DIY All-Natural Lotion to Cure Dry Feet

Dry feet are no fun! When skin on your feet becomes dry, it often causes itchiness, cracking, and even bleeding. But, never fear, this luxurious lotion will keep your feet soft and supple all winter. The oils and butters in this DIY foot lotion are highly moisturizing and nourishing to the skin. It's designed for the feet, but can be used on dry, cracked elbows and knees.

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer

Dry feet are no fun!

When skin on your feet becomes dry, it often causes itchiness, cracking, and even bleeding.

But, never fear, this luxurious lotion will keep your feet soft and supple all winter.

The oils and butters in this DIY foot lotion are highly moisturizing and nourishing to the skin. It’s designed for the feet, but can be used on dry, cracked elbows and knees.

Nourishing Foot Lotion Recipe

This recipe is adapted from one found in Earthly Bodies, Heavenly Hair

Ingredients

1 tablespoon shea butter
1 tablespoon grated cocoa butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon beeswax pastilles
4 tablespoons avocado oil
30 drops lavender essential oil

Dry feet are no fun! When skin on your feet becomes dry, it often causes itchiness, cracking, and even bleeding. But, never fear, this luxurious lotion will keep your feet soft and supple all winter. The oils and butters in this DIY foot lotion are highly moisturizing and nourishing to the skin. It's designed for the feet, but can be used on dry, cracked elbows and knees.

Method:

Measure ingredients (except for essential oils) into a pint-sized canning jar.

Place jar in heavy pot and fill with water until the water comes up just past the ingredients in the jar.

Dry feet are no fun! When skin on your feet becomes dry, it often causes itchiness, cracking, and even bleeding. But, never fear, this luxurious lotion will keep your feet soft and supple all winter. The oils and butters in this DIY foot lotion are highly moisturizing and nourishing to the skin. It's designed for the feet, but can be used on dry, cracked elbows and knees.

Warm water, but keep below a boil. Continue to warm over low heat until ingredients are melted. You will need to stir occasionally.

Remove from heat. VERY carefully. You will need gloves or a hot pad as the jar will be hot. You will also need to be sure to place the hot jar on a sturdy surface away from children.

Dry feet are no fun! When skin on your feet becomes dry, it often causes itchiness, cracking, and even bleeding. But, never fear, this luxurious lotion will keep your feet soft and supple all winter. The oils and butters in this DIY foot lotion are highly moisturizing and nourishing to the skin. It's designed for the feet, but can be used on dry, cracked elbows and knees.

Stir the ingredients and let cool for a minute or two before adding the essential oil.

I use lavender essential oil because it is relaxing, but feel free to try other oils instead. Or you can reduce the amount of lavender and pair it with another oil, such as frankincense. Be sure to check on the safety and necessary dilution of any oil you plan to use.

Leave lotion to cool. It will harden as it cools.

To use:

Rub a small amount of the lotion into the dry areas of your feet. It’s especially effective when applied at night and let it penetrate your skin until morning.

Makes approximately 3/4 cup of lotion.

What do you do for dry and cracked skin? Do you have a favorite DIY lotion recipe to share?

Dry feet are no fun! When skin on your feet becomes dry, it often causes itchiness, cracking, and even bleeding. But, never fear, this luxurious lotion will keep your feet soft and supple all winter. The oils and butters in this DIY foot lotion are highly moisturizing and nourishing to the skin. It's designed for the feet, but can be used on dry, cracked elbows and knees.

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Gift Guide for Men: Valentine’s Edition

I’m hoping my little gift guide for men will spark some creativity for you…whether you use it for Valentine’s Day or just for your general everyday use!

I’m hoping my little gift guide for men will spark some creativity for you…whether you use it for Valentine’s Day or just for your general everyday use!

By Ann Timm

Perhaps the best gift of love is speaking the language of your loved one. If you follow along over the next couple of weeks, I’ll share with you how my husband and I speak completely different languages but still communicate the love.

