DIY Deodorant Labels

deodorant labels

Yesterday I whipped up another batch of my natural deodorant. When I was putting the labels on the jars I thought some of you may want to have access to these deodorant labels too. Your DIY products deserve to have a cute label, don’t ya think?I  hope you’ve had a chance to try this deodorant, if not, you need to give it a whirl. It is really easy to make. You won’t regret it. Everyone I know who has tried it, loves it.

You can get the instructions and recipe here.

I create labels for all the stuff I make. It is so irritating to make something, put it in a bottle or jar and not remember what the heck it is for. Have any of you done that before? Although you probably won’t forget what this lovely gray goop is, it is still fun to have it in a cute labeled jar.

So if you are interested, I have the labels available in my Etsy shop. You can either print your own or order them already printed on durable, waterproof paper.

There are several sticker sizes available

Whether you are using a recycled face cream lotion jar, a hair product jar, or a cute little travel tin, I have you covered.

 

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small jar top

deodorant label

large jar top

side jar label

Some jars work better to have a label on the side.

deodorant label

travel tin label

This is the perfect little size for traveling. You don’t have to lug the whole jar with you.

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variety set

If you are like me, most likely you’ll have a variety of recycled jars available when you make up your deodorant.

The printable PDF set comes with all of them so you can print out what you need, when you need them.

deodorant label

All of the labels include the ingredients except for the travel tin.

For all the youmakeitsimple followers, I am giving you a coupon code to get a 20% off discount in my shop.

Just type the code:

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If you haven’t switched to a natural deodorant, I hope you consider it for your health. When you do, this recipe really is the best thing I have tried. Enjoy!

 

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Berries, Ginger & Sage – Refreshing Non-Alcoholic Beverage

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You gotta love summer baby! How does a nice refreshing drink sound? Well here is a recipe that will quench your thirst for sure. The combination of berries, ginger & sage together, is going to rock your world.

How did this berries, ginger & sage recipe come about?

A few years ago I was making up a batch of water kefir and used a recipe to flavor it and further ferment it. Water kefir is a fermented probiotic drink, that has a ton of nutritional properties to it. The recipe included mixed berries and sage. Wow, I loved the stuff. The flavor was mild and intriguing with a hint of sage. I had never tasted anything like it.

Who would have thought of putting “sage” in a beverage? I am a big fan of sage and have grown it in my garden for years. The smell of sage is one of my favorites, next to rosemary. I never really used it much, sometimes for tea or adding to a meat dish, but now………I have found the perfect use!

So back to the recipe. A few months ago I taught an herb class at  my home and wanted to serve a delicious beverage that included an herb. I have a recipe for lavender punch, but wanted something different. Bam, I remembered the flavored water kefir I had made with the sage. That would have been great to serve, but it takes several days to ferment, and I didn’t have the time.

I had an idea. Water kefir, when processed, has a fizziness to it like soda pop. So the thought came to add the syrup to some ginger ale. That is what I did, and it worked out fabulous. It worked in a pinch, but I don’t like to consume high fructose corn syrup.

 

What’s so bad about High fructose corn syrup?

This form of sugar is one thing I avoid at all costs if I can. One of my favorite mentors,Robyn Openshaw (Green Smoothie Girl), explains why high fructose corn syrup is so bad.

Corn Syrup: Nearly all corn is genetically modified, but that’s not even the most important reason to avoid corn syrup. It’s highly-refined concentrated fructose that inflames and ages your cells, erodes your gut lining, and is highly acid-forming. It easily overwhelms the liver’s ability to get rid of it, so it gets stored as fat. That’s why high-fructose corn syrup is linked to metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, candida, diabetes, heart disease, and food addictions. Not only do I academically know too much about its detrimental effect on health, but it sends my lifelong anxiety, completely under control on whole foods, into instantaneous orbit. Please don’t ever eat it.

This stuff is in a lot of processed foods, so pay attention. Something to think about ey?

 

Tweaking the recipe

I knew there would be a way to still get the goodness of the berry drink without the soda. So I spent some time tweaking the recipe until I came up with something wonderful. Adding fresh ginger gives it the zing of ginger ale.

I am going to share with you several versions, and let you choose which way you want to make it.

  • Using sugar and water
  • Mixing with Ginger Ale
  • Making flavored water kefir

Now for the recipes.

