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Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup is not just a book and is for more than the soul.

chicken soup

Why Chicken Noodle Soup?

Chicken noodle soup is typically low in calories and also boosts your micronutrient intake. It can significantly boost your vitamin A and selenium consumption. Both nutrients support proper thyroid gland function. Selenium also activates cancer-fighting enzymes, while vitamin A promotes new red blood cell growth. A serving of chicken noodle soup contains on average about 490 international units of vitamin A, which is about 21 percent of the recommended daily intake for women and 17 percent for men. It also provides about 11-12 micrograms of selenium, which is about 22 percent of your daily selenium needs.

Chicken Noodle Soup when Sick?

Dr. Keri Peterson, an internist at Lenox Hill Hospital and Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City who is affiliated with ZocDoc, explained that soup can help open up congested sinuses.

“All liquid broth soups will speed up the movement of mucous in your nose simply because it’s a hot fluid and that causes dilation of blood vessels which causes increased blood flow and allows the mucous to flush everything out. And that will help alleviate congestion,” she told CBS News.

Soups are also hydrating, which is particularly important when fighting off an infection. “Clear broth soups are hydrating because they typically contain not only water but also salt and so those two together are good properties for hydration,” Peterson said.

Some research suggests chicken soup in particular can help reduce inflammation associated with colds and flu, thus providing some symptom relief. Chicken soup may contain a number of substances with beneficial medicinal activity including an anti-inflammatory mechanism that could ease the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections, according to a new study reported in the October issue of CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians.

Peterson noted that soups containing vegetables would be good options.

“Overall, fruits and vegetables are known to have anti-inflammatory properties because many of them contain beta-carotene, as well as vitamin C,” she said.

While soup won’t actually cure a cold or flu, these benefits make it a good choice when you’re feeling less than your best.

 

Chicken Noodle Soup- My Personal Recipe

Ingredients

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic

1 medium onion

3 cups chopped carrots

1 1/2 cups celery

2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast, cut to bite size pieces

2-3 drops* Oregano Vitality essential oil

1 drop* Thyme Vitality essential oil

sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

2 Bay leaves

2 cups egg noodles

2 cups water

2 Tbsp organic chicken bullion

2 quarts chicken bone broth

Instructions

In a soup pot, add a tbsp olive oil, minced garlic, onions, and carrots and saute for 2-3 minutes until onions are aromatic.

Add chicken into pot, and season with salt and pepper, then cook until slightly browned on outside, but not necessarily cooked through, stir occasionally.

Add in the water, bullion, chicken broth, salt and pepper and bay leaves.

Bring pot to a boil, then turn down heat and let simmer 15-20 minutes until veggies are soft, then bring back up to a boil, add in noodles, and let cook until noodles are soft, about 5-8 minutes.

Remove bay leaves, add thyme and oregano oils. Let flavors meld at soup comes to an eating temperature and serve!

Story Source:  Materials provided by

 CBS News

American College Of Chest Physicians.

Note: Content may be edited for style and length.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The use of Young Living products in my recipe is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

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Lemon Pound Cake with Wow Factor

lemon pound cake with EOLemon Glaze

  1. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  2. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  3. 2 drops Lemon Vitality Essential Oil
  4. 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  5. 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  6. 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until smooth.
  2. To glaze the cake: set the cake on a wire rack over waxed paper and slowly drizzle the glaze over the cake.

Candied Lemons
2 small lemons
1 Cup organic sugar
2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
2/4 Cup water
Cut lemons into 1/8-inch-thick rounds; discard seeds. Stir together sugar, lemon juice, and water in a large skillet over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add lemon slices, and simmer gently, keeping slices in a single layer and turning occasionally, 14 to 16 minutes or until slightly translucent and rinds are softened. Remove from heat. Place slices in a single layer in a wax paper-lined jelly-roll pan, using tongs. Cool completely (about 1 hour). Cover and chill 2 hours to 2 days. Reserve syrup for another use.

