Best Culinary Herbs

Best Culinary Herbs

I know it can be a little intimidating to start cooking with different herbs which is why I wanted to share the Best Culinary Herbs. If it's something you are not used to but it can be a great way to add some extra flavour and nutrients into your dishes. Here are some of my favourite fresh and dried herbs:

Basil: contains high levels of vitamin K as well as good levels of vitamin A, manganese and vitamin C. Blend into pesto and other sauces and add to Asian and stir fry dishes.

Mint: a calming herb that supports digestive, oral and brain health. Add to juices, smoothies, water, and desserts. 

Cilantro: people either love or hate this herb but it contains high levels of vitamin K and vitamin A making it a powerful antioxidant. Add it to juices, guacamole, dressings, sauces and more.

Oregano: contains antioxidants and is known to be antimicrobial. Use in salads, dressings, tomato sauces and pasta, and in marinades. 

Rosemary: contains lower levels of nutrients but has been known to contain antioxidants and support decreased inflammation. Infuse with cooking oil, add to cocktails, bake with chicken and fish and roast with veggies. 

Thyme: contains high levels of vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, manganese, calcium, and magnesium. Bake and roast with meat and veggies and add to soups, sauces and marinades.

Dill: contains good levels of vitamin A and vitamin C. Add it to dips and spreads, soups and stews, salmon, roasted carrots and tuna salad.

Chives: contain high levels of fibre, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K. Great in soup, fish, potato and dip recipes. 

Bay leaves: contain a lower level of nutrients but are known to contain antioxidants and be antimicrobial. Use in pot roasts, chicken and soups.

Parsley: Contains high levels of vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, among others. Juice or blend into smoothies, add to pasta dishes, grain bowls, or egg dishes.

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