Berry Ginger & Sage Drink Ingredients

Using Water & Sugar

  • 4 cups fresh or frozen berries.
  • 1 cup of water
  • 5 Tablespoons dried sage or 2/3 cup packed fresh sage leaves
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup sugar to your liking, or 1/2 tsp Stevia (I prefer regular sugar)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and sliced thin

Mixing With Ginger Ale 

This isn’t the end of the world if you choose to use soda pop. It does taste really good and is quick if you are in a pinch for time.

  • Same as above except DO NOT ADD ANY SUGAR or GINGER!

The sweetness and ginger flavor will come from the ginger ale.

How to make flavored water kefir

For those of you who make your own water kefir or want to flavor already made kefir, you can use this method.

  • Prepare the syrup using the sugar method. DO NOT STRAIN!
  • Let the syrup cool completely.
  • Add syrup to 8 cups already prepared water kefir.
  • Pour the liquid (including berry pulp) into sealable bottles.
  • Seal the bottles and leave them at room temperature, the fizzier the soda will get, so be careful to not leave the bottles for too long or else they will fizz over when opened.
  • Before drinking, strain out the berry pulp with a fine strainer.

For more information on kefir making, this is a good resource.

You can use either fresh or frozen berries. Since my strawberries have already come and gone and my raspberry patch this year is a total mess, these frozen berries from Costco work great.

Add berries, ginger & sage, and all other ingredients to the sauce pan

Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes.

Using a fine mesh strainer, strain cooked mixture. Let it sit for a few minutes to make sure you are getting all the liquid out.

You will end up with approximately 1 cup of syrup.

Add the syrup to 6-8 cups of water depending how strong you want it. Start with 6 cups, and if you think you could stand it a little weaker, add more water. I prefer it to be a little on the weak side, using 8 cups of water. The flavor will intensify a bit after cooling a bit.

Mix well and chill before serving.

Berries, Ginger & Sage – Refreshing Non-Alcoholic Beverage

berries ginger sage

A yummy, refreshing beverage. Berries, ginger, and a hint of sage make this drink delicious and satisfying.

  • Prep Time10 min
  • Cook Time8 min
  • Total Time18 min
  • Yield7 servings
  • Meta LabelLabel Value

INGREDIENTS

    • 4 cups fresh or frozen berries.
    • 1 cup of water
    • 5 Tablespoons dried sage or 2/3 cup packed fresh sage leaves
    • 1/2 – 3/4 cup sugar to your liking, or 1/2 tsp Stevia (I prefer regular sugar)
    • 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and sliced thin

MIXING WITH GINGER ALE

    • Same as above except DO NOT ADD ANY SUGAR or GINGER!

WATER KEFIR INSTRUCTIONS

1

For those of you who make your own water kefir or want to flavor already made kefir, you can use this method.

  • Prepare the syrup using the sugar method. DO NOT STRAIN!
  • Let the syrup cool completely.
  • Add syrup to 8 cups already prepared water kefir.
  • Pour the liquid (including berry pulp) into sealable bottles.
  • Seal the bottles and leave them at room temperature, the fizzier the soda will get, so be careful to not leave the bottles for too long or else they will fizz over when opened.
  • Before drinking, strain out the berry pulp with a fine strainer.

BERRIES GINGER SAGE SYRUP

1

You can use either fresh or frozen berries. Since my strawberries have already come and gone and my raspberry patch this year is a total mess, these frozen berries from Costco work great.

 

2

Add all ingredients to sauce pan

3

Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes.

 

4

Using a fine mesh strainer, strain cooked mixture. Let it sit for a few minutes to make sure you are getting all the liquid out.

You will end up with approximately 1 cup of syrup.

Add the syrup to 6-8 cups of water depending how strong you want it. Start with 6 cups, and if you think you could stand it a little weaker, add more water. I prefer it to be a little on the weak side, using 8 cups of water. The flavor will intensify a bit after cooling a bit.

Mix well and chill before serving.

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DIY Cone Thread Holder

DIY cone thread holder

Using cone thread on your home sewing machine can save you lots of money! Here is a quick DIY tutorial on how to make your own thread holder for cone thread. A regular spool of thread usually holds around 300 yards of thread where cone thread holds around 3000 yards. There is just one problem. Unless you have a cone thread stand, the thread will not feed evenly into your machine and will bounce around and cause all kinds of tension problems while sewing. NO PROBLEM!

