Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

IMG_20150127_110515Here is a simple side dish idea for dinner:

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound fingerling potatoes
1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley chopped fine
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 and 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees f.

1. Slice the potatoes in half- lengthwise.

2. Place potatoes in an oven safe roasting pan or cookie sheet, and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle the salt, pepper and garlic powder on top.

2. With your clean hands, combine all the ingredients together making sure that the potatoes are well coated.

3. Add the fresh parsley and blend well with your hands.

4. Place the potatoes in the oven and roast until tender… about 30 to 40 minutes.

Enjoy!! Love you guys!! Muaxx!!

 

 

 

Dealing with “Girly Time” discomforts.

Cramps! Ugh! They are the absolute worst. This one word is synonymous with the monthly pain and suffering that is endured by women world wide. It’s a fact of life, most of us have to deal with some kind of discomfort when it comes to “that time of the month”. PMS symptoms include cramping, low back pain, mood swings, & sensitivity, and headaches. How do you deal with it? I dare say that for many women, the cramps are so painful that they must take to their bed. Others manage the pain and discomfort with over the counter medication or even prescription drugs.

I chose to help myself with “Girly Time” issues naturally, with essential oils. My little bottle of relief and sunshine is called Clary Calm.

Clary Calm
Seriously, this is the only thing that I use for my very painful cramps. I simply take a couple of drops and massage it directly on my lower abdomen. I also rub my palms together, cup my hands over my face and inhale deeply. The scent is incredibly soothing and the relief for the cramps is remarkable– typically within 15 minutes. I have not used anything else for painful cramps and irritability for almost 1 year.

Clary Calm is a topical blend of clary sage, lavender, bergamot, Roman chamomile, cedarwood, ylang ylang, geranium, fennel, carrot seed, palmarosa and vitex that provides temporary relief from the symptoms associated with PMS and menopause.

Here are the benefits of the individual oils used to make this blend:

Clary Sage helps ease muscle tension, lifts your mood , & balances your hormones. (This oil can be used for women’s health all on its own.)

Lavender, is very calming & supports normal hormone levels.

Bergamot is a mood lifter that also helps ease muscle tension.

Roman chamomile is relaxing & aids in easing muscle tension.

Cedarwood (my all time favorite oil) has himachalene (chemical compound found in cedarwood) which supports normal hormone levels.

Ylang ylang is a stress reducer & a phytoestrogenic.

Geranium helps balance the endocrine system, and is also calming & another phytoestrogenic.

Fennel supports estrogen production and lactation.

Carrot seed helps support healthy endocrine (hormone) activity.

Palmarosa is physically soothing & supports healthy thyroid levels.

Vitex (chaste berry) is considered bio-identical to phytoestrogens & suppresses muscle spasms.

Curious and want to try it out? You can order some HERE.

If you are interested in getting more than one or two oils, and want to start building up, then consider signing up for a wholesale membership with doTERRA. Not only will you save a whooping 25% off retail, but you qualify for the royalty rewards program which rewards you for being a loyal costumer by giving you credits that can be used to purchase oils. To sign up for a wholesale membership, click HERE. Choose your country and select the “Wholesale Prices” option.

If you are not sure where to start, you can check out http://www.neweverythingessential.me which is a great reference site where you can look up specific health concerns & suggested essential oil protocols for each ailment. Simply go to the website, click on “health concerns”, scroll down and click on “suggested protocols”. I am also very happy to give you a consultation via SKYPE or can answer your questions via e-mail. Just leave me a message via the contact form below.

IMPORTANT:

Products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Understand that if you are using any of the information from The Naturalista Fashionista, it’s at your own risk. Consult your doctor if you have any concerns about using essential oils.

Ultra Moisturizing Essential Oil Spritz.

Individuals with a very coily or tight curl pattern like me can sometimes have issues with dryness. With our type of hair, Its difficult for the natural oils to make their way from the scalp down the entire hair shaft; resulting in brittleness, dryness, and dullness.

I get lots of questions about my hair and the types of products I use. So, I am sharing a simple recipe that I like to make which soothes my scalp and helps keep my hair super soft and moisturized.

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The ingredients I use all very good for the hair and work very well together. Vegetable glycerin is a powerful humectant that attracts and retains moisture which helps improve the moisture content and elasticity of the hair. Aloe vera is incredibly soothing for the scalp, extremely moisturizing, and promotes hair growth. Virgin coconut oil is great for all hair types. It is a natural conditioner that adds lots of moisture and luster while stimulating hair growth. Coconut oil has antibacterial properties so it improves scalp health. Sandalwood essential oil is an excellent moisturizer and helps restore moisture to dry hair. Sandalwood and Lavender essential oil are a poweful, moisturizing and soothing duo that can fight dry, itchy, flaky scalp.

