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Recipe: Garlic Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes

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This time of year my vegetable garden is quickly winding down. Most of my veggies are done producing for the season with the exception of that darn cherry tomato bush. This plant just won’t quit! By the end of the season, I’m pulling my hair out trying to come up with creative ways to eat the over abundance of my harvest. Cherry tomatoes being #1 on my list.

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I found this easy and savory recipe to help me use up all those maters. It uses a handful of ingredients (which are usually found in your pantry) and it takes minutes to make. My favorite way to eat this dish is on a nest of fresh pasta. Yum…it makes my mouth water just thinking about it! Add a glass of red wine and enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 (10 oz) containers cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss together tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Transfer to a baking sheet and spread into an even layer.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until tomatoes are soft and tender (but not mushy).
  4. Eat immediately as a savory meal side or top on your favorite pasta, homemade pizza or grilled chicken!

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Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting >>

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Recipe: Essential Oil Veggie Wash

Essential Oil Veggie Wash

I’ve started introducing essential oils into my daily routine in hopes of not having to use toxic and/or unhealthy products, such as chemical cleaners and beauty products. Cause all of that man-made stuff just can’t be good for you, right? I’ve even substituted some of my common OTC medications with blends of essential oils, like peppermint and copaiba oil for headaches. (Love it and it works so great!)

I want to share with you a quick and easy recipe, essential oil veggie spray. I mix up this all-natural concoction in a glass spray bottle and spray down all my produce and rinse. It’s inexpensive to make, easy to keep on hand and will help protect you from all of those harmful pests and germs that make you sick.

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Ingredients

• 1 glass spray bottle
• 1 cup water
• 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
• 1 tbsp sea salt or baking soda
• 5 drops Young Living Lemon essential oil
(You can also use Citrus FreshLime, Purification or Thieves)

Directions

• Pour sea salt  or baking soda into glass spray bottle
• Add 5 drops of your choice of essential oil
• Add water and distilled white vinegar
• Tightly fasten nozzle onto glass bottle
• Shake
• Spray