Herbs are a fresh and flavorful addition to any meal. There are 100’s of herbs all with their own unique taste and aroma. Herbs are amazingly good for our bodies. Many of them provide us with nutrients, aid with digestion and contain ant-bacterial properties. The best part about them is their intense taste, which can transform our food from bland to delectable. Thankfully, there are endless ways to uses herbs and you can even grow them yourself.
Dill: Fresh dill is perfect for flavoring sauces, fish and of course, pickles
Thyme: Use fresh or dried thyme on meat, fish, in soup and stews to add an earthy taste
Tarragon: Add fresh tarragon in dishes with tomatoes and poultry
Rosemary: Use fresh or dried rosemary when cooking meat, poultry or potatoes
Mint: Chop fresh mint and use in fruits salad, sauces and tea
Parsley: Fresh parsley is a tasty garnish and ingredient in pasta, pasta sauces and salads
Cilantro: Freshly chopped cilantro pairs perfectly with tacos and spicy foods
Basil: Fresh basil can be used in any sauce or blended to make homemade pesto (see below)
Tip: Place fresh chopped herbs and olive oil into ice cub trays and freeze. Toss one cube in a saucepan when cooking to add flavor to any recipe!
Grow Your Own Herbs
Herbs are incredibly easy to grow and maintain. Having fresh grown herbs at your fingertips will add nourishing flavor to you and your family’s food
- Choose a container- a small-medium pot with good drainage is all you will need.
- Fill the container with potting mix. Potting mix is a light soil that allows herbs to grow and prevents drainages wholes from getting clogged.
- Using your finger push small seeds into the top of the potting mix. Larger seeds can be placed slightly deeper. Remember- herbs are delicate and won’t be able to push themselves through thick soil.
- Place the pot in a well-lit area. Sun is essential to for the growth of herbs. A window seal is the perfect place for them to flourish.
- Plan to water your herbs whenever the soil becomes dry. Just enough water to keep the soil moist.
Try a delicious homemade, kid-friendly pesto recipe from Honest Cooking. Add pesto to whole grain pasta, grilled cheese sandwiches, pizza and even chicken!
3 cups basil leaves (about 5 sprigs)
¼ cup olive oil
2 medium garlic cloves
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 Tablespoon sunflower seeds
Salt and pepper to taste
Coarsely chop garlic
Remove stems from basil
Place all ingredients in a food processor, and process until very fine
Add oil, salt, and pepper as needed
Serve on bread, pasta, or grated zucchini and summer squash.
Freeze extra in ice cube trays for pre-portioned servings to use later