Veg Couscous Recipes: GP by Marika

marikaI found Marika on Instagram through a swap. I instantly liked the pictures of the recipes that she had shared and somehow the love and efforts that she put behind preparing the food was showing through.

I felt she could be a potential Guest Post contributor with some vegetarian recipes – and I was bang on ! She came up with these lovely recipes and took pictures of them too. 

On her Instagram – Marika describes herself as a twenty-something, Hungarian, dreamer, fan girl and a mad scientist in training ! 

Hey guys! So, today I’m bringing you two quick and easy vegetarian dishes that would fit in your busy lives and hopefully kids will like them too.

The goal was to find something that takes very little time to make, but still delicious, healthy and kid friendly. What I ended up making was two couscous dishes, one savory and one sweet.

The best thing about these dishes is that they take little to no food prep and they’re very versatile. They’re also very colorful dishes, so they could be fun for the kids! They’re kind of like a starting point or just inspiration really, because whatever veggies or fruits you have in your fridge, you could probably make a couscous dish with them! So don’t worry if you don’t have these ingredients, just improvise, be creative! I promise you, it will taste awesome!

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The first dish is a Green couscous salad with lemon tahini dressing. Like I said, you can change the veggies to whatever you have on hand or you like. You can change the dressing too, to some hummus or even pesto. (Some of my other favorite combos are beetroot, pomegranate couscous with cilantro pesto, or tomato and cucumber couscous with humus and basil pesto. But really, just be creative with it! 🙂

Green couscous salad with lemon tahini dressing
1 cup of couscous
1 1/2 – 2 cups of vegetable broth (depending of the couscous, they vary from brand to brand on how much liquid they need)
1 cup of steamed broccoli (I usually steam mine with a little garlic butter)
1/2 cup of peas
Salt, pepper, lemon to taste

For the dressing:
1/2 cup of tahini
2-3 tbs fresh lemon juice
4-6 tbs warm water
Salt, pepper to taste

Heat the broth and pour it on the couscous, stir it and let it rest for a few minutes. Depending on what kind of brand you use, it might take a little more or less liquid. You can prepare the vegetables until the couscous is resting. You can stir it occasionally or just fluff it up before serving.

For the dressing put everything in a blender or you can just stir it yourself. Adjust the water to get the thickness you like.

Stir together the couscous, veggies and dressing. Sprinkle it with a little salt and pepper and lemon juice. Enjoy!

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The other dish is Coconut couscous fruit bowl. The same goes for this recipe too, you can change the fruit to whatever you like! I really like this dish for breakfast, or lunch too with a smoothie. Some of my other favorite combos for sweet couscous is with almond milk, cardamom, fresh blueberries and nuts or with some cocoa powder, coconut milk and strawberries, but again, just have fun with it!
Coconut couscous fruit bowl
1 cup of couscous
2 cups of coconut milk (or milk of your choice)
1 tbs of coconut flakes
1/2 tbs of cinnamon
1 tbs of maple syrup (or sweetener of your choice)
2 tangerines
2 tbs of raisins
I also used some dried fruits (mango, banana) and fruit jam to finish the dish off, but it’s up to you

Warm the milk, coconut flakes, cinnamon and maple syrup in a pan, but don’t bring it to boil. Pour over the couscous and stir it thoroughly. Let it rest for a few minutes, stir it occasionally.
Add the fresh and dried fruits to the couscous. Enjoy!

Essential Oils : GP by Denell Wehrly

GP is Guest Post !

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Recently, I requested Denell to contribute a suitable post for my new blog. Not only did she happily oblige – she also made sure that the topic was something we could learn from.

Denell is the person behind Angelz Messages and my ‘go to’ person whenever I feel the need for such guidance. She is an intuitive Angel and Energy Healer who strives to bring the messages from spirit to all who need them.She is certified with Doreen Virtue as a Realm Reader, Angel Card Reader and a Fairyologist. She is also certified with Kristin Marie Rodriguez as an Intuitive Counselor, Reiki Master and Crystal Healer.Additionally, she also holds certificates in Angel Blessings I and II and as an Ordained Minister.