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ELLE’S “NOT SO SECRET” RECIPE FOR HAIR AND SCALP MOISTURIZING SPRAY.

8 oz filtered water
1 tsp Aloe Vera Concentrate
1 tsp Virgin Coconut Oil
5 drops Vegetable Glycerin
8 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil
5 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Combine all the ingredients and mix well with a whisk. Pour the mixture in a GLASS spray bottle. Shake well before use. Spray liberally on hair and scalp as needed. I typically use this in the morning after I get out of bed to refresh my curls and moisturize my scalp.

Interested in essential oils? Don’t know where to start? Please leave me a contact email address in the comment box below, and I will be more than happy to help you and even give you a FREE virtual class via Skype, or Google plus so that I can answer all of your questions. I can also provide you with free samples of any oils that you are interested in using.

My Gyoza Recipe

10616055_10203050393235549_8077025365034943813_nI absolutely LOVE Gyoza, also known as Potstickers. I typically cannot eat them at most restaurants, since I am vegan. So, I make my own. These take a bit of time and effort, so I make a large batch and freeze for later use.

There are many ways to cook Gyoza: pan fry, deep fry, in soup or steamed.

I like to steam mine for 12 minutes and they come out perfect perfect!!!!

Dipping sauce: low salt tamari, hot sesame oil, and red pepper flakes.

Filling: In a food processor, shred

1 small head cauliflower
1 small head red cabbage
3 carrots, peeled
1 green bell pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Stir fry the vegetable mixture and stir fry in 2 tbsp olive oil for five minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste, and stir often. Do not overcook! You don’t want the veggies to get mushy! Remove from heat and cool completely.

2. Place one to two teaspoons filling in the center of a store bought Gyoza wrappers. Wet the edges with cold water and seal tightly with your fingers. If you want to learn how make pretty folds, there are lots of instructional videos on YouTube. It’s easy! Freeze your gyoza (uncooked), and consume within 30 days. They freeze and hold their shape and flavor very well.

Total yield: 50 Gyoza.

Note: I use the round gyoza wrappers, and you can usually find them in the produce section around the same area where they keep the fresh Asian noodles.

Calm in the midst of chaos

In  just a little over a week we will be relocating from our home in Honolulu, Hawaii to Fort Lewis, which is  just outside of Tacoma, Washington.  We are a military family, and these moves are a way of life. Even thought these Permanent Change Of  Station (PCS for short) moves are normal for us, they are still disruptive and cause a lot of chaos. Imagine what its like to pick up and move your entire household and leave everything that you have gotten accustomed to: your job, friends and family, your home;  to go into another location and start fresh. For the most part, it can be a great adventure, but often times, there is a lot of sadness and anxiety surrounding these moves. There are so many unanswered questions… Where will we live? What is it like there? Are the people nice? Will I make new friends? What about finding a new job? I can go on, and on.

Trust me, if you think that there is a great deal of anxiety surrounding a PCS move for humans, imagine what it is like for an animal! We have an amazing German Shepherd named Scout, and she HATES change! She is a skittish dog by nature and also very intuitive.  Here she is right after the movers left the house with all of our things. She was confused and worried, so she chose to snuggle with her favorite toy.

Scout and her toy

For some reason, this particular move has been very difficult for her. For weeks, before the movers even came to pack up our things, she could sense that something was amiss. Her behavior started to change. She became clingier and more nervous. She stopped eating, and constantly paced back and forth while panting loudly and heavily. I knew that these were indicative of a dog in stress. I decided to turn to my trusty essential oils for help. Animals, respond quite well to essential oils and I use them often on Scout.

One of my personal favorites for relieving stress and anxiety is the Serenity Blend from doTERRA. If you have a dog that has anxiety issues, I highly recommend this blend as it is a lifesaver. I typically take a drop and massage it unto the outside of Scout’s ears while telling her everything is okay. I also take another drop and massage it unto her chest and belly. I do this, every time I notice that she is feeling or acting anxious. The results are remarkable! She immediately calms down! I can tell because she stops the incessant pacing and the heavy panting. Since I started using Serenity, she has regained her appetite.

