Recipes with Young Living Vitality Oils

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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Recipes with Young Living Vitality Oils

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.

Recipes with Young Living Vitality Oils

How to flavor Sugar, Salt, Honey and Butter and a bazillion other things with Essential Oils

I feel like this is more of a PSA than a recipe, but, I also feel like people simply don’t realize the wondrful, beautiful, magical potential that can be enjoyed when it comes to essential oils.   We all know to use a carrier oil when using essential oils, however, most people sadly do not realize that MANY things can be a carrier for essential oil use! 

Have you caught snippets about or been to a restaurant and enjoyed ” herebed ” or “flavored” or “infused” butter? OK. It’s SOUNDS  fancy schmancy and super duper complicated, but, my dear, it’s so totally NOT either one of those things. It can be fancy, I mean, your family and guests will totally think you are the queen of the kitchen and a few people may begin to pay you for a small log of that “amaaaazing butter”  or a few spoonfuls of that “heavenly honey” and that’s just peachy. Cuz we both know you da bomb dot com and people need to realize that that kitchen gets hot and it’s not just because you are in it. 😜

Without further adieu!!
* Supplies:

Various appropriate sized bowls

Metal or wooden spoons

Jars to store your goodies in

Parchment or plastic wrap if you wish to make butter logs

* Ingredients:

Butter, softened

Sea salt

Sugar, use any kind you prefer

Honey

Natural, edible oil of any kind

Optional: dried or  herbs that compliment the essential oils you use

Essential Oils

* Instructions:

SUGAR, SALT AND ANYTHING ELSE DRY:  Rule of thumb, you will want to use 1/2 cup dry product to 1 drop of essential oil. Keep in mind that Peppermint and such will have a much stronger flavor than Lemon and Lavender. You may wish to use 2-3 drops of the milder essential oils. 

You will simply place your dry product into a bowl and drop in your essential oil. Work quickly and stir and mash it around until it is well distributed. Pour this into a glass jar and place the lid on immediately.  It is now ready to be sprinkled wherever you fancy.  I highly recommend sprinkling some peppermint sugar into a cup of homemade hot cocoa. If you went salty… Black Pepper essential oil infused sea salt sprinkled onto your morning grits is sure to make you feel like you kinda maybe can own this day like a boss…. or crawl back into bed and leave it all to fate. 😂 no judgement.

HONEY, BUTTER AND ALL OTHER NATURAL, EDIBLE OILS: The same ratio applies to this and the same advice applies as well. Your product needs to be room temperature, work in a warmer rather than cooler kitchen for the best distribution. If you chose to add ( by no means MUST you)  various herbs and spices, do this only AFTER you incorporate your essential oils.  

For the butter, you may want to keep it simple and just stop it in a cute jar, you can use a cookie scooper thingies to place a dollop on top a perfectly grilled steak, or slice of steaming, fresh bread, or every single bite that enters your mouth from henceforth … please don’t judge. 😎 However if your in laws are coming and you are breaking out grandma’s China and the cloth napkins and hiding your “collection” of wine,  you just might want to think fancier. 

Mix your butter up to perfection. It should be soft and very workable. Place your butter into your fridge for 10 minutes, you are going to need your butter to be semi soft yet hold a former well. If 10 minutes isn’t enough, add an extra minute and check on it each minute until it’s perfect. You will lay a piece of plastic wrap or parchment the paper onto your counter. Spoon the semi soft butter into a “log”. It doesn’t need to be perfect at this point. You will now use the plastic or parchment as an aide to roll your butter like a jelly roll being finished into a nice, round, oblong log. When you have reached the perfect size and roundness, you will play this into your fridge and chill for 24 hours.  You can also use an old butter dish lid as a form, or even something else that gives you the shape you desire a log is measly a suggestion and one of the easiest applications for a first try, you do what works for you. 😚  Serve in slices with meats, veggies, breads and starches. Oven roasted potatoes, peppers and carrots, topped with herbed butter is an amazing side that is easy, delicious and filling. 

Liquid oils and honey,  simply need a good stir and then to be stored in glass and allowed to infuse for about 48 hours. You can absolutely add any dried herbs but I don’t recommend using fresh ones.    Basil essential oil and sun-dried tomato infused olive oil on a fresh slice of Italian bread is sure to make your tummy happy.   Black pepper essential oil infused olive oil drizzled over crumbled feta and sautéed green beans will add a spin to a simple dish that will leave your taste buds craving some beans!   Lavender essential oil infused honey, drizzled over a lemon poppy seed scone will brighten even the most dreary morning, and with winter on its way, local, raw honey should be a staple in your cabinet! A dollop of Thieves essential oil infused honey in your morning coffee or afternoon tea, is a delicious treat!
So, that’s it!  It’s  that easy! With the holidays and all of that cooking and baking and hosting and eating, you just might find this PSA handy to have in your toolbelt.😘