Vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

Enjoy the fall flavors you know and love while getting the nutrients you need! This squash recipe is literally packed with veggies.

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Vegan Thanksgiving sounds like it shouldn’t be a thing. But we’re here to prove that wrong! This Vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe proves that Turkey Day tastes can be made using nothing but plant-based ingredients and still deliver all the fall flavor you love. With sweet, velvety acorn squash, crunchy quinoa, colorful veggies, and essential oils, this simple vegan recipe lets you enjoy the flavors of the season without needing to bust out your stretchy pants.

Vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Vegan Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

Ingredients

Instructions

Roasting the Squash
    1. Preheat oven to 450° F.
    2. Cut off ends of squash and cut in half lengthwise.
    3. Scoop out pulp and seeds.
    4. Brush squash halves with ½ tablespoon olive oil.
    5. Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.
    6. Cover baking sheet with parchment paper.
    7. Place squash sides face down on baking sheet.
    8. Bake for 25–35 minutes.
While Squash is Roasting
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet.
  2. Saute celery, carrots, and onion for 5–7 minutes.
  3. Add mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add Brussels sprouts and cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Combine quinoa, sautéed veggies, and wolfberries.
  6. Combine 1 teaspoon olive oil with Vitality essential oils.
  7. Pour over quinoa/veggie mixture and toss.
  8. Salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Fill each squash halve with mixture.
  10. Bake for 10 minutes.
  11. Let cool slightly; then dig into this festive fall dish!

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Stay well throughout the winter months with these easy tips

Are you prepared for winter? Ready or not, here it comes! With chilly days and unpredictable weather on the way, it’s important to do everything you can to make sure that everyone in your house makes healthy choices to maintain their health.

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Are you prepared for winter? Ready or not, here it comes! With chilly days and unpredictable weather on the way, it’s important to do everything you can to make sure that everyone in your house makes healthy choices to maintain their health.

To keep your family well through the upcoming cold months, we formulated our Holiday Catalog-exclusive Winter Wellness Set. Paired with a few common sense wellness suggestions, these tips will go a long way to help you stay healthy all winter long.

 

 

Wash your hands oftenThieves Waterless Hand Purifier- Young Living

Lather your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds before rinsing.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible throughout the day.

Try Thieves® Foaming Hand Soap to gently and effectively cleanse your hands or use Thieves® Waterless Hand Purifier on the go!

 

Thieves VitalityDrink plenty of liquids

Staying hydrated is important for keeping mucous membranes moist, so they can effectively fight off irritants.

Shoot for 64 ounces per day for effective hydration.

To warm up when it’s cold outside, drink herbal tea with honey and a drop of Thieves® Vitality™.

 

Provide your body with proper nutrients

MSuper Caintain your wellness by eating healthy to get the vitamins and nutrients your body needs.

Seek out fruits and vegetables that are nutrient-packed and seasonal, like squash, hearty greens, and cauliflower.

Help support a healthy immune system by adding a supplement to your daily diet. Get desirable polyphenols, carotenoids, and optimal amounts of vitamin C in a convenient chewable tablet with Super C.

Supplements like ImmuPro™ contain ingredients to help support a healthy immune system and provide the body with antioxidant and nutritional support.*

 

                      Get plenty of sleep

PurificationLack of sleep can cause stress, which weakens the immune system. A well-rested body is better able maintain its wellness, so shoot for 8 hours per night.

Create a calm atmosphere in your room in the evening. Banish electronic devices and diffuse your favorite essential oil to invite peace before bedtime. Thieves®, Lavender, and Purification are all great choices.

If you do happen to get sick, reach for the remedy nature intended! Thieves® Cough Drops are a great way to offer comfort by relieving coughs, soothing sore throats, and cooling nasal passages.

 

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The manly man’s guide to essential oils (manly edition)

Looking to step up your essential oil game? This is the perfect place to start.

