Blog, Health, Recipes

Einkorn Rotini with Lentil Ragu

I’m not a huge pasta eater in general. Mainly because I feel bloated or sluggish after, so it’s not something you’ll see me order or make a lot!

However…. 🙋🏻 I do love pasta and all Italian flavors of tomatoes, olives, basil. You name it (except the meats cuz ya know.). So I will play around with pastas with alternative flours like lentil or rice flour!

This is my first time using Einkorn pasta from Young Living. And I love it!

Back to how grains should be.

Natural and not hybridized.

Real food.

Easy to digest!

Here’s how I made it:

1 onion

2 Tbs tomato paste

2 Tbs olive oil

4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

Red pepper flakes

28 Oz crushed tomatoes

1/4 c olives, sliced

Large handful of kale, chopped

4 leaves of basil, fancy chopped

1/2 bag of Einkorn Pasta

3/4 cup green lentils

Cook lentils according to directions. Though I’m pretty sure it’s around 1 3/4 water you gotta boil the lentils in with the lid closed for about 25 mins. Or until softish.

Cook Einkorn Rotini Pasta (time out with the sauce below). Takes 8-10 mins. Drain. Save a bit of pasta water.

In a sauce pan, add onions, olive oil and tomato paste over medium heat. Sauté for about 4-5 mins and add garlic and red pepper. Sauté another minute or so. Add crushed tomatoes and olives. Salt to taste.

Let it bubble and do its thang for 15 minutes, stirring every few minutes.

Add kale, basil and lentils. Add pasta water if sauce is thick to get the consistency you like, though is supposed to be hearty!

Fold in drained pasta and let them get to know each other for a hot minute.

Sit down and eat. 🤤

Blog, Essential Oils, Health, Recipes

Energy Boosting Mocktail

It has been a dreary week here in Philly. 🙄 Seriously, the type of annoying drizzle that only seeks to create frizzy hair and grey skies.

My energy is so tied to how bright it is outside. I’m like a sunflower, always turning towards the light! So I definitely have to find other ways to boost my energy when the sun is hiding.

I generally don’t drink coffee last the late morning, so Ningxia is my non-caffeinated option which I love for all of the antioxidants it packs! Help me fight free radicals that can break down my body system AND tastes so 🍓 BERRY delicious? 🙌🏼 Yaaasss plz!

So here’s my favorite mocktail. If you want to make an adult cocktail, sub in the other alcoholic bubbly and it’s so delicious and fancy!

2 Oz Ningxia

• 12 Oz Seltzer

• 3-4 drops of your favorite Vitality oils (I love any citrus in this – Lime, Tangerine, Grapefruit)

Try it on a blah day and you’ll be Zoom Zoom zooming being all sorts of productive!

Blog, Essential Oils, Health, Recipes

My Hidden Smoothie Agenda

I’m not one for set recipes with smoothies, but gradually working on one to post in here soon.  I always like to add in various things to my smoothies to up my health game.

Some might say that I have a hidden agenda in my smoothies.  Obviously, there’s green!  And right now that green is supporting my EAGLES as they head onto the Super Bowl this weekend.

Also, let me just state what I’ve noticed about my recipe posts.  Pretty much, they all involve my VitaMix.  I love blending stuff!  I dragged my feet thinking about investing in one, but compromised on a reduced cost, refurbished VitaMix with a 5 year warranty.

I. use. it. ALL. the. time.  Smart investment, Kels!  It has also been a huge time saver over the NutriBullet I used to prepare a new smoothie every morning in the blender cup.  Now, I make 3 day batches at a time.

Okay, on to my smoothie additions!  If you know me, you know that I love a vibrant green smoothie, for breakfast or as an afternoon snack to keep me out of the munch-ables.  It’s one of my secrets for glowing skin!

 

Here are some of my favorite additions:

Probiotics | Gut health is everything!  Investing in high quality probiotics is the only way to go if you want to help your body efficiently absorb the good stuff and eliminate the bad stuff.  There are so many ways to incorporate probiotics into your routine, like fermented foods or kombucha, but there is a big difference between transitory vs. resident-forming probiotics.  They’re both great for you, but when you analyze the cost of the transitory probiotic kombucha ($3-4 a bottle) vs. resident-forming probiotic pills (~$1 a pill), that’s where I find the most value in something like Life 9.  Just break open the capsule!  If I have a batch of three smoothies, I’ll use three pills.  One-a-day!

Flax Seeds | Super rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which is amazing brain power and heart health food.  They also can help your digestive health and even boost your mood.  I prefer to buy my flax seeds whole since ground ones can go bad more quickly.  To preserve my flax seeds, I stick the bag in the freezer, just like I do with nuts!  It helps prolong the shelf life!

Diatomaceous Earth (food grade) | I started with DE after talking with a fellow yogi, Maria, who uses it in her family smoothies.  Spoiler alert: studies show 90% of the population has parasites!  DE acts as a scrub brush through our gut, helping to sweep away and evict these unwanted visitors.  I’ve been known to hand out ziplock baggies to my friends because I bought a 5 lb bag on Amazon for around $10 and I don’t know if I’ll ever use it all.  Start with 1/2 tsp each day.

Vitality Oils | Because sometimes I forget to have fresh ginger or citrus fruits in my fridge.  I usually like to throw in a 1/2 inch knob of ginger, but I can also sub in a drop of Ginger Vitality.  No lemon? No problem.  Use a few drops of Lemon Vitality to help cleanse the body!

