Chana Masala (Chickpea Curry)

Chana Masala (Chickpea Curry)

I decided to make Chana Masala for dinner last night and it turned out amazing! We are trying to eat a more vegetarian based diet so this meal was perfect. It is also GF and Vegan. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of dried chickpeas
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 1.5 inch of ginger
  • 2 green chilies (optional if you want more spice) 
  • bay leaves (a few)
  • cumin seeds (2 teaspoons)
  • Turmeric (a couple pinches)
  • garam masala (a couple pinches)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

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I used dried chickpeas and had them cooking in the slow cooker all day before making this. You can also used canned chickpeas if you like.

In a blender add the tomato, garlic, onion, ginger and green chilies to make a paste. Cut up all the ingredients into smaller pieces so that they are easier to blend. I add a small amount of water to also help.

Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and bay leaves.

Once cumin seeds brown add turmeric, garam masala, salt and pepper. Cook on a higher heat and stir for a couple minutes.

Add the paste to the pan turning the heat to medium. You can add some more water to get the paste to a consistency that you like.

Add in the cooked chickpeas.

Simmer on low for 10-15 minutes.

You can serve this dish with rice or an indian bread and garnish with cilantro 🙂

 

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Enjoy!!!

 

Aloo Gobi (Potato & Cauliflower)

Aloo Gobi (Potato & Cauliflower)

Aloo Gobi is a wonderful dish full of so much flavor. I like to serve it with an Indian bread and plain yogurt, This recipe serves 2-3 people.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 potatoes. 
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 onion
  • 1 large tomato
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1 teaspoon chopped ginger
  • cilantro (to taste)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teapspoon cumin seeds
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Turmeric (a couple pinches)
  • Red chili powder (pinch)
  • garam masala (2 pinches)

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Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and bay leaves. Once cumin seeds brown add green chilies, garlic & ginger. Let simmer for 10 min. Add onions, salt & pepper, turmeric, red chili powder and garam masala. Simmer on low for 10-15 minutes. Then add tomatoes, potatoes & cauliflower with some water. Simmer on medium for 15-20 min. stirring occasionally. Once the potatoes have cooked add cilantro and serve with your favorite Indian bread. Enjoy 🙂

 

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Lentil Ginger Soup

Lentil Ginger Soup

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“we dance our madness,

we dance our joy.

oh precious ones, the fun has just begun,

Wild music is in the air;

there’s beauty flowing everywhere.” –James Green

I never grew up eating ginger so sometimes I find it difficult adding it to my cooking. It has a strong flavor to it but added to the right foods it can make for mouth watering meals!

One of my new favorite ways to eat ginger is in a lentil soup! The soup is super easy to make and so healthy for you. It also tastes amazing! I use a pressure cooker to cook the lentils but you can also boil all the ingredients together in a pot. I have mentioned the benefits of ginger for our health below the recipe.  Enjoy!!!

  1. In a pressure cooker or pot combine all the ingredients together.
  2. 1 cup red lentils
  3. 4 cups water
  4. 1 green chili chopped
  5. 4-5 cloves of garlic
  6. 1 teaspoon chopped ginger
  7. salt and pepper
  8. Cooking in a pressure cooker cook on high until 2 whistles, then turn to low, wait for 2 more whistles then turn off. Open only when the lid pressure is gone.

You can eat the soup alone or add some organic brown rice to it.

10 Health benefits of ginger:

  1. Helps calm nausea and vomiting
  2. Digestive Tract Protection
  3. Brain Health
  4. Migraine Relief
  5. Protection from UV rays
  6. Supports Stable Blood Sugar
  7. Promotes Healthy Blood Pressure
  8. May Benefit Osteoarthritis
  9. Helps with Muscle Aches and Discomfort
  10. May Benefit Cardiovascular Function

To see the full article explaining each of the health benefits visit http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/health-benefits-of-ginger/

 

Thank you!!

Jillian Mitchell

 

 

Vitamin C for Anti-aging

Vitamin C for Anti-aging

Vitamin C is wonderful natural product well known for it’s anti-aging properties.  I recently added Vitamin C to my Anti Aging & Firming Eye Mask.  Viamin C is a popular Anti-oxidant and is a required component in the production of collagen, the tissue responsible for skin suppleness. Vitamin C has also been shown to help slow the production of age spots.

I would like to share a couple articles I found on the benefits of Vitamin C for aging and collagen production as all the information is referenced.  

