The Lotus Manifesto

Nourish Yourself From the Inside Out

Oregano Grass-fed Beef Stuffed Squid

Don't be afraid to taste new things! This dish was a major hit at our last dinner party. Even the squeamish came back for seconds!

Don’t be afraid to taste new things! This dish was a major hit at our last dinner party. Even the squeamish came back for seconds!

My husband and I discovered chorizo-stuffed squid in NYC recently and realized that pasture-fed beef would be a delicious replacement for the chorizo. They’re slippery little devils, so beware you don’t fling a squid across the kitchen.

In any case, if you can find tube squid (the kind sans tentacles, which you can stuff), you can fill them with anything. A great replacement for cannelloni noodles if you’re on the gluten/grain-free bandwagon. Please let me know what kinds of goodies you stuff them with. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

One package “tube” squid

1-2 lbs. local organic grass fed beef

½ 1b. tomatoes

1 onion, chopped

1-2 cloves chopped or pressed garlic

Salt and pepper to taste

1 drop oregano essential oil

Method:

Rinse squid and allow them to marinate in juice of ½ lemon and 1 drop lemon essential oil. Set aside.

Sauté onions and garlic until brown, about 5 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and beef. Sauté until medium cooked. Salt and pepper to taste and allow to cool.

Add 1 drop oregano essential oil and mix thoroughly.

Stuff the squid until they are almost full (the meat will expand when it cooks).

Heat pan with olive oil on medium heat. Sear the stuffed squid until brown on one side. (About 1-2 minutes)

Flip and do the same on the other.

Serve and enjoy!

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTerra because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTerra Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per dish. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting meal!

Click here to learn more about doTerra Essential Oils.

Uplifting Crangerine Smoothie

Cranberries and tangerine essential oil make this smoothie a winter-time favorite. Even when there are negative temps outside, this smoothie will make you warm and happy on the inside!

Cranberries and tangerine essential oil make this smoothie a winter-time favorite. Even when there are negative temps outside, this smoothie will make you warm and happy on the inside!

It’s been f-f-f-frreeeezing here lately. For mornings when I feel the need to perk up and be warm, I add tangerine essential oil to my smoothie. Tangerine essential oil is a natural digestive aid, blood purifier, and circulation enhancer. So if you’re feeling sluggish, add a drop to your breakfast. You’ll be amazed…and inspired to be amazing.

Ingredients: (For 2 Servings)

2 cups coconut water

1 cup frozen cranberries

1 cup frozen blueberries

1 drop doTerra tangerine essential oil

*Optional: 1 Scoop high-quality protein powder

Method:

Put all ingredients into a blender, and blend to smithereens. Divide between two glasses. Serve and enjoy!

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTerra because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTerra Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per 2-serving smoothie. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

Click here to learn more about doTerra Essential Oils.

Lavender Coconut Smoothie

This soothing and uplifting smoothie is a perfect way to start the day or fuel up as an afternoon snack.

This soothing and uplifting smoothie is a perfect way to start the day or fuel up as an afternoon snack.

Even though my Ayervedic friends would chide me for drinking cold beverages in the winter, I’ve been having a mad love affair with smoothies in the morning. They’re quick, easy, and versatile, and SO much fun to play around with. The most fun ingredients I’ve been experimenting with lately are essential oils.

Today’s smoothie called for lavender. Known as the “Swiss Army Knife” of essential oils, lavender has a myriad of benefits from easing tension and depression to soothing digestive issues. When ingested internally, lavender essential oil can boost your immune system while promoting healthy cell-generation. Did I mention it’s delicious? But don’t take my word for it. Try this:

Ingredients: (For 2 Servings)

2 cups coconut water

1 large handful shredded coconut

2 cups frozen blueberries

1 drop doTerra lavender essential oil

*Optional: 1 Scoop high-quality protein powder

Method:

Put all ingredients into a blender, and blend to smithereens. Divide between two glasses. Serve and enjoy!

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTerra because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTerra Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per 2-serving smoothie. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!

Click here to purchase doTerra Essential Oils.

Limey Guacamole with Daikon Radish “Chips”

(Not Just for British Sailors)

 Apologies for the lack of photo. We had a dinner party and I was so busy cooking that I couldn’t take snapshots of everything. But trust me, this guac is wicked yummy and good for you too.  Avocados are bursting with mono-unsaturated fat (the good kind) along with vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, and K and minerals including phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, copper, zinc, iron, and manganese.

