Pumpkin Butter

This is the Pumpkin Butter to serve with the Pumpkin Almond Bread that I posted earlier. I hope you have a good breakfast and a great day to go with it.

Pumpkin Butter

  • 1 Cup Organic Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 Cup Natural Cane Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Organic Maple Flavoring or 2 Tsp Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 Tsp Lemon Juice
  • Dash of Sea Salt

Combine all ingredients in a nonaluminum pan over medium heat; simmer, stirring constantly, until flavors are well blended. Bring to a slight boil for 5 minutes. Pour into two hot, sterile 1/2 Cup jars, leaving 1/2 inch at the top of jars. Cap with hot sterile lids. Pocvess in boiling bath for 20 minutes. Remove with tongs to a towel. Be sure lids are taut (no movment when pressed).

Cool and refrigerate (even after sealing) for freshness. Use within 1 month of canning.

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Gluten-Free Pumpkin Almond Bread

Here’s a little something for those mornings when you don’t have time for a big breakfast. With Almond Flour and Organic Pumpkin it is relatively healthy and OOOOOH so good served with this recipe for Pumpkin Butter. The recipe came from a magazine that I get from my pharmacy “delicious living” December 2012 issue. It says that it is served at Hanson Mesa Bed & Breakfast but if you can’t take a vacation, just make your own…am I right?

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Almond Bread

  • 4 Cups Almond Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Natural Cane Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/4 Cup Grapeseed Oil
  • 1 Cup Organic Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Pecans
  • 1 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Coat the bottom of 4X8 loaf pan with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.

In large bowl, combine almond flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs with oil and add pumpkin, nuts and spices. Add wet ingredients to dry, mixing until smooth.

Pour into loaf pan and bake for 60-70 minutes, until top feels firm to the touch and tester comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely. Wrap in foil and store in refrigerator.

You can also bake the recipe in mini (3X6 inch) loaf pans to give as gifts. Bake the mini loafs at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until tester comes out clean.

Nutty Brown Rice

This is the rice dish that I serve with my Beef and Asparagus. It goes very well since it is simple enough to not overpower the main dish; however with all the almonds in the rice, it was still strong enough to compete with it. I tend to like a bit of sweet and savory to pair with plain chicken so have considered substituting pecans but haven’t tried it yet. When I try it I’ll let you know; if you happen to make that substitution before I do, please let me know how it went.

Nutty Brown Rice

  • 2 Tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Small Onion (diced)
  • 1/2 Cup whole-grain gluten-free Brown Rice
  • 1 Cup Vegetable Broth
  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • 3/4 Cup Sliced Almonds
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Parsley (chopped)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion, cover and cook until softened, about 3 minutes.

Add rice and stir until well coated. Add broth and water, bring to a simmer, cover and cook until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes.

While rice is cooking, spread almonds on baking tray.

Bake until lightly browned and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Stir almonds into rice and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add parsley just before serving.

Cumin-Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions

This recipe is one that we received from my son’s culinary arts class. It was used in an “Iron Chef” competition that they had in school. I decided that it should be one we tried and it turned out really good so I decided that put it in my kitchen standards.

Cumin-Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Onions

  • 2 Pounds Pork Tenderloin
  • 2 Tbsp Cumin (Ground)
  • 1 Tsp Curry Powder
  • 2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Vegan Butter
  • 2 Small Onion (Diced Medium)
  • 1 Tsp Garlic (Chopped)
  • 2 Apples (Medium Diced)
  • 2 Ounces White Wine
  • 4 Ounces Demi-Glace

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the cumin, curry, salt and pepper and rub the tenderloin with mixture.

Melt butter in saute pan. Saute tenderloins in butter until well browned. Transfer into roasting pan and bake at 350 degrees until medium done (about 15 minutes)

While tenderloins are roasting, reheat the saute pan and saute onions and garlic until transparent. Add the apples and saute another 1 minute.

De-glaze pan with wine then add demi-glace, bring to boil and add in remaining season mixture.

