Gluten Free Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies

by Amy on 05/30/2014

  

Simple Gluten Free Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies

These little beauties are light, delicate and just slightly sweet. The combination of lemon and lavender is sublime!

Gluten Free Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies
by Amy Love, Real Food Whole Health

Ingredients:
1 stick (8 TBL, ½ cup) organic grassfed butter, at room temperature
¼ cup organic powdered sugar
Zest (grated peel) of 1 organic lemon (about 2 tsp)
About 1 tsp lavender flowers
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup gluten free flour blend (I used Trader Joe’s brand)
1/8-1/4 tsp of coarse Celtic sea salt
Optional: 1-2 tsp organic cane sugar, for topping

Directions:
Cream butter and powdered sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer.
Add lemon peel, lavender and vanilla and mix.
Add gluten free flour blend and salt and mix until just blended, scraping down the sides of the bowl if necessary. If it’s still somewhat crumbly, don’t worry, it will come together when you shape it.

Transfer dough to large piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper and press into a disk shape. Cover with another piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper and roll out to about 1/3 inch thickness. Place wrapped dough on a plate or baking sheet and chill until firmer- about 20-30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Remove dough from fridge and take off top sheet of plastic wrap (or parchment). Using a 2 ½” diameter cookie cutter (or top of a round drinking glass), cut out cookies and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Allow an inch or so between cookies.

Gather dough scraps and reroll (covered with plastic or parchment) to 1/3 inch thickness and cut out additional cookies.

You can sprinkle a bit of organic cane sugar on top of the cookies if you wish. Chill about 10 minutes before baking.

Bake until light brown on bottom and just barely golden around edges, about 12- 15 minutes. The cookies will be VERY crumbly and delicate- allow to cool completely before enjoying (if you can!)

Easy Sparkling Fauxjitos plus Cinco de Mayo Recipes

by Amy on 05/02/2014

  

Easy Sparkling Fauxijtos- a Mojito Mocktail

We’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a twist….of lime.

And mint!

That’s right, we’re making cocktails to go with our favorite Mexican dishes.

Well, actually, we’re making MOCKtails. “Faux-jitos” to be exact.

What in the world is a faux-jito? It’s a mojito without alcohol!

Easy Sparkling Faux-jitos
by Amy Love, Real Food Whole Health

Per drink:
2 organic limes
Handful of organic mint leaves
1 TBL pure maple syrup
6-8 oz. sparkling mineral water
Ice

Cut your limes into wedges, about 4 per lime. Into a rocks glass, squeeze the lime juice and add your the juiced wedges and mint to the bottom of the glass. Bruise the mint and smash the wedges using a muddler or large spoon. Add maple syrup and mineral water, taste and adjust ingredients to your liking. Top off with ice and enjoy!

Looking for some tasty, gluten-free and nutrient-dense dishes to make for your own little fiesta?

Try these: 

Caldo de Pollo soup recipe- a mexican chicken soup bursting with flavor and nutrition

Mole sauce recipe- (pronounced moh-lay) an amazing from-scratch recipe for that famous chocolate-chile sauce

Traditional Chicken Mole Recipe- tasty pastured chicken takes a dip in our mole sauce

Chicken Mole Enchiladas Recipe- put the chicken and mole to good use in a classic dish that everyone will love

How to Heat Corn Tortillas- simple steps to do it right, with NO microwave involved!

How to Make Classic Guacamole- a simple, fresh recipe that anyone can make

Breakfast Taco Recipe- Mexican style- start your day with a little south-of-the-border deliciousness

 

 

 

How to Make a Non-Toxic All-Purpose Cleaner

by Amy on 04/15/2014

  

How To Make Your Own Non-Toxic All Purpose Cleaner

We used to buy an organic all purpose spray, but we’ve learned it’s easier and less expensive to make our own. You can clean with straight vinegar, but this smells better and lasts longer, plus it’s more gentle on surfaces.

In our house, this one spray cleans countertops, the stove, our bathrooms and more. It’s so handy!

I usually make our all purpose cleaner with simple lemon essential oil, but you can change it up from time to time with orange or grapefruit, pick your favorite oils or those that evoke the season, or use blends that offer extra antimicrobial power like Thieves oil (from Young Living oils) or OnGuard (from doTerra oils).

Non-Toxic All-Purpose Cleaner
By Amy Love, Real Food Whole Health

1 1/2 cups organic white vinegar
Around 20-30 drops pure essential oil
Water

Combine vinegar and essential oils in a glass spray bottle (you can make your own-learn how here!)
Fill the rest of the way with water and shake to combine.
Store out of direct sunlight and shake before using.

An Easy DIY Project- Make Your Own Glass Spray Bottles

by Amy on 04/14/2014

  

How To Make Your Own Glass Spray Bottle

We try to avoid plastic, including plastic spray bottles, because they can leach harmful chemicals into the bottle contents, especially when the bottles contain certain ingredients, like essential oils.

Glass spray bottles are an ideal solution, but can be hard to find and are often expensive.

Good news- it’s easy and cheap to make your own!

You may even have the ingredients on hand right now…

You’ll need:

1 glass bottle (like Bragg’s or Spectrum vinegar bottles), empty, label removed
1 spray bottle top from a plastic spray bottle

Simply screw the spray bottle top on to the top of your empty glass bottle.
Fill with your favorite homemade non-toxic cleaning recipe and label.

How simple is that?

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