5 Simple Ways To Cook With Fresh Herbs

If you’re like me, bland foods just don’t whet my appetite. So to prevent flavorless cuisine and enrich the flavor of your meal, without added fats or sugars, try cooking with fresh herbs. Here are 5 simple ways to get started!

1. As Garnish

We use flowers to brighten up our tables, why not herbs to decorate our food? This use is perfect for those with home gardens who may lack abundance. Just sprinkle with a few freshly cut leaves to turn your favorite dish into a culinary masterpiece.

2. In Spreads

Herbs don’t have to be used in their whole form. In fact, more flavor comes out the smaller it’s cut up. Therefore, herbs make a perfect addition to spreads and liven up any dish.

3. To Complement a Prominent Ingredient

Turns out, one is the loneliest number, at least when it comes to ingredients in a recipe. Draw out the flavor of a desired ingredient by pairing it with its herb soul mate. Give these flavor combinations some thought:

  • Basil and Cucumber or Tomato
  • Parsley and Potatoes
  • Oregano and Mushrooms or Beef
  • Rosemary and Chicken

4. Dried as Seasonings

Using dried herbs to season foods is a healthy choice because they are calorie free. Healthy food really can taste good if you know what to do with it. Consider mixing dried herbs with a few tablespoons of olive or coconut oil to create a homemade marinade for the following:

  • Meat, fish and poultry
  • Vegetables

5. In Beverages

Herbs don’t only make your food fancy, but can jazz up a drink as well! I’m thinking mint mojitos, basil lemonade, or lavender iced tea. The simplicity of this use for herbs is perfect for those new to the kitchen.

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Carly Sippel is a registered yoga teacher, certified life coach, and nutrition nut. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Dietetics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She turns her passion into practice, promoting healthy bodies in both her personal and professional life.