You know you’re interested! What would you say if I told you, “I don’t really have a spice cupboard.”? It’s true. But let me give you some background. I’m a total FOODIE, heck we live outside of Austin TX. My experience in the job industry is all restaurants, over a decade of them. From mom & pop cafes, to training as a sous chef under an amazing up and coming chef. I love nothing more than trying new recipes and putting my own spin on them. When Young Living came out with their Vitality Line of essential oils, specifically made for culinary uses, I was HOOKED. I can’t even tell you how much I adore the combination of Black Pepper Vitality with Lemon Vitality, try it I dare you.
A couple tips before you start cooking with Vitality Oils.
- Typically, 1 drop of a citrus oil can substitute for 1 tsp. of citrus zest. If the recipe calls for the zest from 1 citrus fruit, you can use 8–14 drops of the citrus essential oil instead.
- For minty oils such as peppermint and spearmint, try substituting 1 drop for 1 tsp. dried mint leaves or 1 Tbsp. fresh mint leaves.
- Cinnamon and cassia are pretty similar, and typically what we know as ground cinnamon is really ground cassia; however, the strength of their flavor is quite a bit different. You will want to start by substituting 1 drop of cinnamon for 1–2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon and 1 drop of cassia for 1 tsp. ground cinnamon or cassia.
- For herbaceous oils like basil, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, cilantro, dill, etc., start with a toothpick dipped in the oil and stirred into the mixture, and then add more to taste as needed.
- Floral herbs like lavender can be used in cooking; but because floral flavors are uncommon, you want just a hint of this flavor. Start with a toothpick, and add more if needed.
- For other flavors, a good rule of thumb is to substitute 1 drop of oil for 1–2 Tbsp. of dried spice or herb and 1 drop of oil for 1–2 tsp. of fresh spice. If you think the oil is strong or the recipe calls for less than the above quantities, start with a toothpick dip instead. Taste, and add more if needed.
Now with that said….let’s get to cooking!! The holidays are fast approaching and for the past 2 years, these recipes have been my go to. I’ve BLOWN my family out of the water. For real. Want to impress that Mother in Law? Bust out these cranberries! Want to win over your man’s dad? This sweet potato casserole is DELISH! Kids turn their noses up at holiday meals? Bust out these mashed potatoes and gravy, they’ll be begging for more! Don’t even get me started on this ham, it blew us all out of the water!
I hope these recipes put a fresh spin on your holiday table! Happy Oilin’.