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Friday, July 31, 2015

Pork Fried Rice from the new book One-Pot Paleo

I first met Jenny Castaneda at this year's Paleo f(x) and started to follow along with her blog, Paleo Foodie Kitchen. When her new book was published, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy to drool over all of her yummy recipes. I was so thrilled when she sent me a copy to review!

Jenny's book, One-Pot Paleo, is not exactly what it sounds like. Yes, you can make all of the dishes in one pot (or pan), but it is SO MUCH MORE than just typical one pot meals like chili or soup. I'm talking about Portobello Sandwiches and Austrian Pancake Bites and Plantain Pizza!

Instead of being divided up by breakfast, lunch and dinner, One-Pot Paleo is sectioned out by the type of dish or cooking being done. There are cast iron skillet meals, stir frys, salads, baked dishes, etc. 

We had family in town last weekend so I knew it was the perfect time to test out a recipe and see how everyone liked it. We went with the Pork Fried Rice, which is made with cauliflower rice instead of regular rice. For the record, in our house we mix it up and sometimes cook with white or sprouted rice and sometimes with cauliflower rice. I don't hate on rice, I just love on variety! :)

We chose the Pork Fried Rice because we had a lot of people and it was an easy recipe to double. Because we doubled it we turned it into a Two-Pot Paleo meal. This was a really quick and easy recipe and we made it even easier by using frozen carrots (read--no chopping!) Everyone thought it was delicious and I can't wait to try more from this wonderful book. Want to try the Pork Fried Rice for yourself? Get the recipe below and then get your butt to the bookstore (or get your virtual butt to the virtual bookstore) and get this book!

Pork Fried Rice
Serves: 4

1 tbsp ghee or bacon fat
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup sweet onion, chopped
1 lb ground pork
1 cup carrots, chopped
3 tbsp coconut aminos
1 tsp fish sauce
1/4 tsp coarse ground black pepper
2 large eggs
4 cups cauliflower rice (recipe in book)
1/2 cup green onions, chopped

Add ghee to a wok over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onions. Saute for 3 minutes. Add the ground pork and cook for 7 to 8 minutes while breaking apart big pieces with the back of a wooden spoon.

Stir in the carrots and season with the coconut aminos, fish sauce and black pepper. Remove from the wok and set aside in a bowl. Crack the eggs into the wok and scramble for 1 minute. Return the pork mixture to the pan and stir together with the eggs. Add the cauliflower rice and green onions. Mix until everything is thoroughly combined. Cook for 5 minutes until cauliflower is soft but not mushy.

Top with more green onions before serving.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Essential Oils for Babies + Calming Bubbly Baby Wash

Calming Bubbly Baby Wash with Lavender Essential Oil

How can I learn more about essential oils?

Educating others on essential oils is quickly becoming one of my favorite things and I would love to answer any questions you have. Click here to learn more about the brand of essential oils I use in my home and where to buy essential oils, contact me and I am happy to chat more! I can also let you know how you can get a FREE copy of my favorite essential oils guide.

Safe essential oils usage for babies 

Because babies have such sensitive skin, you really want to take extra caution when using essential oils. I always recommend that you dilute essential oils using a carrier oil (like fractionated coconut oil) before using them on baby's skin. I also recommend that you cover a baby with a shirt or socks after applying essential oils to those areas so the oils don't end up on his hands and in his mouth.

It is never advised to give small babies essential oils internally, however topical and aromatic uses are perfectly safe when you know what you are doing. I always turn to my Mini Modern Essentials Usage Guide because, let's face it, I am never going to know everything there is to know about essential oils and I prefer to stick with what has been used for centuries, what has been researched and what has been deemed as safe and effective. This essential oils guide always tells me what I need to know!

There are certain oils that are considered safest for use with babies. These include Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Melaleuca, Orange, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Thyme and Ylang Ylang. These are the most gentle oils and, when used properly, should not cause any adverse reactions on baby's delicate system.

You also ONLY want to use pure, therapeutic grade essential oils...especially with babies! Many oils have fillers or contaminants, but responsibly grown, harvested and distilled oils will not only smell wonderful, they will give you the health benefits you are looking for from essential oils.

Lavender - my favorite essential oil for babies

Lavender Essential OilLavender oil is quickly becoming one of my favorite essential oils...and for good reason! There is a common saying about lavender essential oil that goes, "When in doubt, use lavender". In the world of aromatherapy, lavender is most commonly used for its calming and relaxing properties, its ability to ease muscle tension, and it is quite soothing for minor skin irritations and helps skin to recover quickly. Its gentle, calming properties are what make lavender essential oil perfect for babies.

We use lavender pretty much daily in my house! Lavender is my favorite to use at night with my essential oil diffuser to help calm and relax me as I drift off to sleep. After Avery's nightly bath he gets a nice baby lotion massage of 1-2 drops lavender and a squirt of fractionated coconut oil. I make sure to get his arms, legs and feet. I also use this same blend if he has any skin irritations or "itchies" as he likes to call them. :)

Calming Bubbly Baby Wash with Lavender Essential Oil
To make sure he soaks up (get it?) all those relaxing, calming benefits I have also started making my own Calming Bubbly Baby Wash for his bath time. This wash has only THREE that to even the natural soaps you buy at the store. I feel so much better using this instead of exposing him to so many chemicals! The wash is really easy to make and you only need a few supplies. The magic is in the foaming soap dispenser. You don't NEED foaming soap, but most of us are used to it, so these bottles give you that nice foam action. I didn't include any kind of moisturizing oil because I also use it as a shampoo, but you could add a small amount coconut oil, as well.

I've listed everything out below, but what you really need to do is download that PDF down there so you can get the cute label and printable instructions, too! Scroll to the bottom of this post to get the PDF.

Calming Bubbly Baby Wash with Lavender Essential Oil

-Glass or PET/BPA Free Foaming Soap Dispenser (about 8oz size)
-Dr. Bronner's Fair Trade and Organic Castile Liquid Soap - Unscented
-Distilled Water
-Pure, Therapeutic Grade Lavender Essential Oil

Pour 1/4 cup castile soap into soap dispenser. 

Slowly pour in 3/4 cup distilled water. 

Drop in 10 drops lavender essential oil.

Shake before each use.

That's it!

Note: This wash is gentle, but not totally tear free so use caution around baby's eyes.