Serenity at the beach

Serenity is a wonderful blend that was specifically created to lessen tension, calm emotions and induce feelings of peacefulness by combining Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Marjoram, Ylang Ylang, Hawaiian Sandalwood, and Vanilla Bean. The blend has a sweet, warm and comforting aroma that I dearly love. Scout likes the smell as well, and she always shows her appreciation by giving me lots of kisses on the face!

If you would like additional information about doTERRA Essential Oils and how to purchase them wholesale, I am happy to show you. Please use the comment box and provide me with your email and I will get back with you immediately, answer any questions that you have, and show you how to purchase them and even work with you closely and show you how to use them.

 

 

Super Easy Nut Milk Recipe

My nut milk recipeIt’s common knowledge among my circles, that I do everything I can to avoid processed foods. Several months ago I decided to start making my own nut milks and soy milk. I get a lot of questions from friends and family about how I go about making these milks. So, I decided to post my basic recipe for Cashew and Almond Milk.

Honestly, making your own nut milk is quite easy. Homemade milks are so much more creamier, and delicious! Plus they are devoid of any type of chemical or preservative, AND way cheaper than the store bought varieties. I advice that you purchase your raw nuts in bulk from a reputable source and store them in the freezer so that they do not go rancid.

Cashew or Almond Milk:

1 cup raw cashews or almonds
4 cups cold water
4 medjool dates, pitted
1 tsp organic vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1/2 tsp nutmeg (optional)
1 pinch of sea salt

1. Soak the nuts: 4-6 hours for cashews and 8-10 hours for almonds. Once they are done soaking, rinse well.

2. Place all the ingredients in a high speed bender (Ninja or Vitamix) and blend until the nuts and dates are pulverized. This should take about 3 minutes, but may take longer if you use a regular blender.

3. Strain the milk through cheesecloth or a nut bag to remove the pulp. If you use almonds, you can save the pulp and dry it in a dehydrator to make almond meal for later use in cookies, muffins, and other baked goods. I like to use my pulp to make pesto (recipe for that later). You can also discard the pulp or compost it.

4. This recipe makes 4 cups of milk. Store in a lidded glass container and refrigerate. It will keep for about four days.

As always, thank you so much for your support!!! I welcome all of your comments and questions and looking very much forward to getting to know you all!!! Love you guys!!

Making Herbal Salt Scrubs….

SCRUBSI spent the last few hours making some luxurious Herbal Salt Scrubs to give away as Christmas gifts. Scrubs are incredibly easy and inexpensive to make. I created several types of scrubs using different combinations of oils and ingredients. However, tonight I will only share one very easy recipe:

Elle’s Lavender Love Moisturizing Salt Scrub.

1/2 cup Epsom Salts
2 Tablespoons Organic Avocado Oil
2 1/2 tablespoons Dried Herbs
5 drops Therapeutic Grade Lavender Essential Oil
Lots and lots of LOVE

**Note**
This dried herbs mix contains: Lavender, Rosemary, Calendula, Sage, Peppermint, Roses, Nettles and Blue Malva. You can use a single herb or combine several types of herbs to suit your tastes and needs. You can find inexpensive mason jars the dollar store or walmart.

Combine the epsom salt, avocado oil and and lavender essential oil in a glass bowl and mix well. Add the dry herbs and combine. Place the scrub mixture in a clean glass jar and secure the lid on tightly. Use as needed on hands and/or feet.

The lowdown on Chia Seeds

Banana And Cinnamon Chia Pudding
Banana And Cinnamon Chia Pudding

What’s the deal with Chia Seeds anyway?

What are they for? Are good for us? How do you cook them? Do they taste good?

According to world renowned Integrative Medicine Physician, Andrew Weil, M.D.,Chia seeds are very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than flax seeds. Chia is so rich in antioxidants that the seeds don’t deteriorate and can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid. And, unlike flax, they do not have to be ground to make their nutrients available to the body. Chia seeds also provide fiber (25 grams give you 6.9 grams of fiber) as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc.

Chia seeds have a very mild and nutty flavor and can be added to all kinds of foods to enhance their nutritional value. My most favorite thing to do with them is make pudding.

I simply mix 3 tablespoons chia seeds and 1 cup of homemade nut milk or coconut milk. I typically do not add sweetener because the milk is sweet enough. But if you like, you can add a bit of agave syrup if you have any on hand. I blend the mixture well and allow it to thicken in the refrigerator for at least one hour. The longer the mixture sits, the thicker it will become. I always mix fresh fruits and nuts with my puddings. This particular pudding is one I made some time ago with bananas, a bit of vanilla, and fresh cinnamon.