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Welcome, gentlemen, this one’s just for you. Ladies, since you’re already here, you can check it out, too. Incorporating essential oils into your life isn’t just easy—it can also put a manly spring in your step. Pretty soon, you’ll be chopping down trees with your bare fists and wrestling bears to a draw, all thanks to these simple tips.

Check out these three categories in your life that can benefit from a few drops of pure awesomeness:

*Essential oils are indeed powerful, but please don’t try punching down trees and wrestling bears. Just use these essential oils as directed to enjoy their awesome scents and benefit from their therapeutic-grade purity.

Exercise

Keeping in shape is one of the pillars upon which manliness is built. No matter if you’re crushing some bench presses, tearing up the fairway, or hiking high enough to high five an eagle, you’ll want to keep these basics in your gym bag to help you get the most from every workout:

 

Treat those aches and pains

Massage Cool Azul™ Pain Relief Cream into your skin after a workout for a cooling sensation that provides relief from minor muscle and joint
aches, arthritis, strains, bruises, and sprains. Backed with our Seed to Seal® promise of purity, this pain cream will have your muscles thanking you for ditching the synthetic ingredients.

 

Take care before and after exerciseDeep Relief Roll-on

Apply Deep Relief™ Roll-On to your neck and chest before working out to inspire you to push harder or apply it as part of a post-activity massage to target areas that need it most.

 

Boost your boring waterOrange Vitality Essential Oil

Reach for Lime Vitality™, Tangerine Vitality™, or Orange Vitality™ instead of sugary sports drinks to stay hydrated! Just
a drop or two in your glass water bottle will keep you coming back for more.

 

Personal Care

Grooming sounds like such a primitive term, making it perfect for manly men like us. Separate yourself from the pack by looking great and smelling like nature itself with these essential oil-infused solutions:

 

Smell good without perfumePatchouli Essential Oil - Young Living

Supposedly, perfume is called “cologne” when it’s for men, but let’s skip the nomenclature and ditch it altogether. Start with Shutran™, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Bergamot, Northern Lights Black Spruce, or Black Pepper to see what works best with your body’s chemistry, then create a combination that’s all yours. Dilute with a smidge of carrier oil and apply a drop or two to your wrists and neck for a masculine scent that lasts all day.

 

Cedarwood - Young Living Essential Oil

Keep that burly beard in check

Give those lovely locks a healthy sheen with some homemade beard oil. Check out our handy beard oil blog post for some blends from the guys who know best—Young Living employees! Bottom line: If your beard is oil-free, it’s just not living up to its potential.

 

 Treat your face to ShutranShutran Shave Cream

If you truly must shave, make sure you’re
at least doing it with the best stuff. Shutran™ Shave Cream is full of hydrating ingredients and pure essential oils that’ll give you a close shave with a great fragrance.

 

Good Eating

You like food. You like flavor. So why haven’t you been super-charging your healthy cooking with the intense flavor of essential oils? Check out these ways to get more essential oils into your diet:

 

Spice up your lifeblack-pepper-vitality-essential-oil-young-living

Perfect for boosting flavor in almost anything you’re cooking, essential oils are like a flavor bomb compared to dried herbs. Add Lemon Vitality™ to fish, Black Pepper Vitality™ to steak sauce and marinades, and Basil Vitality™ to Italian. Get creative—your taste buds will thank you for it.

 

Put some Zyng in your stepNingXia Zyng - Young Living

Add a splash of hydration to your routine by keeping NingXia Zyng™ handy. Or if you’re in a real rush, reach for NingXia Nitro® to keep your athletic performance and cognition at its peak. Both are delicious, convenient as heck, and infused with essential oils.

 

Try a brand-new recipelime-vitality-essential-oil-young-living

Still not sure where to start? This blog is a great resource that’s frequently updated with recipes that incorporate essential oils in innovative and delicious new ways. Check out our Vitality-infused marinades, Vitality-infused chicken enchiladas, and 20-minute game-day recipes to get going!

