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Mediterranean Tuna-Spinach Salad

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This tuna salad recipe gets an upgrade with olives, feta and a tahini dressing. Served over baby spinach, this is the perfect easy and light lunch or dinner salad.

  • 1½ tablespoons tahini
  • 1½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1½ tablespoons water
  • 1 5-ounce can chunk light tuna in water, drained
  • 4 Kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 medium orange, peeled or sliced
  1. Whisk tahini, lemon juice and water together in a bowl. Add tuna, olives, feta and parsley; stir to combine. Serve the tuna salad over 2 cups spinach, with the orange on the side.

Yummm!

Enjoy!

Thank you Eating Well for this idea!

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Spiced Chickpea Nuts

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Ingredients

1 15 ounce can of Chickpeas

1 T. evoo (extra virgin olive oil) ( I also like to use avocado oil too)

2 tsp. ground Cumin

1 tsp. dried Marjoram

1/4 tsp. ground Allspice

1/2 tsp. Sea or Kosher salt

(Play with your spices to satisfy your taste)

  1. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 450°F.
  2. Blot chickpeas dry and toss in a bowl with oil, cumin, marjoram, allspice and salt. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, stirring once or twice, until browned and crunchy, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for 15 minutes.

Eat them as a snack or toss them in a salad!

Enjoy!

Thank you Eating Well for this idea!

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Mediterranean Chickpea Patties

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Ingredients

  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided (make substitutions where needed)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup low-fat Greek-style yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 8 cups mixed salad greens
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • Pita chips (optional)

How to Make It

Step 1

Pulse first 4 ingredients (through cumin) and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a food processor until coarsely chopped and mixture comes together. Transfer to a bowl, add egg and 2 tablespoons flour; form into 8 (1/2-inch-thick) patties. Place remaining flour (or panko crumbs) in a small dish and roll patties in it with floured hands; tap off excess flour.

Step 2

Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook patties for 2-3 minutes per side or until golden.

Step 3

Whisk together the yogurt, lemon juice, and remaining salt and pepper. Divide greens, tomatoes, onion, and patties evenly among 4 plates; drizzle each salad with 2 tablespoons dressing. Serve with pita chips, if desired.

Enjoy!

Thank you Health for this yummy recipe!

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Eggplant Rollatini…Yummmy

I LOVE EGGPLANT!  How about you!?  Here is a great Mediterranean/Italian Eggplant recipe that just looks amazing, don’t you think?

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 large eggplants, sliced lengthwise
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1–1½ cups marinara sauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups spinach
  • 1 package goat feta (4 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 cups pecorino romano, grated
  • 1 cup raw sheep cheese, grated

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. While your oven is heating up, cut the ends off of the two eggplants and then slice lengthwise.
  3. Place the eggplant slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake for 12–15 minutes, remove and allow to cool.
  5. Reduce heat to 400 F.
  6. In a medium bowl, mix the eggs, goat cheese, spinach, oregano, parsley, basil, 1 cup pecorino romano, ½ cup raw sheep cheese, salt and pepper, mixing until well combined.
  7. In a 9×13 baking dish, add ¾ cup marinara.
  8. Place ¼ cup cheese mixture onto one end of the sliced eggplant, then roll it up and transfer to baking dish, continuing until baking dish is full.
  9. Cover with remaining marinara and cheese.
  10. Bake for 25 minutes and allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

 

Thank you Dr. Axe for this amazing recipe!

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Tahini-Marinated Chicken Thighs with Cucumber-and-Tomato Salad

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare chicken, combine first 10 ingredients in a bowl. Place 1/4 cup tahini mixture in a small bowl; reserve. Place remaining tahini mixture and chicken in a large ziplock plastic bag; seal, turning to coat chicken. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

Step 2

Preheat grill to medium (350°F to 450°F). Coat grill grate with cooking spray. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Sprinkle chicken with salt. Arrange chicken on grill grate; cover and cook 4 minutes on each side or until done. Arrange chicken on a platter; drizzle with reserved 1/4 cup tahini mixture.