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It’s taken time for each of us to learn and understand what the other needs, but it’s been a priority in our marriage to be intentional at love all year long, not just on special occasions like Valentine’s Day!

If you don’t know what your significant other’s love language is or if you’re not sure how to ‘speak’ their language, I would encourage you to read The 5 Love Languages, by Gary Chapman. It might be the best Valentine’s Day gift you could ever give and it will keep on giving year after year.

(And yes, this is the book that inspired us in our Christmas gift-giving adventures in the last few years!)

Keeper of the Home Gift Guide for Men: Valentine’s Edition

For the Guy Who Loves Gifts

Some people actually speak the love language of gifts. I have a son whose love language is gifts and it’s not about the cost. It can even be handmade, but the act of gift-giving, to him, is the ultimate act of love. If this is your man’s love language or if you are just wanting to gift him a Valentine here are some manly gifts to consider.

If you’re not sure what kind of gift, maybe a place to stash his special stuff, like a watch box, would be a good start. You could put one of your own photos in the background, if you were so inclined, and add a little bit of a personal touch to it, too!

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Even though I love Diffusing Mama’s necklaces I was kinda surprised to learn that my brother in-law wears this almost daily. If your hubby is as into oils as you are, here’s a great gift. For love and health! He’s an IT guy so this Power Button is a perfect fit!

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When He Loves to Hear You Say You Love Him

Is he a words of affirmation guy like mine? Sometimes I struggle to find a gift that is both tangible and, well, verbal. One of his favorite gifts to receive is a picture that says something. How about one that reminds him of all those special moments that you have shared doing life together?

Check out this way to say I love you:

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Because Men Like to Smell Nice Too!

Beauty products are a top hit for women on Valentine’s Day (or any day!), so how about giving him the same pleasure? Does he like to smell good or need to get rid of that sweat odor, but is having a hard time finding soaps in the house that aren’t too feminine? Try these:

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Or there are these manly soaps (Mt. Bachelor Pine and Spiced Mahogany are pretty popular with the guys in our house!):

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Beards Can Be Beautiful, ‘Tis True

Help him keep his whiskers tame with Hobo Beard Oil for his hot date. This one is really popular with the guys that sport facial hair. Hobo Beard Oil is lightweight and non-greasy. It keeps the skin under the beard healthy and it keeps the hair of the beard soft so your skin stays healthy when he is kissing you!

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All the Guys Shave, Though, Bearded or Not

Whether he’s bearded or not, this shaving soap will be something he’ll love (and they sell a shaving brush too, which is super useful and oh-so-manly).

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Experience New Foods

Is he hard to buy for? I struggle to find things that fit into my husband’s ‘want’ or ‘need’ list.

Instead of things as gifts, he often prefers experiences. One of his favorite things to experience is food, especially NEW foods! I just gifted him this Try The World box and I know it will be perfect for him. He will eat almost anything. Literally. And he loves to try new foods when we travel.

You can send this box as a one-time gift or give him a subscription to last the year. And you can choose when to have it sent. Try the world together even from home!

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For the Guy Who Loves a Personal Touch

Physical touch is wonderful and necessary in an intimate relationship with your spouse. It’s also a love language. In fact, it’s my first love language.

If your man is this kind of guy, how about a gift of massage oil with a handmade coupon for a massage? Here’s a good oil to try. It’s pure, which means it won’t soak in to your skin too fast and won’t feel greasy, making it perfect for that massage your going to give him! And maybe he’ll reciprocate! ;)

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Melt Massage just came out with these cute free printable coupons to leave around the house and build anticipation in your spouse for a massage.

If you’re planning to surprise your man by speaking the language of love with your hands, check out Melt Massage for an experience that is sure to make him putty in your hands!

Because a Hot Drink Can Be Just the Thing…

My hubby and I drink coffee together every morning. Our own version of Bullet Proof Coffee really gets us moving.

