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Delicious Rolled Sugar Cookies!! (Great recipe for the New Year!!)

Are you looking for a recipe to impress your friends and family with this new year? Then try this super simple sugar cookie recipe.

I love to bake and this recipe is one of my favorite things to make because it looks like it was difficult but it is actually super easy. The best part about this recipe is you can roll the cookies in just one or two of your favorite eSutras flavored finishing sugar or you can do a combination of all of them that way everyone can try something different. And who can argue with flavors like Lavendar Sugar or my personal favorite Spicy Rose Sugar! ~Maggie (eSutras Customer Service Dept.) Rolled Sugar Cookies1 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar1 cup Butter or Soy Margarine1 egg or equivalent to 1 egg of egg substitute1 tsp Vanilla Extract1/2 tsp Almond Extract1 tsp Baking Soda1 tsp Cream of tarter1 1/2 White Flour1 Cup eSutras Sesame FlourMix of eSutras Flavored Finishing Sugars
Mix Butter or Margarine and Sugar. Stir in egg. Add extracts, soda, and cream of tarte…

eSutras Holiday Outlet Sale

eSutras Holiday Outlet Sale Find all the Unique Gift & Presents for the gourmand on your list. Buy retail priced products at the maufacturers cost!!!
We will have all of our Teas, Herbs, Supplements, Spices, Sugars & Salts, Chocolates, Spa Proucts and Gift Sets will be available!!!
Come by Dec 17, 20-23 anytime between 10am - 4pm.

3333 N. Elston Ave. Suite C
773-583-4850
Happy Holidays from us here at eSutras Organics!!!

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Who Doesn’t LOVE Black Friday?!?!?

This Friday (BLACK FRIDAY!!!) all items in our Unique Gifts and Fine Presents category will be 30% off!!! Use special Promo Code: BlackFriday. eSutras Unique Gifts and Fine Presents category offers a variety of gift kits, sets and combos. We offer organic herbs & spices, teas, salts, sugars, organic and vegan chocolates, rubs & seasonings, essential oils, aromatherapy & spa items. You are sure to find the perfect gifts for loved ones or treats for yourself!!!  We also have gift wrapping available. So, don’t forget to stop by our website this Friday November 26!!!!
30% Off Coupon Promo Code: BlackFriday Shop online at eSutras Organics today! 

eSutras Organics is introducing a new product line!!!

Heart Light!!

I am happy to introduce our new line of products: Heart Light!!! This family friendly line of products cater sto everyone, the kids, the pets and of course mom and dad!! We have 3 beautifully scent room toners (air freshners), Pet Shampoo, Jasmine body lotion, soap and massage oil, face toners, baby massage oil and fasce masks!!! This line has a variety that im sure you will love.

I absolutely love the Jasmine Skin Quench Lotion. This lotion is rich and nourishing and I have honestly noticed a difference in my parched skin with the fall weather and as the winter is approaching.
We use the room toners here in our own offices and showroom when we need a little buzz of energy!! There are 3 different scents: Invigorating, Citrus and Woodsy. These oils all have personalities of their own and bring out totally different emotions!! We have used nothing but the BEST ingredients to make these toners. The essential oils really bring out the crisp and clean frangrance…

Chai Spiced Cider

This delicious recipe for Chai Spiced Cider is from our very own Sales Manager Kurt King. This cider is very tasty and full of flavor. Its great for chilly days and the fall season period.
Chai Spiced Cider has incredible health benefits and an amazing aroma. Your home will be smelling of this wonderful season, Fall!  If your planning a Halloween party or just feeling a bit frisky!!!, Go ahead and add a pint of dark rum!!




