Nothing accents and adds bursts of flavor to your summer BBQs, light brunch appetizers, and comforting winter dinners like some fresh homegrown herbs! Not to mention, all the hard work and patience you've put into growing the herbs will add an extra bit of pride and a sense of satisfaction to your meal! Go ahead and pat yourself on the back, you deserve it!
Whether you're going to use the fresh herbs you've grown from one our culinary herb kits, or dry them and save them for later use, we have some yummy recipes for you to try!
Basil Pesto Parmesan Pizza
A scrumptious meal that's perfect for a light lunch or appetizer!
First things first, you need to make pesto! Of course, you can just buy the pesto, but then what are you going to do with all that fresh basil lying around?
to make the pesto you will need:
1.Add the parmesan, nuts, and garlic in a food processor or blender, and blend for about 30 seconds, or until ground finely.
2.Next, add the basil, salt, and lemon juice. Start the blender, and slowly drizzle in the olive oil. If you want the pesto a bit thinner, you can add in a little bit more oil to your liking. The recipe makes about 1 cup of pesto.
Now let's put the pizza together!
1.Roll out your pizza dough if needed, then place it on a non-stick baking sheet or pizza stone. If you are using a pizza stone, you will want to pre-heat it with the oven first.
2.Using as much of the ingredients as you like, spread the pesto on the dough, sprinkle on the cheese, then place the sliced romas on top. Sprinkle with parmesan, salt, and pepper.
3.Pop your pizza into the oven, and bake for 7-10 minutes, or until the crust and cheese are a light brown.
4.Now for the challenging part.. let it cool until it's cool enough not to burn your mouth!
Cheddar and Thyme Cookies
A delightful snack to companion holidays or special events
You will need:
Let's make those cookies!
Creamy Cilantro-Lime Grilled Chicken Tacos:
These are the perfect meal for.... well...you know tacos are perfect for every meal and occasion! If anyone says otherwise, do you really need that kind of negativity in your life?
You will need for the Cilantro-Lime marinade:
Mix everything, minus the chicken, together in a bowl. Place the chicken in an airtight container or bag, then pour the marinade over it. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes.
For the creamy cilantro-avocado sauce
Combine everything minus the olive oil in a blender/food processor, pulsing until well blended. Put the blender on the lowest setting, and drizzle in the oil until your desired smoothness.
Suggested toppings, all are optional, pick your favorites!
Time to fire up your grill!
1.Remove the chicken from the marinade and pop it on the grill. You will want the internal temperature of the chicken to reach 165F, which takes about 8 minutes on each side.
2.Once it's done cooking, remove from grill and chop into bite-size pieces.
3.Heat your tortillas up on the grill if you desire. Add your chicken, toppings of choice, drizzle the cream sauce over everything, and garnish with fresh lime juice...and more cilantro if desired!
Lemon-Parsley Tabbouleh with Quinoa
A mouth-watering, zesty side-dish or lunch, with a twist on the original tabbouleh!
You will need:
1.Cook quinoa per instructions on package. Once its cooked, allow it to cool until it is barely warm to touch.
2.Stir the tomatoes, parsley, mint, garlic and onions into the warm quinoa.
3.Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, pepper, and salt.
4.Pour over the quinoa mixture, and slowly stir until well combined. Add more salt/pepper to taste, top with feta, and you're ready to eat!
You can serve right away, or let prepare it a day ahead and really let the flavors mix!
Well my stomach is rumbling away! I hope you get to try these recipes and enjoy them!
Happy Herb Cooking!