Lemon Mint Tea (Using a Whole Lemon)

A refreshing, anti-inflammatory tea - served hot or cold! -- The Nourishing Gourmet

This easy tea combines the gentle flavor of mint with the bright, fresh flavors of lemon. I drink a quart of this almost every day as it makes me feel more energized and keeps me hydrated. It’s also soothing to drink when sick. Add honey for sweetness or when you have a sore throat. Pour over ice to make a refreshing iced tea!

This definitely has a big lemon punch to it, so if you don’t enjoy flavors on the sour side, don’t steep as long.

I created this method of making tea when I was brainstorming ways to include lemon peel in my diet on a more regular basis. I’ve been working on adding more anti-inflammatory foods into my diet, and lemon peel caught my eye.

Extracts from lemon peel have been studied in a wide variety of applications. It’s been associated with having an anti-cancer effect. 1, 2, It has possible uses for helping with heartburn and cholesterol caused gallstones. 3 Orange peel extracts could help with inflammation as much as ibuprofen. 4 Low Doses of Citrus peel extracts (CPE) “most likely can be used for the treatment of the T cell-mediated liver injury as in autoimmune hepatitis, alcoholic hepatitis, and chronic viral hepatitis.” 5.

Note that many of these studies were done with animals, and are still in beginning stages of research. But so far there is a lot of exciting research showing many potential benefits. My tea is not going to be the same as the strong extracts used in the above studies, but I figure it can’t hurt!

All to say, citrus peels not only add a big oomph of flavor, but they could be helping our health. This recipe is just one easy way to first of all not waste the most flavorful part of the lemon –the peel. But it also is a gentle way to include some of the benefits of citrus peel in your diet.

Notes on ingredients and supplies:

  • I make my tea in this French Press . I leave the lid off while it steeps, so there is no plastic and heat interaction. You could easily do this in a small pot, but I like the convenience of using my French Press.
  • Use whatever favorite mint tea brand you like! We recently planted to several types of peppermint in pots on our porch so that we have fresh available to use in recipes like this. But you can also use bulk peppermint tea,
  • Buy the best lemons you can. I buy organic lemons. Conventional peels may (will) have pesticide residue or waxes. I believe that organic lemons can have some waxes too, but use beeswax based ones. Best case scenario would be getting lemons completely untreated!

A refreshing, anti-inflammatory tea - served hot or cold! -- The Nourishing Gourmet

Lemon Mint Tea (Using the Whole Lemon)

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  • 1 lemon, organic, washed well and thinly sliced
  • 2 bags of peppermint tea, loose tea equivalent, or several sprigs of fresh

Place thinly sliced lemon and peppermint in French Press. Heat purified water to boiling point. Pour over lemon and peppermint tea filling to the band on the French Press. Let steep for 15-30 minutes – the longer you leave it, the stronger it will become.

Drink plain, with honey, and reheated, if desired. I enjoy mine not super hot, so it’s usually perfect after steeping about 20 minutes.

Research Sources:

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11142088
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7948106
3. 3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18072821
4. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213453014000056
5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4121996/

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Creamy Winter House Salad Dressing

This dairy-free salad dressing will help you enjoy dark greens all year long! The secret to it's wonderful taste? Two special ingredients.

This creamy dairy-free dressing has rich undertones from surprising ingredients that make it perfect for dressing salads during the cold winter months.

Lately I’ve been craving big green salads and I’ve been almost obsessed with making this dressing to go over it!

The backstory to this dressing was a beautiful bottle of salad dressing my in-laws gave me from a restaurant up in Canada. My husband and I liked it so much that we were very sad when the bottle was used up. I wanted to create something similar in taste, but their dressing had a long list of ingredients, so I wanted something simpler to make at home. I honed it on two of the ingredients – tahini paste (ground sesame seeds) and tamari (gluten-free soy sauce). It sounds like such a strange addition to salad dressing, and a strange combination too, but it works so well!

