IMG_2769My other passion has always been cooking. My family and friends would know how much I enjoy cooking, especially healthy meals. I could spend an entire day in the kitchen and have a ball! I find it so therapeutic and it makes my heart smile to feed people. It’s even more rewarding to know that I’m fueling my body with good sources so it can heal and repair itself – our bodies are smarter than you give credit for.
I make my own home made salad dressings with essential oils such as Lemon, Basil, Rosemary. No more store bought dressings that contain preservatives.
Italian nights are fun because there are so many oils that I can cook with: Basil, Thyme, Oregano, Rosemary, just to name a few. It does not even take a drop of oil to flavor your pasta sauce because even that’s too much. Try dabbing a little bit on a toothpick and then swirl it in your sauce. You’ll be amazed with the aroma bubbling in front of you. Next time you make bruschetta use Basil oil and you’ll never want to use shredded basil leaves again (ok fine, you can add it as garnish to make it look all pretty).
Citrus oils such as Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime are fabulous for marinading chicken or fish. Add a drop and spread it around before steaming/baking/searing.
When I’m cooking a recipe that calls for certain herbs, I will look at my “oil pantry” and use them instead because they really do bring out the flavors of the dish.
IMG_8845If you happen to have a sweet tooth and getting a whiff of something baking in the oven sends your heart racing, then you’d love what I’m about to suggest next. There are literally endless possibilities to use essential oils for desserts and treats: lemon cookies, peppermint brownies, orange cake, lavender and blueberry muffins, lime cupcakes, cinnamon scrolls, lime sorbet, … I’m sure you’re getting the picture. Experimenting is all part of the fun. Of course there are healthier options and substitutes that you can use. Being healthy doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your sugar fix – don’t deprive yourself until breaking point and you’re caught stuffing your face with a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts. You just have to make educated ingredient choices.