Everyone new to Essential Oils is bound to ask why Essential Oils and not what I have been using my entire life? Why should I spend so much money on what seems a little quantity when what I have works? These are great questions and I asked myself the same thing when I began looking into Essential Oils!

For me, the journey began because my entire life my body has been super sensitive to all chemicals and medications. I have to be extremely careful of what I put on it and into it to avoid life threatening complications. I have endured anaphylactic shock several times as well as severe eczema, psoriasis and more during my 35 years.

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Even people without these types of sensitivities and allergies should consider switching to Essential Oils for their health. Sadly, today all of our medications from pharmacies and regular doctors are altered chemically to induce the desired effects they want us to have…the more side effects, the more medicine we need, and I was shocked to learn this.

I immediately began working with Naturopathic doctors and I will never go back – these doctors are amazing and do everything they can to ensure you get the care you need with what mother nature has provided us with from essential oils to natural supplements — some will even recommend crystal healing, meditations, etc… and it all works! And I feel like myself without complicated medications dragging me down.

The wonderful benefits of Essential Oils is the amazing benefits you get just not for what you are treating or healing, but also all of the additional bonus healing effects. For instance, you may treat your depression with Citrus Bliss or Wild Orange but along the way you will also get protection against environmental and seasonal threats, an enhanced immune system, more energy, clarity of mind and a detoxifying agent just to name a few, there are many more benefits!

So what exactly are Essential Oils? I personally use all Doterra products because they are 100% pure, natural therapeutic grade essential oils and many of them can be ingested — most brands you cannot ingest, only use topically. Essential Oil compounds are carefully extracted from plants and they do not contain any artificial ingredients, harmful chemicals, fillers or anything that would dilute their healing. They are also free of all contaminants, pesticides or any kind of chemical residue. Depending on the oil you are looking at the oil could have been extracted from any of the compounds of the plant: seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers or any other part of the plant. For more information on this DoTerra has a wonderful video on Youtube about it.

Beginning to use Essential Oils is intuitively simplified, and extremely easy. First of all, ask yourself what you want to heal or use the oils for and then find out which oils are the best for that particular issue. Most of the time, if you don’t have a particular oil on hand either Lavender or Peppermint will help you until you can get the correct oil to speed up the process. These two are go-to oils for all of us and are used a lot!

A few years ago I threw everything in my medicine cabinet except bandages, first aid supplies, etc… everything was outdated anyways…another great benefit about the essential oils….they do not expire for 10+ years. Now I have a shelf or two of essential oils, natural supplements and first aid supplies.

I quit getting the flu shot 5 years ago and while using oils for immune support I have never gotten sick during the winter! Now, I am no doctor so I am not telling you to quit getting your flu shot but this is what is best for me and has worked for me. 2 years ago my sister came home to visit from the Navy and picked up a super bug flu in the airport and brought it home to share with my parents — I have never seen them so sick and they needed a lot of care. I was worried I might catch this and have nobody to care for me so I started taking double doses of my oils — this flu spread throughout my family quickly and everyone eventually came down with it except me.

I recently put together a family physician first aid kit for my car for when I travel. Now it’s not recommended to keep oils in your car all of the time because extreme cold or extreme heat can affect the oils ….rather I always have a few in my purse…whatever I am using at the time daily.

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I use Essential Oils everyday not only in my personal life for health of body, mind and soul but also in my professional life as an Angel and Energy Healer! Essential oils are wonderful to add to crystal grids, many are used to clear energy and in energy healing sessions. Certain oils will balance your chakras, help you focus more, allow you to meditate easier. Diffusing essential oils after a hard or difficult day is one of the best treats in the world and will allow you to relax and calm down and enjoy the rest of your afternoon and/or evening.

Lastly, if you have any questions about Doterra’s essential oils I invite you to email me. I am happy to answer them. I can also give recommendations for oils to use for specific ailments or issues as long as you realize I am not a doctor and I am using the resources I have gathered in my learning.

For more details also please do check out my websites if you are interested in more information! Doterra and Angelz Messages. My email is angelz.messages@gmail.com