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We also frequently enjoy tea, especially in the evenings when it’s cold outside! We snuggle up under a blanket by the fire or in front of the TV with a warm mug. Gift your tea lover a fun mug like this and maybe spice things up with a new tea to try

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Guys Like Chocolate, Too!

And another hot drink, if he’s not into coffee or tea (or even if he is!), is hot chocolate. How about this chocolate gift set that has enough to cuddle up and share?

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Don’t forget about yourself!

It’s not that often we get out without the kids so when we do I like to make it special. I put on a dress and heels that I hardly ever wear and do something more with my hair than the usual ponytail!

My makeup is usually pretty basic, but those special nights out I add a bit more color and sparkle! Lately I find myself reaching for more of the mineral based brands that are supposed to be healthy and pretty. With so many to choose from I have built a little hodge podge of different brands.

I love this smoky mineral based eye color for a romantic date with my hubby.

This time of the year when my skin is pale from lack of warm sunshine I use a bronzer like this.

I just ordered this gorgeous color ‘beloved’ from RMS beauty. Their polish is formulated without harmful chemicals. It’s 6-free formula is a cruelty-free, vegan, curated selection of your favorite shades.

I’ll be wearing this for my Valentine!

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My hubby thinks I’m gorgeous in my barn gear, it’s true, but when I feel pretty, it changes the atmosphere for both of us. To that end, sometimes a nice lotion or a steamy bath before our date can make all the difference.

This chocolate lotion, perfect for after my milk bath or just during the day, smells delightful and, even better, actually works.

What ideas do you have for your Valentine?

Weekend Links

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them. - Albert Einstein {quote image from @koth - KeeperoftheHome.org}

I couldn’t help myself with the number of links this week – there was just too many good things to share! Since so many of us will be bundled up inside this weekend, that’s the perfect excuse to read more, right?

Links I Loved This Week:

5 Things Your Teen Son Needs From You @ Joy Forney

God Sees What We Cannot @ (in)courage

Pressure Cooker Lemongrass + Coconut Chicken @ Nom Nom Paleo

A Letter to our Children About Anxiety @ the Better Mom

Super-Fun Fruit Salad Cups Kids Can Make Themselves @ Nourishing Joy

Restoration: A Commitment to Postpartum Rest @ Smithspirations

How Our Family of 5 Lives in 800 Square Feet and Loves It @ Red & Honey

Have you missed your life’s calling? Probably not. @ the Art of Simple

Antipasto Kebobs @ Food Renegade

Gracious Care @ Grace Table

5 Things Our Daughters Need to Hear About Their Bodies @ The Humbled Homemaker

DIY All-Purpose Cleaner (No Vinegar!) @ Don’t Waste the Crumbs

How are your goals for 2016 going so far?

Clean Eating Chana Dal Stew with Winter Greens (aka The Most Delicious Frugal Meal You’ve Ever Made)

Looking for a winter dish that pleases everyone, while still being frugal, easy, and nourishing?? This Chana Dal Stew with Winter Greens is all that and more – make sure you make extra of this real food curry dish!By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer

So, it’s winter.

Winter in January, more specifically.

The sparkling lights and joyful buoyancy of the holidays have passed, yet in the Northern Hemisphere, the nights are still long and the temperatures still require extra layers to head outside.

Despite sometimes feeling like the doldrums of the cold season, however, January offers great opportunity for good food. (Don’t believe me? Check out these 31 Delicious Things to Cook in January.)

It’s not celebratory food, such as in December, per se, and it’s not food that centers around the abundance of the harvest like we enjoy in August, but in January, we get to revel in foods that warm the soul, that feature hearty winter crops, and we get to take advantage of all the foods we preserved back in early fall. (Here’s your guide to how to preserve pretty much anything, in case you missed it.)

This simple Indian stew is one of my absolute favorites to make this time of year and it’s one that my kids, my husband, and I gobble down every time I make it.

