Genuine Authentic Homemade Chai Tea

I am at it again. I am notorious for finding a food, beverage, or snack that I love, but then I read the ingredients and its all over.  When I want to indulge in something tasty I want it to have real ingredients.
Why does the FDA add natural flavors, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial colors to so many of our foods?… thats for another post, but for now, sip on this authentic Indian chai tea.
This is nothing like the sugary, super spicy, or the ones that don’t even taste like chai. This is the r.e.a.l deal.
This tasty organic//gluten free// authentic chai tea comes from real herbs and spices that will make you slip out of your shoes and snuggle up to a good book and probably finish the whole batch (at least I did) ~Enjoy!
Genuine Authentic Homemade Chai


  • 5 cups of water
  • 2'' inch of sliced ginger
  • 10 cardamom pods smashed
  • 8 whole black peppercorns
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fennel seed
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 slice of an orange
  • 9 earl grey tea bags (I use Paromi coconut almond black tea)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup milk (could substitute another nut milk to make completely dairy free)
  • 1/4 cup organic unrefined brown sugar cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons of honey


  1. Place the cardamom in a mortar and pestle and give it a good smash to break the pods open
  2. Place all the spices into a mesh bag or wrap up in cheese cloth
  3. Bring the water with the mesh bag of spices to a boil// let boil for about 10 min
  4. Add the orange slice, tea bags, sugar, honey and milk to the pot and bring back to a boil, then turn the heat off and let sit for 5 min.
  5. Ladle into a cup, sip slowly and enjoy.


30 minute Indian Thai Curry

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Curries are, in my opinion, the easiest vegetarian friendly one pot meal.  You almost always have left overs and the flavor is totally better the next day!
I took a lil’ different spin on this traditional thai dish by adding an indian flare. I added some chickpeas and substituted quinoa for rice for a protein packed meal.
Chickpeas are high in fiber and are a great protein option for vegetarians.
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Salt and Lemon Scrub For Wooden & Bamboo Cutting Boards

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I headed to my neighborhood butcher one night right before they closed and caught the butcher cleaning his butcher block. I sat and listened to his wisdom about this ancient process of cleaning the nice bamboo and wood cutting boards.  This is super cheap and you most likely have all the ingredients in your home.

The salt gets into any of those chop marks in the wood where bacteria gets trapped, and the lemon and salt both have antibacterial properties. For me, this is now a biweekly ritual. Hope you enjoy!

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Oh and p.s. If you have a plastic cutting board, do your self a favor and trash that and invest in a nice wood or bamboo one this is much better on the wear of your knifes edge. Your knives will thank you!


What you will need:

  • salt
  • lemon
  • mineral oil
  • soap
  • water

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Pho-Tastic Soup: Homemade Veggie Pho Soup Recipe

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This fragrant soup is centered around the broth, the unique spices, like cinnamon, star anise, and coriander make this soup so rich in flavor.   Pho is one of my favorite soups, its simple ingredients are paired so perfectly with the distinct flavor of the broth. Most of the Vietnamese restaurants I have dined at do not have vegetarian broth accompanying their veggie pho. Pho is traditionally made with beef broth and this is the type of broth that is normally in the veggie ones as well, so I decided to master the broth so I could enjoy this soup in my humble abode.  I hope you enjoy!

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