When combined with olive oil and vinegar, the tahini adds depth of flavor, richness, and creaminess to the dressing. The tamari adds a more complex saltiness than just salt alone, and a deep satisfying flavor.

These two ingredients appear to be the secret to dressing we enjoyed from Canada, as it does taste very similar, despite being so much simpler.

A word on ingredients:

  • This is a good Organic Tamari brand.
  • Don’t use toasted tahini paste. I’ve been using a wonderful organic tahini paste from Trader Jo’s. This Organic Sesame Paste  looks similar. In the past, some tahini brands have been hard to deal with because the paste had gotten very hard, making it difficult to work with, but this brand and Trader Jo’s shouldn’t be a problem.
  • I prefer raw apple cider vinegar. If you need a substitute, I’d try fresh lemon juice.

I make this in a wide mouth mason jar with a wide mouth plastic mason jar lid (nonreactive lid).

For another dairy-free yet creamy salad dressing, see this other favorite salad dressing that pairs balsamic vinegar and coconut milk. Also, check out my cookbook, Fresh: Nourishing Salads for all Seasons for practical, beautiful salads.

This dairy-free salad dressing will help you enjoy dark greens all year long! The secret to it's wonderful taste? Two special ingredients.

Creamy Winter House Dressing

PDF file to print recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons tahini paste
  • 1 tablespoons tamari (or soy sauce, if not gluten-free)
  • ¼ cup of raw apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions: 

In a quart-sized mason jar (or container of choice), use a fork to combine the tahini paste and tamari, until smooth. Add the vinegar, and stir until smooth. Add the olive oil and stir again until combined. Put on the lid to the jar, tightly, and then shake to completely combine.

Serve right away, or keep refrigerated. Let the dressing sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes, and then shake to recombine ingredients, if refrigerated. (I keep my dressing in the door so that it won’t harden quite as much as when I put it in the back of my fridge).

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Vanilla Bean Creme Fauxccino

Vanilla Bean Creme Fauxccino NG

By Katie Mae Stanley of Nourishing Simplicity

This drink is sure to hit the spot on a hot day. It is creamy, slightly sweet, and bursting with vanilla.

Few things are better than drinking a cold icy drink out of a mason jar with a fun straw in the summer. This vanilla bean creme fauxccino is definitely at the top of my list right now. Hot days make me want to wander into a coffee chain and order a nice big blended iced drink. Honest moment here, I may have in the past couple months given in and ordered a few with less syrup and dairy-free milk.

As you know, I am a big fan of fauxccinos for many reasons- they are delicious, so much better for you, less expensive, and easy to whip up! You can have your own ready in less time than it takes to drive to the coffee shop!

This specific fauxccino is coffee free, it’s a milk based drink instead. I used almond milk, but you can adapt to whatever type of milk you prefer. The key to this icy drink is making frozen milk cubes. They ensure that your drink doesn’t become watery.

Other Fauxccinos to Enjoy:

Vanilla Bean Creme Fauxccino

1 cup milk (raw, almond, or coconut)
8 milk ice cubes (raw, almond, or coconut)
2 TBS maple syrup or raw honey
1/2 vanilla bean caviar*
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Whipped cream (optional)

1. Freeze milk of choice in an ice cube tray until solid.

2. *Cut a vanilla bean in half, slice it open. Use the sharp side of the knife to scrape out the caviar (seeds).

3. Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend on high until smooth.

4. Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream if desired.

Vanilla Bean Creme Fauxccino
 
Serves: 2 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk (raw, almond, or coconut)
  • 8 milk ice cubes (raw, almond, or coconut)
  • 2 TBS maple syrup or raw honey
  • ½ vanilla bean caviar*
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Freeze milk of choice in an ice cube tray until solid
  2. *Cut a vanilla bean in half, slice it open. Use the sharp side of the knife to scrape out the caviar (seeds).
  3. Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend on high until smooth.
  4. Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream if desired.