Step 3

To prepare the salad, combine cucumber and next 6 ingredients (through 1/4 teaspoon salt) in a bowl; toss gently to combine. Serve cucumber salad with chicken and rice.

Enjoy!

 

(Thank you Cooking Light for this yummy recipe.)

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Watermelon and Arugula Chicken Salad

I don’t know about you…. but, In the summer I really don’t like to turn on the oven, or even the stove for that matter!  This looks like a yummy fresh, light, EASY summer salad! What do you think?

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups cubed fresh watermelon (love watermelon in the summer!)
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 (5-ounce) package arugula
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 8 ounces skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast, shredded (about 2 cups) Grilled chicken would be a great option too!
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Combine watermelon, onion, mint, and arugula in a large bowl. Add almonds and chicken; toss to combine. Combine oil, rind, juice, salt, and pepper in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add oil mixture to watermelon mixture; toss gently to coat.

Enjoy!

Thank you Cooking Light for this recipe!

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The Scientific Case for Ingesting Essential Oils!

Stop the Insanity: The Scientific Case for Ingesting Essential Oils

by Dr. Scott Johnson

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The essential oil space has experienced tremendous growth over the last five years. This growth generated hundreds of thousands of new essential oils users that are forced to wade through the conflicting ocean of essential oil information that plagues the internet. One of the most hotly contested subjects is the ingestion of essential oils, with traditional aromatherapists bellowing the “dangers” and progressive essential oil experts championing the benefits.

One side largely relies on customary practices, whereas the progressives seek to find the answer to this divisive discussion through science. When you cut through all the rhetoric and objectively analyze the evidence, this dispute can be encapsulated in to four elements: 1) empowerment versus control, 2) potential, 3) knowledge, and 4) comfort level.

Empowerment Versus Control

Let’s start with the empowerment versus control aspect. Traditional aromatherapists seek to maintain control of an industry that has experienced rapid and dynamic change over the last decade. They seek to uphold the status quo and continue their heavy reliance on an antiquated and conservative aromatherapy paradigm established decades ago. By maintaining the status quo, they preserve their dominion and keep clients at their mercy. Of course, this traditional paradigm has merit that is valuable today, but as with Western medicine, new discoveries have enlarged our understanding of essential oils and how we can use them to reach the highest human potential.

Potential

As was mentioned in the previous paragraph, potential is a huge aspect of ingesting essential oils. Progressive essential oil experts advocate the use of all aspects of essential oils to their fullest potential—aromatic, topical, and internal. Oral administration has great advantages and is preferred in certain situations, such as when treating an infection or chronic condition. Waiting for transdermal absorption through the skin could allow an infection to overpower the individual and indeed puts the individual at great risk.

In addition, the number of bacteria in the body eclipses the number of cells, suggesting that human microbiome balance is crucial to overall wellness. It is naïve to think that topical use of essential oils will penetrate inside the stomach to influence any harmful bacteria residing there.

Another important aspect of oral administration is the metabolites (substances produced during metabolism) that are produced when essential oils are ingested. For example, one of the metabolites produced after the ingestion of limonene (found in abundance in citrus essential oils) is the anti-cancer compound perillic acid. Now, not all metabolites are good. Pulegone (found in pennyroyal and other essential oils) is metabolized to menthofuran, which is toxic to the liver and kidneys. This makes it important to understand the chemical make-up of an essential oil before ingesting it.

Knowledge

This leads us right into our third topic — knowledge. Ingesting essential oils requires a greater knowledge of essential oil composition, drug interactions, contraindications, dosage, and metabolism. However, this can all be obtained from advanced essential oil training or found in an evidence-based book. If you choose to take essential oils orally, you should seek this advanced knowledge and understanding first.

