No-Bake Pecan Bars

No-Bake Pecan Bars

No Bake Pecan Bars 2016-11-22 19:37:48 Skip the pie for these simple (vegan, paleo) bars Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients For the crust 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted 1 cup raw pecans 1/2 cup raw cashews* 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt For the filling 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup 2 tablespoons coconut oil 1 cup raw pecans 1/4 cup water, or more as needed for blending 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt Additional pecans, for topping Optional: 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life brand), divided for filling/topping Instructions Line an 8″ x 8″ baking dish with plastic wrap, for easy removal of the bars. In a large food processor, combine the crust ingredients and blend until a sticky dough is formed. Press the crust into the lined baking sheet, using your hands or a spatula to smooth it out. For dark chocolate pecan pie bars, melt 1 cup of dark chocolate chips and pour the melted chocolate over the crust, using a spatula to spread evenly. Place the crust in the freezer to set, while you prepare the filling. For the filling, combine all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender, or food processor, and blend until thoroughly combined. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides, or use a tamper, to keep everything blending smoothly. Adjust sweetness to taste, if necessary. Remove the crust from the freezer, and pour in the filling, using a spatula to smooth the top. Sprinkle the additional cup of raw pecans over the top, and gently press...
Gluten Free Celery Herb Stuffing

Gluten Free Celery Herb Stuffing

    Gluten Free Celery Herb Stuffing 2016-11-22 18:07:36 A gluten free recipe even your mother-in-law will love Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (or Ghee) plus more for dish and baking 1 15 oz. bag gluten-free stuffing (seasoned) bread crumbs ( I make my own*) Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 celery stalks, thinly sliced on the diagonal and then chopped 2 small or medium red onions, halved lengthwise and then chopped 2 gloves of garlic, finely chopped ½ cup extra dry vermouth or sherry ½ to 1 ¾ cups homemade or store-bought low sodium chicken stock 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley 3 ½ teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary 3 to 4 large organic free-range eggs, lightly beaten Instructions Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Heat oil and 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over a medium heat until butter has melted. Add celery, onions, garlic and a pinch of salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and soft, about 20 minutes. Put vegetable mixture and bread crumbs into a bowl. Return skillet to medium heat. Add vermouth; cook, scraping up browned bits with a wooden spoon, until it bubbles. Pour over bread-vegetable mixture. Stir in ½ cup of stock and fresh herbs; season with salt and pepper. Stir in eggs. To cook stuffing in turkey, place stuffing mixture in mesh bag and place in turkey; cook turkey as directed. For remaining stuffing, stir in ¾ cup stock, spoon into a buttered 8-inch square baking dish, dot generously...
Chocolate Power Pudding

Chocolate Power Pudding

Chocolate Power Pudding 2016-06-07 10:05:33 Chocolate Pudding with some nutritional punch Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 2 large avocados, ripe, pitted and peeled 1 banana, ripe and peeled 1/4 cup unsweetened cocao powder 2 Tbsp. raw honey* ¼ cup unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 tsp ground cinnamon * Use more or less honey depending on your desired sweetness. You can also use pure maple syrup if you prefer. Instructions Using a food processor (or high speed blender) blend all the ingredients until completely smooth. Chill, covered, in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or overnight. Transfer to bowls. By Kathleen DiChiara Kathleen...
Stevia: Is it healthy?

Stevia: Is it healthy?