I even enjoy it so heartily I couldn’t help but include it in this month’s issue of The Tired & Hungry Cook’s Companion! So, so good. :)

But even more than I love the flavor of this curry, I love that it’s a simple vehicle for eating more greens. We often crave greens in winter and this stew is a wonderful way to nosh on kale, Swiss chard, spinach, or any green you love.

By the way, if you – like I – are looking for more ways to get greens during the winter, be sure to read 5 Ways to Eat Kale You (Likely) Haven’t Thought Of Before and 9 Ways to Eat More Leafy Greens in Winter.

But even with the greens aside, this stew is deeply nourishing – and satisfying.

Chickpeas provide excellent digestive support with high amounts of fiber, but even more notably provide high amounts of folate, protein, and trace minerals (including iron, zinc, manganese, and copper). One study even showed that those who eat chickpeas on a regular basis ate fewer snacks and reported higher satisfaction with their diet!

Also, the garlic, ginger, and warming spices provide needed immune support during these months when colds and flus spread more readily.

(Side note: did you know that when you subscribe to updates from Keeper of the Home, you get a free downloadable Cold & Flu Fighter Kit? Super handy!)

And traditionally, chana dal uses split chickpeas, but unless you already have split chickpeas in the cupboard, it’s quicker and easier to use “regular” chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), and using pre-cooked beans makes it easier still.

So, with all of that, it’s time to eat! Enjoy – and hearty noshing to you all!

Chana Dal Indian Curry with Winter Greens
 
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Serves: serves 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6-8 large cloves garlic, grated
  • 3-inch piece ginger root, peeled and grated OR 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1½ cups stewed, diced tomatoes (1 15-oz can)
  • 1½ cups coconut milk (1 15-oz can)
  • 3 cups cooked garbanzo beans (2 15-oz cans), drained
  • 1 large bunch winter greens (curly kale, Tuscan kale, Swiss chard, collard greens, etc), semi-finely chopped
  • Spice Mix:
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala (see how to make homemade garam masala)
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon whole fenugreek seed (optional)
Instructions
  1. Make the spice mix. Include powdered ginger, if using. Set aside. (This step can be done the night before in order to make dinner prep even quicker.)
  2. Chop the onions and set aside. Grate the garlic and ginger and set aside in a separate bowl.
  3. Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium high until bubbling.
  4. Add the onions and sauté until soft, 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté until fragrant, another 30-60 seconds. Add the spice mix and sauté again until fragrant, 30-60 seconds.
  5. Pour in the tomatoes and coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Add in the garbanzo beans and return to a simmer. This may be served immediately or left to simmer for up to 1 hour, stirring frequently.
  6. About 5 minutes before serving, stir in the chopped greens and cook until slightly wilted. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  7. Serve over rice, diced potatoes, or with flatbread.

Looking for a winter dish that pleases everyone, while still being frugal, easy, and nourishing?? This Chana Dal Stew with Winter Greens is all that and more – make sure you make extra of this real food curry dish!

What are some of your favorite hearty meals to serve in January?

Taking Care of Yourself: A Spa for Your Soul

How do we take care of ourselves? Even more importantly—how do we care for the whole person—body and soul—in today’s hectic world? Do you need a spa for your soul? Here's a good read to hopefully point you in the direction of renewal!

By Janie Seltzer, Contributing Writer

Does your soul need a spa in the new year?

For most women, just the thought of an hour long body massage, a cleansing facial, a pedicure, or an exotic citrus body scrub sends us into a state of relaxation and longing. Most of us are stretched and pulled to the limit and our bodies benefit tremendously when we receive some pampering.

The challenge, however, is finding the time and/or the money to do what we need to do to live life at our best. 

So the question is, how do we take care of ourselves?  Even more importantly—how do we care for the whole person—body and soul—in today’s hectic world? The body can be pampered and soothed but if the soul is not at peace the benefits of the hour-long massage soon evaporate.