Chai Spiced Cider

Ingredients:

2 tbsp esutras Karmic Blend chai tea
3 cups water 1 tsp esutras Cinnamon bark
5 cups  organic unfiltered apple juice
1 organic orange sliced 1 organic apple (I prefer gala) bite size chunks
2 tsp esutras Spicy Rose Sugar
pinch of esutras Ground Ginger


Instructions:
brew the loose tea with three cups water, cinnamon bark, and three orange slices (leaving the other slices for later use) pour brewed tea into a large pot (disregard the tea, cinnamon bark and orange slices) low heat on stove topwe want to see the mixture steaming do …

Perfect Raw Brownies

Perfect Raw Brownies

In a world where bad eating habits are so prominent, it is a wonderful feeling to see people enjoying a treat like "Perfect Raw Brownies".



2 cups GroundChopped pecans
2 cups dates
1/2 cup eSutras cocoa
3 good tsp eSutras agave

Icing
2 tbsp eSutras coconut oil
2 tbsp very ripe avocado
2 tbsp eSutras agave1 tsp eSutras cocoa
*What you will need: Food Processor (If you don’t have chopped pecans)
Wood Spoon or Hand mixer

Begin:
Place ground pecans in a large bowl
Add dates and agave into ground pecans
Next add cocoa
Once you have mixed all these ingredients together

*You can add more agave if you feel your mixture is too dry or if you like it sweet!*
Press mixture into an 8x8 pan and start your icing
Icing:
Add all ingredients and blend very well with your hand-mixer.
A nice creamy light brown color is what we are looking for.
Add icing to the brownies.
Refrigerate for an hour
Then Eat!!
*I garnished with fresh mint and served with berries, but there are no rul…

Do You Need to De-Tox??? Its Fall!!! Our Bodies Change just like the Seasons.

Take our quiz and find out if you need to detox your body, then read about and use our helpful suggestions.


Answer – Yes or No
1. I feel tired and lethargic all the timeYES / NO2. I catch colds easily.YES / NO3. I usually have bad breath.YES / NO4. I tend to get congested, stuffed-up, or post-nasal drip.YES / NO5. I have unpleasant body odors with out deodorant or perfume.YES / NO6. I often have bloating, gas or indigestion after eating.YES / NO7. I usually have dark circles under my eyes.YES / NO8. I have allergies.YES / NO9. I have eczema, acne, or psoriasis.YES / NO10. I often go for more than one day without having a bowel movement.YES / NO11.I am a current or former smoker, or I spend time regularly around smokers.YES / NO12. I usually drink less than three cups of water a dayYES / NO13. I usually eat meat two times or more a day.YES / NO14. I tend to get bloated or puffy.YES / NO15. I usually eat starchy food more than twice a dayYES / NO
SCORES: More than 3 YES answers indic…

Genetically Modified Foods

List of genetically modified foods: It’s virtually impossible to provide a complete list of genetically modified food (GM food) in the United States because there aren’t any laws for genetically modified crops!
Some estimates say as many as 30,000 different products on grocery store shelves are "modified." That's largely because many processed foods contain soy. Half of North America's soy crop is genetically engineered!
Rapeseed - Resistance to certain pesticides and improved rapeseed cultivars to be free of erucic acid and glucosinolates. Gluconsinolates, which were found in rapeseed meal leftover from pressing, are toxic and had prevented the use of the meal in animal feed. In Canada, where "double-zero" rapeseed was developed, the crop was renamed "canola" (Canadian oil) to differentiate it from non-edible rapeseed.
Honey - Honey can be produced from GM crops. Some Canadian honey comes from bees collecting nectar from GM canola pl…

Spicy Curried Waldorf

This delicious Spicy Curried Waldorf recipe was submitted by eSutras very own graphic designer Sarah M. This recipe is said to be a great conversation starter!!

Ingredients
1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
3 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon eSutras South Indian Curry Powder
1/8 teaspoon eSutras Curry Chili Salt
pinch of eSutras Orange Peel Granules
2 Tart-Sweet Red Apples, Diced
1 cup Chopped Celery
1 cup Halved Seedless Grapes
1/3 cup Chopped Walnuts, Toasted

Preparation
1. For the dressing, whisk yogurt, mayonnaise, South Indian Curry Powder, Curry Chili Salt in a medium bowl. Sprinkle a pinch of orange peel granules and add to the dressing.
2. Combine apples, celery, grapes and walnuts; toss with dressing to combine. Lay over a bed of baby greens. Serves 6.