Slice tenderloin on bias and serve on bed of onions, apples and sauce.

Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free Beef Stroganoff

What can I say about Beef Stroganoff that you already haven’t heard? Its one of those cold day meals that you can throw in the slow cooker and forget about most of the day. (Prepare the ingredients the night before and hit start as you are leaving for work in the morning. When you get home it will be ready for the finishing steps and dinner is ready in 30 min.)

The bay leaf in this recipe is a great flavor touch; however, make sure you remove it BEFORE you stir. If you are cooking in a slow cooker for 8 hrs like I usually do, you may want to consider replacing the bay leaf with a fresh one when you stir. I’ve done it both ways now and other than ease of manipulation, it doesn’t change the flavor.

Beef Stroganoff

  • 1 and 1/2 Pound Stew Meat
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 Ounce Mushrooms (sliced)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 Tbsp Onion (chopped small)
  • 1/2 Tsp Oregano (crushed)
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/8 Tsp Thyme (crushed)
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1/3 Cup Dry Sherry
  • 8 Ounce Vegan Dairy Free Sour Cream
  • 1/2 Cup Rice Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 4 Cups Cooked Gluten-Free Noodles
  • 1 and 1/2 Cups Beef Broth

Brown meat in oil. Drain.

Combine beef, mushrooms, onions, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper and thyme in crock pot. Pour in broth and sherry then fold together ingredients. Add bay leaf on top for ease of locating when stirring.

Cover and cook on Low for 8 hrs or High for 4 hours.

Discard Bay Leaf. In small bowl combine sour cream, flour and water. Add 1/2 Cup of broth from crock pot. Mix until smooth.

Add flour/broth mixture to crock pot. Stir well, cover and continue cooking on high until thickened about 30 minutes.

Cook noodles according to directions on package. Drain then fold into crock pot. Serve.

Hot Pepper Rice Salad

This recipe originally called Rice Salad came to me by way of Facebook…it kinda just fell onto my page. I think it is from The Blind Lady Cafe or possibly The Eclectic Witch; anyway, I thought it sounded wonderful…had to give it a try. It is great, a spicy flavor to go with any plain beef dish you may be having. This is a good one for all of those summer celebrations that you want something different to serve too…hope you enjoy!

Hot Pepper Rice Salad

  • 2 Cups Brown Rice (cooked and hot)
  • 3 Tablespoon Olive Oil (divided)
  • 1 Cup Corn Kernels (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 Can Black Beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 2 Limes (juiced)
  • Pinch Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (seeded and diced)
  • 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 Jalapeño Pepper (seeded and minced)
  • 1/2 Cup Red Onion (diced)
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro (chopped)

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Add corn kernels and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to brown (about 8-10 minutes). Stir in black beans, remove from heat and set aside.

In a large bowl whisk together lime juice, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and salt and pepper. Stir in hot rice, making sure each grain is coated with the dressing. Add the corn and bean mixture and toss to combine. Let cool to room temperature.

Add bell pepper, tomatoes, jalapeño, red onion and cilantro to the rice mixture and toss well. Taste for seasoning and serve immediately, or refrigerate for later. Bring to room temperature before serving.

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Aromatherapy Series (7) Head Complaints

DISCLAIMER: Essential Oils are not for internal use. DO NOT use them for teas or swallow oral solutions, they are for external use only! (This information is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition. It is listed here for educational purposes only. If you think you may have a medical problem; seek professional help immediately.)

This is the 7th in the Aromatherapy Series, but it is the 1st of the recipes for aromatherapy. These are some of the combination that can be used for all types of head ailments. Since there are so many different combination I have to post them separately by illness; however, that will make it easier for locating them too.