You have so much to do that taking care of yourself might not be your top priority. How do you take care of the whole person, body AND soul?

Within a stone’s throw of my home is the world-renowned La Costa Resort and Spa. People travel from all over the globe to enjoy the lush grounds abundant with giant palms, colorful flower beds and the quiet simplicity of the whitewashed Spanish architecture accented with red tile roofs and black decorative ironwork. The pleasant sound of water rippling over multiple tiers of a majestic terra cotta fountains decorated with classic blue and white Mexican tiles sets the stage for an incredibly relaxing spa experience.

A few years ago several friends went in together to give me a gift certificate for the La Costa Spa. What a great gift! I had enjoyed the spa once before and relished the opportunity to go again. This time my plan was to spend the whole day benefiting from  all of the amenities available within the enclave of the restful environment.

What I wanted—even more than the whirlpool, the cedar sauna, the steam room, the thundering Roman Falls—was the quiet and tranquility of the ladies lounge. I wanted to read, to think, to pray.   

I arrived on my day and eagerly approached the desk to check in, only to find out that the spa was full due to a business conference crowd.

“Please don’t do this to me,” I said quietly to the lady at the desk.

I am so sorry but I cannot let you go in. There aren’t any lockers available,” she said.

“I don’t need a locker,” I persisted. “Could I please just go in and enjoy reading and writing in a quiet corner?”

“There are no quiet corners,” she replied.

“Please don’t do this to me. Tomorrow is my birthday.”

She paused for a moment then motioned to the girl beside her. “Let her in.”

I reached for my gift certificate and handed it to the lady behind the register.

“No,” she said, shaking her head. “No charge.”

I was astonished and overjoyed as I entered the spa.  The ladies’ lounge was almost empty (go figure!) and I happily settled happily into a comfortable stuffed chair with a perfect view of the fireplace.

While I read and relaxed, I watched women flow in and out of the lounge from nearby rooms pampered with massages, facials, and body scrubs. I watched them sink into cozy, pillow soft sofas around the fireplace, idly thumb through magazines or talk quietly among themselves.

Suddenly I was riveted by the thought that the spa experience is a perfect parallel to the care of the spirit and the Soul—and oh, how much more important!

How do we take care of ourselves? Even more importantly—how do we care for the whole person—body and soul—in today’s hectic world? Do you need a spa for your soul? Here's a good read to hopefully point you in the direction of renewal!

Years ago I learned the secret of the inner spa experience. During a difficult stretch of intense challenges, loss and deep sorrow, I learned to attend to my soul and listen to the Spirit of God as never before. I was comforted, instructed, strengthened, and nourished by the living God. I received more than what I had before.

I found a rich, inner spa of life—a constant source that continues to this day.  In short, I found astonishing life, hidden life.

It is my hope and prayer that you will be inspired to move in deeper, nearer to the heart of God—finding the spa of life that is always available and affordable.

If you go there with the same determination that I did to spend a day at the spa for my birthday—you will never fail to find refreshment, hope and encouragement—and all free for the taking!  

How do you care for your soul? When might you carve time for some “soul care” soon?

How do we take care of ourselves? Even more importantly—how do we care for the whole person—body and soul—in today’s hectic world? Do you need a spa for your soul? Here's a good read to hopefully point you in the direction of renewal!

A note from Ann

Please comment and say ‘hello’ to our friend and newest contributing writer. You may remember her book Spa Treatments for your Body and Soul in our Destress and Refresh giveaway.

Janie Seltzer is a spiritual director with an M.A. in Pastoral Theology. Her passion is helping others to understand how God moves in their soul. Please click here to read her full bio.

At Keeper of the Home, we believe that wellness consists of a healthy mind, body, and soul. Many of you have commented on how much you appreciate the faith aspect of our blog and we are happy to share that Janie will be writing with us regularly!