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Easy healing recipes with Pure Essential Oils

"Bring me flowers, floral water or even simple clear water, with devotion and I will be pleased"...God says as per an ancient scripture from India.

"Flowers speak to us when we know how to listen to them- it is a subtle and fragrant language" is an axiom that is part of the ancient culture of the East. This led to the perfection of "distillation" in ancient India- the art of capturing the very essence of the fragile flower to encapsulate the tremendous energy of individual flowers and their fragrances, in an "essential oil" that man could physically reach out and experience God's power.

The beauty of flowers arises from their pure vitality. But they have in them also the seed of a psychic or spiritual presence and it is this presence appearing through the transparency of vegetal life that gives them their inexpressible splendor. It is a glimpse of the Divine manifesting as beauty.

The selection of Essential Oils presented below is …

Chocolate, Chocolate... Read All About It!!!

We thought it would be sweet to explore the zillion ways to utilize chocolate's deliciousness and healthy properties. Why stop with just the health benefits of dark chocolate? The following are pictures and descriptions of our  Chocolate & Cocoa Drink Mixes.

1) The Whole Lot, including Zesty Hot Cocoa, Berry Limone Cool Cocoa, Cool Mint Cocoa;
2) Our Chocolate Morsels, Pure Espresso (Vegan!), Cafe Creme, Espresso Energy (Vegan too!) & Pure Cocoa (wow, Vegan!);

3) Cafe Creme Chocolate Morsels, our eSutras Milk Chocolate with Vanilla flavors; 4) Cafe Creme Chocolate Morsels, Healthy Chocolate Medley (Tangerine Flavor) and Esspresso Energy Morsels. Tempting, we know! You can choose form an array of Chocolate and Cocoa products, ranging form single items, to sets, to combos!!! If you've got the itch for some of these amazing new products, don't forget to shop online at eSutras Organics today! 

Simple remedies to everyday health issues - Optimum Health Cheat Sheet!!

Fruits, nuts, veggies, deep breathing, organic products, no parabens - we all know how beneficial they are to our health. Here is a quick question answer guide that tackles some common conditions giving simple remedies from your kitchen or your garden, for them and explaining why they are good for you. You will find many of them at our store eSutras Organics.

Use these tried and tested alternatives from Mother Nature to live a more healthy life. You will need less medication with this lifestyle than without! Remember these are not meant to take the place of medical advice.

Problem: You're worried you'll start wandering aimlessly through the city.
Prescription: A bag of almond M&M's

Chocolate-covered nuts may prevent or delay the development of Alzheimer's disease. It’s not the chocolate that protects you though; it’s the vitamin E in the almonds. A National Institutes of Health study found that the anti-oxidative properties of vitamin E reduce deterioration…

Sugar, Fat, Salt, Chemistry of your Brain and Weight Loss

Learn how you can lose weight more easily will (see our Colon Cleanser) or without pills. Simple weight gain results (outside other medical conditions) from an imbalance between food intake and daily physical activity. Understanding how your body works on the foods you intake is the first step to losing weight.



The first steps to ensuring weight loss would be to "cleanse" or "detox", your system. "Colon Cleanser Capsules" from eSutras Organics are very effective and easy to use.

Your body works like a bank for the large part. Put in more than you take out and you will have 'gains' - only this time the 'gains' are quite prominently displayed around your belly, hips, thighs and or arms. Ugh! We all know that we would gladly let go of those gains!

And yet, if you are like me, a food aficionado then - you are more likely to be eager to learn how to keep your appetite and your weight - working amicably together.

Primary focus on weigh…

Spicy Zucchini Bread with Nuts

This is my favorite recipe. I got it from my grandma and used the products from esutras. These wonderful spices and herbs make it even better :)
I have used this dish as a conversation starter for many get togethers and parties. Everyone is always raving about this zucchini bread.



