Think herbs are just for garnish? Think again!
Herbs are not only a great way to elevate your meals, but they also add extra nutrition to your plate. When making late-summer salads, fall veggies and roasted meats, fresh, healing herbs can instantly up your dinner game. Here are my top picks and recipe recommendations…
3 Healing Herbs for Easy, Everyday Meals
Cilantro looks a lot like parsley but has a brighter, citrus-like flavor profile. It’s often used in salsas, tacos and curries. But the possibilities are limitless. Finely chop cilantro and toss with salad greens, smoothies and marinades to add sophistication (with minimal effort). Better yet, light up the grill and enjoy this Flank Steak with Chimichurri recipe from Epicurious.
As for the health benefits, cilantro contains vitamins K, A and C. It can also protect the skin from free-radical damage and help remove heavy metals from the body.
Sage: With fall on the way, it’s time to add sage to your weekly menu rotation. This herb is amazing with roasted veggies (especially squash), pasta dishes and turkey burgers. Since sage pairs perfectly with pork, you have to try these Pork Chops with Garlic Sage Butter from Paleo Leap…seriously!
While sage adds impeccable earthy notes to your food, it also acts as an antioxidant in the body and reduces inflammation. It’s another source of vitamins K and A, and is said to boost brain health and memory function.
Oregano is popular in Mediterranean cooking. Add it to Greek salads, roasted chicken and slow-cooked lamb. For a vegan meal or side, incorporate freshly chopped leaves with sautéed white beans or pureed white bean soup.
Since oregano is often used medicinally, I suggest this tea recipe from The Spruce for maximum health benefits. Oregano is a powerful antibacterial herb, so enjoy this tea anytime—and especially if you feel a cold coming on!
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