pepper.
Stir to combine and
set aside.

Ingredients for Marinade and Sauce part 1 :
1 Lime
4 pieces of chop steak or equivalent to 2.5 cups
1 rounded tsp sea salt
½ of a 1 bunch of cilantro
½ cup room temperature butter
4 drops Lime Vitality Essential Oil

Instructions for Marinade and Sauce:
1. Slice HALF of your fresh lime into thin slices and set the slices aside. Chop your cilantro and divide in half.

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2. The remaining half of lime, juice into your small glass dish. Add the salt, and half of your cilantro and stir. Melt 1 TBSP butter and add to this dish. Add 3 drops of Lime Vitality Essential Oil. Stir well.

3. Begin with thawed steak/beef and chop it into bite size pieces if needed. Place your chunks into medium glass dish and pour your marinade over and toss to coat evenly. Cover your dish and place in your refrigerator for 3 to 8 hours.

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4. The remainder of the butter and cilantro may now be warmed in a small sauce pen on low heat. When you remove it from the heat to serve, add 2 drops of Lime Vitality Essential Oil and stir well.
5. The time has come to cook your bites! You can pan fry/sear, deep fry or air fry, whatever floats your boat. Today I will deep fry these because I’m in the mood for that special crispness and alas, I don’t yet own an air fryer. You will want to fully heat your oil, butter etc..

6. Now you will coat your steak bites in the coating mix above. Place this mixture into a container or bag, add your steak bites and give them a good shake to coat them well.

7. Work in batches that you can easily deliver to the cooking agent, as well as easily remove.

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8. I fry my bites for about 1.5 minutes then I remove them to my strainer and deliver the next batch to my hot oil.

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9. Now you will drizzle and coat your cooked steak bites in the portion of marinade you set aside earlier. Garnish with a slice of fresh lime for edible garnish and serve promptly!

Hopefully your offspring haven’t already devoured your lime garnish. 😂🤣 oops!

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Peppermint Brownies

Hello!

It’s  been nearly a year since my last post! Life has been full of some crazy twists and turns we didn’t see coming, but it’s a wonderful ride, and we are being rocket propelled towards some things we could only dream of, before!

I bring you a brand new, easy peasy recipe you can whip up in a few minutes, and with just a few drops of Peppermint Vitality, you can send this basic yet delicious recipe to a whole new level of taste bud pleasing dightfulness! This recipe is not very sweet, but it is rich in chocolate flavor, so you can serve up large portions and chow down on it , OR, you can plan to slice it into bite size pieces like fudge, and serve it to lots of folks. No judgement from me, you do you. 😂

This recipe is a household favorite, and easy enough for my 11 year old to throw together on her own. I love having my kiddos in the kitchen with me! I feel like cooking from scratch is kind of a lost art, and is often viewed as over complicated! My hope is that you will read my posts and feel inspired to get busy in the kitchen. 💜

Oh! How darling are these measuring dishes! My sweet hubby gave them to me for my birthday. 😍 They are by Pioneer Woman! (I make no income from mentioning these, I just have to share because they are so cute, and cute accessories in the kitchen can make a lady feel inspired.😎 )

* a fun little side note…. if you enjoy regular brownies, use all purpose flour, if you like cake texture, use cake flour, if you prefer chewy brownies, use bread flour. 😘

SUPPLIES:

  • baking dish/pan
  • 2 Mixing bowls
  • Sauce pan
  • Spoon
  • Whisk or mixer
  • Rubber spatula

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 sticks, or 1/2 pound of butter or 1 cup
  • 3.5 oz chocolate bar
  • 3 oz. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 TBSP coffee
  • 1 TBSP vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar ( we use raw)
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 TBSP  baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 5 to 7 drops of Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil

Preheat oven to 350°

Step 1. Butter and flour your pan or baking dish. I’m using a 2 1/2 quart corning ware baking dish, but often use my 8 inch round metal cake pan.