This version of guacamole is also special because it utilizes the magical powers of essential oil. Just a drop of lime essential oil per 3 avocados with kick up the flavor and add a major health boost. Lime essential oil is stimulating and refreshing oil and acts as both a topical and internal cleanser. It is antibacterial, antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral, and anti-mucus. What’s better, it tastes yummy!

For those who are steering clear of grains, daikon radish rounds make a refreshing crudite. So hand me another “chip,” please. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

4 avocados

1 clove crushed garlic

Juice of ½ lemon

Salt to taste

1 drop lime essential oil

*optional: small pinch dried cumin powder

1 daikon radish, skinned and sliced into rounds

Method:

Combine the first five ingredients in a bowl and mush until the

preferred consistency.

Serve with radish rounds and/or non-GMO blue corn chips.

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTerra because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTerra Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per batch. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting meal!

Click here to learn more about doTerra Essential Oils.

 

Spicy Sweet Potato Lemongrass Bisque

Try drizzling the bisque with coconut milk to create individualized designs on the soup's surface. This heart happened by accident, so I had to share. :)

Try drizzling the bisque with coconut milk to create individualized designs on the soup’s surface. This heart happened by accident, so I had to share.

Inspired by food.com

The temperatures have been delving well into the negative digits where I live, so on days and nights like that the only way to get warm is from the inside out. And thus, this bisque was born. Sweet potatoes pack a nutritional wallop as they contain more beta carotene than most of their orange-hued counterparts. They’re also rich in vitamins A, B6, and C, as well as the mineral manganese, which promotes healthy bone structure and metabolism, absorption of calcium, proper functioning of thyroid and sex hormones, regulation of blood sugar levels, and the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates. Think thin!

This soup is warm, sweet, and spicy, and has that unmistakable aromatic flavor of lemongrass. Lemongrass essential oil is known for its antibacterial, anticancer, antidepressant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory effects, and is great for the digestive system.

Sweet potato and lemongrass essential oil are a powerful duo which fight back against internal inflammation while promoting healthy tissue regeneration, so grab a spoon and enjoy!

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 large onion, diced

2 inches piece gingerroot, peeled and minced

1 jalapeno pepper, deseeded and minced

4 garlic cloves, minced (I just smash it with the broad side of a knife or use a garlic press)

3 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch slices

6 cups vegetable broth (this makes a thick soup, use 7 cups if you like it thinner)

2 stalks lemongrass, outer dry leaves removed and bulb-like base crushed (again, the broad side of a knife works wonderfully here)

7 ounces coconut milk

salt & freshly ground black pepper

1-2 drops lemongrass essential oil

Method:

In large, heavy soup pot, heat the oil medium-hot and sauté the onion until translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add the ginger, jalapeno, and garlic and sauté 2 minutes-ish more.

Add the sweet potatoes and broth. It should be just enough broth to cover the sweet potatoes.

Tie the lemongrass stalks together with string and put the bulb/base ends into the soup.

Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer until the potatoes break apart, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat.

Discard the lemongrass stalks. Puree the soup (using an immersion blender or in batches in your blender) and return to pot.

*Optional for Fussy Diners: Strain the soup through a fine sieve (I omitted this step).

Stir in the coconut milk and 1-2 drops lemongrass essential oil. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with a drizzle of coconut milk for pretty. Serve and enjoy!

 

*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTerra because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.

*NOTE: All doTerra Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per batch. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting meal!

Click here to learn more about doTerra Essential Oils.

Revitalize and Cleanse with Peppermint Water

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Add a drop or two of peppermint essential oil to your water to feel refreshed and cleanse your cells from head to toe!

Happy New Year! I’ve been traveling a lot and eating a lot of delicious (but heavy) food, so the mind and digestion have been more sluggish than usual. To fend off the afternoon sleepies and give my body a well-deserved sweep of toxins, I’ve been adding a couple of drops of doTerra Peppermint essential oil to cool or warm water and noticing a HUGE difference in how my mind and body feel. Give it a try next time you’re feeling slow in mind and body and let me know how it works for you.

Peppermint Digestive and Mind Booster:

1 cup luke warm or hot (not boiling) water

1-2 drops doTerra peppermint essential oil

*Mix ingredients and enjoy!

Benefits:

Peppermint Essential Oil: Peppermint oil is a natural analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, and stimulant. It can be used for its calming effect to relieve stress and tension and is also effective for relieving the headaches associated with stress, indigestion, upset, and migraines. Click here to purchase.

To purchase doTerra Peppermint or any other Essential Oils check out my website!

Kale Chorizo Ensalada

Spice up your life, and otherwise boring greens, with some local chorizo sausage!