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Antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, have anti-oxidant powers because they help fight off the damage caused by chemicals and toxins from our daily life. Sun exposure, tobacco smoke, pollution, and even stress hormones from our own body, makes us age. Paula’s Choice explains that “not only do antioxidants combat the free-radical damage that is responsible for the visible (and hidden) signs of aging, they also enhance the effectiveness of sunscreens in preventing sun damage.” The vitamin C supplement has always been known to fight off colds, however, it has many more powers to keep us young. Paula’s Choice calls it an “anti-aging superstar” and states that it “works particularly well for treating wrinkles, dullness, and brown spots.” Dr. Oz supports this research, explaining that the skin of younger people is full of Vitamin C, but as we age, we lose the amount of this supplement, which causes our skin to age, as well. Smoking, UV rays and chemicals also contribute to the loss of Vitamin C in our bodies.

See the rest of this article by clicking HERE.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that slows the rate of free-radical damage — free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. New research shows that ascorbic acid 2-phosphate, a derivative of vitamin C, not only neutralizes free radicals, but also reverses DNA damage [source: University of Leicester].

See the rest of this article by clicking HERE.

 

Thanks for reading!

Love & Light,

Jill

 

Honey Garlic Vinaigrette

Honey Garlic Vinaigrette

I got this recipe over 10 years ago from my friend Aili and it has been my staple homemade salad dressing ever since. It’s super easy with just the right mixture of ingredients. I promise you will love it!!
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  • 1 tablespoon local honey
  • 2 tablespoons organic olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons organic balsamic vinegar 
  • half a teaspoon of dijon mustard 
  • 1 clove crushed organic garlic
  • Squeeze of fresh organic lemon

 

Benefits of the Dandelion Herb

Benefits of the Dandelion Herb

“Herbal medicine lives outdoors, where nature spirits arouse our enchantment, and our vitality is naturally quickened.” -James Green

I grew up in the country on 30 acres of mostly heavy forest. I grew up eating plants and berries from the forest. But I missed a very important plant that grows wild everywhere. It is a plant with the single yellow flower that almost every lawn owner has loved to hate, the Dandelion (Taracum officinale) The Latin names means disease remedy! How did I miss munching on this wonderful herbal treasure?!

Yesterday I decided I was going to make a dandelion salad. So I went outside, picked a leaf of the dandelion and ate it! And it wasn’t bad! First thing I thought is that this will taste good mixed with kale and other salad greens and a vinaigrette dressing.

Because I believe so much in prevention and building up our bodies immunity and strength I wanted to look into what I can do to help support my families liver, especially my daughter Emalee who has multiple food allergies. There are so many toxins in our environment and it is way too easy for those toxins to get stuck in our liver. I will do a separate post on all we can do to help support our liver and some toxins to avoid. For today’s post I’m going to concentrate on how the dandelion can help support our liver.

In The Herbal Medicine Makers Handbook by James Green, pg. 18 he says: “The following are some specific indications and an adult dosage for using the whole plant Dandelion tincture.”

  • relieve intestinal gas and poor digestion that is due to insufficient bile
  • relieve constipation that is due to sluggish liver activity
  • relieve difficulty in urinating and/or water retention
  • use as a blood purifier to treat chronic autotoxemia which is contributing to rheumatism, arthritis, and/or skin eruptions.

Due to the diuretic properties, dandelion leaf is excellent for your liver and kidneys. In Canada, the National Health Products Directorate recognizes products containing dandelion for their role in treating appetite loss and indigestion, and as a diuretic. In clinical practice dandelion is used to detoxify the liver and gallbladder, reduce side effects of medications metabolized by the liver, release stored water (edema), and relieve symptoms associated with liver disease. (Ferragine & Wylde, 2014, P. 98).  I find this very interesting! So many great health benefits of the common flower we like to call a weed.  Dandelion also contains inulin, a dietary fiber key to helping the good bacteria in your gut. (Ferragine & Wylde, 2014, P.98). This is fascinating to me as I think it would be a great bonus to take dandelion and a probiotic daily.

The easiest way to get some dandelion in your body, is to eat their leaves in a salad. I recommend reading herbal books that teach you how to identify each plant properly. There are some look alike plants, one of them is called an August flower. You should never take picking wild plants or flowers lightly so I cannot stress enough about purchasing a proper book. I will include links below to where you can find the books I use.

I would recommend using the dandelion greens with kale and other greens and vegetables. The leaves can be bitter so I served mine with this vinaigrette dressing. The salad turned out amazing and no one could tell they were even in there! I hope you enjoy the whole process as much as we did!

