Thursday, July 23, 2015

Raw Beet Salad with Mint and Pear (Gluten Free)

My youngest and I have planted a few too many beets this year.  They have really taken off and many are ready for harvest. I am not sure what I am going to do with them all as I think I do prefer cooked beet greens to actual cooked beetroot.  In the summer however, this raw beetroot salad is definitely the way to go, it is delicious.  My family and I discovered this recipe a few summers ago.  I can take zero credit for, but rather give all credit to Jamie Oliver.  I highly recommend it, even my girls enjoy it.


  • 4 medium sized beets, peeled and cut into matchstick pieces (a mandolin is helpful here)
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh mint
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat, sheep or cow feta cheese (optional, but tasty)
  • 1-2 ripe pears cut into matchstick pieces*
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • fresh black pepper to taste
  • 1-2 drops stevia (optional)
My youngest pulling up some of her beets

  1. In a medium size bowl combine beets, mint, feta and pear (see note about pears)
  2. In a small bowl combine all dressing ingredients and stir to fully mix.  
  3. Pour dressing over salad and serve or let sit 1-2 hours in the fridge to allow flavours to combine.
*if making this salad ahead (more than 2-3 hours) I leave the pears out until close to serving, as they can get kind of mushy if left too long in the dressing

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

DoTERRA Purify - Cleansing Blend

I don't often write about all the oils that I use, but this one deserves a post.  I can't believe how often I have reached for it in the last few weeks.  Purify is one of doTERRA's blends of pine, cilantro, lemon, citronella, fir needles, melaleuca leaf and pine needles.  I have only had it for a couple months but in the last few weeks I have used it for:

  • fighting hand foot and mouth (nieces)
  • rash, small bumps around mouth (daughter)
  • air freshener (cottage that sat empty too long)
  • getting rid of musty smell (old rug)
  • bladder infection (relative)

Here are many of its other uses
  • ear infections
  • laundry
  • mildew
  • immune boosting
  • antibacterial
  • boils
  • big bites
  • abscess tooth
  • mice repellent
  • air born bacteria
  • addictions
Purify can be used topically or aromatically.  I have used it on our skin by diluting it with a carrier oil and have made sprays by adding it to water.  It also works well in a diffuser to clean the air.  It is a great addiction to your medicine cabinet.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Carrot Apple Spice Muffins (Gluten and Refined Sugar Free)

Perhaps these are more of a fall muffin but we had the ingredients handy and were looking for snacks to take along to the beach or to grab for quick breakfasts.  These are full of flavour and have some added protein to help keep you full.
  • 1/2 cup grapeseed oil 
  • 1 shredded apple
  • 3 shredded carrots (1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup raisins (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons gluten free vanilla 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 cup palm or coconut sugar (add another 1/4 cup if you prefer a sweet muffin)
  • 1/4 cup chickpea flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/3 cup arrowroot starch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon psyllium husk
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and prepare muffin tray.
  2. In a large size bowl add all the wet ingredients including the carrot, apple and raisins.
  3. In a medium size bowl add all the dry ingredients.
  4. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Stir just until combined.
  5. Scoop into muffin tray and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Stir Fried Greens -Simple and Clean

One of our favourite ways to eat greens is to simply pan steam or fry them up.  My oldest has planted rainbow swiss chard in her garden which we have been enjoying these last few weeks.  We have also substituted beet greens or kale in this recipe.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1 tablespoons bacon fat, olive oil or ghee or 1/4 cup broth
  • 2-3 minced cloves garlic
  • 1 diced onion
  •  6-8 cups chopped swiss chard, kale, beet greens, spinach or any other leafy green of choice
  • pinch sea salt

  1. Heat a wok or large frying pan with broth or oil.
  2. Add onion and fry for 3-5 minutes, add garlic and fry another minute or until fragrant.
  3. Add leafy greens and sea salt. Steam/fry for 5 minutes or until greens are at desired texture.
  4. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Lemon Essential Oil and Laundry Stains

I normally just post these short notes onto my facebook page, however I thought it was kind of blog worthy.  As you know I am using a lot of essential oils lately.  We use them for:

  • removing toxins
  • boosting immunity
  • fighting colds, infections etc.
  • migraines, headaches
  • stomach upsets
  • cleaning products
  • skin care
  • oral health
  • cooking
  • bug repellent
  • etc... 
Today was so pleased to use my lemon oil on a stubborn stain.  My children definitely get their clumsiness honestly from their mama's side.  I am always after them about staining their clothes, but I am not much better.  Yesterday I was rather disappointed to find either grease or paint on my khaki capris. I threw them in the wash but the stain came out looking the same.  So I added a little lemon oil to them rub it through with a little water and let set them out in the sun for a couple hours.  Viola!

There are over 100 other uses for lemon essential oil.  So when you aren't getting out tough stains here are a few other things you can do with lemon:
  1. detoxing your body
  2. boosting mood
  3. household cleaner
  4. mouthwash
  5. fight acne
  6. clean fruits and vegetables
  7. house air freshener
  8. clean cuts and wounds
  9. relieve sore throat
  10. remove gum from hair