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.

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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.😘 

Essential Oils For Pets

Essential Oils for Animals

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If you love using Young Living products in your home, you’ve probably wondered how you can share their amazing benefits with your animals. Which oils are safe to use? How much can I apply? Should I diffuse or apply topically?

If you’ve ever had questions like these, we’re here to help! Check out this quick-and-easy how-to guide for using essential oils with animals.* Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, here are a few things to keep in mind:

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Most animals are more sensitive than humans to essential oils.

  • Start by diluting heavily and use in moderation.
  • Every animal is different, so carefully observe how each animal responds to the oils. Use common sense and good judgment as you try different methods.
  • Take special care to not get essential oils in an animal’s eyes.
  • Avoid using high-phenol oils such as Oregano and Thyme with any animals, especially cats.
  • Use special caution when using essential oils with cats. Cats are also generally averse to citrus essential oils.

 

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Your animal’s size affects the amount of oil you should use.

  • For smaller animals like cats and small dogs, use 3–5 drops. Be sure to dilute 80–90 percent prior to application (for example, for every 1 drop of oil, use 4–5 drops of a diluting agent, such as V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex).
  • For larger animals, like large dogs, start with 3–5 drops. Unless otherwise indicated on the product label, dilution is unnecessary.
  • For very large animals, like horses and cattle, start with 10 drops. Unless otherwise indicated on the product label, dilution is unnecessary.

 

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Apply oils to yourself or diffuse to introduce animals to essential oils and help them get comfortable.

  • Wear oils around your animals, diffuse in their space, or apply to your hands and let the animal smell them.
  • If your animal is jittery or resistant to essential oils, try applying an oil to yourself and staying near the animal for several minutes so it can get used to the aroma.

 

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Once they’re used to essential oils, animals can respond well to topical application.

  • For cats and dogs, paws are a great place to apply essential oils.
  • For hoofed animals, we recommend application on the spine or flanks.
  • Try rubbing oils onto your own hands and then stroking the animal’s fur.
  • For large or hard-to-reach areas, combine essential oils with V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex or water in a spray bottle for easier application.
  • Animal Scents Ointment can be used to seal and protect areas where essential oils have been applied topically.

 

Essential oils can be administered internally.

  • Some essential oils can be mixed with your animal’s food.
  • For large animals, you can pull out the bottom lip and drop oils directly into the mouth.

 

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Young Living offers a full line of animal-specific products.

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*If your pet or animal has a known health issue, please consult your veterinarian before administering essential oils

Recipes with Young Living Vitality Oils

Sweet Basil Pasta Sauce

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Basil Vitality oil (Ocimum basilicum) has a sweet, warm scent and flavor. This herb is found in a variety of dishes and is popular in both Asian and European cooking. With Basil Vitality™ essential oil, it’s easy to add this well-loved seasoning to whatever you like. Using an essential oil, you’ll get a brighter flavor than dried herbs without the hassle of fresh herbs.

Young Living’s Basil Vitality essential oil pairs well with savory foods, but you can also add its sweet, slightly peppery flavor to any meal. Try Basil Vitality oil with sauces, breads, soups, chicken, or seafood. Or try a sweet concoction like basil-strawberry lemonade. If you want a lighter basil flavor in your dish, dip a toothpick in the oil and swirl it in your preparations.

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  • Flavor your favorite pasta sauce recipes with Basil Vitality. Add Rosemary Vitality or Oregano Vitality for even more flavor.
  • Add to deli salads, Asian- or Italian-inspired soups, and custom salad dressings or vinaigrettes to share with family and friends.
  • Boil pasta noodles in basil-infused water for a subtle flavor.
  • Pair with lime juice and melons, such as watermelon and cantaloupe, for a fresh summer treat. For a more complex flavor profile, garnish with feta.
  • Mix with a mild tea, such as chamomile. Add a dash of honey to sweeten the experience.

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Sweet Basil Pasta Sauce

4 Cups Crushed Tomatoes

1 Bunch of Italian Parsley

1 Medium Onion

1/3 cup Red Wine

2 Tablespoons Minced Garlic

2 Tablespoons Ghee (directions included in previous Tilapia recipe)

1 Tablespoon Dried Oregano, or 1 drop of Oregano Essential Oil

2 Drops Basil Essential Oil

1 Teaspoon Salt (I use Pink Himalayan Sea Salt)

1/4 Cup Sugar (I use Raw Sugar)

1. Peel and dice the onion finely. Chop the parsley fine as well.

2. In large Stainless steel pan, heat the ghee over medium heat. When it is HOT, add your diced onion, and cook on medium until the onion has just so stopped being white. Add the Minced Garlic, and stir, cook for about 2 minutes. Stir in the Dried Oregano ( if using Oregano oil, skip this step) add sugar and heat through, allow to bubble a minute or 2.

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3. Pour in the Wine, and simmer for about 15 minutes.

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4. Add the Tomatoes and the parsley, stir, place a lid loosely on top to catch the splashes, turn your heat to as low as possible, and allow to simmer for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes so it doesn’t stick.

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5. Turn off the heat, and add your essential oil/s. Stir to. Ombine and allow to sit for 5 minutes.

Serves 6-8

Takes approximately 40 minutes.

Recipe and photos, are property of Catherine Corn, Permission to use, granted to Country Oilers