 

References:

Ferragine, F. & Wylde, B. Power Plants. (Canada: Harper Collins Publishers Ltd, 2014).

Green, James. The Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook: a home manual. (United States: Crossing Press, 2000).

 

 

 

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Little Jacey fascinated by the dandelion seeds!

Love & Light,

Jillian

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G.F. Breaded Ling Cod

G.F. Breaded Ling Cod

Ling Cod is a real treat around our home! You have to jig for it when you are fishing and usually my husband likes to troll for salmon. Catching a 30+ Spring Salmon is more of an adrenalin rush I suppose! 😉 Personally I love jigging for cod. The motor is off and all you can see and hear is the ocean all around you. It is very relaxing and peaceful. And an added bonus….I get to feed my family wild fish from the beautiful West Coast.

This is a great recipe to enjoy that tasty white fish. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did 🙂

Again try to use organic ingredients when possible!

Ingredients:

  • ling cod
  • olive oil (organic)
  • gluten free flour mix-organic (any type) 
  • 2 tablespoons Chia and flax seed powder (organic)
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seed hearts (organic)
  • fresh squeezed lemon (organic)
  • herbamare seasoning salt  (organic)
  • black pepper
  • egg substitute 

Directions:

  1. In first bowl make up an egg substitute. You will use this to coat the cod before breading it. Use eggs if no allergies.
  2. In a second bowl combine G.F. flour mix, hemp seed hearts, chia & flax seed powder, salt and papper.
  3. Cut up the cod into smaller strips
  4. Heat up a generous amount of olive oil in a frying pan
  5. Dip pieces of cod into egg substitute then coat with flour mixture.
  6. Add to frying pan, squeeze fresh lemon overtop and cook until cod flakes apart

I served this cod with a salad and organic brown rice. I used my apple cider vinaigrette with maple syrup recipe. I garnished it with parsley for 3 reasons!! 1. my Granddad had parsley with every meal fresh out of his garden so it reminds me of him. 2. I just put it in my herb garden and wanted to eat it! 3. It is super good for you! It is one of the top 15 foods to contain Vitamin E. Check out this article on foods that are high in Vitamin E if you are curious! 

Here is the after pic of this dinner! Enjoy!!!

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Home Made Taco Seasoning

Home Made Taco Seasoning

Pre-packaged taco seasoning is not the best for you. They are full of preservatives and GMOs. Check out this taco seasoning recipe I made from scratch. We ate it tonight and all 4 of my kids loved it! Again I only cook simple healthy recipes, because lets face it, with 4 kids I don’t have time to make anything that isn’t easy! But just because they are simple and easy doesn’t mean I lose out on taste by any means!

When adding spices or herbs I add to personal taste. So really make it as spicy or salty as you like 😉

  • Ground Venison (would also taste great without meat)
  • 4 cloves of garlic chopped
  • half of a medium onion
  • chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Tumeric
  • ground pepper
  • Herbamare seasoning sea salt  

We served ours on an organic corn tortilla. We buys our from a local company called Abuelos Corn Torillas.

Add any vegetable to your tacos. This time we added lettuce, tomato, cucumber, avocado and cheese. 

Enjoy the goodness!!!!

 

Peace, love and light,

Jillian

Quinoa Salad Dressing

Quinoa Salad Dressing

I use this salad dressing on quinoa and salad greens. It is absolutely delicious!!!

This recipe is for 1 cup of cooked quinoa. Use organic/nongmo ingredients when possible 🙂

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • approx. 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 large crushed garlic
  • squeeze of fresh lemon
  • half teaspoon dijon mustard

Tossed with tomatoes, feta, fresh basil and cilantro.

I served it with a gluten/allergen/hormone and antibiotic free ham, roasted potatoes with rosemary, onions, garlic and tumeric. Roasted carrots and yams.

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Some interesting information on the health benefits of cilantro. I have also read that cilantro is very good for clearing out and detoxing metals out of our body.