Step 2.  Carefully chop the candy bar into chunks that will melt quickly.   Melt together, butter, 3/4 of the chocolate bar and unsweetened cocoa powder. Stir it often, and turn off as soon as everything is well incorporated. Allow to cool.20181115_201556

Step 3. Beat eggs, coffee, vanilla, and sugar.20181115_20225620181115_151529

Step 4. In separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder,  salt and walnuts. 20181115_201636

Step 5. Stir the cooled chocolate, butter mix together with the eggs mixture, incorporate well, and slowly sprinkle the dry mix into the wet as you stir continuously .  Add your peppermint drops,  and give it one last good stir!

 

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Step 6. Pour this thick batter into your baking dish and place into your preheated oven. Bake 20 minutes, and then tap it firmly about 10 times on your rack and bake about 5 to 8 minutes longer. You will know when it’s done by the cracks and tiny bubbles on the top!20181115_201332

Perfection!!! It’s a little gooey, a tad moist, the top and edges go a bit crisp and it’s scrumptious!

 

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Easy Black Pepper Essential Oil Seasoned, From Scratch, Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie

I am going to apologize for the lack of pictures in this one. I made this as comfort sustenance on a cold evening and it was solely intended for us to enjoy and never intended as a blog post, buuuut… it was so delicious that it was voted in as a post. So, here y’all go. 😂
I am, quite honestly, not a huge fan of chicken pot pie. It has never been a favorite of mine. I grew up eating those frozen boxed ones, baked in the oven and ultimatly burned on the edges, and the crust was blah and the filling was meh. Im a picky eater, I admit it. I own it. I’m okay with it. 😎 I need flavors, textures, smells, I need all my senses to be tended to. << which is a HUGE reason I was driven to learn to cook at an early age. Thankfully, I married a man who feels the same way! 🤣 I say ” chicken pot pie” and he says ” hmmmm, really???” 🤔 and then I add ” deconstructed pot pie, with puff pastry crust” and he responds ” this is me, leaning forward with interest”🍽 😂
Lamberts, “home of the throwed rolls”, makes a stellar chicken pot pie. The gravy is creamy the veggies and meat filling is abundant and the crust is flaky and not dry as a bone.  This was my inspiration for my homemade version.
Supplies:
2 quart kettle
Large deep skillet
Large spoon
Tonges or a fork
Cutting board
Knife
Baking sheet
Parchment paper
Rolling pin
**** please see my recipe for 15 minute puff pastry. You will want to make this ahead of time so it has plenty of time to chill. I typically make this a day or two ahead of when I will need it.
INGREDIENTS:
4 cups bone broth
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup flour
2-4 drops black pepper essential oil
3 cups shredded or chopped cooked chicken
2 cups EACH fresh green beans, frozen peas, diced carrots, potatoes
3 tbsp butter or ghee
Sea salt (optional)
Water to cover veggies in 2 quart kettle
DIRECTIONS:
1.Begin by placing all of your veggies into your kettle and your water, and bring to a boil until the potatoes are just so done. Don’t over cook this.
2.While your veggies are cooking, if you are using fresh chicken, slice and dice and brown lightly in butter or ghee. If using precooked, simply shred it or chop it and set it to the side.
3.In your large skillet, melt your butter or ghee, and sprinkle in just enough flour to make a thick goo. 😉 whisk this mess together until it begins to dry just a bit. Add your wine and whisk briskly to remove lumps, dump in the remainder of flour and follow with the bone broth. This needs to simmer about 5 minutes, or until thickened nicely, you can add a bit of water to thin it if need be. You will want to test taste for deliciousness, some bone broth has a saltier taste while some has less, so add enough salt to make it tasty to you. You will now add your black pepper essential oil, and whisk again. Add your chicken, stir well and remove the pan from the heat source and place a lid over it.
4. Your veggies should be done now, so drain them well and pour them into your gravy and meat mixture. Stir to combine and replace the lid and let this rest for 10 minutes.
5. While this rests, roll and cut your puff pastry and bake as directed in previous post.
6. Assembly and serving is simple. I placed a piece of puff pastry on the plate, poured a serving of the filling over, and topped it off with a second piece of puff.  I used some green onion snippings as garnish for the adults and some shredded cheddar for the kiddos.
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Maple Syrup and Cinnamon Essential Oil Infused Butternut Squash

When the weather turns cooler…. aka, -75° 😂 I find myself reaching for those “heartier” foods, like squashes, and cinnamon, and such.