Why not MAKE YOUR OWN with items I am sure you have kicking around your house. (Cone thread stands that you buy at the store or on line cost around $13-15).

All you need:

  • paper clip
  • some tape
  • cd holder, mug or small bowl
cone holder

Simply bend the paper clip to look like this and tape it to the back of your machine.

Place the cone thread on the cd spindle and thread it through the paper clip and into your machine.  Tad-ah!

cone holder

You can also use a simple mug or small bowl to put the thread in.

cone holder

If you ever use a double needle, having an extra cone thread holder really comes in handy.  (The stand you see on the right is a cone thread holder I purchased at the store).

cone holder

My sister called one day to tell me about an add she found on KSL. Some guy was selling a garage full of industrial cone thread that he had for his business, and for a good price. We got in our cars, drove and hour, and met at this guys house. There we were, three sisters, who love to sew, rummaging through a garage full of cone thread.  He had every color of the rainbow. Most of them brand new.  We were there in the heat of the summer, just a sweating, trying to decide what colors and how much to buy? I think I was there 2 hours and had to leave to teach a yoga class. My sisters stayed another hour longer than I did. I don’t think I should ever have to buy thread again!

Cone thread may seem pricey up front, but in the long run you are going to save a ton of money. Start with the basic colors, and by all means, when it comes on sale, or you see a great deal, stock up. LOL.

If you don’t have a stand for cone thread on your machine, see how easy it is to make your own.

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How to Maintain a Clean, Orderly Home – the perfect cleaning system to keep you from going insane

cleaning system
Now the days are longer, are you ready to do a little SPRING  (summer) CLEANING? I sure am. Before you put on your rubber gloves and cleaning aprons, stop and think about how you handle all the tasks that need to be done around your house. Do you have a cleaning system? Or do you randomly dive into a job here and there only to find yourself going in circles?
 
Do you have a tendency to get all gung ho and attack too many projects at once, leaving you feeling OVERWHELMED and FRUSTRATED? I used to, until I created a cleaning system for myself and my family that allows us to get things done a little at a time.
 
I have purchased and tried other lists and cleaning systems, but none of them really fit my lifestyle and didn’t quite jive with the tasks that I needed done at MY house. The pre-formatted lists would never get completed and  I would find myself feeling like a failure, overwhelmed again by all the things that were not getting done.
 

This Keeping House Cleaning System that I have put together really works because you can adapt it and customize it to the needs of your home and those who are helping out around the house. What I love is that EVERYONE in the family knows exactly what, when and how to do their chores, because you will have created a custom chart just for them.

cleaning system
If you are the only one keeping house, you will have a plan. You won’t find yourself wandering around all morning wondering what you should do or where to begin. If you stick to it, you will get things done. And when things get done, you feel fabulous because you have completed something!
 

The challenge will be, to NOT do more than is on the list. Seem crazy? This is what usually happens. You get all excited about cleaning, then you have a little time to do a little more and then a little more.

Before you know it, you’re burned out for the day and you don’t want to do anymore the next day. Sound familiar?

The key is to do a little at a time, at a steady pace and you will find magic happen in your home.

If you stick to your list, you will find yourself having MORE TIME to do the things you really want to.

Setting up the cleaning system will take a little time at the first, but will be well worth your time in the long run!

Here is the cleaning system process

Analyze each room and determine exactly what tasks need to be done and how often.
Make a schedule. Decide which days would be the best to accomplish these tasks.
Split up the tasks with others in the family and create personal chore charts.
Create a tickler file for the bigger, not-so-frequent tasks.

6 different editable PDF files are included in the cleaning house system. The forms will help you set up your system so you can create chore charts for each member of the family. 

Family dynamics and schedules will change. No worries.  Saving your files will allow you to tweak and make adjustments. That’s the beauty of the editable PDF files!

My daughter just moved out, therefore I had to rearrange and distribute her tasks, which was easy because of the alterable forms I had saved.

