"Ounce for ounce, herbs and spices have more antioxidants than any other food group."
--Michael Greger, M.D.
One of my favorite ways to begin workshops with kids is to pass around fresh herbs and watch kids’ reactions as they guess what they are. Most workshops involve recipes using fresh herbs such as parsley, cilantro, basil, and oregano. Flavoring foods with herbs is a marvelous gift to learn how to do. Teaching kids how to hold a stem of fresh herbs, gently crush a few leaves between their fingers, and then smell the aroma is something all kids should learn. The experience changes how you cook.
Below is a great recipe that can really expand how you flavor foods. Parsley is the world’s most popular herb. It is an excellent source of vitamins K, C, and A.
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- 2 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1 jalapeno pepper, roasted, peeled and seeds removed (optional)
- 1 cup lightly packed fresh parsley
- 1 cup lightly packed fresh cilantro
- ½ cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- ½ teaspoon salt
Place garlic, jalapeno, parsley, and cilantro in blender. Pulse a few times until roughly chopped. Add oil and vinegar and pulse until well mixed. Scoop sauce out of blender into a bowl, add salt, and blend well. Use as a topping on baked potatoes or toasted baguette slices.
Store in refrigerator for 2 days.
Nancy Heinrich, MPH
Founder and Wellness Architect
Growing Healthy Kids, Inc.