 

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Potato Bacon Soup w/ Vitality Oil


Ingredients:
1/2 lb bacon, cooked until crisp and chopped
6 tablespoons butter
2 pounds potatoes, peeled and diced (washed red with peels on are colorful)
1/4 bunch celery, diced
2 medium carrots, diced (or 6-8 baby carrots)
3 1/2 cups chicken stock, vegetable stock, or water
1 leek, cut lengthways, sliced
1 onion, diced (purple is colorful)
1 cup milk
1 toothpick dipped in YL Nutmeg Vitality EO
Salt and Pepper to taste
To garnish: layer any/all of the following on top prior to serving
sour cream
finely shredded cheddar
croutons
additional bacon crumbled
scallions / green onion
Method:
Cook bacon until crisp. Allow it to cool and chop or crumble into small pieces. Save 2 tablespoons of drippings to heat with four tablespoons of the butter in a heavy saucepan and sauté the potatoes, celery, and carrots. Cover with stock, bring to boil, and simmer for 40 minutes. Puree half the soup. Heat the remainder of the butter in a pan, sauté the leek and onion until clear, and combine with the puree and the rest of the soup. Add the milk, salt and pepper, and cook for five more minutes. Add your toothpick of Young Living Nutmeg Vitality Essential Oil by swirling it around. Stir your soup and let the YL Nutmeg Vitality EO settle in the soup for a few minutes. Dish, garnish and serve. It goes very well with a half of BLT sandwich or a Salad. To drink a tall glass of water with a drop of Young Living Lemon Vitality Essential Oil.

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Ningxia Red Vitamin Gummies

Ningxia Red Vitamin Gummies

Yield – 150 gummies

Preparation Time – 15 minutes + 4 hours refrigeration

Cooking Time – 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • In a room temperature medium size glass bowl, combine the #CitrusFresh Vitality essential oil and the gelatin. Do not stir. Set aside in a warm place so that the bowl does not get cool.  This will affect the setup of the gelatin.
  • Place all three silicon bear molds on a baking sheet and set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, heat the #NingXiaRed, honey, and Royal Camu powder over low heat. Stir with a whisk to dissolve the powder. This will take consistent stirring.  It’s very important that you dissolve the Camu-Camu powder during this step so that it doesn’t affect the stirring time in the next step.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and remove from heat. Carefully pour the hot liquid into the glass bowl with the gelatin. Stir quickly with a whisk to dissolve the gelatin.  While it’s still hot and liquid-y, you’ll immediately pour the gummy liquid into the silicone molds (see next step). DO NOT stir the mixture once the gel starts to set as the gummy bears won’t set up correctly if they are not in a hot, liquid form when you put them in the silicone molds.
  • Pour 1/3 of the HOT mixture over the top of one of the silicon molds. Gently press the gelatin mixture into the mold cavities with a rubber or silicon spatula. You can do this by smearing the gel over the top of the mold and pressing down to scrape the surface. This will push gelatin into the bear molds and smooth the backs of the bears.  Repeat with remaining two molds.  Work quickly so it doesn’t cool off and set before you are done.
  • Place the baking sheet into the refrigerator for at least four hours. Push out the bears into a resealable bag. Add in the confectioner’s sugar, seal the bag, and shake to coat.  (This helps the gummies not stick together.)
  • To use: Each gummy will contain 21.33 mg of Vitamin C.
  • To store: Make sure to keep these out of the reach of children and educate your children that these are not candy, but a vitamin supplement. Store the gummies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
  • Please note this is not my #GummyBear recipe however I can not remember who gave it to me. I do make them a few times a year and they are amazing.
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Everything is better with Bacon & Essential Oils

bacon crock pot roastEverything really is better with bacon and essential oils!
3 pounds chuck roast
1 white onion (sliced)
4 slices bacon (cut into 1 inch pieces)
6 garlic cloves (halved)
2 teaspoons sea salt
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
¼ cup parsley (chopped)
1 drop oregano vitality essential oil
1 drop thyme vitality essential oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Can be done in oven or crock pot. Want more recipes like these contact me.

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Bruschetta featuring Basil Vitality

bruschetta
Ingredients:
  1. 4 ripe tomatoes, diced
  2. 1/4 C olive oil
  3. 3 drops Young Living Vitality Basil essential oil
  4. 2 T dry parsley
  5. 1 clove garlic, minced
  6. salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and let marinate at room temperature for several hours. Use a spoon to place bruschetta on top of baguettes or French bread. Salt to taste.