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The printable pdf forms allow you to type in whatever information you want, customized to your needs.
cleaning system
Create a cute tickler file for the bigger, not so frequent tasks
cleaning system
Adding one or two of these cards at a time to your schedule will keep you on top of the BIG jobs.
cleaning system

After you complete the task, write the date on the back.

(If your kids are doing the task, it helps to put their initial). This will show accountability!

When the task is complete, put that task card in the back of that file section. As a result, this will help rotate tasks and help you eventually work through tall the tasks.

cleaning system

Keep some empty cards handy in your cleaning apron to jot down those jobs you don’t have cards for yet. I love my keeping house aprons! If you sew, the pattern is available here.

Where do you get the Keeping House Cleaning system?

You can purchase the printable files here.

Happy Cleaning and remember………cleaning is a JOY!

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Natural Bathroom Cleaner That Works – How to Make Your Own

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natural bathroom cleaner

Are you looking for a natural bathroom cleaner that really works? Are you tired of wasting your money on products that just don’t cut it when it comes to cleaning naturally? I used to, until I started making my own non-toxic bathroom cleaners. It took me a while to try out and tweak many recipes, but I found a keeper and that is what I have used for the past 15 years or so.

natural bathroom cleaner
This recipe is for a creamy tub & toilet scrub that is easy to make and chemical free. I make a big batch of this up to save time. It makes approximately 12 cups of scrub. (about 6 – 16 oz jars).
 
This cleaner is great to clean your shower tile, toilets, sinks, and faucets. You are going to love it!
 
Are you ready to make up a batch?
natural bathroom cleaner

Items needed to make natural bathroom cleaner

  • Large inexpensive mixing bowl (the baking soda can etch plastic bowls, so I buy a big plastic bowl at the dollar store that I use just for this).
  • whisk
  • funnel
  • storage jars with squirt lid ( You can also use empty dish soap jars).
  • large measuring bowl or pitcher
  • teaspoon
  • measuring cup
natural bathroom cleaner

Ingredients Needed

  •  8 cups baking soda or 4 – 16 oz. Boxes
  •  8 TB/ 1/2 cup concentrated dish soap or 1/2 cup regular
    dish soap (half that amount if you have soft water)
  •  8 TB Vinegar diluted in 7-8 cups distilled water
  •  2 teaspoons Tea Tree Oil  (Other essential oils to use: Clove, Lemon, Geranium,
    Rosemary, Wild Orange)

Let’s talk dishwashing soap for a minute. You are going to find a big spectrum of what is “natural” and “non-toxic”. If you are questioning what kind of soap to use in your cleaners, you can go to the EWG’s website and see their ratings. The kind of soap you choose is all about how clean you want to go. I personally find Mrs. Meyers’s soap ok for my needs, I don’t use it all the time. It does a great job and smells yummy. It rates a “c” for mostly environmental threats. Now on the other end of the spectrum is pure Castile soup that rates an “a”.

How to make the Natural Bathroom Cleaner

In a large mixing bowl, add the baking soda, dish soap, and essential oils

Using a whisk, mix well to get all the lumps out

Using another bowl or picture, add vinegar and 7-8 cups of distilled water to dilute

(If you pour the vinegar directly into the baking soda without diluting, you will have a big bubbly mess).

natural bathroom cleaner

Slowly pour the liquid into the baking soda.

Mix well, working out the lumps.

natural bathroom cleaner

Using a funnel, pour the mixture into squirt bottles, mixing frequently between pourings.

This will be a little messy.  No worries. Make sure to mix between bottles, as it settles quickly.

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Take to the sink to rinse and then dry the bottles.

natural bathroom cleaner filled bottles

BAM, there you have it.

You’re set for several months*

natural bathroom cleaner squirt bottles

How to store your Natural bathroom cleaner

Once you make up a batch of cleaner, you need to put it in something. It makes up about 12 cups. I like to use these plastic cylinder jars with a squirt lid. You can buy them here at a very reasonable price. You can also use empty dishwashing soap jars.
natural bathroom cleaner

Label Jars

I recommend labeling the jars. You may think you will remember what is in the bottle, but if you are like me, you will forget. You can simply use masking tape and a marker, design and print your own labels, or buy them already designed.
 
I have designed a set of labels for all of my natural cleaning labels that you may be interested in.
What I love about these things is that the recipes for these cleaners are printed right on the labels. No more searching for the instructions when it comes time to whip up another batch.
 