 

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Homemade Body Butter Recipe

This homemade body butter recipe will leave your skin moisturized and soft, thanks to rich cocoa butter and coconut oil.

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Be kind to your hard-working skin! This homemade body butter recipe will leave your skin moisturized and soft, thanks to rich cocoa butter and coconut oil. We love its whipped consistency that goes on smoothly and feels light to the touch.

 Whipped Body Butter

Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic coconut oil
  • 1 cup organic solid cocoa butter (do not use lotion)
  • 15 drops of your favorite topical/aromatic essential oil (we love Cedarwood, Lavender, and Frankincense essential oils)­

Directions

  1. Warm a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, then add coconut oil and cocoa butter. Melt until completely liquefied, about 4–5 minutes.
  2. Pour into a glass mixing bowl and place in refrigerator for 30–45 minutes to cool and just set but not harden.
  3. Stir in essential oils.
  4. Using an electric hand mixer, whip until firm peaks form, about 10 minutes.
  5. Gently transfer to a seal-able jar or container. Store at room temperature to avoid melting or solidifying.
  6. Massage into dry skin!

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Fall in love with these DIY autumn blends

The scents of fall are amazing because they range from earthy to spicy to sweet. Check out these four new DIY blends to bring the essence of autumn into your home!

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Love fall? So do we! And if you’re like us, you love bringing out all of the things that have been patiently waiting in storage for just this time of year. Things like chunky sweaters, warming drinks, and certain scents that just seem right during autumn.

That’s why we’ve created these four new DIY blends—to celebrate fall!

Autumn AirBergamot Essential Oil

Enjoy the sweetness of autumn with this light and breezy blend. Diffuse these oils together on warm fall days to invite a refreshing atmosphere to your home.

 

Spiced CiderGinger Essential Oil

Nothing says fall like Thieves! Backed up with delicious-smelling Bergamot and Ginger, this blend smells like your favorite hot cider—but with none of the work.

 

Fall RomancePatchouli Essential Oil - Young Living

Romance knows no season, and this playful blend proves it. Diffuse this blend in the background of a candle-lit dinner to help set the mood.

 

Changing LeavesEucalyptus Globulus Essential Oil

Bring Earth’s signature scents inside the easy way! This blend combines the crisp aromas of the great outdoors without actually dragging in branches and leaves.

 

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Orange-Infused Chocolate Pots Recipe

This simple dessert is made with chocolate, coconut milk, and orange, so it’s full of bright, rich flavor that’s perfect for fall and winter.

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Fall and winter are the best time to cozy up, and our Orange Infused Chocolate Pots are the perfect reason to get comfortable inside. This decadent dessert is chic yet simple, so you can impress dinner guests or yourself with its rich, chocolaty flavor. Plus, the bright taste of orange perfectly pairs with the season’s flavors. The best part? You probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry right now! Get cooking and see why this recipe is sure to become a family favorite.

Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Orange Infused Chocolate Pots

Orange Chocolate Pot Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 4 drops Orange Vitality™ essential oil
  • Additional chocolate, shaved (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Place the chopped chocolate in a blender.
  2. Combine eggs, orange juice, and Orange Vitality essential oil in a small dish. Set aside.
  3. In a saucepan, combine the coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut sugar, and salt. Heat over medium-low heat, whisking continually, until the mixture reaches a simmer.
  4. Immediately pour the coconut milk mixture over the chocolate in the blender and blend on high until combined.
  5. As the blender runs, pour the egg mixture through the hole in the top of the blender. Continue blending until creamy and smooth.
  6. Divide the chocolate mixture between four ramekins or small cups and refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.
  7. Serve cold with shaved chocolate on top, if desired.
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What’s your favorite way to use Vitality oils in your fall and winter cooking? Tell us in the comments below!

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

This fall opt for a lighter fare with this Roasted Butternut Squash Soup recipe. Low in fat yet rich in flavor, the only thing hidden in this soup is vitamin-rich vegetables, and lots of them.

