This is a sponsored post and I was compensated. However all opinions about the company and my guide to cooking with fresh herbs are mine. I have learned from my mom, fresh herbs are best when added at the end of a meal.
This is when they will still be fresh and bright when the meal is served. However, I often find myself unsure of which herb goes with which foods. You too? Awesome! Here is a short guide to cooking with fresh herbs:
Bay Leaves – You can add this herb to slow cooker recipes like soups and stews. You can also use them for seafood or cheese based sauces. This will give you an added depth of flavor. Just remember to remove the bay leaves before serving the meal.
Cilantro – This herb comes from the coriander plant and is most commonly found in Mexican foods. I use it in my guacamole, dips, tacos, and salads. You can also add it curried chicken salad.
Dill – This soft and sweet herb is perfect for mayonnaise based meals. These include tuna fish, egg salad, potato salad.
Basil – This is one of the most widely used and recognized herbs. The flavor will remind you a bit of cloves and licorice. I use it to make pesto and also add it to butter.
Parsley – This mildly bitter herb has a slightly grassy flavor. It adds a bright, fresh flavor to many dishes. Curly parsley is used as a garnish, while the flat leaf variety can be added to soups, stews, seafood, steak, and chicken. I add it to my 3 Cheese Turkey Meatball Manicotti Casserole.
Oregano – An Italian favorite, this herb pairs well with tomato based sauces and is commonly sprinkled over pizza as well as stews and kabobs.
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Starting your own herb garden is super simple with the Smart Herb Garden Starter Kit from Click & Grow. Your starter kit, which retails for just $59.95, comes with three basil plants, but you can also order sage, mini tomatoes, strawberries and chili peppers.
Because this is something you can grow inside, you don’t worry about unpredictable weather patterns. With NASA-inspired technology your herb garden will grow faster and be more nutritious. Then you are on your way to cooking with fresh herbs!
With its adjustable lamp, you can allow your herbs to grow strong and tall! Once you have sturdy sprouts ready to be planted, you can grow them in my Fabric Covered Flower Pots or my Star Wars Fabric Flower Pots!
About Click & Grow
Mattias Lepp, the founder of Click & Grow, noticed that busy entrepreneurs, children and parents were super excited and joyful when they tested out the first Smartpot.
The hope is that you will learn a few things about yourself and grow as an individual during your journey of using the Smart Garden from Click & Grow.
See how easy it is to set up your Smart Herb Garden!
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What is your favorite herb and which dish do you use it in most often?
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