Ingredients
3 cups all-purpose flour1/4 cup whole wheat flour1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon baking powder2 teaspoons Garam Masala (eSutras Organics)1 tsp sesame seeds1/4 tsp Clove ground (eSutras Organics)1/4 tsp Fennel ground (eSutras Organics)1/4 tsp Black peppercorns coarse ground (eSutras Organics)1/4 tsp Nutmeg ground (eSutras Organics)3 eggs1 cup vegetable oil  2 1/4 cups white sugar3 teaspoons grated ginger2 cups grated zucchini1 cup chopped walnuts1 tablespoon chopped dry datesDirections:
Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and all dry spices, except black pepper together in a bowl.Beat eggs, o…

Aphrodisiacs, do you know them? Check these Itsy Bitsy Love Bites

The sexual power of food has been enhancing our libidos for centuries. We've all heard that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach and those foods like truffles, oysters and asparagus contain chemicals that arouse us or improve sexual performance.

But what about the less well-known , easy to find aphrodisiacs that have been in use for thousand of years around the world? Can almonds, oats, crushed beetles or chocolate turn us on? Take our quick quiz and find out how to spice up your life - in the kitchen and out...


1)  Which of the following should you eat if you're trying to increase production of sperm, testosterone or vaginal lubrication?
Dairy productsOrangesWhole grainsCoffee 2) Which food contains a chemical very similar to the male sex hormone?
PlumsTrufflesPrawnsAsparagus 3) Why does a mouthful of chocolate make us feel so damned good?
 The sugar triggers the release of serotonin  the body's 'feel-good' chemical and produces endorphins in …

Aromatherapy Healing with Essential Oils

What is Aromatherapy?

A popular alternative medicine therapy, aromatherapy or essential oil therapy or lavender oil therapy is a natural, gentle treatment. Aromatherapy can be used as an adjunct and sometimes as an alternative to the many conventional pharmaceutical medications that people with physical disabilities, including spinal cord injury (SCI) and multiple sclerosis (MS), frequently rely upon. Laurence Johnston, PhD., Pamela Parsons, MS

Aromatherapy Products from eSutras Organics
eSutras Organics, is deeply committed to preserving the heritage of cultures while preserving Mother Earth. Hence we source our aromatherapy products, including essential oils (Lavender oils), plant extracts, dried herbs, powdered plant products and vegetable oils from ethically cultivated organic sources or from ethically harvested wild plant.
We stand by our commitment to supply you not only the best but the most sustainable source of Natural Plant Products for aromatherapy.

eSutras Organi…

Carrot Cumin Soup Recipe

Aisha, I thought I would send you my carrot soup recipe that I used our cumin in!

2 tablespoons of butter
1 cup of chopped white onion
1 pound of carrots peeled and chopped
2 1/2 cups of vegetable broth
1 1/2 teaspoons of eSutras ground cumin seeds
1 tablespoon of eSutras light agave
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup of soymilk
Yougurt and fresh cilantro as garnish


Preparation
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, saute for 2 minutes until tender. mix in carrots. Add broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until carrots are very tender, about 20 min.

Remove soup from heat, slightly cool, and puree with a stick blender until smooth. Whisk in agave, lemon juice, and cumin. Season with salt and pepper.

Ladle soup into bowls. Drizzle fresh low-fat yougurt over and add sprigs of cilantro on top. Serves 4.

I'm going to try to attempt a gazpacho recipe with our cumin seeds this weekend, I'll let you …

Pure organic raw cane sugar is good for health!

