Essential Oils in Cooking

I love cooking with fresh herbs! There’s only one problem, I don’t have a green thumb at all. I know because I’ve buried more plants than I’ve grown. I’ve tried inside herb gardens and have had some success, okay little success. Seems those inside gardens bring gnats faster than they produce herbs. And where I know that I can get rid of the gnats with essential oils why not just crack open a beautiful bottle of Spark Naturals essential oils. No need to kill another rosemary plant!
I love using essential oils in cooking and baking because of the savings. One package of fresh herbs are around $3 and a container of dried herbs can cost anywhere from $3-$12.  AND they expire! Fresh herbs…don’t stay fresh and dried herbs loose there flavor. Pure essential oils don’t go bad. What a wonderful investment for your spice rack!!
BASIL ($6.30)
Can be used in Italian recipes or anywhere basil is part of the recipe. We use it in our homemade meatball and spaghetti sauce recipe. It’s also delicious added to water, gives water a sweet licorice flavor.
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CILANTRO ($8.66)
Can be used anywhere cilantro is part of the recipe. Try it in salsa and guacamole.
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GINGER ($9.14)
Can be used anywhere ginger is called for in a recipe. I also like to add a few drop to a quart of water when experiencing stomach distress.
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GRAPEFRUIT ($5.99)
Add it to your water and  use it to infuse ice cubes. Add to citrus smoothies. It’s very rich in antioxidants with a very high vitamin C content.
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LEMON ($5.99)
Love lemon in everything! Add it to your water, use it to infuse ice cubes. Delicious in smoothies and baked goods. 
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LIME ($5.99)
Add it to your water, and use it to infuse ice cubes. Make homemade limeade! It would be delicious in a basic cake with strawberries. Definitely add it to salsa and guacamole.
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OREGANO ($7.56)
Substitute wherever fresh or dried oregano is called for in a recipe. Essential oils are very concentrated so use one quarter of the measurement when using EO”s
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PEPPERMINT ($6.46)
Substitute wherever peppermint extract is called for in a recipe. Essential oils are very concentrated so use one quarter of the measurement when using EO’s. Delicious in baked goods, homemade chocolate, cocoa and one drop in your java will give you an extra pick me up!
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ROSEMARY ($6.99)
Substitute wherever fresh or dried rosemary is called for in a recipe. Essential oils are very concentrated so use one quarter of the measurement when using EO’s.
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TANGERINE ($5.99)
Add it to your water, and use it to infuse ice cubes. Delicious in smoothies!!
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THYME ($8.66)
Substitute wherever fresh or dried thyme is called for in a recipe. Essential oils are very concentrated so use one quarter of the measurement when using EO’s.
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WILD ORANGE ($5.99)
Add it to your water and use it to infuse your ice cubes. It’s delicious in muffins, pancakes, breakfast cakes, etc.
Delicious in smoothies!! 
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Coconut Roughs

This recipe belongs to Chantel Calverley, paleo_green_eyed_girl on instagram. She posts lots of yummy recipes, she also talks about the paleo/keto diet she follows.

Coconut Roughs

Ingredients:

1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1/4 cup coconut

1-2 tbsp honey

In a small bowl, combine 1/3 cup melted coconut oil with 1/3 cup cocoa powder. Combine until smooth and you don’t see any clumps of cocoa powder.

In a separate small bowl, combine 1/4 cup coconut and 1-2tbsp of honey. Personally I love the flavor of really dark chocolate so I used 1tbsp of honey.

I spooned the coconut mixture into 12 mini muffin liners because I wanted to have small little treats and not huge candies. I used a 1tsp measuring spoon to pour the chocolate mixture over the coconut mixture so that I didn’t make a mess. Be sure to have the chocolate cover all of the coconut so that it all holds together once set.

Place in the freezer until set then ENJOY!

I keep mine in a tupperwear container in the freezer so that they don’t get melty.

Make sure to follow Chantel (paleo_green_eyed_girl) on instagram to see more of her yummy recipes!

-Lindsie

 

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