Message/Bath Oils for Head Complaints

  1. Bad Breath
  2. Top Note
    2 drops Bergamot
    Middle Note
    2 drops Lavender
    Base Note
    2 drops Nutmeg
  3. Bad Breath
  4. Top Note
    2 drops Thyme
    Middle Note
    2 drops Peppermint
    Base Note
    2 drops Myrrh
  5. Bad Breath
  6. Top Note
    2 drops Thyme
    Middle Note
    2 drops Rosemary
    Base Note
    2 drops Nutmeg
  1. Teething
  2. Top Note
    None
    Middle Note
    6 drops Chamomile
    Base Note
    None
  1. Colds
  2. Top Note
    2 drops Basil
    Middle Note
    2 drops Black Pepper
    Base Note
    2 drops Benzoin
  3. Colds
  4. Top Note
    2 drops Eucalyptus
    Middle Note
    2 drops Marjoram
    Base Note
    2 drops Benzoin
  5. Colds
  6. Top Note
    2 drops Lemon
    Middle Note
    2 drops Peppermint
    Base Note
    2 drops Benzoin
  7. Colds
  8. Top Note
    2 drops Tea Tree
    Middle Note
    2 drops Rosemary
    Base Note
    2 drops Benzoin
  1. Ear-Ache (without inflammation)
  2. Top Note
    2 drops Basil