OK, truth is, I see Butternut squash in the produce section and my thought pattern goes, “yummy yum yum! Butternut squash soup! Oh! Baked with carrots and sweet potatoes ooooh lala! Let’s buy 3! Definitely making the baked squash, send the boy back a few I isles for maple syrup, he won’t mind, he loves his mommy 😎, I have cinnamon at home, the squash soup is totally happening, and the 3rd squash is just in case I think of another recipe for Butternut squash!! Yay! ” and this is how I wind up with 3 kinds of squash in my fridge. 😂 We live in the south, it’s not like we need heartier or spicier food to help keep us warm…. we just make a switch from hot dogs and corn on the cob to baked squash and chili. It’s how things are done. 😂😎

If you haven’t tried  Butternut squash, you should. It’s similar to sweet potatoes in taste but not mushy like sweet potatoes and darling, if you haven’t tried it as a soup, oh my! You definitely should! It’s delicious!  I reach for cinnamon all year round. It’s warm and delicious and has a way of just calming my soul. 😄 I also love the fact that Young Living gives me an authentic cinnamon in a ready to use form! Did you know that most of the cinnamon on the market is actually not even cinnamon😠 it’s actually a cheaper, easier to source, knock off that smells and tastes similar but has 0 of the actual good for you properties of cinnamon. Seriously,  I was absolutely horrified when I was enlightened by this information, ridiculous!

I used to find Butternut squash intimidating.  I grew up eating it as cut in half, baked in the skin with butter and cinnamon…. bless my heart, boy was I deprived. 😁 whew!

It’s hard to slice into… right? Let’s be honest, if you are a grownup , you NEED a good set of knives. Need. It’s necessary.  If you don’t have a proper knife, stop right here and call your friend who sell pampered chef, or go out and get you a set of sharp, proper knives. You are welcome, I can wait. 😘

The joy of squash, is that, while it has a flavor unique to its type, it also takes one the flavors it is combined with. You can take it sweet, salty, spicy, creamy and mild or savory. The choice for flavor is yours.  This recipe uses only the Butternut squash, however, I like to add in 2 handfuls of baby carrots and 4 small sweet potatoes, the texture change and slight taste difference is quite enjoyable, but you absolutely do not need to add these. 😁

 

SUPLIES:

Sharp knife

Cutting Board

Potato peeler

Baking dish

INGREDIENTS:

1 medium Butternut squash

3 drops of cinnamon

1/8 cup butter

1/8 cup maple syrup

1/8 cup brown sugar (optional but it does add richness)

**note… if you add the 4 small sweet potatoes, you will need a bit more butter and maple syrup. If you add the carrots as well, you will want to use 1 extra drop of cinnamon, 1/4 cup each of maple syrup, brown sugar and Butter.

DIRECTIONS:    preheat oven to 375°

1. You need to peel your squash. You can peel then slice, or slice then peel, peeling is a bit tricky till you get the hang of it, and slicing is super hard if your knife is dull, but easy with a sharp one. 😉 I peel the straight parts first, the slice in half and thenot half and half again, and the peel the thinner slices of the curvy part. Like so.20171101_171208_HDR

If you are adding sweet potatoes, peel and chop them into chunks. Carrots you only need to wash and pat dry.

2. Place your veggies into your baking dish, I love my pampered chef stoneware for recipes like this, it helps the food bake up nicely without getting all watery-juicy and gross.

3. Mix the Cinnamon with the maple syrup,  stirring to combine.

4. Slice your butter and distribute evenly over the top of your veggies in the baking dish, sprinkle the brown sugar all over, and then drizzle on the Mapple syrup and cinnamon mixture all over as well. (I add a little sprinkle of ground cinnamon for aesthetics sake 😚 )20171101_174248_HDR

5. Pop your dish of yum into your oven and bake for 30-45 (ovens vary so check doneness with a fork)20171101_191758_Burst01

 

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Goat Cheese and Pesto Roasted Mini Peppers With Oregano Essential Oil

This recipe consists of 6 very basic ingredients. All of these are forever in my pantry as add in ingredients for so many different recipes.

