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Lentil Soup Recipe from Eating Beautiful

1 Mar


Dalia of Eating Beautiful submitted this recipe. This is great for those of you who are participating in the NR Healthy Eating Challenge. Even if you aren’t, you could still try this healthy meal.

Dalia writes:

This one is for the pressure cooker.

Lentil Soup
Serves 6
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 medium carrots (5 ounces), diced
1 onion (3.5 ounces), diced
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 cup (225 ml) crushed or pureed tomatoes
2 cups (450 ml) water
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 cup (7 ounces) lentils
1 bay leaf
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to garnish
Preheat pressure cooker to saute setting. Add carrots, onions and garlic. Cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the tomatoes and water; season with salt and pepper. Add the lentils and bay leaf.
Set the cooker to high pressure for 8 minutes.

Follow Dalia on Twitter @eatingbeautiful and check out her website Here.

Thanks for the recipe! If any of you have a recipe you would like to share, please send it to naturalbyl@gmail.com.

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Apple-Cinnamon Fruit Bar

2 Feb

18 bars

Active Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 2 3/4 hours (including 1 1/2 hours cooling time)



  • 1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds or hazelnuts) or old-fashioned rolled oats, divided
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (see Tip)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Fruit Filling

  • 6 cups diced peeled apples, divided
  • 1/2 cup apple cider or orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. To prepare crust: Combine 3/4 cup nuts (or oats), whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar and salt in a food processor; pulse until the nuts are finely ground. Add butter; pulse until well incorporated.
  2. Whisk egg, oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla and almond extract in a small bowl. With the motor running, add the mixture to the food processor. Process, then pulse, scraping down the sides, if necessary, until the mixture begins to clump, 30 to 45 seconds (it will look crumbly). Measure out 1/2 cup of the mixture and combine in a bowl with the remaining 1/4 cup chopped nuts (or oats). Set aside for the topping.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°F. Generously coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  4. To prepare fruit filling & assemble bars: Combine 4 cups apples, cider (or orange juice), sugar and cornstarch in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is very thick, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining 2 cups apples, cinnamon and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  5. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking dish. Spread evenly and press firmly into the bottom to form a crust. Spread the fruit filling over the crust.. Sprinkle the reserved topping over the filling.
  6. Bake the bars for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350° and bake until the crust and topping are lightly brown, 25 to 30 minutes more. Let cool completely before cutting into bars, at least 1 1/2 hours.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the crust and topping (Steps 1-2) for up to 1 day. Cover or individually wrap and refrigerate the cooled bars for up to 5 days.
  • Tip: Lower in protein than regular whole-wheat flour, whole-wheat pastry flour is milled from soft wheat and has less gluten-forming potential, making it a better choice for tender baked goods. You can find it in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets and natural-foods stores. Store in the freezer.


Per bar: 193 calories; 9 g fat (2 g sat, 2 g mono); 19 mg cholesterol; 27 g carbohydrates; 11 g added sugars; 3 g protein; 2 g fiber; 69 mg sodium; 74 mg potassium.

2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 2 carbohydrates (other), 2 fat

Photo Source/Recipe Source: Eating Well

Lean & Spicy Taco Meat Recipe

31 Jan

This recipe comes from EatingWell.com. I love tacos, and I make them at home pretty regularly. This recipe shows a healthier way to make the meat without getting rid of the flavor.

6 servings, about 1/2 cup each

Active Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 8 ounces 93%-lean ground beef
  • 8 ounces 99%-lean ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 10-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chiles, preferably Rotel brand (see Tip), or 1 1/4 cups petite-diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile, or 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano


  1. Place beef, turkey and onion in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a colander to drain off fat. Wipe out the pan. Return the meat to the pan and add tomatoes, cumin, ground chipotle (or chili powder) and oregano. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated, 3 to 6 minutes.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Reheat just before serving.
  • Tip: Look for Rotel brand diced tomatoes with green chiles—original or mild, depending on your spice preference—and set the heat level with either ground chipotle chile (adds smoky heat) or chili powder (adds rich chili taste without extra spice).


Per serving: 98 calories; 2 g fat (1 g sat, 1 g mono); 35 mg cholesterol; 3 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 17 g protein; 1 g fiber; 243 mg sodium; 26 mg potassium.

Exchanges: 3 1/2 very lean meat

Lemongrass Black Soap Shampoo Recipe

24 Jan

Black soap can be used by itself as a body wash, face wash, or shampoo. I have a container of black soap that I have tried for each, but I found it a bit drying as a shampoo. I decided to use it as a base for a black soap shampoo that would be milder on my hair. This is the recipe that I came up with. I really like it, and I got great results. You may want to adjust the ingredients to suit your hair’s needs.

What I Used:

  • 1 cup of liquid black soap (You can also use regular black soap and make it a liquid first)
  • 1/3 cup of aloe juice (this is different than aloe gel)
  • 10 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • 10 drops of tea tree essential oil
  • 5 drops of lemongrass essential oil

This is a very watery shampoo. You will need to give this a good shake before using. It has a nice scent that isn’t too heavy. If you don’t like lemongrass, substitute it for something else. The main thing with making your own products is learning to make substitutions that work better for you. This is my first time making black soap shampoo. I plan to make more batches with slightly different ingredients and see which recipe  I prefer more.

Have any of you made your own black soap shampoo? If so, please share your recipe.

