Respiratory Tea

This tea has been a life-saver for our family this year.  I found this recipe in “Be Your Own Doctor” by Rachel Weaver.  I have made a few adjustments by adding ginger and nettles.  This has knocked out colds and sinus congestion, for us, very quickly.

Respiratory Tea

2 parts peppermint

1 part oregano

½ part Echinacea root

½ part mullein

½ part comfrey leaf

1/8 part ginger

1 part stinging nettles

Steep ¼ cup of tea leaf mixture in one quart of water, just off the boil, for 20 minutes.  Serve hot or chilled.  Drink one cup every hour.

This recipe is adapted from “Be Your Own Doctor” by Rachel Weaver
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Tummy Troubles Herbal Tea

When we are having any indigestion in our house, I pull out this herbal remedy.  I try to keep it mixed in a jar so that it is available at a moments notice.

Tummy Troubles Tea

3 parts ginger root

3 parts lemongrass

3 parts chamomile

1 part dried stevia leaves

Combine and store in glass jar.  One teaspoon steeped for 10 minutes in a 1 quart of hot water.  Drink one cup every hour or two.

Carrot Salad

It is fun to find recipes for vegetables that you don’t usually use or most people don’t enjoy eating and it actually tastes delicious.  Now, my family has always enjoyed carrots, especially my younger sister.  But this recipe is a real treat.

Ingredients:

  • 6 carrots, grated
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (or raisins, whichever you prefer)
  • 1 TBS. finely chopped onions
  • 1 TBS. sunflower seeds

Dressing:

  • 2-4 TBS. mayonnaise
  • 1 TBS. lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the carrots, pecans, cranberries, onions, and sunflower seeds.  Combine.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and lemon juice.  Pour over the vegetables and stir well.
  3. If you prefer more dressing, increase the amount of mayonnaise and lemon juice.
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Adapted from “The Gluten-Free Vegan” by Susan O’Brien

Gluten-Free Teriyaki Meatballs

We had just happened to find gluten-free teriyaki meatballs at our local grocery store.  Unfortunately, they contained soy, which is not really good for you.  Having it once in awhile is alright, but it shouldn’t be a habit.

Anyway, my older sister wanted me to try making teriyaki meatballs on my day for supper.  So, we looked around for a decent recipe, made adjustments to make it gluten-free, and, even better, soy-free!  And we all really enjoyed it!

Ingredients

Meatballs:

·         ¼ c. frozen chunks of pineapple
·         ¼ c. water
·         2 lbs. ground beef
·         ½ c. almond flour
·         2 eggs
·         1 tsp. salt
·         1 tsp. ground ginger
·         ¼ c. onion, minced
·         ¼ c. green pepper, minced

Sauce:

·         ½ c. grapeseed oil
·         ½ c. amino acids (a gluten-free soy sauce)
·         6 Tbs. coconut syrup
·         4 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
·         3 large garlic cloves
·         1 tsp. ground ginger

Directions

  1. Place the pineapple and water into a blender and mix until well chopped up.
  2. In a bowl, combine the onion, pepper, almond flour, ginger, salt, pineapple juice, eggs, and beef and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  3. Place the sauce ingredients in a blender; cover and process for 1 minute. Place 4 tablespoons of sauce in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Add meatballs. Pour remaining sauce over meatballs. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.

*If you would rather use canned pineapple, just use 1/4 cup of the juice and skip step one.

Gluten-Free Soaked Coffee Cake

With having most of the family being gluten-free, we have had to make a couple of changes to some of our favorite recipes.  One that I have made and is well enjoyed is a pan coffee cake.  I have experimented with a bunch of different flours and have finally come up with one that is (to my family) better than the original.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups ground millet (if it seems too dense, do 1 cup almond and 2 cups millet)
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup apple butter
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. liquid vanilla stevia
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries (optional)

Topping:

  • 4 TBS. coconut oil
  • 1 cup coconut crystals
  • 4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 4 TBS. millet flour
  • Crushed pecans (optional)

Overnight:

  1. Soak the flour, oil, and milk together overnight.

Morning:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Add the eggs in with the flour mixture.  Mix until combined.  Then add the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Melt the coconut oil and mix rest of ingredients until combined thoroughly.
  4. Place batter in greased 9×13 pan.  Sprinkle topping over top.  Add crushed pecans if so desired.  Bake for 30 minutes or until knife comes out clean.  Allow to cool and enjoy!

*If you do not have stevia or apple butter (or applesauce, which works just as well) you can replace both with just one cup of coconut crystals, xylitol, or regular sugar (if you don’t care about being sugar free).*

*If you do not have time to premix it before hand, you can mix it in the morning.  Just mix the eggs, oil and milk.  Then add the flour and the rest of the ingredients.  We soak it because it make it lighter, fluffier and easier to digest.

Striving to be Noble Women

Proverbs 31:10-31

Who can find a wife of noble character?

For her value is far more than rubies.

 The heart of her husband has confidence in her,

and he has no lack of gain.

She brings him good and not evil

all the days of her life.

She obtains wool and flax,

and she is pleased to work with her hands.

She is like the merchant ships;

she brings her food from afar.

She also gets up while it is still night,

and provides food for her household and a portion to her female servants.

She considers a field and buys it;

from her own income she plants a vineyard.

She begins her work vigorously,

and she strengthens her arms.

She knows that her merchandise is good,

and her lamp does not go out in the night.

Her hands take hold of the distaff,

and her hands grasp the spindle.

She extends her hand to the poor,

and reaches out her hand to the needy.

She is not afraid of the snow for her household,

for all of her household are clothed with scarlet.

She makes for herself coverlets;

her clothing is fine linen and purple.

Her husband is well-known in the city gate

when he sits with the elders of the land.

She makes linen garments and sells them,

and supplies the merchants with sashes.

She is clothed with strength and honor,

and she can laugh at the time to come.

She opens her mouth with wisdom,

and loving instruction is on her tongue.

She watches over the ways of her household,

and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children rise up and call her blessed,

her husband also praises her:

 “Many daughters have done valiantly,

but you surpass them all!”

Charm is deceitful and beauty is fleeting,

but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised.

Give her credit for what she has accomplished,

and let her works praise her in the city gates.