You can buy the PDF and print out your own.
OR
Buy the labels already printed on quality vinyl weatherproof stickers
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If you store the jar on its side, it will make the shaking process much easier.

***** Make sure the lids are on tight! If they are not, the liquid will leak out.  Add a little water when the bottle empties, to use up the sediment on the bottom of the jar.

natural bathroom cleaner shake

You will need to shake the bottle vigorously before each use, as it will settle.

(There are no emulsifying agents added).I turn it upside down and pound the bottom of the jar.

I have been using CLOVE essential oil along with the Melaleuca (Tea Tree) oil in my cleaning products lately and love it!
I just made a batch of Tub Scrub up today and used Mrs. Myers new scent Bluebell, 1/2 tea tree oil, and 1/2 clove oil.  It smells fantastic! I am not a big fan of the smell of vinegar, and you can’t even smell the vinegar.
 
The dish soaps that I prefer to use are Mrs. Myers. Why not have your cleaning products smell nice.
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Natural Bathroom Cleaner That Works – How to Make Your Own

natural bathroom cleaner

A great non-toxic bathroom cleaner. Does a great job and easy to make.

  • Prep Time15 min
  • Total Time15 min
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    Ingredients

      •  8 cups baking soda or 4 – 16 oz. Boxes
      •  8 TB/ 1/2 cup concentrated dish soap or 1/2 cup regular
      • dish soap (half that amount if you have soft water)
      •  8 TB Vinegar diluted in 7-8 cups distilled water
      •  2 teaspoons Tea Tree Oil  (Other essential oils to use: Clove, Lemon, Geranium,
      • Rosemary, Wild Orange)
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    INSTUCTIONS

    1

    In a large mixing bowl, add the baking soda, dish soap and essential oils.

    2

    Using another bowl or picture, add vinegar and 7-8 cups of distilled water to dilute (If you pour the vinegar directly into the baking soda without diluting, you will have a big bubbly mess).

    3

    Slowly pour the liquid into the baking soda.

    4

    Mix well, working out the lumps.

    5

    Using a funnel, pour the mixture into squirt bottles, mixing frequently between pouring.

    6

    Wash off bottles and store laying on their sides. 

    7

    Shake vigorously before each use.

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    Other cleaning posts you may be interested in

    Non-Toxic Spring Cleaning

    DIY Yoga Mat Spray

    Non-Toxic All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

    Spring Cleaning in Style

    How to Maintain a Clean Orderly Home without Going Insane

    *If you sign up for my email list, you get the PDF with 13 tried and tested Non-Toxic cleaning recipes and tips.

     
    Have fun mixing up your own cleaners, and remember Cleaning Is A Joy!
     

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    Instant Pot Lentils – Simple, Tasty and Nutritious

    I am just now realizing that I have not shared with you how to make simple, tasty and nutritious lentils in the Instant Pot. Lentils are chuck full of nutrition and a great source of protein, especially if you are choosing to eat a more plant based diet. Instant Pot lentils are the perfect legume to eat in the summer. They are hassle-free to make, especially if you make them in the Instant Pot. You don’t have to pre-soak or babysit them while they are cooking. I love my Instant Pot!

    Lentils have a nutty, earthy flavor that can compliment almost any meal. Put them in salads, spreads, soups, tacos, wraps or just eat them flavored by themselves.

    Lentil heath benefits include:

    1-Lower Cholesterol

    Lentils help to reduce blood cholesterol since it contains high levels of soluble fiber.

    2-Heart Healthy

    Lentils are a great source of folate and magnesium, which are big contributors to heart health. Folate lowers your homocysteine levels, a serious risk factor for heart disease. Magnesium improves blood flow, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.

    3-Stabilizes Blood Sugar

    Lentils are full of fiber. Fiber rich foods slow down digestion and stabilize blood sugar levels. This can be especially helpful for those with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia.

    4- Digestive Health

    Insoluble dietary fiber found in lentils helps prevent constipation and other digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulitis.

    5-Good Source of Protein

    Of all legumes and nuts, lentils contain the third-highest levels of protein. This makes them a wonderful source of protein those choosing to eat a plant based diet.

    Now you know some of the reasons why you may want to start adding this legume to your diet. Let’s get to the how you make them, shall we?

