Spring is the perfect time to gather greens and prepare simple, nourishing salads. Why wait for summer? There are greens to be picked and delectable salads to prepare, even now in April. It’s surprising how many varieties of spring salads there actually are! [by Stacy Karen]
An herbal infusion uses the leaves, stems, and flowers of a plant. An herbal decoction, although very similar to an infusion, is prepared from the roots, bark, and seeds, and you might call it a concentrated tea. I’m going to show you how easy it is to make and use an herbal decoction. [by Stacy Karen]
Herbal infusions are one of the most basic, yet effective, methods of using herbs. They can be infused in water, oil, or vinegar to produce healing remedies, or eaten in tasty dressings and condiments. Wonderful and simple! [by Stacy Karen]
Recently I learned how to make all natural mouthwash myself! It cleans teeth and gums naturally, it’s inexpensive, it’s made from good and simple ingredients that I recognize (no chemicals or unnatural dyes!), and it gives me peace of mind. Here are three fresh and easy homemade mouthwash recipes. [by Stacy Karen]
Through the process of lacto-fermentation, we can turn cranberry sauce into an easily digested, probiotic condiment. Sound good? This recipe for fermented cranberry sauce is very simple to make. It’s delicious alongside any meat or even as a yogurt topping! [by Stacy Karen]
Every Fall I start hunting for pumpkin recipes. After moving to the United States from Australia, I was amazed to find pumpkin so frequently used as a dessert food! Growing up we only ate it roasted or in soup. Pumpkin pie was new and exciting. I loved it. It didn’t take me long to catch on and I quickly moved from pumpkin pie to pumpkin bread and pumpkin cookies, and even pumpkin lattes. A few health challenges this year have resulted in the need to avoid gluten. So, I’ve had to hunt for gluten-free pumpkin recipes. The following pumpkin pancakes are one of my happy discoveries. These pumpkin pancakes have the signature fall flavor of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg and are well suited to breakfast or an afternoon snack. [by Stacy Karen]
Roasting vegetables requires little more than chopping, tossing in oil, and placing in a hot oven. During roasting, vegetables become lovely and crisp on the outside, tender and soft on the inside. Many vegetables taste better roasted than steamed or raw! [by Stacy Karen]
Do you like granola but find many store-bought (and even homemade) varieties include ingredients you’d rather avoid? If so, I think you’ll enjoy this soaked maple-nut granola. It’s grain-free, uses nourishing ingredients, is packed with nuts, and is bursting with flavor.
Basil is a wonderful herb that flourishes in summer months. Besides being delicious, basil offers many health benefits, including: rich in antioxidants, boosts the mood, has anti-inflammatory properties, and more! So with all these benefits, basil is something we want on our dinner plates often. Following are five simple ways to use basil in daily life and cooking. Including basil in your meals is not just tasty, it’s culinary medicine!