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When it starts to get cooler and the days get shorter, nothing warms you up like a comforting bowl of soup. But many soups are packed with hidden fat, sodium, and calories. This fall opt for a lighter fare with this Roasted Butternut Squash Soup recipe. Low in fat yet rich in flavor, the only thing hidden in this soup is vitamin-rich vegetables, and lots of them. Its richness comes from the starches released by the winter squash, carrots, onions, and apples—no heavy cream or butter needed. With a velvety texture and rich, savory-sweet taste, this soup is the perfect thing to keep you full this fall.

 

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 6 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 apples, diced
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 drop Black Pepper Vitality™ essential oil
  • 1 drop Cinnamon Bark Vitality™ essential oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • Additional salt to taste
  • Green onions, chopped (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Toss squash in olive oil and salt and bake on a cookie sheet for 30–35 minutes.
  3. While squash is cooking, heat olive oil in a large sauté pan.
  4. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  5. Add carrots and 3 tablespoons water or vegetable broth to pan.
  6. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  7. Add onion and apples.
  8. Cook 15–20 minutes or until all veggies/fruit are soft.
  9. Add veggies/fruit to the blender and blend until well combined.
  10. Transfer to a large pot.
  11. Stir in vegetable broth and coconut milk, reserving 2 tablespoons of the milk.
  12. Stir in Cinnamon Bark Vitality™, Black Pepper Vitality™, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  13. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  14. Stir thoroughly.
  15. Reheat gently, serve in bowls, and garnish with reserved coconut milk and green onions.
  16. Best paired with a cozy blanket and your favorite book.
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What Vitality essential oils do you like using in your fall recipes? Let us know in the comments!

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13 Essential Oil Hacks

If you’re looking for a few ways to seize more from each moment, check out this essential oils guide full of parent resources.

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Between getting the kids ready for the day, making healthy meals, running to extracurricular activities, and keeping the house clean, it’s a wonder parents have any time left to themselves. If you’re looking for a few ways to seize more from each moment, check out this essential oils guide full of parent resources. These hacks can help you simplify your schedule with essential oils for everything from cleaning to cooking to cooling down after a hectic day.

1. Room RefresherRoom Freshener
Essential oils make freshening your home a breeze—even when the kids are running around. Add 5 drops of your favorite essential oil (we suggest Thieves® or Lemon) to a 2-ounce spray bottle filled with water. Shake thoroughly and spritz over linens, furniture, carpet, or throughout a room as needed!

2. Fresh Feet
Kids aren’t known for their clean feet, so it’s no surprise that their shoes sometimes need a refresh. Clean stinky shoes in a snap with 2 tablespoons baking soda and 5 drops of your favorite essential oil. Mix together and sprinkle inside any shoes that need some extra care. Let sit overnight or longer, then shake out the baking soda.

3. Outdoor Spray
Let the kids play outside with this easy DIY spray that helps you stay annoyance-free. Combine 1½ ounces witch hazel, 2 ounces water, 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin, 15 drops Citronella, 5 drops Cedarwood, 5 drops Eucalyptus Globulus  in a 4-ounce spray bottle. Evenly spray onto exposed skin, rubbing in as needed.

4. Fresh and Clean LaundryYoung Living Malaleuca Alternifolia for Laundry
Keep your family’s clothes looking and smelling their best with the added boost of essential oils. Add 12–15 drops of oil to your washer and eliminate musty scents. You can also ditch the dryer sheets! Instead, infuse wool dryer balls with 3–4 of your favorite essential oils such as Citrus Fresh™, Peppermint, or Lavender. Reapply essential oils every 2–4 loads.

5. Relaxing Foot Massage
Finally done with a long day of work, errands, meals, and after-school activities? Give yourself a moment to relax by using a carrier oil such as our V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex to apply Lavender and Eucalyptus Globulus oil to the bottoms of your feet.

