Category Archives: Recipes

Hidradenitis Suppurativa Skin Care: Tea Tree Oil

For the past 4 years I’ve been religiously cleaning my skin daily with diluted Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia).  This essential oil is ESSENTIAL  for controlling bacterial and fungal populations that get out of whack on my skin.  I clean my trouble areas, between my thighs and under my arms daily without irritation.  Check out my video below to see how I use this amazing oil.

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The Spanish Table: Tortilla de Patata

Meet the Spanish Tortilla…round and deliciously caramelized on the outside an ooy gooy and filling  on the inside.     This Spanish comfort food will have you saying… paella who?  By far the most typical food of Spain, you can find it anywhere and served up at temperatures ranging from steaming hot to damn did they even warm this up?!  Join me as I learn how to cook up one of these beauties from a real live epsanola.

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The Wonderful World of Purees

Spanish people eat with the seasons.  As the food comes from the fields it immediately appears in the pots and pans of Spanish homes.   I got schooled on this healthy soup from my roommate.  Often served as a “first” (appetizer) I had never gave it much thought.  But on this day, I was cold, low on dough, and the simple deliciousness of this soup blew me away.  Purees are super healthy and cheap and can be made in less than an hour.  This recipe is made with Zucchini, red and green pepper, onion, garlic, and potato.  The combinations are endless!  Just remember to add potato to make the puree have a thicker consistency.  Happy Cooking!

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Feeling Kinda Beany

Every winter when the blistering cold starts nipping at my nose, I start to crave warm comforting bowls of beans. This year my love and curiosity of one of the most nutritious foods out there, has inspired me to try new ways to eat them. Beans are not only little bites of deliciousness, but also very nutritious. A low-fat excellent source of protein, beans provide the body with much needed amino acids for fighting infections and maintaining healthy bones and tissues. Beans contain complex carbohydrates which keep you full longer and have a low glycemic index which makes them a healthy food for those with sugar digestion problems. As if it couldn’t get any better, beans are also rich in dietary fiber which aides in digestion, and when added to your diet can prevent cardiovascular disease.

Over the weekend I tried a recipe for Spicy Black Bean Stuffed Peppers off the blog www.canyoustayfordinner.com. They were AMAZING!! Despite me making a double batch, I nearly ate them all.

These are simple and easy to make for a quick vegetarian meal or appetizer. Here is the recipe:

 

Spicy Black Bean Stuffed Peppers

2 Med Long Red Sweet Peppers OR Miniatures Sweet Bells Peppers (you can use any peppers you like)

1/2 Medium Onion Diced

2 Cloves of Garlic (adjust as needed I personally LOVE it)

1 15 oz Can of Black Beans (OR cook you’re own ahead)

1 TBSP of Olive Oil

¼ Cup of Water

½ Cup sweet corn

½ Cup of shredded Cheese (Colbyjack of Chihuahua)

½ Cup of diced Jalapenos

Top with optional Cilantro, Sour Cream and Salsa

Seasoning

2 tsp Cumin

2 tsp Chili Powder

½ tsp Smoked Paprika

½ tsp of Salt (or less)

½ tsp of cayenne optional

Preheat oven to 400 F. Cut peppers lengthwise and place on cookie sheet. Cook peppers for 15 to 20 minutes until slightly tender. If using large peppers it may take longer.

Saute onions on medium heat in oil until tender and slightly translucent. Add garlic, stir and cook for 3 mins. If using canned beans rinse beans in cold water. Add beans, water, jalapenos and seasoning to pot. Stir, reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 30 mins. Stir in corn, and cook an additional 3 minutes.

Remove peppers and stuff with bean mixture. Top with cheese and place back in oven until cheese is browned. Remove from the oven and top with sour cream and cilantro.

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