Traditional French Bread-1 loaf

Ingredients

2-1/2 cups All Purpose Flour

1 packet {2-1/4 teaspoons} Rapid Rise Yeast

3/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt

1 cup Warm Water

Olive Oil, for greasing

Directions:

In the bowl of your stand mixer pour warm water {110-115 degrees} and sprinkle in one packet of rapid rise yeast. Let the yeast bloom for 5 minutes. Grease a large bowl with olive oil.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl measure and mix the flour with the kosher salt.

Stir the flour into the yeast-water until just combined. Using a dough hook, mix until the dough is smooth and tacky.

Form the dough in to a ball and toss it in the oiled bowl. Roll the dough to coat with oil. Place a damp towel over top and place the bowl in a warm area to rise, double in size.

Punch down, form into a long log and slide into an cool, not preheated oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees {while the loaf is in the oven} and set the timer for 30 minutes.

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Italian Sauce – Red

With the tomatoes coming in so well this year we have been canning up a storm. Here is a recipe that uses some of what we have stored for use later in the season when they are no longer available fresh from the garden. This is a great addition to your Sunday family dinner recipe list. I make ahead and reheat many times. It also freezes well.

Everyday Italian Sauce – Red (approximately 10-12 servings)

½ cup olive oil
1 large onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups water
2 quarts, crushed diced tomatoes (2-32 oz cans)
1 pint tomato paste (1 16oz can)
2 tbsp cup chopped fresh basil
1 toothpick of Basil vitality Essential oil
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon organic cane sugar
add salt and ground black pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute onion and garlic in hot oil until onion is translucent, 5 to 7 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium-low. Add water, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, baking soda, and sugar; season with salt and pepper. Stir mixture, bring to a simmer, and cook until the sauce is thickened, about 2 hours. Add the toothpick of Basil Vitality essential oil, stir, let flavors meld and serve!

 

A few highlights of our food storage preparations. All the grandchildren love to chop on our Vidallia Chopper, which makes everything bite sized and uniform. Shawn is the best helper at filling jars, wiping rims and putting the lids on at tomato time. Pickles are up again next but I have a (not so secret) plan. I am teaching our Katelin how to make them. That will mean she can do this for the family. Marissa is our strawberry jam maker and Kevin our Grape jam guy. Wayne is still figuring out how much he really likes being in the kitchen and if he will have a specialty other than making and eating peppermint brownies. A boy who is seriously taking after his father and grandfather when it comes to brownies.

 

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September Events

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SEPTEMBER 5TH & 19TH @ 9am  –

Wagon Wheel Cafe 7727 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49548

Knowing the basic concepts of essential oils and enjoying the 101 essential oil uses for your home is key to living a clean, healthy and abundant life! But don’t worry, you don’t have to have a full cabinet of essential oils at home to get a wide – extremely wide! – range of uses. Some of the most gentle and effective oils are also the most versatile. Join us for coffee and learn the who, what, when, where & why about ESSENTIAL OILS!

back2school 101

September 14th @ 10am & 6pm – 1336 M222 Martin, MI 49070

Can you believe that the new school year is starting in a matter of days? Are you ready for it? I know that I am not!! If you are like most, you struggle with getting kids up and motivated in the morning and/or focused on school work in the evening. Please, don’t get me started on the influx of germs! If you are looking for some chemical free support in the coming school year, join me for an introduction to essential oils with a focus on oils that can support your students during the school year. I will have oils to smell, information on kicking chemicals out of your home. Directly following the class there will be a make & take. I will be doing a giveaway for anyone who brings a friend not already on the invite list. There is a $10 fee for the Make & Take portion of this class.

animals and oils september 2017

September 28th @ 10am & 6pm – 1336 M222 Martin, MI 49070

Hearing about essential oils and wonder what they are and how they can help you and your animals? Are you already using essential oils but want more tools and information about them for your pets (large & small)?
We know it can be overwhelming. Join us to learn how we incorporate Young Living oils from the kit and beyond into every aspect of our animals’ lives, every single day.