September 6, 2011

Cooking with orange essential oils

Essential oils are known to be highly beneficial, and they can be applied to many different uses, such as diffusing them or turning them into the best complement for a massage or a hot bath.

Now, have you ever considered using them in an actual cooking recipe? You should definitely have a go at it! Here you can learn how to use orange essential oil to prepare just the perfect sauce to go with your fish: Seared Pineapple Salsa. Yummy, right? Try it out and enjoy!

Just cook some fish the way you always do – I recommend poaching it in the oven in a white wine sauce first.

While you are doing this gather all the ingredients you will need to make this tasty “salsa”:

¼ inch slices of a ripe pineapple
½ cup of diced and seeded red bell pepper
2 teaspoons of purée chipotle chile (you can buy canned chipotle peppers and put them in the food processor together with some cilantro)
1 tablespoon of lime juice (fresh)
½ bunch of minced cilantro (fresh)
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
2 to 3 drops of Orange Essential Oil

Caramelize the pineapple slices by cutting them in half first and then sautéing them in a non stick pan over medium heat (no need to use oil or margarine here). Sauté until golden brown (it should take around 8 minutes).

Cut the pineapples into dices and let them cool. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend them together, and… that’s it! It is a very simple recipe, yet it will enhance the flavor –and the therapeutic benefits- of your food.

This sauce can be served together with chicken, pork or fish (it goes well with mahi-mahi, tuna or swordfish).

The Many Benefits of Orange Essential Oil

This oil is generally used as an uplifter and antidepressant. Citrus essential oils have been found to enhance immunity, reduce stress and depression, and have a soothing effect.

Orange essential oil has many medical properties; it can be used as a relaxant, anti tumoral, anti coagulant and body stimulant. It also combats hypertension, arteriosclerosis, insomnia, cancer, wrinkles and fluid retention.

More information on orange essential oils

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