Using Herbs and Spices in Cooking
Since I have been cooking with more whole foods. I needed to learn more about using herbs and spices. I am trying to eliminate as much sodium as I can so using herbs makes sense. It is a healthier way to flavor our food.
Using fresh herbs is the best. They cost more so growing them in the summer or in pots in the winter makes sense. I always have dried herbs on hand. You need to adjust the amount you use when using fresh vs dry herbs.
I like to experiment when I cook. Sometimes I’ll put this herb or spice in my recipe and the next time I won’t. Depends on my mood that day. It’s fun to experiment with the different flavors. I am also horrible about measuring. I am working on being more exact so I can write down my recipes to share. Someone will ask me how to make something and I can’t remember what I put in it or how much.
I found this information that I think is a good place to start learning about several different basic herbs. It lists many fresh herbs and spices and their uses. Herbs and Spices.
My favorite herb to grow is basil. It’s one I use all the time. Do you have a favorite herb or spice that you use most often?
Here is a Quick Pasta Dish with Fresh Basil
2 cloves garlic
diced onion (optional)
extra virgin olive oil
2 cups diced fresh tomatoes or 1 can of diced tomatoes
salt and pepper
saute garlic and onion in olive oil
cook pasta according to the package
add cooked pasta to the tomatoes
add fresh basil
top with fresh mozzarella or Parmesan
It only takes a few minutes to prepare and it’s so good! 🙂