Sugar occurs in greatest quantities in sugar cane and sugar beets from which it is separated for commercial use. Sugar from both sources is produced by nature in the same fashion as all green plants produce sugar-as a means of storing the sun's energy. The "simple" sugars, or monosaccharides (such as glucose), store energy which biological cells use and consume.
Sucrose is a larger sugar molecule that breaks down into glucose and fructose in the intestine during metabolism. Glucose is the vital fuel that the brain cells use, it is also fuels energy in the body.
Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medicinal paradigm has held good organic, cane sugar with little or no refining in the highest regard, Sugar is sweet, develops semen, beneficial for the eyes, nourishing and gives strength. It eliminates excessive humors of wind and bile in the body and checks toxicity of cells.
Uses of raw sugar according to Ayurveda:
When sugar is chewed, in its raw state or i…

Do you need to DE-TOX?

Take our quiz and find out if you need to detox your body, then read about and use our helpful suggestions.




Answer – Yes or No1. I feel tired and lethargic all the timeYES / NO2. I catch colds easily.YES / NO3. I usually have bad breath.YES / NO4. I tend to get congested, stuffed-up, or post-nasal drip.YES / NO5. I have unpleasant body odors with out deodorant or perfume.YES / NO6. I often have bloating, gas or indigestion after eating.YES / NO7. I usually have dark circles under my eyes.YES / NO8. I have allergies.YES / NO9. I have eczema, acne, or psoriasis.YES / NO10. I often go for more than one day without having a bowelmovement.YES / NO11.I am a current or former smoker, or I spend time regularly around smokers.YES / NO12. I usually drink less than three cups of water a dayYES / NO13. I usually eat meat two times or more a day.YES / NO14. I tend to get bloated or puffy.YES / NO15. I usually eat starchy food more than twice a dayYES / NO
SCORES: More than 3 YES answers indica…

Luster, Shine & Color

Chemical-based hair products can be damaging and drying for hair. Especially in the summer, when the sun is out and sizzling hot, your hair can really show the wear and tear from years of chemical processing.

eSutras has created some organic, natural, effective and chemical-free herbal hair products that will nourish, condition and improve the strength of your hair, while adding color and depth. They're easy-to-use and can be prepared from the comfort of your own home. There are some definite up-sides to home hair dying with natural herbs and botanicals, like more variety of color range (and the chance for you to play around with mixing colors), better smell (adding essential oils and fragrances make your dyes smell yummy!) and of course, herbs aren't as abrasive on your hair and scalp as chemical dyes.

Dying your hair with eSutras is easy! Chamomile Tea for adding sheen to blond locks. Rosemary for lightening. Cloves and Henna Powder for darkening. Brahmi Hair Oil…

Leslie Loves Veggies Loves eSutras!

Want some free goodies from eSutras? We bet you do!Leslie Loves Veggies - the notable interactive blog that offers awesome daily giveaways of organic, gourmet, trendy, great, yummy, you-name-it products - is offering an eSutras Prize Package giveaway! We're so excited to be a part of Leslie's blog!
Want to know how you can win? Visit the giveaway page for details!

Leslie says, HERE'S HOW TO WIN:
YOU MUST DO THIS FIRST or all other entries will be DELETED! Please visit eSutras Organics shop around then tell me something you learned about eSutras Organics or a product you would LoVe to try! (1 entry)

BONUS ENTRIESSubscribe by Email and Confirm that Subscription (1 entry)Subscribe to Leslie Loves Veggies in a Reader (1 entry)Follow Me on Blogger (1 entry)Like Leslie Loves Veggies on Facebook (2 separate entries)Follow ME on Twitter (1 entry)Follow eSutras on Twitter (1 entry)Leave a Tweet and the direct link to that tweet (1 entry) You can do this DailyLike eSutras on F…

Survivin' the Summer with eSutras

Chill Out

It's hot out there. But don't sweat it. Cool down and chill out with eSutras Herbal Teas. Mix 'em, match 'em, put 'em on ice and serve 'em up!





Picnic Time

Organic spices & culinary oils for dipping, bruschetta for spreading, teas for sipping and chocolates for munching!





Sun Survival


Beat the heat with help from eSutras! Soothing tinctures, healing essential oils and relaxing spa products for your summer survival needs.






