Guacamole – Recipe

We LOVE avocados!!  In the last couple of years we have started eating them daily around here.  They are really great for you too!  A perfect first food for little ones even.  So in addition to just cutting one open to eat with eggs, on a sandwich or adding to a salad, we love to make a quick snack of guacamole.

 

My Mother-in-law has always made the best guacamole!  She makes a huge batch and if you are not early for the party then all that is left is an empty bowl.  It goes so fast!  I always thought that making your own guacamole was complicated and why not just buy it(super silly, I know!)  So my Mother-in-law was sweet to just adjust her recipe for what she thought for our family size of 4!  So now we make it all the time!

 

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A quick time saving tip…I take a whole red onion and chop it.  Then I freeze individual servings in tablespoons. One large onion will give you about 10+ servings.  I can then just quickly pull out my 1 tablespoon serving for a quick batch. It is thawed in minutes with the lime juice, sea salt and all the mashing and mixing.  We love this with even the optional items left out.  Even easier!

 

I wanted to share this SUPER quick and easy recipe,  just in case anyone else was like me…intimidated by even buying an avocado let alone making your own guacamole!

 

Guacamole - Recipe
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4 to 6
 
Ingredients
  • 3-4 ripe avocados
  • 1 T finely chopped organic red onion
  • 2 T chopped jalapeno's (optional - I leave these out for the little ones)
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes (optional)
  • Sea Salt to taste (more makes it better, keep salting and tasting)
  • 1 T lime juice
Instructions
  1. Mix well and serve with chips or cut up veggies!
  2. ENJOY!!

 

Shrimp Fried Rice

This is a really tasty recipe we’ve been making these past few months.  I was trying to think of a way to sneak more eggs into my little guy since he won’t eat them on his own!  I merged a few recipes together to come up with this recipe… it’s a crowd pleaser in our fam. :)  If you don’t like shrimp, you can use something else or leave the meat out all together.

Shrimp Fried Rice

Shrimp Fried Rice
 
Ingredients
  • Olive oil
  • 8-12 ounces cooked shrimp (peeled & deveined), thawed if frozen
  • Salt
  • 1 bunch of scallions (about 8), chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped peeled ginger
  • 1 cup dry rice OR 3 cups cooked cold rice
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 bag frozen peas and carrots (about 2 cups), thawed
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Cook rice according to package directions if starting with dry rice.
  2. Thaw shrimp and frozen veggies.
  3. Chop scallions, garlic, and ginger.
  4. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in skillet. Add scallion whites, garlic, and ginger. Cook, stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  5. Add shrimp and heat through.
  6. Add rice and stir to coat.
  7. Push rice mixture to side of the skillet and add eggs to the other side and cook, stirring and working into rice mixture, 1-2 minutes.
  8. Add veggies and soy sauce. Heat through and serve.
Notes
I buy cooked shrimp because I think they are deveined better! But if you are starting with raw shrimp, cook those first, transfer to a plate, and then proceed with the recipe.

Enjoy!

Young Living Essential Oils – Review

I really want to title this post “How Young Living Essential Oils Have Changed My Life,” but I’m trying to make our post titles consistent for purposes of our Product Reviews page!  :)

YL Oils Changed my Life

I was introduced to Young Living essential oils a little while ago, and I can honestly say they have changed the way I take care of my family.  Rather than feeling anxious at yet another illness or injury, now I just pull out my stash of oils knowing that they work for us!  I don’t have to use chemical-laden over the counter medicines or creams anymore.  I can take care of my family with these amazing oils straight from nature!

 

Young Living oils are therapeutic, or medicinal, grade oils.  These are NOT oils from your local pharmacy or even the health food store.  Young Living has been around over 20 years and oversees the entire process from Seed to Seal, so their quality is second to none.  This process assures that the oils have therapeutic properties, they don’t just smell good.  :)

 

My only regret with these oils is that I didn’t try them sooner.  I could do post after post about all the ways that Young Living oils have helped our family, so instead of taking over our Girls Just Want to Go Green blog, I actually started another new blog all about the oils.  :)

 

As much as I wish I could tell you all the successes we have had with the oils, regulations limit what I can say about them unfortunately.  But these oils have truly changed our lives!!  I would highly encourage you to learn more about them, it is so empowering to be able to care for your family naturally!

 

One Last Thing…

Young Living is a network marketing company, which I know can be a huge turnoff to people… trust me, it hindered me from wanting to even try the oils at the beginning.  The first bottle I just bought, I did not ‘sign up’ or anything like that.  But once I start seeing results from them, the whole network-marketing-thing was a total non-issue for me.  I wanted these oils, and I didn’t care how I had to get them!  :)

 

Canus Goat’s Milk Soap – Review

I wanted to share with you this new bar soap I love for the shower, because it SMELLS SO GOOD!

It is the Canus Goat’s Milk Soap with Orchid Oil.  I LOVE how it smells!

Canus Goat's Milk Soap

It leaves your skin feeling soft and clean and slightly scented with orchid oil.  If there is one thing that I miss from switching over to more natural products, it is usually the scent.  Well this is not lacking here!!

It is too ‘flowery’ for my hubby, so he says.  :)  But I love it!  In the health food store it is pricey ($4.50 or so per bar), but if you buy it from Vitacost.com or LuckyVitamin.com, you can get a 3-pack for $6-$7! (at the time of this post)

Is there a natural bar soap that you love?

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Lotion

I decided to try this Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Lotion because I had tried the shampoo and LOVED the smell.  I was so excited to see they made a lotion in the same scent!  It’s kind of a warm, vanilla-but-not-vanilla scent.  My son told me I smelled like cookies.  But it’s not a sweet scent, just a warm yummy one.  :)

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Body Lotion

It’s made with frankincense and myrrh, which are actually fantastic for your skin.  All the ingredients are things you’d recognize.  The lotion is very creamy and not greasy.  This makes a wonderful body lotion, I love it!  It’s my new go-to lotion.  And the best part??  It was $10 at Target!!  Next time you’re there, see if you can smell it… I’ll bet you’ll love it!!

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