Pssst! Do you want to know the real deal trick, the absolute secret to great tasting food? Here it is…(at least one of the big tricks)…I’m spilling the beans right now! Wait for it…Fresh HERBS
, baby! That’s it. Done and done.
“But wait,” you might be thinking “…how do I use them? What do I do with them? Which ones go with my meal or dish? Why even eat them?”
Not only do fresh herbs add interest, complexity and beautiful flavor, they also add a huge nutritional punch. Fresh herbs hold just as much if not more nutritional value than all the different fruits and vegetables in the garden. Many contain high amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. “Ounce per ounce, there is as much nutrition, or more, in raw parsley as there is in lettuce. In fact, parsley has 33 times the amount of vitamin C, 16 times the amount of vitamin K, six times the amount of iron and four times the amount of calcium as lettuce.”*
Some herbs are even used for medicinal purposes. Essential oils from Basil, for example, have anti-infective properties that inhibit different types of bacteria, such as Staphylococcus, Enterococci, Shigella and Pseudomonas**.
Here are a variety of ways to add fresh herbs to your daily meals:
1. Add herbs to your raw vegetable or fruit salads.
2. Sprinkle chopped herbs over steamed or roasted vegetables right before serving.
3. Add herbs to your water, lemonade or tea
! (Think Mint & Lime or Lemon
, Basil & Strawberry or Blackberry, or even Lemon & Thyme) You can add them and leave them in your water, or strain them out.
4. Sprinkle them over soup before serving.
5. Top butter pasta or grain salads with herbs.
6. Mint goes great in a berry smoothie.
7. Make a compound butter.
8. Add herbs to your scrambled eggs or omelets.
9. Cilantro adds pure awesomeness to guacamole.
10. Herbs add zip to any sauce, dip or spread.
This should get you started with some HERBACIOUS ideas, and great tasting meals!