 

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Information resourced from: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/health-benefits-of-cilantro/

Toxic Metal Cleansing

Cilantro is most often cited as being effective for toxic metal cleansing and rightfully so, this herb is a powerful, natural cleansing agent. The chemical compounds in cilantro bind to toxic metals and loosen them from the tissue. Many people suffering from mercury exposure report a reduction in the often-cited feeling of disorientation after consuming large and regular amounts of cilantro over an extended period. [1]

Other Benefits of Cilantro

  • May be able to help prevent cardiovascular damage. [2]
  • The School of Life Science in Tamil Nadu, India noted, after researching the activity of cilantro leaves and stem, “if used in cuisine would be a remedy for diabetes.” [3]
  • Strong antioxidant activity. [4]
  • Has been shown to have anti-anxiety effects. [5]
  • May help improve sleep quality. [6]
  • Has been examined and described to have a blood-sugar lowering effect. [7]
  • Cilantro seed oil possess antioxidative properties, consumption may decrease oxidative stress. [8]
  • Research conducted by The Dental School of Piracicaba in Brazil found cilantro oil to be a new natural fungal cleansing formulation opportunity. [9]
  • Demonstrated activity against several types of harmful organisms. [10] [11]

James A. Duke, Ph.D., a former botanist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and author of The CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs, has praised the digestive-system-promoting benefits of cilantro and recommends drinking a cup of the tea made from a handful of the leaves, when experiencing any form of stomach discomfort.

Thanks for reading!

Jillian

Disinfectant Essential Oil Blend

Disinfectant Essential Oil Blend

Who wants to know a safe, effective and refreshing blend of essential oils to use around your home?!

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I was first introduced to this blend about 12 years ago from a couple Aromatherapists who I worked with at the Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa. It smells amazing, it is so refreshing to use and it actually works. Because of the antiseptic and antibacterial properties in the essential oils you get a disinfectant. I mostly use it to wipe down surfaces such as counters, tables, and the stove. I am so aware of everything I use around my children and there for I feel like this is a safe alternative to use around my home. It can also be used as an air freshener and I will often spray the mudroom area!  I give those shoes and boots a good spray!

How to make:

In 500 ml of water.

  • 30 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 30 drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 30 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Please see below for each individual essential oils properties for more information.

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Lemon essential oil is known for its antiviral, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. Use in a diffuser or humidifier to help fight with a cold or flu. Can also be used to help with asthma. Lemon essential oil used with tea tree and eucalyptus then mixed with water in a spray bottle makes for a wonderful disinfectant around the home.

Contraindications: Slightly phototoxic so avoid exposing the skin to UV rays for 12 hours after use. Avoid during pregnancy.

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Eucalyptus essential oil is highly antiseptic so it is a great oil to use with a cold or the flu. Asthma, bronchitis, coughs, sinusitis and throat infections. Good for poor circulation, rheumatoid arthritis and sprains. Aids with headaches, depression or feeling run down. Great to use in a humidifier or diffuser if your family is sick.

Contraindications:   DO NOT put around or near children’s nostrils as they can choke due to the cooling effect it has on the respiratory system. Toxic when taken internally. As little as 3.5 ml has been reported as fatal. Avoid during first trimester of pregnancy.

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Tea Tree essential oil is strongly antiseptic so great to use for cleaning-mix with eucalyptus and lemon essential oils. Anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and parasitical properties so use on cold sores, shingles, chicken pox, insect bites, viral and fungal infections and staph/strep infections. Use in a humidifier for asthma, bronchitis, coughs, sinusitis, whopping cough, and ear, nose and throat infections. Cold sore-one drop of tea tree on cotton swab put directly on sore. Tea Tree essential oil is also great for oily and acne prone skin.

Contraindications: Avoid during the first trimester of pregnancy. May cause sensitization in some people.

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Peppermint essential oil has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Antiviral and bactericidal properties. Use for flu, colds, fevers, nausea and diarrhea. Great for headaches in low amounts.

Contraindications: Can be an irritant; use only 1 to 2 drops in the bath. Keep away from children under 7. Avoid during pregnancy. Use for inhalation only to help with nausea. Avoid in cardiac fibrillation.

Resources: Lawless, Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils. (Great Britain: Element Books Limited, 1992).

Worwood, Valerie Anne. The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy (United Kingdom: Macmillian London Limited, 1990).

Disclaimer: please see disclaimer at the bottom of my site for more information. See my Aromatherapy information found under ‘About Us’ for more information on how to use essential oils.

 

  • All of Green Valley Aromatherapy’s essential oils are pure, therapeutic-grade and tested using gas chromatography. They consistently maintain the highest standards in quality and purity of aromatherapy oils, which are all natural, environmentally friendly and not tested on animals.
  • Organic. Green Valley Aromatherapy is aware of the importance of high quality oils in a therapeutic setting and where possible we endeavour to source them from farms that are certified organic or are working towards their organic status. We already purchase many of our oils from farms that are organic, but without verified certification we will not identify them as such.

Further reading on different studies.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2672.2007.03694.x/full

http://jac.oxfordjournals.org/content/45/5/639.short

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