Spice up your life, and otherwise boring greens, with some local chorizo sausage.

Apparently kale is über trendy in New York City right now…must be because it’s in season! I had three amazing varieties of kale salad: warm, cold, with meat and without, and decided to try it in the test kitchen with some chorizo sausage. My husband, the brilliant chef that he is, suggested some minced, dried Turkish apricots and pecorino cheese to smooth out the flavors. The result was, well, gone in a few minutes.

That good.

If you’re not into meat or cheese, try sautéing the kale with some shallots, red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, and toasted pine nuts. There are infinite ways to make kale a superstar. Let me know what you come up with. In the meantime, enjoy!

Ingredients:

1.5 Bunches kale, de-stemmed and finely chopped or sliced chifonade style

1 Cup chorizo sausage

2 Shallots, thinly sliced

Olive oil for sautéing

½ Cup dried Turkish apricots, minced

Juice of ½ an orange

Salt and pepper to taste

1/4 Cup sliced or grated Pecorino Romano, or another hard-ish cheese for garnish

Paprika for garnish

Method:

Sauté onions and chorizo over medium heat

Once onions and meat are lightly browned, add the apricots

Sauté until tender (2 minutes)

Squeeze orange juice, 2 tbs. olive oil, and a dash of salt to chopped kale, and mix thoroughly

Add the kale to the pan, and gently stir in until wilted and well-combined with meat mixture (2-3 minutes)

Divide between serving bowls (2-4)

Garnish with paprika and freshly sliced or grated pecorino cheese

Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pecan Cookie Bites

We had four desserts at our Thanksgiving meal, and these ‘lil beauties were the favorite. They’re perfectly sweet, and will leave you smiling.

I’m not really into this whole “Paleo” diet craze. However, I understand that it’s important to be able to offer all types of foods and desserts to the finicky, ahem, refined eaters in your life. This is by far one of the yummiest recipes I have discovered (modified from fitsugar.com) that can be tailored to just about anyone. Even my 14-year-old nephew picked this as best in show over the pecan and pumpkin pies. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup coconut flour

1/2 Cup grade B maple syrup

1/2 Cup organic canned pumpkin

1/2 Cup olive oil (or coconut oil, or melted ghee)

1 Tbsp organic vanilla extract

1/2 Tsp. sea salt

1/2 Tsp. baking soda

1 1/2 Tsp. organic cinnamon

1/2 Tsp. organic nutmeg

1/4 Tsp. ground cloves

1/4 Tsp. ground ginger (or minced fresh)

2/3 Cup organic dark chocolate chips

2/3 Cup organic chopped pecans

*Note: This recipe can be doubled if you are in the giving mood. Perfect for sharing with neighbors and other kind samaritans who deserve a tasty holiday treat!

Method:

Preheat the oven to 350 F

In a large bowl, mix the melted butter, pumpkin, maple syrup, and vanilla until well combined.

In a small bowl, mix the coconut flour, baking soda, salt, and spices.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing vigorously with a spoon to avoid clumps.

Stir in the chocolate chips.

Spoon onto a parchment-lined baking sheet

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes (Check them at 15 to make sure they’re browning evenly, top and bottom)

Transfer cookies to a wire rack and allow to cool.

Arrange on a platter, serve and enjoy!

Benefits:

Cacao: Organic cacao is a legit superfood. It abounds with Vitamin A, C, and E, and a plethora of B vitamins, as well as, magnesium, copper, calcium, manganese, zinc, sulphur, iron, chromium, phosphorus, and Omega 6 fatty acids. It is also high in protein and fiber. Move over spinach! See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. *NOTE: NOT ALL CHOCOLATE IS CREATED EQUAL! The darker the chocolate, the higher the cacao content, and generally, the lower the sugar content. Buyer beware.

Cinnamon: Cinnamon has long been used as a medicine. It’s a good source of manganese and calcium. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to lessen unwanted blood clotting. It also has strong anti-microbial properties and help control blood sugar. The list of the powerful spice’s benefits continue, so see here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Ginger: Ginger is very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress such as gas, bloating, motion sickness, and morning sickness. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Nutmeg: Nutmeg has been used in traditional medicines as an anti-fungal, anti-depressant, aphrodisiac, digestive aid. It is also a good source of copper, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, zinc, and magnesium, and B-complex vitamins including Vitamin C, folic acid, riboflavin, niacin, and Vitamin A. In small doses it’s great, but don’t overdo it! This powerful spice can be toxic if consumed in large amounts. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Pecans: Pecans contain a plethora of vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, a variety of B vitamins and zinc. One ounce of pecans provides 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for fiber. Pecans are also a source of monounsaturated or “good” fat and protein. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information. Many suggest that soaking nuts (and grains, legumes, and seeds) before consuming them enhances their nutritional quality.

