Keep it Simple: Cooking with Herbs

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If you know SIMPLE Squares, you know we understand the beauty and healthful function of herbs. Herbs provide unique and delicious flavors to food. And it summer, you can grow this goodness right in your backyard or patio. SIMPLE Hint: a crumbled up SIMPLE Square on top of chicken or fish then broiled creates a wonderful honey glazed topping! Here are some of the health benefits of commonly grown herbs: Cilantro - high in vitamin K which improves bone strength and helps blood clot. Holy Basil - is used to treat high cholesterol, but results are not proven. It is thought to decrease pain and swelling and used to treat upper respiratory infections and asthma. Lavender - helps reduce stress and aid sleep Mint - eases digestive issues, including irritable bowel syndrome Oregano - also fights bacterial infections and fungi Rosemary - antioxidant and anti-inflammatory Thyme - fights inflammation and is an antioxidant Sage - has vitamins A, B and C and can help fight infection and inflammation   Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy our summer herb gardens   Spaghetti Salad 2 lbs very ripe tomatoes (I like on the vine) 2 cloves garlic minced 20 fresh basil leaves shredded TBS chopped fresh oregano 1 TBS chopped Italian parsley 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground black pepper 5 TBS olive oil 1/2 lb diced mozarella 1 lb spaghetti   Coarsely cop tomatoes and mix with garlic, herbs, salt, pepper, oil and cheese. Allow to rest 1 hour. Toss with hot cooked spaghetti. Heat from pasta will soften the cheese.   Easy Guacamole 2 avocados juice from one lime juice from 1/2 lemon s&p to taste handful chopped cilantro   Mash it all together. I like to leave the avocado a little chunky. I keep it like this for the kids, but add some hot sauce (I like the green tabasco or tomatillo salsa) for myself.   Rosemary Chicken 1 lb boned skin on chicken breast 2 handfuls chopped rosebary 1/4 cup olive oil 2 TBS coarse mustard salt and pepper 2 TBS balsamic Mix together and marinate chicken overnight. Grill.   We also use our lavender to make potpourri satchels and add mint to our iced tea. Makes it really feel like summer.   Share your favorite herby creation.