~Ann

How do we take care of ourselves? Even more importantly—how do we care for the whole person—body and soul—in today’s hectic world? Do you need a spa for your soul? Here's a good read to hopefully point you in the direction of renewal!

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This week’s top deals:

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Staying in Touch with Your Teens…Even When You’re Not a Night Owl

Staying in touch with teens is important to every parent I know…but how do you do it when you are NOT a night owl? Here’s my strategy and a few tips.

Staying in touch with teens is important to every parent I know...but how do you do it when you are NOT a night owl? It isn't easy! Here's my strategy and tips for keeping connected with teens.

By Ann Timm

A morning sunrise is far more appealing to me than late nights watching TV, talking on the phone, or reading a book.

I miss the old days of tucking the kids into bed at night by 9 p.m. and then starting my bedtime routine and being asleep by 10. I would wake up so refreshed and ready for a new day.

Those were the days of bright and cheery good morning kisses from cute little monsters with bed head.

Somehow, over the years, those cute little morning kissing monsters morphed into night owls. No more bright sunshiny mornings; instead they prefer to stay up late and sleep in way past the sunrise. I have struggled to follow them there…by turning into the nighttime monster that snaps and growls while trying to keep my eyes open, just wanting my pillow and all the chatter to stop.

For a while I tried to leave it to my husband to be the night watch. He is more of a night owl and has superhuman powers that don’t require much sleep, unlike me, who needs a full 8 hours to rise bright and cheery with the morning sun. He did great for a while, but now that even our youngest girls are staying up later, I find myself battling my bleary eyes more and more.

I used to tell them, when they would ask if we could talk late at night, that it could wait until morning. After a number of times of trying to re-start the conversation when I was fresh, the moment had passed and they no longer had anything to say.

My selfish desire to be fresh so that I could impart some great wisdom was replaced with a sadness fueled by their feelings of doubt that I really cared about them. I heard, “Mom you never listen!” too many times. I struggled in my prayer with God to understand WHY couldn’t we have these talks during daylight hours…shouldn’t it be at a time when I was fresh and able to really listen and respond brilliantly? My brain is so foggy at night and I just didn’t think I would have the ability to give the responses I thought they needed.

Finally, after too many nights of sending my girls to bed disappointed and feeling like Mom didn’t care, I slowly started to respond by snuggling in and asking what is was they wanted to talk about. Funny thing was, they weren’t really looking for any wisdom or even advice. Most of the time, they don’t require any more than a nod of the head and an ‘mmm-hmm.’ They just wanted and needed Mom to listen and be present.

Now that I’ve been at it a while, it always amazes me how open and raw my teens (and pre-teen) are late at night. Somehow the darkness tenderizes them, opening a window to their hearts that during the day is closed and guarded. We get a glimpse of their struggles and dreams. Our times together at night, though taken a while for me to get used to, have turned into moments of shared giggles and touching moments of heart to hearts.

More and more, I find myself sharing songs or quotes or scripture to help them with fears or girl drama or feelings of inadequacy. Mostly, though, its just the time together and instead of “Mom, you never listen,” I’m hearing a heartfelt, “Thanks Mom.”

If you’re a morning mama and you struggle like I do, I encourage you to let go of the bondage of time and tiredness. Let yourself be tenderized, tired and bleary, just listen. You might be amazed at how much it opens their heart just to know you care even when you think you can’t.

Twenty minutes at night when my eyes are half closed,  my ears are fully open. And our hearts are fully shared.

Staying in touch with teens is important to every parent I know...but how do you do it when you are NOT a night owl? It isn't easy! Here's my strategy and tips for keeping connected with teens.

How do you stay in touch with your teens? What tips and tricks do you have for battling Night Owl tendencies and staying available?