Pumpkin: This tasty winter squash is packed vitamins A and C, magnesium and potassium, as well as dietary fiber. It’s also contains high amounts of carotenoids, the little nutrients which help to neutralize free-radicals within the body, and is low in calories. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Banana Lime Spinach Smoothie

Cleanse, calm, and nourish your bod with this lean, green, smoothie.

Inspired by a recipe from joyfulbelly.com

How did your belly fare after this feastful (yes, that is a new word) holiday? Lighten the load on your digestive system with this smoothie. Bananas, coconut water, and cardamom are great to calm internal inflammation, while the lime and spinach lend to purification of the body. Tired of turkey but need the protein? Add a scoop of protein powder and stay sated for hours. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1/2 Bananaa

1 Cup coconut water

1/4 Lime

Plus juice of 1/4-1/2 Lime

1/4 Tsp. Cardamom

*Optional: 1 Cup raw or steamed spinach

*Optional: 1 Scoop high-quality protein powder

Method:

Put all ingredients into a blender, and blend to smithereens.

Benefits:

Bananas: These nutritional powerhouses contain oodles of potassium and magnesium and are packed with vitamins B6 and C. They promote healthy bones and heart, and are an excellent source of dietary fiber.  See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Cardamom: This spice is an excellent source of iron and manganese, making it a rock star for blood and cellular regeneration. It also contains significant amounts of riboflavin, niacin, vitamin C, and can be used as an anti-spasmodic and digestive aid. Great for the belly AND the heart. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Coconut Water: Coconut water is perfect for replenishing simple sugars, electrolytes, and minerals within the body. It contains cytokinins with significant anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic properties, and is very soothing to the digestive tract. But there’s so much more! See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Lime: Limes are vitamin C powerhouses. Great for immunity, vitamin C can also be helpful for preventing the development and progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Spinach: Spinach is a rich source of vitamin K (think blood builder/purifier!), vitamins A, C, B2 and B6, as well as manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium. Popeye apparently knew how to protect himself against inflammatory problems and oxidative stress-related issues, while promoting his cardiovascular and bone health. AND he got the girl! See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.

Naked Butternut Squash Bisque

This simple squash soup is like a velvety warm hug in a bowl.

Ingredients

1 Medium to large butternut squash

1 Small potato (this is what makes it so creamy and smooth!)

3-4 Cups organic vegetable broth

1-2 Tablespoons olive oil for roasting

Salt and pepper to taste

*Optional: 1-inch piece ginger root, peeled

*Optional: dried powdered nutmeg, or fresh or dried sage, or creme fraiche for garnish

*Note: can be made with just about any type of winter squash such as kabocha, acorn, etc.

Method:

Preheat oven to 400 F. Carefully cut the squash and potato in half and drizzle and toss with 2 tablespoons oil, sea salt, and pepper.

Place in a roasting pan (with the optional ginger) and cover with foil. Roast them under foil for 30 minutes, then toss and continue to roast them uncovered until tender and golden brown, for 20-ish more minutes.

When cooked, allow to cool slightly and peel off and discard the skins. Place all the ingredients into a blender and puree mixture until smooth.

*Note: Start with 3 cups of broth, and add more broth until you’ve reached the desired consistency.

Pour into a soup pot and bring to a nice simmer until steaming hot.

Season to taste with salt and pepper, serve and enjoy!

Benefits:

Butternut Squash: This nutrient rich beauty is low in fat and high in fiber which makes ideal for any heart-healthy menu. Butternut squash is also an excellent source of potassium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, and folate. It’s rich orange hue tells that it is also packed with an important carotenoid, beta-carotene. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Ginger: Ginger is very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress such as gas, bloating, motion sickness, and morning sickness. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Olive Oil: Olive Oil is packed phytonutrients including polyphenols. Most of the polyphenols in olive oil function as both antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients in the body. When eaten in moderation, olive oil can be very beneficial to our gastrointestinal and cardiovascular health. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.

Potatoes: Potatoes come in a bunch of varieties and are a good source of Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, copper, potassium, manganese, and dietary fiber. When prepared properly (read: NOT french fries or potato chips) they can help protect against cardiovascular disease, respiratory problems and certain cancers. See here for additional health benefits and nutritional info.

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