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Friday, February 28, 2014

5 Natural Sore Throat Soothers


Sore throats are a PAIN!
I've found these remedies to be helpful in my household.

         1Sage Tea
Sage tea is made from the leaves of the sage plant.  Boil some water; pour hot water over a few tea leaves (a little goes a long way), steep for 3-5 minutes.
Drink this tea as needed to soothe the throat.  You can also gargle with the tea after it cools.
Sage is valued as an antimicrobial herb, helpful in fighting infections and congestion, headaches, relieving anxiety, and improving memory. 
Sage is not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding because of its drying effects

         2. Honey and Lemon
Use your favorite local honey and mix with a bit of lemon juice, eat slowly with a spoon to soothe that achy throat or mix with warm water to drink.  This powerful combination is antibacterial, antiseptic, and immune boosting.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Julienne Mixed Veggie and Fruit Salad

Julienne mixed veggie and fruit salad

  It is most efficient to use a mandolin or other slicer compared to cutting by hand, but absolutely worth it.

1 Bell Pepper, thinly sliced

1 large carrot, sliced into matchstick pieces

1 zucchini, sliced into matchstick pieces more

Quick Basic Hummus

Quick Basic Hummus

1 can or 1 1/2 dried, soaked and cooked chickpeas
3 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 c olive oil
2 cloves of garlic (peeled)
1/3 c tahini
Salt as needed
Garnish with parsley and paprika
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Super Simple Cucumber Sauce

Super simple cucumber  (Tzatziki) recipe

1c plain Greek yogurt
2 garlic cloves minced 
2 cucumber peeled, de-seeded
1tbsp lemon juice

Tahini Salad Dressing

Simple tahini salad dressing

Blend together in a blender the following:

1/2 c raw tahini paste (found in the "ethnic" section in most grocery stores)
1/2 c water
1 tsp salt
2 cloves of garlic, peeled
1/2 c lemon juice
Couple dashes of pepper
Pinch of cayenne