Weekend Links

The time is always right to do what is right. - Martin Luther King, Jr. Quote Image by @koth keeperofthehome.org

Links I loved this week:

How To Choose Contentment Right Where You Are @ Joy Forney

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites @ The Greenbacks Gal

One Long, Overdue Question and a Sky of Possibilities @ Hands Free Mama

Unlock Freedom By Simplifying These 4 Key Areas @ becoming minimalist

The one question I’m asking before making my resolutions @ The Art of Simple

Walnut-Crusted Pork Chops with Baked Apples @ Well Fed

Why The Mom You Are Is Enough @ the Better Mom

I Had A Hard Birth @ Coffee + Crumbs (get the tissues out for this one)

How has your football team fared so far in the playoffs? … or, What football??

Slow Cooker Greek-Style Chicken

Slow cooking is one of the easiest methods for getting a healthy meal on the table in a snap! This Slow Cooker Greek-Style Chicken is easy – just toss in a few ingredients and you have a healthy meal! Grain-free with a dairy-free option. By Kelly Smith, Contributing Writer

Slow cooking is one of the easiest methods for getting a healthy meal on the table in a snap! Simply toss in a few wholesome ingredients, and by dinnertime you’ve got a satisfying supper waiting for you. That’s why slow cooker recipes are among the most popular meals featured in my free weekly whole food meal plans.

Since slow cooker meals are warm and hearty, they’re especially welcomed during cold winter months when we’re all craving savory comfort foods. This full-flavored dish is definitely a wintertime favorite and is inspired by my love for Greek food.

Although technically speaking, this is a pretty Americanized Greek Chicken recipe, the seasoning used is based on traditional blends. The result is a burst of Greek flavor that makes this dish both rich and satisfying. In fact, I recommend doubling (or tripling) the Greek seasoning mix and keeping it on hand for creating other tasty dishes.

Greek Chicken Plated

For example, Greek seasoning makes a flavorful addition to burgers and grilled meats. Simply add it to your favorite meat and fire-up the grill for a quick and delicious dinner! Or add it to creamy homemade Greek-style yogurt to create a spicy dip perfect for enjoying your favorite raw veggies.

I typically serve this over basmati rice for my family, but for those of you who are grain-free like me, it’s wonderful over seasoned cauliflower rice.  And for those on a non-legume grain-free diet, you can omit the white beans and it’s just as delicious!

Greek Chicken CU

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Slow Cooker Greek Style Chicken
 
Ingredients
  • Ingredients
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic, crushed and sliced
  • 3 lbs. bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (approx. 1 lemon)
  • 15 oz. fire-roasted tomatoes, diced
  • ½ cup pitted Kalamata olives, halved
  • 2 cups soaked & cooked white beans (or two 14 oz. cans drained & rinsed)
  • Optional: Lemon slices and crumbled feta cheese for serving
  • Greek Seasoning Mix
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp each of onion powder, garlic powder, parsley, thyme and sea salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ⅛ tsp nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Lightly coat the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker with olive oil or coconut oil.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the Greek Seasoning Mix ingredients. Evenly distribute the seasoning mix among the chicken thighs by sprinkling both sides of each thigh with the seasoning mix.
  3. Place chopped onion and garlic in bottom of slow cooker. Then arrange the seasoned chicken thighs over the onions and drizzle the lemon juice across the top.
  4. Evenly spoon the tomatoes and olives on top of each chicken thigh.
  5. Cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours or on low for 7-8 hours.
  6. During the last 30 minutes of cooking time, carefully remove the chicken thighs (tongs work best) and place on a platter. Stir in the beans, if using – otherwise, skip this step. Then carefully add the chicken back to the crockpot and continue cooking.
  7. When ready to serve, place about a half-cup of rice (or grain-free cauliflower rice) on each plate, if desired. Then place the chicken thighs over the rice with a large ladle or two of the white bean mixture. Garnish with lemon wedges and crumbled feta cheese, if desired. Enjoy!

Slow cooking is one of the easiest methods for getting a healthy meal on the table in a snap! This Slow Cooker Greek-Style Chicken is easy – just toss in a few ingredients and you have a healthy meal! Grain-free with a dairy-free option.