When it’s summer, we tend to go for food that is delicious and vibrant. And best of all, our herb gardens are often packed with summer herbs such as basil and coriander.
Healthy eating and weight loss diets DO NOT HAVE TO BE FLAVOURLESS OR BORING!!!
Here are some great ways to add these summer herbs to your diet to boost the taste…
Enjoy some healthy summer eating with herbs and spice up your meals
Herbs are jam-packed with nutrition and have long been used in medicine as a way in dealing with illness.
Basil is a fabulous cold remedy and thought to lower blood pressure. These are two great reasons to include them in your next shop. The third reason is because it’s SO DELICIOUS!
No wonder basil is a main event herb in a lot of Italian and Mediterranean inspired dishes.
Basil pesto pasta is perfect mid-week meal which is quick, easy, cheap and the kids will love to eat it too.
How to make basil pesto
- 1 bunch of basil. Try to use mostly the leaves but do not worry if you get some of the stalks
- 3 tbs of toasted pine nuts. Lightly pan fry them with no oil. It takes only a moment and you need to keep moving the pan to not burn them
- 1 lemon – juiced
- 2 tbs of olive oil
- Salt and pepper to season
Blitz it all in a blender and you have the tastiest pesto going around. This will go quite a way over pasta for 4 so do not fret. Add it to warm cooked pasta and stir through.
You can also jazz this up with some parmesan, chilli or even use half basil, half coriander or even use a different nut base like cashews.
Fresh basil pesto is a healthy and better alternative to some store-bought varieties as they often contain preservatives, emulsifiers (to stop the product from separating) and fillers (which effectively fill the space of actual real ingredients).
Seriously, this pesto will take you one minute. Just remember that it is best stored out of the refrigerator to stop it from going black.
After the festive season we often all feel a bit bloated or complain of indigestion or sluggishness. Coriander is a great herb to combat that feeling.
Coriander is also a super house of anti-oxidants which is beneficial when our immune systems are low from a lot of late, sleepless nights and poor food choices.
As mentioned above, coriander is great in a pesto flavour explosion. It’s also great with seafood and Mexican foods.
Bye-bye waste! This mum has an INGENIOUS way of making herbs last longer
Fed up of your fresh herbs going off in your fridge? Or maybe you find you have to throw out fruit and veggies at the end of each week…
It seems we can all learn a trick or two from this clever mum when it comes to keeping her perishables fresh!
Natasha Behm stores them in the freezer! She cuts up fresh herbs and freezes them so she can easily pop an ice cube and add them to her meals and Healthy Mummy smoothies!