Herbs add flavor to your end-of-summer garden vegetables

Add thyme, rosemary and savory for flavor and good health

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Zucchini sauté combines fresh, colorful garden zucchini with flavorful herbs.

If you’re looking to put a new spin on a favorite recipe, herbs are an easy and healthy way to do it. Three herbs — thyme, rosemary and savory — pair well with lean meats such as chicken or fish, vegetables, soups, stews or casseroles. Use them to make marinades, dry rubs, flavored vinegars and salad dressings.

Thyme, savory and rosemary are part of the mint family. They can be used separately or added all together to a recipe to create a unique blend that’s also healthy. Herbs in the mint family are known for phytochemicals that protect against cancer and provide antioxidant protection. Each of these herbs provides a variety of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, calcium and potassium. Continue reading

Discover the health benefits of fresh herbs

Mint infusion: you'll love the flavors

herbs blogIn our ongoing series about ways to enjoy the flavors of fresh herbs, today we’re featuring mint.

As the temperatures start to climb this summer, you might find yourself reaching for an extra beverage throughout the day. Water is one of the best ways to hydrate but if a burst of mouth-tingling flavor would add to the appeal of water, think about using fresh mint.

Mint used alone or in combination with other herbs, sliced fruits or vegetables can boost your enjoyment of water and reduce your sugar intake. If you’re looking for inspiration, try this mint infusion that can be served hot or cold.

  • Start with a handful of clean, fresh mint leaves, tear them up and place in the bottom of a teapot or French press.
  • Cover the leaves with 2 cups of boiling water and let this steep for 3-7 minutes.

Since mint comes in at least 30 varieties, you could “experi-mint” with flavors such as spearmint, pineapple mint or chocolate mint. The pleasing flavors of orange, ginger or cucumber slices combined with mint create several cool, fresh drink choices. Continue reading