Photo source: Wikipedia

My Bentonite Clay Treatment

22 Jan

I’ve been hearing about bentonite clay for years, but I never got around to trying it. I finally decided to give a try. I’ve been told that it cleanses and softens hair. I saw lots of different recipes online using different products to mix including rosewater, apple cider vinegar, and others. The recipe I used was very simple.

What I Used:

  1. One ounce of bentonite clay
  2. 1 tsp. olive oil
  3. Enough water to get the mixture to a yogurt-like texture

I spritzed my hair with water to give it more flexibility, and then I applied the mixture immediately after mixing it. I let it sit in my hair uncovered for about an hour. I rinsed thoroughly and then continued with my regular regimen. It was easier to wash out than I thought it would be.


 I don’t know that I could tell much of a difference after using it. I will do another treatment and see if I notice anything from that. Anyhow, here is a photo of my hair after the treatment:

Curry Baked Sweet Potatoes

7 Jan

Recipe submitted by Juan Hagger of A Passion Filled Journey

I love this dish because it’s vegan, tasty, and extraordinarily nutritious.
Title: Curry Baked Sweet Potatoes (Vegan)
Prep Time: 7 min.
Cook Time: 40 min.
Ready In : 47 min.

1 Large    Organic Sweet Potato
                Organic Ketchup to taste (no sugar added, sweetened w/agave)
 1Tbsp     Extra Virgin Olive Oil
                Extra Virgin Italian Olive Oil Spray
                Curry Powder to taste
– Preheat Oven at 350 degrees
– Slice sweet potato

– Rinse slices
– Spray baking pan with Extra Virgin Italian Olive Oil Spray
– Place Sweet Potatoes in baking pan
– Drizzle with Olive Oil
– Both sides should be fully covered with Olive Oil.

– Season with Curry Powder to taste

– Bake at 350 degrees for 40 min.

Recipe by Juan Hagger

Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms

5 Jan

This is another video from Freshtopia. This one shows how to make pesto-stuffed mushrooms.  I like stuffed mushrooms. I like Pesto. I’m going to try this.

If you have a healthy recipe you’d like to share, send it to me at naturalbyl@gmail.com.

Homemade Carpet Deodorizer

2 Dec


Directions: Add the baking soda to a large bowl and then add the essential oils. Be sure to mix the oils into the baking soda well. Since lemon essential oil is normally yellow, it is essential that it is mixed well into the baking soda so that no undiluted lemon oil stains your carpet. This blend may be adapted to use your favorite essential oils, but strive to add essential oils that offer antibacterial and disinfectant properties to give the deodorizer an added benefit (the oils in this blend work to accomplish that). After you have blended the oils into the baking soda, the deodorizer can be stored in a glass jar or airtight container. 

Instructions for Use: Sprinkle the deodorizer onto your carpet. Several of AromaWeb’s advertisers sell powder sifter containers suitable for body powders and carpet deodorizers. Alternatively, you may use a clean, discarded spice container that has holes that permit you to “shake” the deodorizer onto your carpet). Allow the deodorizer to sit on your carpet for 10-20 minutes and then vacuum normally. 

Source: Aromaweb

Homemade Hair Butter

30 Nov

Things You’ll Need:

  • Spatula
  • 8 oz. unrefined shea butter
  • 8 oz. pure coconut oil
  • Double boiler
  • Mixing bowl
  • 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 tsp. jojoba oil
  • 1 tsp. sweet almond oil
  • 2 drops rosemary oil
  • 4 drops peppermint oil
  • Hand mixer
  • 8-oz. container with a lid
  • Use a spatula to slide the unrefined shea butter and coconut oil into a double boiler. Let the oil and shea butter melt slightly but not completely. The shea butter and coconut oil must still have a chunky consistency. If the oil or butter liquefy, wait for them to solidify again before proceeding any further.
  • Transfer the shea butter and coconut oil mixture into a mixing bowl. Add the jojoba, olive, almond, peppermint and rosemary oils to the mixing bowl. Pour them slowly, stirring with the spatula, to incorporate each oil one at a time
  • Use a hand mixer to blend the concoction well. You must keep mixing until few or no lumps remain in the mixing bowl. This smooth mixture should have no oil floating on the top.
  • Use a spatula to transfer the mixture into an 8-oz. container with a lid. Do not use it until the mixture sets; this may take around one hour. Store the container in a cool, dry place until you need to use it.
  • Apply a small amount the mixture after styling or washing your hair. The amount of hair butter this recipe makes will last for many months on shoulder-length or longer hair.

  • Recipe source: Ehow.com

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    Vanilla Room Spray Recipe

    29 Nov

    Vanilla Room Spray

    • 4 oz. clean spray bottle with a fine mist setting (do not use a bottle that previously contained cleaning products or hair products such as hair spray).
    • 1.5 ounces of distilled water
    • 1.5 ounces of vanilla extract
    • Up to 10 drops of your favorite essential oils if you would like to add to the vanilla aroma.

    Be sure and take heed in the safety data for the oil(s) you choose to use since an air freshener, by its nature, will come in contact with all those in your household.

    Directions: Fill the spray bottle with 1.5 ounces of vanilla extract and 1.5 ounces of distilled water. (Even though a 4 oz. bottle is suggested, leave about 1 oz. unfilled so you can shake the bottle well between uses.) Then, add up to 10 drops of your essential oils if desired. Shake the bottle prior to each use, and let it sit for about a day before making a conclusion that the aroma is too weak; the aroma can change after the air freshener has had time to sit. Mist lightly in the room. Be especially careful not to allow the air freshener mist fall onto furniture or into open beverages.

    Photo Source: Faqs.org

    Source: Aromaweb