April Showers, Summer Flowers


Stop and smell the roses! With eSutras fragrant, fresh-dried botanicals, pure essential oils and custom-blend elixirs, it's easy to bring aromatherapy home. Enjoy the little things.






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Organic, Vegan Amaranth Grits

Wondering what you can do with all those delicious items you bought from eSutras over the weekend at the Green Festival in Chicago? Well, we've done some experimenting with the food kits we made for the occasion and this is one of the results! Our Vegan Amaranth Grits are easy, exotic, taste bud-bending and mouthwatering. They incorporate the essentials of the food kits, and can be made with either the Pan-Asian or New American kit.



 Pan-Asian Epicurean Food Kit by eSutras Organics
Be forewarned: Amaranth can be tricky. The wrong consistency will give you brittle, gritty kernels, but with a little patience and focus, Amaranth can be seriously delicious. Follow our instructions carefully, add adjustments if you think they're necessary, depending on your knowledge of your kitchen equipment and remember that your hard work will pay off! Amaranth is not only savory, but one of the world's more serious super grains, chock full of protein and vitamins.


Toasted Sesame…

Summer Spice Trio

The days are getting longer, it's definitely hotter and we're all feeling a little lazy as summertime strikes. I know when I start to feel that heat-induced ennui that it's time for some fresh food, a new recipe and a refreshing meal. eSutras has made a new Summer Spice Trio - find it here - for just these moods. Exotic and revitalizing spices to complement sunny days, picnics, sandy beaches and summer ennui.
CORIANDER SEED +++ Today I discovered that coriander seed grows into a plant otherwise known as cilantro. Who knew!? Coriander always seemed so Mediterranean or Middle Eastern, so foreign, but cilantro? I grow it in my backyard! That's the great thing about eSutras Organics Coriander Seed: it can be all those things. It's easy to cultivate in a tiny kitchen planter, the leaves are fantastic in tons of dishes and the seeds - when ground and used as a spice - are sweet, unusual and distinct.

CELERY SEED +++ These little buggers are the best for picklin…

We're Really Proud of ....

.. our new eSutras Organics Gourmet Spices line. Just launched today, and with astounding results! We've only got three spices right now, but they're strange, enticing and delicious. Find them - as usual - at the Dill Pickle Co-op in Logan Square, Chicago (3039 W. Fullerton Ave.).

Wondering what you can do with said strange, yet enticing gourmet spices? Here's what we think:

Pomegranate Peel Powder: Pomegranate Peel isn't a flavoring agent, but it is jam-packed with nutrients, which is why we suggest you use it as an herbal supplement. Add just a little bit of eSutras Organics Pomegranate Peel Powder to your morning smoothie, yogurt, cereal or to soups and stews. According to studies in nutrition, science and food science, Pomegranate Peel offers you double the amount of vitamin C and antioxidants than is found in the pulp or juice of the fruit.

Fenugreek Seed: Fenugreek is a traditional Middle Eastern spice, used in traditional pickling processes and curry…

Berberé, Panch Phoran, Quatre-Epices, Vindaloo

Can you guess what all these words have in common? No? Well, we'll just tell you because we're about to burst with excitement . All our new eSutras Organics spice blends are now available at the Dill Pickle Co-op in Logan Square, Chicago!

We've got new packaging, a new look and a bunch of amazing, unusual blends that you'd be hard-pressed to find at other Chicago grocery stores. Here's a little taste of our fantastic new design: 4 oz. of eSutras Cajun Spice seasoning, traditional Bayou Goodness.


Find the Dill Pickle here:
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Wondering what exactly Panch Phoran, Berberé or Vindaloo spice blends are? Check the blog in the next few weeks to find recipes and uses for some of our more exotic varieties.
eSutras Organics Chinese Five-Spice Blend
For now, here's a little bit about eSutras Organics Quatre-Epices Spice Blend:

"Quatre-Epices" literally means "Four-Spice" in French (It's a blend made of four spices, eh? Ours inclu…