Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Creamy Tahini Cumin Coleslaw

I'm preparing to move, so I'm trying to come up with creative recipes to use us some of my pantry ingredients - like tahini and pumpkin seeds! I love tahini - it gives dishes a wonderful creaminess, without the use of vegan mayo. My recipe was inspired by this recipe - and it was delish!


  • 1 bag of angel hair coleslaw cabbage (or 1/2 cabbage, chopped fine)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds


  • 2 T Bragg's apple cider vinegar
  • 2 T seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • juice of one small orange
  • 5 T tahini
  • 1 t cumin
  • 1/2 t cayenne
  • salt & pepper to taste

Put the coleslaw ingredients in a large bowl. Mix the dressing ingredients and pour over coleslaw. Stir thoroughly to combine, and enjoy!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Notable Quotable: Harry S. Truman

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”

Harry S. Truman 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Frankincense, King of Oils

Most of us know of its use as incense, but frankincense is SO much more! It has been around for literally thousands of years, and it has special significance for a number of religions and cultures. Frankincense is mentioned in the Bible more than 80 times, and it is said to be one of the gifts bestowed on the baby Jesus by the three wise men. Steam distilled from the resin of Boswellia carterii, frereana, and sacra trees, frankincense is known as the "King of Oils," in part due to its remarkable internal and external health benefits.

Potential Benefits:

  • rejuvenates skin and reduces the appearance of scars and stretch marks;
  • promotes cellular health and immunity;
  • promotes a healthy inflammatory response and acts as an overall tonic to the body’s systems; and
  • when inhaled or diffused, induces feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction, and overall wellness.

Suggested Uses:

  • Rub frankincense on your hands after a long day of work to promote a normal inflammatory response.
  • Apply topically* to promote youthful, radiant skin and slow the signs of aging by reducing the appearance of skin imperfections. (*Dilute with a carrier oil for sensitive skin!)
  • Apply to the bottoms of feet to relax and balance mood swings.
  • Apply a drop of frankincense to strengthen weak fingernails (and toenails).

I often diffuse frankincense to promote relaxation, and I use it in my home-made perfume oil blends.

For more ways to use doTERRA certified pure therapeutic grade frankincense essential oil, check out this doTERRA blog post! If you are interested in ordering, please contact me and let's discuss the most cost effective way to get you started on the path to natural health and wellness with essential oils!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Vegan Mac and Cheese

There are a gazillion recipes out there for vegan mac and cheese, and I think I try a different one each time I make it. This one might be a keeper, though...it's delicious. What it is NOT: vegan health food! But sometimes, you just have to have comfort food! That's what I'm doing on this day - the last lazy Sunday of 2014. Mac and cheese + pinot grigio = an awesome Sunday afternoon.

  • 1 box pasta of choice
  • 3 T vegan buttery spread
  • 2 t paprika
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 t onion powder
  • 1 t mustard powder
  • 1/2 t turmeric
  • a dash of cumin
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 cups dairy free milk
  • 1 bag Daiya cheddar cheese shreds
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cook the pasta according to package directions. While it is cooking, make the sauce. Melt the vegan buttery spread in a medium saucepan. Add the dairy free milk, the spices, and the nutritional yeast. Whisk until combined and heat until the sauce starts to thicken. Add in the Daiya shreds and whisk. Continue to heat and stir until the sauce is smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. When the pasta is done, strain it (but do not rinse) and return it to the pasta pot. Add the cheesy sauce to the pasta, stir to combine, and enjoy!