Cucumber Salad

I love sushi.

We make all sorts of Asian inspired dishes at home but sushi is just one I’ll leave to the pros. Side dishes and stir fry however is fair game.

I have wanted to make my favorite salad to a great sushi night. The light and refreshing ever so yum Cucumber Salad. 🥒

This recipe is made with coconut aminos instead of soy sauce, which is great if you’re like me and love soy sauce recipes but would rather avoid the soy part. It’s gluten-free which makes it excellent for anyone on a low-carb diet!

I wasn’t sure this would taste like one off the menu but I was happily surprised.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Chop and slice cucumber to your liking set aside in dish.
  2. Combine rice vinegar, sesame oil, coconut aminos and salt to bowl.
  3. Add oil + vinegar mixture onto cucumbers 🥒 mix til covered.
  4. Sprinkle sesame seeds in top.
  5. Serve + eat immediately or store in air tight container for up to 2 days.
All soy flavor, none of the soy!! 🤗👏🏼

Let’s talk Coconut Aminos

Coconut aminos is relatively low in calories and carbs. It fits into virtually any diet, such as Paleo, vegan, low-carb, kosher, and keto.

What are coconut aminos? Coconut aminos is a liquid condiment that is very similar to soy sauce, except it’s made from the ‘sap” of coconuts, or the coconut-blossom nectar. It has a dark, rich, sweet, and salty flavor, and the texture is almost identical to real soy sauce, but without gluten, soy, or MSG. Because it is made using the sap of coconut, coconut aminos has a slightly sweet and salty flavor. However, it only contains one gram of natural sugar per tablespoon serving.

Where can I get them? Your grocery store should totally carry these. Check the spot where your oils and vinegars are sold.Here is a link of what I get so of course you can always amazon prime that ish straight to your casa. COCONUT AMINOS

Chicken Philly Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients

  • 4 Colored Peppers
  • 1 Small Yellow Onion
  • 1 lb of Chicken Breast
  • Chicken Broth or Water (for chicken)
  • 2 T. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 4-6 slices Provolone Cheese
  • 1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese

Directions

  1. Cook Chicken in the Instant Pot. I do 15 minutes on manual with slow release. I cover chicken in IP while cooking with broth, you can use water but liquid is needed to keep chicken from drying out.
  2. Shred Chicken.
  3. Add Italian Seasoning, Salt + Pepper to Chicken and set aside.
  4. Cut open peppers and clean out seeds.
  5. Place peppers on baking sheet inside face up.
  6. Cut and dice onion and cook til soft.
  7. Combine cooked onion, shredded mozzarella cheese, and chicken into one bowl.
  8. Stuff mixture into the peppers on baking sheet equally.
  9. Add provolone to tops of peppers to cover.
  10. Cook at 350 degrees for 10-15 mins until cooked and melted.

Enjoy!!

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Carrier Oils

Let’s talk carrier oils! What are they, and why do we need them?!

A carrier oil is derived from the fatty portion of a plant – such as the seed, kernel or nut. Carrier oils are typically cold-pressed for the highest quality of oil.

While essential oils are volatile (and therefore will evaporate quickly if they are applied undiluted to the skin), carrier oils will not evaporate, and do not have a strong aroma.

A Carrier Oil Does Two Important Things:

  1. Helps to disperse the essential oil + keep skin from becoming irritated
  2. Prolongs the effect of the essential oil and “carries” it to the skin for better absorption

Some essential oils can be applied to the skin “neat” which means undiluted. Others are considered “hot” and need to be diluted with a carrier oil so as not to cause irritation. A good example of a hot oil would be cinnamon, or peppermint.

It is important to note that diluting an essential oil with a carrier oil will not reduce the therapeutic qualities of the essential oil!

Fractionated Coconut

  • Is liquid at room temperature
  • Absorbs readily and isn’t greasy
  • Very moisturizing – leaves skin feeling soft and smooth
  • Contains essential fatty acids
  • Has a long shelf life
  • No coconut aroma
  • A great carrier oil for roller bottles

Coconut Liquid

  • Solid at room temperature
  • Has a distinct coconut aroma
  • Leaves a moisturizing, slightly oily feeling on the skin
  • Long shelf life
  • Has more nutrients than fractionated coconut oil
  • Contains caprylic acid and lauric acid
  • Because it is solid at room temperature, this is a good oil to use in massage bars and body butters.

Almond

  • Has a slight nutty aroma
  • Absorbs fairly quickly, but will leave some oil on the skin
  • Moisturizing
  • High in vitamin E, oleic acid, and vitamin A
  • Helps to reduce inflammation, is a good natural remedy for eczema and psoriasis [4]
  • Works as an all-purpose carrier oil

Avocado

  • Extremely moisturizing
  • Has a stronger aroma – therefore best blended with other carrier oils
  • Sweet / nutty aroma & dark emerald green colour
  • Great for skin as well as hair
  • Contains omega 3, 6 & 9, vitamin E and potassium
  • Soothes inflammation, helps to heal stretch marks
  • Can be used to treat thickening of the skin (sclerosis), and may be useful for psoriasis [3]
  • Long shelf life (> 1 year)
  • More cost effective than some other oils
  • Suitable for dry, sensitive and normal skin types

Grape Seed

  • Contains linoleic acid (essential fatty acid)
  • Good all-purpose carrier oil
  • Will leave only a slight oily gloss on the skin
  • Soothes dry skin and irritation
  • Does not clog pores – suitable for all skin types and oily acne prone skin
  • Relatively short shelf life (6-12 months)

Young Living’s V-6

  • Great for making custom massage oils or to dilute essential oils that may irritate the skin
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Jojoba

  • A favorite for facial oil blends
  • Also moisturizing when applied to hair
  • Medium consistency
  • Very well absorbed
  • Non-greasy and very similar to the skin’s natural oils
  • Good for ultra sensitive skin
  • Also suitable for all skin types & great for acne prone skin

Rose Hip

  • Commonly used to treat skin conditions
  • Often blended with other oils (~10% dilution) because it is more costly
  • Rich in linoleic acid and pro-vitamin A
  • Higher concentrations of linoleic acid are known to have a greater potential to repair skin [1]
  • Also contains vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin D
  • Suitable for dry, aging skin, and damaged skin
  • Very quickly absorbed, no oily feeling left on skin
  • Sometimes called the “anti-aging oil” because it encourages healthy cellular regeneration

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Tacos or their variation go down multiple nights a week in our house. We don’t leave this amazing meal to Tuesday only.

Add 2 T. of this taco seasoning to any 1lb of meat 🙂

Ingredients

We double the recipe above and add to a big spice jar. We are serious about our Tacos, and make 2 lbs of chicken turkey or beef at least when we cook.

of course I had to add a cute label. 🤩

Release, Hope + Gratitude

When your insides don’t match your outsides, it’s time for a scan.

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The last couple weeks have been a LOT emotionally. Just when you think you’re in a place of peace and healing the past can find its way to disrupt that.

This week brought challenges that tested the work I’ve done since we left. I clung to my faith and hope, gave myself grace to breakdown, + didn’t let the ones who harmed me bring me back to that place. We might have to still deal with some unfortunate circumstances but if we continue to focus on the growth and healing, the current situation of those who wronged us will not disrupt our families happiness + peace. 🖤🖤🖤

Some of the oils I scanned for today were RELEASE, HOPE and GRATITUDE!