Cooking up healthy meals can either bring you great satisfaction and relaxation or be one of those tasks that you absolutely loathe. One reason that people get tired of cooking is that it can turn into a routine of making the same old thing, week after week. Is your cooking in a creative rut? Try these three essential oils that are great to cook with, but also inspire creativity and give your food a little pizzazz.
Always remember to read up on any essential oil you decide to use in your food, whether it is in smoothies, pasta dishes, or blended with olive oils. Essential oils are highly concentrated oils that come from a plant’s leaves, nuts, seeds, or fruits. For instance, it takes 75 lemons to make just one bottle of Lemon Essential Oil! A couple drops goes a long way. Be cautious at first so that you don’t overpower your dishes with a taste that you weren’t expecting.
Lemon Essential Oil
One of the most versatile essential oils to cook with is definitely lemon. Most people already add just a drop to their morning ice water to get the liver and kidneys going. It’s also great though to add to olive oil and cook with. Mix four tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil with one to two drops of Lemon Essential Oil. You can also add a pinch of dill or parsley and even crushed garlic to this mixture. It makes for an excellent salad dressing as well as a yummy marinade for chicken and fish.
Thyme Essential Oil
When a recipe calls for fresh thyme, break out your Thyme Essential Oil instead. It is perfect to add to Italian and Mediterranean foods. Thyme is known to support a healthy nervous and digestive system, and it is a powerful antioxidant as well. Add just a couple drops to homemade pasta sauce or to meat marinades.
Nutmeg Essential Oil
Sometimes it is hard to find fresh nutmeg for your baking needs. Substitute Nutmeg Essential Oil for recipes that call for ground nutmeg. Nutmeg goes great in curry dishes, breads, and smoothies. Just use one to two drops of Nutmeg Essential Oil in place of ground nutmeg.