Updated: Oct 17
Halloween îs near. A time when all concern for health goes out the window... I am here to tell you it doesn't have to! Here are a couple recipes to combat sugar overload and keep you from getting sick after this holiday. Whether you indulge in the sweets or the the alcoholic drinks around Halloween, it's important to keep in mind the cold and flu season that follows and rolls you right into that Thanksgiving and Christmas frenzy. If you are traveling over the holidays, it's even more important to stay fit and strong through this week of indulgence so you can prevail through new years. If you don't know this already, sugars and sugar imitation sweeteners crashnyour immune system, so you a much more likely to catch a cold the next day. This is why I opt out for stevia, a plant extract that is 300 times sweeter than sugar as it binds to your taste bud receptors without spiking your blood sugar. This is not to be confused with Sweet'n'low, which is a 100% synthetic substance that is also a neurotoxin known as aspartame. Bolster your diet around Samhain time and trick your Halloween party guests into enjoying some spooky immune-boosting treats that will fortify rather than deplete. Note: this post has 2 external affiliate links to products required for the recipe.
3 teaspoons whole cloves
3 star anise
1 gallon apple cider
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup orange juice
Wash the oranges well and stud them with the cloves. to stud oranges, use an ice pick or nutmeg pick to puncture orange peel . make holes to easily slide cloves into the orange peel. Pour the cider into a large pot and warm over low heat. Add the studded oranges, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and cinnamon stick. Add star anise into the recipe, or float them in the brew after cooking for decoration if you don't like the flavor. Let simmer uncovered for 13 minutes.
Add orange juice. Serve warm.
Love and Success Tea
Ginger has been used for centuries to attract abundance and cinnamon enhances its power.
5 cups water
1/3 cup fresh ginger root thinly sliced
3/4 cup sugar or sweetener of your choice (I am partial to stevia - 1/2 teaspoon)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
thinly slice ginger and add to water in large saucepan. Boil for 20 min. Strain to ginger pieces. Add sweetener and cinnamon. Stir until fully dissolved. Serve hot in mugs. Yield -4 servings.
A variation of shepherds pie for Halloween.
1/2 cup mashed potatoes
1/4 cup melted butter
1 medium finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, finely chopped or crushed
1 pound chopped steak
1/2 cup beef gravy
1/4 cup beef bullion
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons fresh parsley
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
sea salt (to taste)
ground pepper (to taste)
Prepare charmed potatoes (next recipe)
add one beaten egg to the potatoes while mashing, set aside in a saucepan, sauté the onion and garlic in 1 tablespoon of butter until light brown. add chopped steak and cook stirring often until done. stir into saucepan gravy, bouillon, bay leaf, parsley and Worcestershire sauce. Add salt and pepper taste. Cook for 20 min stirring occasionally. turn out into a lightly greased 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. Spread the mashed potatoes on top of the mixture. brush with the remaining melted butter. Bake at 400F for 20 min or until potatoes are light brown. Serve hot. Yields 6 servings. Top with fresh herb sprigs or make an herb mandala for that magic appearance.
Centuries ago a complex food ritual involved baking several charms into a dish, this was served to unmarried young men and women. The type of charm that each received foretold what the future holds for them. Coin for wealth, a horseshoe for good luck, a thimble for spinster-hood, a button for batchelordom, a wishbone for hearts desire. In this a version use mashed potatoes.
charms: use a safe metal like this lead and nickel- free collection of charms. Assign meaning to the charms and keep a legend for your guests fortunes when the charms have landed on the plates of their guests and have been revealed. You can assign creative or silly fortunes to each charm and spice up the night with comedy and laughter. ( Click on image for the link to purchase charms)
5 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup melted butter
1/3 cup milk
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
boil the charms to sanitize and if you wish, wrap in wax paper.
Boil potatoes in salted water until tender. Drain, warm milk slowly in saucepan. In a large bowl, mash the potatoes until fluffy and free of clumps, slowly adding butter and milk. Add salt and pepper to taste. Arrange potatoes in serving bowl. Hide the charm somewhere in the potatoes. The person who receives the charm will be white lucky for the next month.
1/4 cup Blueberry Concentrate
1/4 cup Elderberry concentrate
1/2 cup cool water
3 cups boiling water
1/3 teaspoon pure stevia
4 packets of gelatin (unflavored)
Jello Mold (click image for mold link)
Bring to boil water and dissolve the gelatin in cold juice + 1/2 cup water along with sweetener. in a medium mixing bowl . Add the hot water to the cold mixture and stir for 5 minutes while whispering heartfelt wishes into the gelatin mix. Pour into the mold and refrigerate.
If you would like some additional immune boosting assistance, try the Ampcoil session. I am offering free demo sessions to anyone who books a service in the month of October!
"We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Ephiseans 6:12