Appetizers

Sweetest Sweet Potatoes

I’ve always been a sweet potato fries kinda gal…but this dish brings a whole new love of sweet potatoes! Is it a side or a dessert?? No one knows for sure. I say add it as a side or appetizer, or dessert to your next gathering. Your friends with enjoy it with delightful curiosity!

Ingredients

2 Large sweet potatoes

4 Small bananas - sliced to about 1/2 inch thick (organic are best for sweeter taste)

2 Tbs butter (use Earth Balance for non-dairy substitute)

1/4 Cup brown sugar

1 Tsp vanilla extract

2 Tbs apple pie spice (equal parts clove, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon…keep a container of this on hand!)

1 Tbs almond butter

3 Large eggs - whites and yolks separated

1/2 Cup granulated sugar

1 Tbs pure maple syrup

Young Living Vitality Essential oils:

1 Drop Clove

1 Drop Orange

1 Drop Nutmeg

1 Drop Ginger

2 Drop Cinnamon

*1/2 Cup candied pecans optional

Directions

  • Bake potatoes in large baking dish at 375 for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Once done, peel, chop and set aside to cool.

  • While potatoes are baking - heat sautee pan over medium. Melt butter and add chopped bananas. Once they are browning on one side, flip over and top with brown sugar. Once they brown on the other side, flip again and add vanilla and apple pie spice mix. Stir, remove from heat and set aside to cool.

  • Once potatoes and bananas are cooled, add bananas and egg yolks to potatoes in large baking dish and stir. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes.

  • While dish is baking, make your meringue! Beat egg whites with hand mixer on high until frothy. Add granulated sugar and continue to beat on high until stiff.

  • Top potato/banana dish with meringue and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until meringue is lightly golden.

  • Add vitality essential oils to maple syrup and drizzle over dish.

  • lightly stir in syrup and serve warm!

  • Sprinkle with candied pecans or nuts of your choice if desired.

Enjoy!


Citrus Mascarpone Spread

Citrus Mascarpone Spread

With Dried Turkish Apricots

1/2 cup mascarpone cheese

1/4 cup diced dried apricots

3-4 drops lemon or orange vitality essential oil

1/4 cup pistachios - toasted and crushed

Directions:

Fold all ingredients together to make a zesty delicious spread. Great on toast, crackers or with fresh fruit.



*when ingesting essential oils, always be certain your oils are pure grade A essential oils that are grown and distilled without any chemicals or additives. For peace of mind, we use Young Living vitality oils in our home. www.myyl.com/sweetestoils

Orange Goat Cheese and Honey Spread

Orange Goat Cheese Spread

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1/4 cup goat cheese

2 tbs hazelnuts - toasted and crushed

1 tsp vanilla bean honey

2-3 drops orange vitality essential oil

Directions:

Fold all ingredients together and enjoy with bread, crackers or poultry!


*when ingesting essential oils, always be certain your oils are pure grade A essential oils that are grown and distilled without any chemicals or additives. For peace of mind, we use Young Living vitality oils in our home. www.myyl.com/sweetestoils

Oils Are Manly Black Bean Dip

Oils Are Manly Black Bean Dip

Alright, when I say black bean dip, that sounds a little basic and typical…but let me tell you!… Chef Ben doesn’t make anything basic or typical…and if you’re wondering what’s with the essential oils…#oilsaremanly

Take your guests to flavor town with this easy to make recipe.

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OILS ARE MANLY BLACK BEAN DIP

15.5 oz black beans – cooked and drained

1 small yellow (Spanish) onion – diced

1 oz extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves garlic – chopped

1 jalapeno – chopped

1 tsp salt

½ tsp cumin

1 lime – squeezed

1 oz water

¼ cup cilantro

¼ cup toasted macadamia nuts (optional)

1 small avocado - diced (optional)

2 drop lime vitality essential oil

2 drop black pepper vitality essential oil

 

Directions:

Heat medium sized stock pot on medium heat. Add oil, garlic, onion and jalapeno. Cook until onions are translucent. Remove from heat to cool.



Blend black beans, salt cumin, water, cilantro, and vitality oils in blender.

Add cooled onion, garlic and jalapeno to blender and blend until smooth.

Pour into bowl! Top with optional diced avocado and macadamia nuts.

 

Enjoy!


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*when ingesting essential oils, always be certain your oils are pure grade A essential oils that are grown and distilled without any chemicals or additives. For peace of mind, we use Young Living vitality oils in our home. www.myyl.com/sweetestoils