Saturday, April 6, 2013

Recipe: Vegetarian Black Bean Burgers Made with Essential Oils

With the warmer weather quickly approaching, a healthy grilled meal could be exactly what you need to get in the spring mood. These delicious and easy black bean burgers with essential oils are sure to be loved by everyone in your family.
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2 garlic cloves
2 cans or 3 cups cooked black beans (drained and divided)
1/4 cup red bell pepper
1/2 cup yellow onion
2 drops dōTERRA Cilantro essential oil
2 drops dōTERRA Basil essential oil
1 egg
1 cup bread crumbs
Salt and pepper
1. Rinse and drain the beans.
2. Put 1/2 of rinsed beans (1.5 cups), yellow onion, garlic, red bell pepper, Cilantro and Basil essential oil, egg, bread crumbs, and salt and pepper into a food processor or blender. Process until smooth.
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3. Combine with the remaining black beans and stir. If the mixture is too sticky, add more bread crumbs until it holds together.
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4. Divide into 4 patties.
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5. Heat skillet/grill on medium heat. Add olive oil.
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6. Heat 6 minutes on each side. Be careful when you flip the burgers as they are very delicate.
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7. While the burgers are cooking, cut up tomatoes, romaine lettuce, or other desired toppings.
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8. Once the burger is cooked, put the burger on the bottom bun, top with lettuce, tomatoes, and desired condiments.
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9. Enjoy!
For a delicious side dish, broil some asparagus with a little bit of olive oil, salt, and dōTERRA Lemon essential oil.
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Spring Cleaning: Natural Cleaning Solutions for the Bathroom

Sponge and Bucket iStock_000007063367SmallCleaning the bathroom is not an experience people look forward to very often. Being stuck in a small closed space with harsh chemicals not only makes it hard to breathe, but can also be hazardous to your health.
The next time you clean your bathroom, why not try mixing up an effective cleaner with many ingredients you already have at home. It still might not be your favorite household chore, but you will at least have a clean bathroom, clear lungs, and non-toxic cleaning products to make the job a little easier to handle.
Soft Scrub for Bath, Tile, and Toilet
Make in small batches and store in an airtight container. This is enough for two to four applications. This soft scrub is excellent for getting rid of soap scum, removing stains, and brightening your tile and toilet. To use, just apply and let it sit for 5-10 minutes and then scrub. Once done scrubbing, take a wet cloth and wipe clean.
What you Need:
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3/4 rounded cup baking soda
1/4 cup liquid castile soap
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon vinegar
5-10 drops dōTERRA Lemon essential oil
Editor’s note: Liquid castile soap is a vegetable-based soap commonly found in health food stores. Dr. Bronner’s is a popular one. Look for unscented. This scrub is also great to use to help clean your kitchen sink, refrigerator, or tile floors.
In a bowl, combine the baking soda and castile soap.
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Add the water and stir.
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Add the vinegar and essential oil. The consistency should be a soft paste.
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Store in an airtight container.
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Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Tip: for serious stains or rust, empty water out of bowl and scrub with a pumice stone. When wet, the stone will not scratch the porcelain.
What You Need:
1/2 cup baking soda
10 drops dōTERRA Melaleuca essential oil
1/4 cup vinegar
Add ingredients directly to a partially drained bowl. As it reacts, scrub the toilet. This combination is intended for one use at a time.
This was originally featured in the Spring 2012 dōTERRA Living Magazine
Other Natural Products to Make at Home:
Mattress Cleaner
Dryer Sheets
Air Freshener
Window Cleaner
All Purpose Cleaning Spray
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