 

Creamy Grain-Free Porridge

This creamy, flavorful porridge is grain and dairy-free, and is a lovely way to start the day. Can you guess what the secret ingredient is?! It also makes a great snack in the afternoon or evening. It’s perfect for those on a Paleo or AIP diet, or just those who enjoy a healthy alternative to grain based porridges. --- The Nourishing Gourmet

This creamy grain-free hot “cereal” is gently spiced with cinnamon and ginger for a delicious and good-for-you breakfast! I discovered this method of making a hot porridge since I started the AIP diet. It only takes a minute to put the ingredients together, and then it gently simmers while I get breakfast for the rest of my family together. The secret ingredient? Cauliflower! It’s crazy how many great things you can do with this vegetable.

I love that I can have a creamy hot cereal again! It’s perfect for those on a grain-free diet, paleo diet, or the AIP diet.

I will mention that my two oldest, who eat grains (one gluten-free, one not) weren’t too sure about this recipe, which is why I make it just for myself. This creamy quinoa breakfast cereal is more to their liking. So if you are eating cream-of-wheat one morning, and then make this the next, don’t expect it to taste similar! But I did find that my one-year-old is a fan, like me. 🙂

Notes on Ingredients:

  • If you can have dairy, this would be scrumptious with cream or half and half.
  • I used this lovely Coconut Cream (gum-free). (Amazon links affiliate)
  • If you weren’t on the AIP diet, you could also try it with homemade almond milk.
  • Find out how to make cauliflower “rice” for this recipe here, but I cheated and used a package from Trader Joe’s. I used their unfrozen though I imagine their frozen would work as well.
  • Cauliflower when at the peak of the season and newly picked can be very very sweet. This recipe would be even better when using such yummy cauliflower.
  • I added this gelatin for added protein and benefits. I also like to eat this with bacon or sausage on the side.

This creamy, flavorful porridge is grain and dairy-free, and is a lovely way to start the day. Can you guess what the secret ingredient is?! It also makes a great snack in the afternoon or evening. It’s perfect for those on a Paleo or AIP diet, or just those who enjoy a healthy alternative to grain based porridges. --- The Nourishing Gourmet

Creamy Grain-free Porridge

Notes: I like using the high amount of cinnamon and ginger as it disguises the cauliflower flavor even more. However, the higher amount is on the stronger side so I recommend you start with the smaller amount and only adding more if desired. Though I haven’t tried this yet, I think that if you cooked this, and then let it cool and refrigerated it for 24 hours, that the flavors would be even better. You can also consider adding a bit of vanilla extract, or other spices too! 

Ingredients:

1 cup of cauliflower “rice”, uncooked
½ cup of coconut milk or cream (gum-free, if AIP)
½ cup of water
Dash of Salt
¼-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
¼-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
½ tablespoon pure maple syrup (or desired amount for sweetness)

Instructions:

1. In a small pot, combine all of the ingredients and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Turn down heat to keep to a gentle simmer, and simmer until cauliflower is tender (about seven minutes).

2, Usually, I keep it just like it is, but, if you want it creamier in texture OR if the cauliflower chunks were on the larger size, I recommend briefly pulsing it in a blender or food processor (carefully! The mixture will be hot).

3. Top with berries, diced fruit, toasted coconut flakes, or anything else you’d like!

Serves 1

Creamy Grain-Free Porridge
 
Serves: 1
Cook time:
Total time:
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of cauliflower “rice”, uncooked
  • ½ cup of coconut milk or cream (gum-free, if AIP)
  • ½ cup of water
  • Dash of Salt
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ tablespoon pure maple syrup (or desired amount for sweetness)
Instructions
  1. In a small pot, combine all of the ingredients and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Turn down heat to keep to a gentle simmer, and simmer until cauliflower is tender - generally about seven minutes.
  2. Usually, I keep it just like it is, but, if you want it creamier in texture OR if the cauliflower chunks were on the larger size, I recommend briefly pulsing it in a blender or food processor (carefully! The mixture will be hot).
  3. Top with berries, diced fruit, toasted coconut flakes, or anything else you’d like!