I have loved goat cheese for many years.  It’s a magical mash up of sweet, twangy, creamy and crumbly, and it deserves to be a staple in every kitchen. Goat cheese is also highly versatile, it goes from plain to savory to sweet and doesn’t miss a beat. 😘 It’s also friendly on the budget. 👐 Goat cheese is different from dairy cheeses, obviously,  cuz it’s from goats.. duh. 😅 I will say this, it’s a bit of an acquired taste, I slather and crumble the stuff on basically everything, from eggs to salads to sandwiches and crackers… and, evidently peppers. I can’t say that my sweet hubby has such a love for it, but he DID give these the two thumbs up. 😙

Pesto is amazing, if you don’t have some, getchusome! It’s fabulous added to mayo and smeared onto toasted homemade bread for a mile high sandwich, or added into some pasta for a punch of extra flavor.

Another favorite is these delightful little peppers! Aldi introduced them, and I took the bate, and haven’t looked back, we go through a bag pretty much weekly. Our littlest is 3 and becoming quite the avid eater, she will often grab a few of these and munch away, while declaring them “mmm mmm!! Ssoooo delicious!!” They really are! Crispy, sweet and perfect “snack size”. I roasted them with potatoes one night for dinner and they were scrumptious.  The idea of using these gems and my new bottle of Oregano Essential Oil, was a no brainer. I was practically chomping at the bit to get this assembled and tasted!  We enjoyed them as a light lunch after a late breakfast, they would also be perfect paired up with an old favorite like meatloaf or as an appetizer or even a side to a salad.  You can bet yer salty grits that these amazing delights are gonna be fixed regularly.  😎

I also love that this recipe contains absolutely no salt, making this a perfect dish for anyone who is avoiding salt but still looking for amazing flavor!

You REALLY NEED the Oregano Essential Oil.  Unlike fresh leaves, it doesn’t wilt quickly and lose its flavor in your fridge, waiting to be eaten, and dried Oregano just doesn’t even come close to coming close to being sort of maybe similar in taste, nope. 😶 This little bottle of Oregano holds its amazing aroma and flavor and delivers with every single opening.

SUPPLIES:

Cutting Board

Paring knife

Baking sheet

Mixing Bowl

Spoon and fork
INGREDIENTS:

2 TBSP Pesto

2 TBSP balsamic vinegar

1 TBSP olive oil

4 Oz Goat cheese

1/2 bag of Mini Peppers

4 drops Oregano Essential Oil

DIRECTIONS:

*preheat oven to 350°

1. Begin by washing your peppers, let them drain or pat them dry.  Slice each pepper in half and do away with the stem stub and seeds inside. Lay each half, cut side up, on your baking sheet. Like so. ( I love these baking sheets, they are old and ugly and bake everything perfectly.  I have never had great luck with these new fangled non stick pans, I am an old fashioned gal I guess. I scored these at a yard sale for 2$ a few years ago!)

2. Place all of the other ingredients into your mixing bowl and stir to combine. You can leave the cheese a bit more clumpy if you prefer, but I wanted a very smooth, creamy consistency,  so I mixed it all a bit extra. 😙

3. Using your spoon and fork, fill each pepper half, just to full, don’t overfill them or you will wind up with a mess on your hands once it all bakes up. Help is always appreciated when things could go straight to messville. 😅
4. Place your baking sheet on the top rack in your preheated oven. Bake for 10 minutes. Now set your oven to “broil” and “hi” and turn on the oven light. Watch through the window, and let the filling come to just a bubble, then quickly remove them. It’s easy to overcook peppers and cheese, especially on broil setting.

It’s that easy!

I did not grease the pan,  that oil that you see is from the olive oil that seeped out at the peppers cooked.