    There are a few different types of lentils. The reason I mention it, is because some of them cook faster than others and you will want to make sure you are going to get the results you are looking for.

    Types of lentils

    Red Lentils: (Actually more orange than red, these lentils are commonly used in soft dishes like soups and curries. This is because they break down quickly and become creamy and mushy when you cook them, making them the perfect thickening agent for stews, soups, and purées.

    Brown and Green Lentils: These are the most common lentils, and the ones you will most likely find in the store.  Brown and green lentils are pretty versatile. You can cook them less to get a more firm texture or longer for a softer texture.

    Black Beluga Lentils: This type of lentil is a little more expensive. The other versions are VERY cheap. They hold their shape well when cooked, so they make a great side dish or a bed on which you can serve your meal. Black beluga lentils have a hearty, full-bodied flavor.

    I am going to share with you how to make a basic pot of Brown & Green lentils.

    Ingredients

    • 2 teaspoons olive oil, coconut oil, or oil of your choice
    • 1/2 small onion, diced (about 1/3 cup)
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 2 cups water, vegetable broth, or chicken broth (Using broth will add more flavor).
    • 1 cup brown or green lentils
    • 1/2 teaspoon  salt
    • Don’t be afraid to experiment. Add other spices, or seasonings. ( A little fresh minced ginger is very good).

    Instant Pot Lentils instructions

    • Rinse lentils with water
    • Select the “SAUTE” button on the Instant Pot.
    • Place the oil in the pan and add onion, stir and cook about 3 minutes.
    • Add the garlic and cook only until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
    • Place the liquid of choice, salt and lentils into the pan and give it a stir.
    • Apply the lid, making sure to flip the valve to “pressure” position.
    • Select the “MANUAL” setting.
    • Adjust time for 15 minutes. (This will give you a soft lentil, if you want it more firm, adjust down to 13-14 minutes)
    • When the beeper sounds, “Natural Release” for about 10 minutes.
    • Remove the lid and enjoy!

    This recipe make approximately 2 1/2 cups cooked lentils.

    After cooking beans and legumes, the Instant Pot may collect fluid in the little catcher on the back of the pot. Check that and empty if needed.

    Storage:

    The cooked lentils can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 2 months. I like to double the batch and freeze for other meals, or to add to soups later in the week.

    Another thing I like to do is freeze 1/2 cup servings to add to my smoothies. This is a great protein alternative instead of using protein powders. Use this nifty 1/2 cup silicone Jumbo ice cube tray to freeze small portions. Pop them out and place them in a zip lock bag for single use. *Just make sure you thaw them before adding to smoothies or it will take forever to blend up. I just put a few in the fridge and use as needed.

    I hope this was helpful and inspires you to try some lentils if you are not already eating them!

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    Instant Pot Lentils – Simple, Tasty and Nutritious

     A flavorful brown or green lentil recipe. Great to eat as a side dish, added to soups, salads, tacos, or wraps. Quick and easy to make using the Instant Pot!

    • Prep Time5 min
    • Cook Time35 min
    • Total Time40 min
    • Yield5 Servings
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    Ingredients

      • 2 teaspoons olive oil (coconut oil, or oil of your choice)
      • 1/2 Small onion diced (about 1/3 cup)
      • 1 Clove garlic minced
      • 2 Cups water, vegetable broth, or chicken broth (Using broth will add more flavor).
      • 1 Cup brown or green lentils
      • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
      • Don’t be afraid to experiment. Add other spices or seasonings. (A little fresh minced ginger is very good).
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    INSTUCTIONS

    1

    Rinse lentils with water

     
    2

    Select the “SAUTE” button on the Instant Pot.

    3

    Place the oil in the pan and add onion, stir and cook about 3 minutes.

    4

    Add the garlic and cook only until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

    5

    Place the liquid of choice, salt and lentils into the pan and give it a stir.

    6

    Apply the lid, making sure to flip the valve to “pressure” position.

    7

    Select the “MANUAL” setting.

    8

    Adjust time for 15 minutes. (This will give you a soft lentil, if you want it more firm, adjust down to 13-14 minutes)

    9

    When the beeper sounds, “Natural Release” for about 10 minutes.

    10

    Remove the lid and enjoy!

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