For a big burst of flavor without adding a lot of calories, trying adding some fresh herbs to your favorite dishes.
They are also easy to grow indoors when the weather outside isn’t cooperating, so you can always have a variety of different fresh herbs on hand to spice up your favorite recipes throughout the year.
To create your own indoor mini-herb garden, start by selecting 3 – 5 of your favorite herb plants. Then, arrange your plants or seedlings into a decorative planter and surround with (preferably organic) garden soil, pressing the soil firmly into place. Then, move your container to a nice, sunny spot in your home and water thoroughly.Don’t forget to put a plastic tray under the pots to help protect your floors.
If space is tight, transplant your herbs into smaller, decorative containers that will fit on your kitchen counter or windowsill.For example, the set of three Esschert Design Herb Print Galvanized Steel Flower Pots shown at right offer a beautiful solution when space is at a premium. (You will need to add drainage holes to the bottom of each of these 4″ pots).
No matter how large – or small – your interior living space is, you can always find a way to fit fresh herbs into it. Soon you’ll be enjoying fresh herbs all year round!
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Here are Four of My All-Time Favorite Herbs:
1. Rosemary: Rosemary is native to warm, sunny climates – so be sure your plant gets plenty of sunlight and consistent water. A dry rosemary plant will soon become a dead rosemary plant.
This woody herb is great in savory dishes and pairs well with both chicken and beef. One of my all-time favorite marinades pairs Worcestershire sauce, freshly minced garlic, and crushed rosemary. Use as a marinade for juicy strip steaks and enjoy!
2. Basil: This is one of the most versatile herbs out there. Basil is fantastic when paired with just about any tomato-based pasta dish or homemade pizza. Or, pair it with tomatoes straight from the garden, sliced fresh buffalo mozzarella and fresh-cracked salt and pepper. Drizzle with some balsamic vinegar and good extra virgin olive oil and serve.
Note: This dish is especially beautiful when you alternately stack sliced yellow and red tomatoes with the fresh mozzarella. Sprinkling thin slices of fresh green basil adds even more visual appeal to your presentation.
3. Cilantro: People either seem to love or hate cilantro. I fall into the former category – I just love the way it wakes up fresh salsa or pico de gallo. Pair these Mexican favorites with grilled or broiled white fish for a deliciously healthy meal. For special celebrations, try serving these recipes with frozen watermelon Margaritas on a warm summer night.
4. Thyme: To be honest, my love affair with thyme is mostly based on its stunning good looks, wonderful aroma and easy-going nature. What can I say? I’m kinda shallow that way… 🙂
Super easy to start from seed, thyme is a perennial in my Zone 5 garden here in northern Ohio. Its creeping habit makes it a beautiful (and fragrant!) addition along walkways, as well as in rock gardens and patio containers.
I especially love lemon thyme for its fresh, citrusy scent. Regardless of which variety finds it way into your garden, thyme is a classic choice to pair with chicken or roasted vegetables.
All four of these herbs are now growing happily in my garden, and all but the thyme will be migrated inside before the first frost hits.
Of course, there are many other fresh herbs out there for you to try and enjoy. However, these tried-and-true staples are always great choices to have on hand!