NingXia Red | Antioxidant pow-wow!  The wolfberry is highly touted for its benefits, which include support for energy levels, overall wellness, and normal cell health.  When I’m making a berry smoothie, I’ll splash in a couple ounces.  When I have a sluggish afternoon, it’s great to know I have a caffeine-free alternative because coffee past noon is waaaaay too much for me!

Psyllium Husks | Psyllium is soluble fiber derived from the seeds of an herb mainly grown in India.  Helps bulk stuff up.  I’ll leave it at that.  Just a little goes a long way.  I only use this occasionally, and when I do, it’s max 1/2 tsp.

Ashwagandha Powder | I haven’t actually tried this yet, but it’s on my next list to try for its mood boosting quality, which in the winter doldrums with limited sunshine, I desperately need!

 

What is something you want to add to your smoothie game?!

Blog, Health, Recipes

Red Curry Butternut Soup

I’m a soup girl, through and through, once even the littlest chill sets in.  There’s something so cozy about a steaming bowl of soupy goodness that I just can’t get enough of.

Last weekend, my family and I went for a low-key getaway in upstate New York where we explored tiny, quaint towns, played endless games of Yahtzee (which my always lucky boyfriend won every round), and roasted s’mores in the fire place.  Our Airbnb was the perfect locale for the trip, an upscale, chic log cabin feel that just invited us to lounge around in our PJs as we leisurely sipped coffee all morning long.

I, of course, was in charge of menu planning.  I’ve been playing around with this specific soup recipe and I finally had an audience to test my latest recipe.  Before leaving for the trip, I made the soup and packed it in the cooler for the ride up.  On our last day, it was raining miserably and the cold was setting in.  Perfect soup weather.  Time to cozy up, heat up some soup, and toast some garlic bread for dippage.

This Red Curry Butternut Soup is luxuriously creamy without the slightest bit of cream or coconut milk (though you could totally add this in).  Silky smooth and sweet with the warming heat of red curry paste will have your taste buds dancing as you go back for another spoonful!

Very few ingredients.  Let it bubble and then blitz it in the blender.  It’s so easy to make!

Red Curry Butternut Soup

A luxuriously creamy soup with sweet butternut and spicy red curry.  Best when served during prime soup weather: cold, rainy, snowy, or anytime you just want to cuddle with under a blanket.

Course Soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Kelsie

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 lb carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp red curry paste
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric (optional)
  • 1-2 tsp maple syrup (optional)
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large soup pot, heat oil on low-medium heat. Add onions and saute for 3-4 minutes. Then, add garlic and ginger. Saute 1-2 minutes until onions are translucent.

  2. Meanwhile, add 1 cup of stock to a large measuring cup. Add peanut butter and curry paste. Whisk until combined.

  3. Add mixture, remaining stock, butternut squash, carrots, turmeric, and maple syrup. Salt lightly, knowing you can add later! Increase heat to medium-high until boiling. Cover and reduce heat to slow simmer.

  4. Cook until vegetables are soft, about 15 minutes.

  5. Puree soup with immersion blender or in batches using with a blender, making sure to let the soup cool slightly before transferring.

  6. Taste and adjust salt to taste.

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Matcha Blueberry Smoothie

Afternoon slumps require a little extra boost of energy, amiright? This Matcha Blueberry Smoothie delivers a burst of energy and tons of antioxidants to get you going!


Before we get to the recipe, let’s go over how freaking good these ingredients are and the wonderful ways they benefit your body.  I like to think of this smoothie as an antioxidant boost: supporting healthier looking skin, combating free radical cells that turn into cancer, and reversing the aging effects of UV rays.

Blueberries: Blueberries are one of the highest antioxident foods in the world and much more affordable shall we say than the créme de la créme of these foods. I do love acai and Goji berries, but they can get expensive!  We all have crazy cells that get out funk sometimes, so antioxidants are super important to keep aging and cancer causing cells at bay.  Upon researching blueberries health benefits, I also found they contain a good amount of Gallic acid, which acts as an antifungal/antiviral agent.  The natural soluble and insoluble fiber helps keep digestion regular, and who doesn’t want that?!

Matcha Tea: Again, another super rich antioxidants! One amino acid in Matcha, L-Theanine delivers most of the benefits, which helps to increase the alpha waves in your brain, leading to a heightened sense of calm and production of serotonin and dopamine.  #sorrynotsorry for my geeky science talk, but serotonin is HUGE in the mental health world and when imbalanced in the brain,  is one of the factors leading to depression.  In addition to balancing our mood, they also increase memory and concentration.  Stay alert and calm with matcha!

Cinnamon: A little zing for the smoothie, but small amounts can do wonders for your body.  “As little as 1/2 of one teaspoon of cinnamon daily can have positive effects on blood sugar levels, digestion, immunity, and more. However stronger doses are also extremely beneficial for improving heart disease risk and cutting risk your for diabetes, cancer, and neuro-degenerative diseases.” (Health Benefits of Cinnamon by Dr. Axe)

Chia Seeds: One of the most nutritious foods on the planet! Chia seeds are an excellent source of vegan protein, loaded with Omega-3s and fiber to keep ya regular.
Soooo…Are you noticing a trend in the ingredients? Antioxidants and digestive regularity!
Check out the recipe below!

 

Matcha Blueberry Smoothie

Course Drinks
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1
Author Kelsie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, frozen
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 tsp Matcha powder
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Blend on high, enjoy! If the mixture is too thick for your preference, add more almond milk.