6. Homework Haven
Create the ideal studying environment enhanced with the crisp and uplifting aromas of essential oils. Before homework time, add a few drops of Rosemary, Sage, Peppermint, or Eucalyptus Globulus to a diffuser.

7. Makeup Setting SprayDIY Makeup Setting Spray - Young Living Essential Oils - Geranium, Myrrh, Frankincense, Tea Tree
Being on the go means you don’t have time to do makeup touch-ups. Help your makeup stay put all day with this DIY makeup setting spray enhanced with skin-loving essential oils!

8. Vacuum Cleaner Clean-Up
When you finally have a moment to get to vacuuming, don’t let a musty scent distract from your hard work. Instead, try cleaning with essential oils! Add a few drops of essential oil to a clean vacuum filter and freshen up this household chore.

9. Early Morning Pick-Me-Up
Have to get up early to drive the kids to school or practice? Ditch the coffee—instead go for the invigorating taste of fresh Peppermint. Add 1–2 drops of Peppermint Vitality™ to a cool glass of water and start the day right.

10. Hair DetanglerDIY Hair Detabgler Ideas from Young Living
Don’t waste time struggling through a mess of hair—whether it’s yours or your child’s. Simplify your hair care strategy with this detangler! Combine ½ cup Lavender Conditioner (or other Young Living conditioner), 1⅛ cup warm distilled water, 3 drops Cedarwood, and 3 drops Frankincense. Spritz a couple times into dry or damp hair and comb through to tame any mane. Want more hair care ideas? Check out our blog post devoted to essential oil detanglers!

11. DIY Car Diffuser
Car time can become chaotic, but the power of aromatherapy makes it more enjoyable for everyone. Add a few drops of oil to some tissues and place them on the dash of your car. The warm sun will help disperse the scent while your car sits in the driveway or parking lot. Or try our USB Diffuser or Orb™ Diffuser for more on-the-go options.

DIY EO Infused Dry Shampoo

12. Dry Shampoo
Not enough time to shower in the morning? Dry shampoo is sure to be your beauty BFF. For a naturally derived solution, combine ¼ cup cornstarch, 1 tablespoon baking soda, 2 drops Cedarwood, 2 drops Rosemary, and 1 drop Tea Tree. If you have dark hair, add 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder. Shake a small amount into your hair and massage the powder into your roots. After a few minutes, comb through your hair for soft, refreshed locks. See how easy it is with this video!

13. Simplified Snacks
Even if you want to avoid fast food and processed snacks, it can be hard to find the time to make homemade after-school snacks. Skip elaborate meal planning and cut down on prep time with the fast, fresh flavor of essential oils. We love this Citrus Sunshine Smoothie that’s tasty for the whole family!

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Baked Cinnamon-Walnut Pears [Video]

Simple yet elegant, these Baked Cinnamon-Walnut pears are perfect for your next fall gathering with friends.

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Add a touch of elegance and seasonal charm to dessert tonight with these Baked Cinnamon-Walnut Pears. Every warm bite is brimming with all that is fall: walnuts, cinnamon, honey, and luscious autumn fruit. Bonus—these wholesome ingredients make this a sweet treat you can enjoy without expanding your waistline. They’re so gorgeous; you’d never guess they only need five ingredients and less than ten minutes to prepare. Simple yet elegant, they are the perfect finish for your next fall gathering.

 

Baked Cinnamon-Walnut Pears

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 Pear Halves

Ingredients

  • 2 large ripe pears
  • ¼ cup crushed walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 3 drops Cinnamon Bark Vitality™
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut pears in half, horizontally.
  3. Scoop out core.
  4. Place on baking sheet.
  5. Combine walnuts, honey, and Cinnamon Bark Vitality™ in a bowl.
  6. Stuff each pair half with mixture.
  7. Top with honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  8. Bake 30 minutes.
  9. Let cool slightly, then dig into festive fall treat!
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