Recipes

Herbal recipes for healthy living, plus food recipes for a plant-based diet.

Homemade Red Pepper Flakes

Warning. This recipe is dangerous. You’ll want to wear a mask, glasses, and gloves (or wash your hands afterward). Truthfully, I’m not sure I’ll ever do it again. Despite the mask, I was still coughing from the hot pepper dust. Still, it’s nice to know you can grow and make…

Cha Cha Chai

This is one of my most popular teas. It takes a little more work than most of them because you will have some toasting and grinding to do. But the aroma from the toasted spices will fill your kitchen with unbelievable fragrance (who needs incense?). The recipe is below, but…

Nettle Mint tea

Fresh Herbal Tea

It’s that time of year when the world is waking up from sleepy winter and the plants are poking their heads out of their soil beds. Including nettle! Now is the best time to harvest it, when it is young. You can even make pesto with it! I consider nettle…

Essential Oil Sprays

This is the basic recipe for making an essential oil spray. I did not make up this recipe, however I don’t remember where I found it. The epsom salt is supposed to be an emulsifier to help blend the oil and water but you still should shake before using. See…

potato chips

Potato (and Other Veggie) Chips

Tonight I made potato chips. Lots and lots of them. Like, the whole bag of potatoes. Here’s a tip. A whole bag of potatoes makes way more chips than you can eat in a couple of days. If you do this yourself, you may want to bring it down a…

sun tea

Sun Tea

One of my favorite summer things to do is to make sun tea. Sure, you can heat up water in a tea kettle, add some tea bags, brew then chill, but ho hum! I’d much rather do it this way. It feels like a nod to a simpler time. A…

Presto, it’s Pesto!

The recipe I use for pesto is from The Moosewood Cookbook. Here’s my copy of that cookbook. Can you tell it’s well-used? Here is the recipe, with notes on substitutions to make it vegan. It says it makes enough for six servings, but I think it makes more than that.…

granola

Granola

I’ve been a muesli fan until recently, really, because granola is usually too sugary for me.  But at the same time, muesli could use a good toasting. Enter homemade granola, where you can control the ingredients! I had a granola recipe from a friend. It had lots of ingredients that…

Fruited Oatmeal

I’m not sure where I got this recipe—so I apologize in advance for the plagiarism—but I wanted to share it because regular oatmeal is so blah for me, now. This is my favorite cold-weather breakfast! And it makes enough for at least 3 breakfasts (3-4 cups). FRUITED OATMEAL 1 3/4…