Immune Vinegar

This is a type of Fire Cider. Use this vinegar as a remedy for cold and flu, taking it by the teaspoon or preferably, mix with olive oil and use as a vinaigrette daily with salad or as a finish for cooked vegetables.

To make 2 cups of herbal vinegar tincture you will need:

  • 3 T minced onion and garlic
  • 3 T grated fresh ginger (or 1 T powder or 3 dropd ess oil)
  • 3 T grated turmeric root (1 T dried powder)
  • 3 T fresh horseradish (or 1 T prepared)
  • 3 T mustard seeds (or 1 tsp powder)
  • 3 T black peppercorns (or 2 drops ess oil)
  • 1 or more whole cayenne chilies (or 1 tsp. dried chili flakes)
  • 1 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup of honey

To make the herbal vinegar, mince the onion and garlic and put in a pint jar. Grate the ginger and horseradish and add them to the jar. Add the mustard seeds, peppercorns and chilies. Stir them all together. Pour vinegar over the mixture to fill the jar. There should be about 1 inch of liquid space above the other ingredients. Cap with a plastic lid (since the vinegar will corrode a metal lid). Let the mixture sit for 2 weeks shaking the bottle daily to mix the herbs and the liquid. After two weeks, strain the mixture using cheesecloth so that you can squeeze the herbs to extract all of the liquid. You’re almost done with your herbal vinegar at this point.

Add the 1/3 cup of honey to help preserve your mixture. Pour into a clean jar and store it away in your cupboard. Use as a preventive during cold and flu season and to ease sore throat. Makes a delicious topping for salads and roasted vegetables.

*To make vinaigrette, combine equal parts vinegar and olive oil and shake well. Use over greens or as a finish over roasted or steamed vegetables.

IMPORTANT: Use a plastic lid OR a piece of plastic wrap under a metal lid when making an herbal vinegar. The vinegar reacts to metal.

*Use the mustard seeds and herbs after straining, to make hot mustard: blend with a little honey and water until smooth.

Golden Pumpkin Spice Honey

This recipe is so nice to have on hand for making quick warm spiced drinks to enjoy in place of your morning cup of coffee or as a relaxing evening cup of comfort.

  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon utmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon clove powder
  • 1/4 cup honey

Mix everything together in a small container and jar.

When ready to use, spoon 1 teaspoon into warm plant milk or hot water, stir and allow the spices to disperse andsteep for 5 minutes Enjoy!

this honey mixture can also be stirred into coffee, hot cocoa or drizzled over plant yogurt or baked apple dessert, or blended into a smoothie.

Turning to Turmeric

Here are a couple recipes to enhance your health using this powerful and delicious spice. Fresh or powdered, Turmeric can boost your immune system and curb inflammation.  There have been over a hundred scientific studies done to determine its powerful potential as an anti-cancer nutrient and has been shown to be superior in its ability to reduce systemic inflammation.  So finding ways to incorporate this spice into your daily routine can serve up some serious medicinal side affects.  Food as medicine is the best way to improve your health. Pairing the turmeric with a little black pepper in recipes will increase its absorption in the body giving you a better outcome.  Some studies indicate that the concentration of insoluble oxalates in turmeric could be troublesome for people with an oxalate sensitivity or who are prone to kidney stones, and should not consume more than 1 Tablespoon of turmeric a day.

Golden Almond Milk

  • 2 cups of plant milk (almond, cashew, hemp, oat)
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • pinch of black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a small pan and whisk until combined. Warm over med-low heat until warmed through. This can also be combined in a blender and blended on high for two minutes until warm. Serve in a mug and enjoy!

Golden Raw Overnight Oats

  • One recipe of Golden Almond Milk
  • 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds or mixture
  • dried fruit of your choice ( cherries, figs, raisins, goji berries)
  • fresh fruit of your choice ( banana, apple, mango, orange, berries)

Place oats and seeds in a mixing bowl or large jar. Pour milk over oats and mix well. Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, take your desired amount of soaked oats and seeds and place in a bowl. Top with your favorite fresh and dried fruits.  Easy and Yummy!

Turmeric Almond Balls

  • 1 cup of almond butter ( can substitute another nut or seed butter)
  • 1 Tablespoon of turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 -1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds or sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts or pumpkin seeds

In a mixing bowl, combine the almonds butter, spices and honey. Mix well. Then add in the remaining ingredients and stir well to mix.  Form into balls.  Dough should hold together when pressed, if too sticky add more oats or seeds. These are great as travel snacks, on the go, in lunches to as an after school /work snack.