Stevia is an herb with over 200 species that grows in South America. The sweetness of the stevia leaves comes from two glycosides – stevioside and rebaudioside.  Stevioside is sweet but also has a bitter aftertaste.  Rebaudioside is sweet and less bitter. Most “raw” and less processed stevia products contain both sweeteners where most highly processed forms of stevia, like Truvia, only contain the rebaudioside; the sweetest part of the stevia leaf. In terms of healthy benefits, you should know that using the “whole” stevia leaf that contains stevioside is the key. Here is what you need to know:   Green Leaf Stevia – This is the least processed of all types of stevia and the leaves have been dried and ground into powder form.   It is sweet, slightly bitter and isn’t quite as potent as most stevia products.  Keep in mind, this type of stevia is about 30-40 times sweeter than sugar. Use in moderation. Stevia Extracts – Many brands of stevia today extract the sweeter and less bitter part of the stevia leaf (rebaudioside) which doesn’t have the health benefits found in stevioside.  Unfortunately, there are not any studies available yet showing it’s effects. This type of stevia is about 200 times sweeter than sugar. Altered Stevia and Truvia – This is the type of stevia that you want to avoid.  They are highly processed and include added ingredients. According to the U.S. patent for the Coca-Cola Company, Truvia goes through a 42 step process to make this processed sweetener.  First, the rebaudioside is extracted from the stevia leaf then, chemical solvents are added including acetonitrile (which...
Dairy-free Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Dairy-free Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Dairy-free Chocolate Chip Ice Cream 2016-05-20 08:09:01 A delicious treat! Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 3/4 cup chopped dates, packed 2 cans full fat coconut milk (about 3 1/2 cups), divided 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk 1 tsp. vanilla extract Small pinch of sea salt 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips (Enjoy Life brand) Instructions Place the chopped dates in a small mixing bowl and cover with 1 1/2 cups of hot water. Set aside for at least 10 minutes Drain the dates and discard the water Place the dates in a high speed blender with 1 can of full fat coconut milk (about 1 3/4 cups) Puree on high until smooth Add the remaining can of full fat coconut milk, unsweetened almond or coconut milk, vanilla extract, and sea salt Blend until smooth Stir in chocolate chips Pour into a glass bowl and refrigerate for 6 to 8 hours or until very cold Give the chilled ice cream a quick stir (it may separate in the refrigerator as it chills, this is completely normal) and then pour into an ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer's instructions Serve immediately for soft serve, or freeze for at least 4-6 hours for a firmer texture Notes Chopped almonds for topping Make sure to use full fat coconut milk (not light) By Kathleen DiChiara Kathleen...

Plant-based Medicine: Enrollment Kits

WHICH ESSENTIAL OIL ENROLLMENT KIT TO CHOOSE? Wholesale Account (25-55% off retail prices) are the best way to get started and purchasing a kit is the best value. Keep in mind too, that I also send a free gift and offer support to those who enroll with a Wholesale Account and purchase a starter kit. It really important that everyone that transitions to a plant-based medicine cabinet knows “how to” use the oils and I will set you up for success so you can share with your family and friends and use confidently at home. So let’s take a look at the different doTERRA Enrollment Kits to get you started!   FAMILY PHYSICIAN KIT! Your Investment: ($150) This is the basic introductory Sample Size kit that we have to offer. It is great for personal use and to start with.  This kit contains 10 of most popular oils, including both Single Oils and Blends.  If you are just starting out and want to sample a few oils on you and your family, then this is the start. EMOTIONAL AROMATHERAPY KIT! Your Investment: ($195) This is an awesome kit for those who need a little help with Emotional balance and support.  The kit contains 6 blends that focus on your core emotions.  Included in the kit is a free diffuser and Wellness Advocate Introductory packet.  Although this is an awesome kit and one of my favorites, it is not recommended if you are going to start a business and in terms of personal usage it is somewhat limited as it is focused on one specific area.   HOME ESSENTIALS KIT Your Investment: ($275) This is a...
Spring Cleanse

Spring Cleanse

Spring Cleanse/Detox DIY Program  $27.00 Cleansing takes place on so many levels. A whole foods detox program is just the vehicle to support you. True cleansing comes from looking inside and releasing the emotional burdens that hold you back every...
DIY Essential Oil: Focus Blend

DIY Essential Oil: Focus Blend

DIY Essential Oil: Focus Blend 2016-05-02 08:26:47 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 5 drops orange essential oil 5 drops rosemary essential oil Filtered water Instructions Mix orange and rosemary essential oil in 2 oz. glass bottle Top with filtered water Notes Purchase 2 oz. glass bottles here: http://amzn.to/1Tq3iFt By Kathleen DiChiara Kathleen...
Homemade Essential Oil Facial Toner

Homemade Essential Oil Facial Toner

Homemade DIY Facial Toner 2016-05-02 08:15:11 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 1 tbsp. witch hazel or apple cider vinegar 4 drops lavender essential oil 4 drops geranium essential oil 4 drops frankincense essential oil Water Instructions Combine witch hazel or apple cider vinegar and essential oils Fill rest of 2 oz. glass bottle with water Notes Purchase 2 oz. glass bottles here: http://amzn.to/1Tq3iFt By Kathleen DiChiara Kathleen...
After sun-care DIY

After sun-care DIY

DIY After sun-care 2016-05-02 08:07:34 Write a review Save Recipe Print Ingredients 10 drops lavender essential oil 10 drops peppermint essential oil 1 tbsp. aloe vera 1 tbsp. fractionated coconut oil Filtered water Instructions Mix essential oils, aloe vera and coconut oil in 2 oz. glass bottle Top with filtered water Notes Purchase glass bottles here: http://amzn.to/1Tq3iFt By Kathleen DiChiara Kathleen...