    Middle Note
    2 drops Chamomile
    Base Note
    2 drops Rose
  3. Ear-Ache (without inflammation)
  4. Top Note
    2 drops Basil
    Middle Note
    2 drops Hyssop
    Base Note
    2 drops Rose
  5. Ear-Ache (without inflammation)
  6. Top Note
    2 drops Basil
    Middle Note
    2 drops Lavender
    Base Note
    2 drops Rose
  7. Ear-Ache (without inflammation)
  8. Top Note
    2 drops Basil
    Middle Note
    2 drops Savory
    Base Note
    2 drops Rose
  1. Ear-Ache (with inflammation)
  2. Top Note
    2 drops Cajuput
    Middle Note
    2 drops Chamomile
    Base Note
    2 drops Rose
  3. Ear-Ache (with inflammation)
  4. Top Note
    2 drops Cajuput
    Middle Note
    2 drops Hyssop
    Base Note
    2 drops Rose
  5. Ear-Ache (with inflammation)
  6. Top Note
    2 drops Cajuput
    Middle Note
    2 drops Lavender
    Base Note
    2 drops Rose
  7. Ear-Ache (with inflammation)
  8. Top Note
    2 drops Cajuput
    Middle Note
    2 drops Savory
    Base Note
    2 drops Rose
  1. Headache
  2. Top Note
    3 drops Lemon
    Middle Note
    3 drops Aniseed
    Base Note
    None
  3. Headache
  4. Top Note
    3 drops Eucalyptus
    Middle Note
    3 drops Chamomile
    Base Note
    None
  5. Headache
  6. Top Note
    3 drops Eucalyptus
    Middle Note
    3 drops Lavender
    Base Note
    None
  1. Headache (with stomach acid)
  2. Top Note
    3 drops Lemon
    Middle Note
    3 drops Peppermint
    Base Note
    None
  1. Migraine
  2. Top Note
    2 drops Basil
    Middle Note
    2 drops Chamomile
    Base Note
    2 drops Rose
  3. Migraine
  4. Top Note
    2 drops Basil
    Middle Note
    2 drops Lavender
    Base Note
    2 drops Rose
  5. Migraine
  6. Top Note
    2 drops Basil
    Middle Note
    2 drops Marjoram
    Base Note
    2 drops Rose
  7. Migraine
  8. Top Note
    2 drops Basil
    Middle Note
    2 drops Melissa
    Base Note
    2 drops Rose
  9. Migraine
  10. Top Note
    2 drops Basil
    Middle Note
    2 drops Rosemary
    Base Note
    2 drops Rose
  1. Migraine (with stomach acid)
  2. Top Note
    2 drops Eucalyptus
    Middle Note
    2 drops Aniseed
    Base Note
    2 drops Rose
  3. Migraine (with stomach acid)
  4. Top Note
    2 drops Eucalyptus
    Middle Note
    2 drops Peppermint
    Base Note
    2 drops Rose
  1. Gingivitis (Gum Strengthener)
  2. Top Note
    2 drops Sage
    Middle Note
    2 drops Fennel
    Base Note
    None
  1. Mouthwash
  2. Top Note
    2 drops Lemon
    Middle Note
    2 drops Chamomile
    Base Note
    2 drops Myrrh
  3. Mouthwash
  4. Top Note
    2 drops Tea Tree
    Middle Note
    2 drops Chamomile
    Base Note
    2 drops Myrrh
  1. Weak Sight
  2. Top Note
    None
    Middle Note
    6 drops Fennel
    Base Note
    None
  3. Weak Sight
  4. Top Note
    None
    Middle Note
    6 drops Rosemary
    Base Note
    None
  1. Conjunctivitis
  2. Top Note
    2 drops Lemon
    Middle Note
    2 drops Chamomile
    Base Note
    2 drops Rose
  3. Conjunctivitis
  4. Top Note
    2 drops Lemon
    Middle note
    2 drops Geranium
    Base Note
    2 drops Rose
  5. Conjunctivitis
  6. Top Note
    2 drops Lemon
    Middle Note
    2 drops Lavender
    Base Note
    2 drops Rose
  1. Laryngitis
  2. Top Note
    2 drops Lemon
    Middle Note
    2 drops Cypress
    Base Note
    2 drops Frankincense
  3. Laryngitis
  4. Top Note
    2 drops Sage
    Middle Note
    2 drops Cypress
    Base Note
    2 drops Sandalwood
  5. Laryngitis
  6. Top Note
    2 drops Thyme
    Middle Note
    2 drops Cypress
    Base Note
    2 drops Frankincense
  1. Sore Throat
  2. Top Note
    2 drops Bergamot
    Middle Note
    2 drops Geranium
    Base Note
    2 drops Ginger
  3. Sore Throat
  4. Top Note
    2 drops Clary-Sage
    Middle Note
    2 drops Geranium
    Base Note
    2 drops Ginger
  5. Sore Throat
  6. Top Note
    2 drops Eucalyptus
    Middle Note
    2 drops Lavender
    Base Note
    2 drops Ginger
  7. Sore Throat
  8. Top Note
    2 drops Lemon
    Middle Note
    2 drops Lavender
    Base Note
    2 drops Sandalwood
  9. Sore Throat
  10. Top Note
    2 drops Sage
    Middle Note
    2 drops Savory
    Base Note
    2 drops Sandalwood
  11. Sore Throat
  12. Top Note
    2 drops Tea Tree
    Middle Note
    2 drops Savory
    Base Note
    2 drops Sandalwood
  1. Sinus Problems
  2. Top Note
    2 drops Basil
    Middle Note
    2 drops Lavender
    Base Note
    2 drops Clove
  3. Sinus Problems
  4. Top Note
    2 drops Eucalyptus
    Middle Note
    2 drops Peppermint
    Base Note
    2 drops Clove
  5. Sinus Problems
  6. Top Note
    2 drops Lemon
    Middle Note
    2 drops Pine
    Base Note
    2 drops Clove
  7. Sinus Problems
  8. Top Note
    2 drops Niaouli
    Middle Note
    2 drops Lavender
    Base Note
    2 drops Clove
  1. Toothache
  2. Top Note
    2 drops Sage
    Middle Note
    2 drops Black Pepper
    Base Note
    2 drops Clove
  3. Toothache
  4. Top Note
    2 drops Sage
    Middle Note
    2 drops Juniper
    Base Note
    2 drops Clove
  5. Toothache
  6. Top Note
    2 drops Sage
    Middle Note
    2 drops Peppermint
    Base Note
    2 drops Clove
  1. Nose Bleeds
  2. Top Note
    None
    Middle Note
    3 drops Cypress
    Base Note
    3 drops Frankincense
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