Knowledge from published studies is also telling. A review of the literature in PubMed shows that essential oils are administered orally safely and effectively in dozens of clinical studies, with burp back being the most common side-effect.

Comfort Level

Along with knowledge, an individual’s comfort level must be considered. If you are uncomfortable with ingesting essential oils, then limit your use to aromatic and topical use. These two methods still offer fantastic benefits depending on what you are striving to accomplish.

The bottom line is, the overwhelming evidence suggests that many essential oils are safe to ingest, and they produce remarkable systemic benefits that could not be achieved through other methods. It’s time to stop the insanity and endless debate over essential oil ingestion, and embrace the future of essential oils, which includes internal usage.

headshot-johnsonScott A. Johnson is a naturopath, Certified Elite Essential Oil Specialist, Certified Clinical Master Aromatherapist, and Board Certified Alternative Medical Practitioner dedicated to raising healthier generations naturally. His evidence-based approach to natural medicine and enthusiasm for sharing wellness with the global masses makes him a world leader in natural medicine. Join his wellness community to get a free report on essential oils and MRSA.

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Thank you so much for this info Dr. Scott Johnson! My favorite book on essential oils is one that Dr. Johnson wrote.  If you are at all interested in essential oils….this book is a must!  Evidence Based Essential Oil Therapy.  I have a direct link to this book on my website www.food4thoughtwellness.com, or look it up on Amazon!

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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!!

I WISH YOU A BEAUTIFUL AND SAFE 4TH OF JULY!

 

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Buffalo Chicken Zoodles!

Call me crazy, but……..I LOVE buffalo flavored everything!

Check out this creamy buffalo sauce using Greek yogurt and hot sauce. Easy and delicious!

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Ingredients

  • For the chicken:
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts ( I like Organic, Free Range, no hormones)
  • 6oz nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 5-6 tablespoons hot sauce (depending on how spicy you like it)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper
  • For the salad:
  • 2 large zucchini, Use your spiralizer!
  • 1 large carrot, Spiralize this too!
  • ½ cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese
  • ¼ cup organic corn kernels or canned corn, drained, rinsed, patted dry
  • Avocado, optional  (I LOVE AVOCADO on everything!)

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken in a medium pot and cover with water and a pinch of salt. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over high-heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low and let cook for 12-15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink on the inside.  Crock pot, pressure cooker, or even grilled is great too!
  2. While chicken cooks, place the Greek yogurt, hot sauce, garlic powder, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper in the bottom of a medium mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Add the shredded chicken, zucchini noodles, carrot noodles, and toss well to combine.
  3. Divide the salad onto four plates and top each with cherry tomatoes, blue cheese, and corn. Serve.

Yummm!

Thanks Inspiralized for this inspiring recipe!!

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Summer Fixin’s!

There is nothing better than summer-time fixin’s!!  These Rainbow Summer Rolls look delish!  Thank you to.. The Tasky K .. for this recipe!!

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Be creative, and make it your own!

RAINBOW SUMMER ROLLS
 
INGREDIENTS
For the rolls:
  • rice paper
  • lettuce
  • cucumbers
  • carrots
  • avocado
  • papaya/ mango
  • pomegranate seeds
  • red cabbage
For the sauce:
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ tsp Sriracha sauce
  • 2-4 Tbsp hot water (depends on desired consistency)
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Slice all the vegetables and fruits into thin strips/pieces about 5-6 cm long.
  2. Take a rice paper wrapper and soak it into warm water from both sides until it softens.
  3. Place it on a cutting board and arrange the fresh ingredients in the centre of the sheet horizontally (starting with the lettuce).
  4. Fold the rice paper over the ingredients (pushing them back) and fold the sides in towards the middle like a burrito. Roll it up firmly until the end and put aside.
  5. After you finished the rolls you can cut them in half and place on a serving platter or a bowl.
  6. For the sauce, mix all ingredients together and stir until you get a creamy dip (add more water for desired consistency).
ENJOY!
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