Migraine cure alert!
Fresh mint leaves topped with piping hot water.
Pick one up at an Aroma near you.
Perhaps I shouldn’t be admitting this, but it never occurred to me that I could freeze herbs. I went over to my mom’s for Christmas, and as I was helping her with dinner, I noticed in her freezer a ton of herbs frozen in separate Tupperware containers. When I took out the dill it was still bright green and had the same great taste!
Why didn’t anyone else tell me this sooner?!
I thought to myself, how many times have I purchased herbs, only to throw them out because they went bad in the fridge. Or how many times was I making a dish, and of course, I don’t have the herbs suggested in the recipe. Or most common scenario, I was too lazy to wash, dry and chop the herbs.
This tip will save you time and money.
Follow these simple steps to freeze and preserve your herbs.
Wash your herbs and let dry completely
Chop your herbs
Place a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet and spread your chopped herbs all over. Place the cookie sheet into the freezer for 10 minutes (this will help herbs stay separated and not freeze into one big chunk)
Take out the cookie sheet from the freezer and place your herbs into Tupperware containers or ziplock bags.
I know this next recipe is technically intended for summer, but I still think it’s a favorite all year round. Plus it looks festive enough for the holidays. And let’s be honest, we need to sneak in more fruit around this holiday season.
I adapted this recipe from the LCBO
This Triple Berry Summer Tiramisu is very light and will satisfy your sweet tooth.
We should all be trying to pack more vitamins into our body in order to strengthen our immune system. It is important all year round, but most importantly in the winter months. Perfect way to accomplish that is my drinking lots of smoothies and juices. Preparing a smoothie or juice is also a great way to ensure that we are consuming our recommended servings of greens per day!
This Verde Smoothie will be sure to give you just that. The ingredients all contain essential vitamins, they are as follows:
Parsley– is the world’s most popular herb. Nutritional and many healing properties. Excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin K, and a good source of iron and folate.
Spinach– excellent source of other antioxidant nutrients — including vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and manganese — also it’s a very good source of the antioxidant zinc and a good source of the antioxidant selenium
Mint– mint has a refreshing taste and helps freshen breath. Mint leaves also have many uses and are able to overcome some health problems such as: digestive issue, headaches, oral health and relieves muscle pain
Celery– antioxidant nutrients, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese
Apple– good source of fiber, including the soluble fiber pectin, and it’s also a good source of vitamin C
Spirulina– is a natural “algae” (cyanbacteria) powder that is incredible high in protein and nutrients, high in Chlorophyll, which helps remove toxins from the blood and boost the immune system, Omega 3-,6 and 9s
Ok, now how to create this vibrant green drink is by placing the following in your vitamix blender.
-1/2 a cup of water
-1 granny smith chopped and cored apple
-2 stalks of chopped celery
-1/2 a cup of coarsely chopped parsley
-15 mint leaves
-1 cup of spinach
-1 teaspoon of spirulina
-5 ice cubes
Place all of the above-noted ingredients in the order listed above. Blend on high. Once all blended you can pour the smoothie directly into a glass and enjoy. If you don’t like the foamy texture run the smoothie through a cheese cloth or fine mesh strainer and enjoy the juice!
While in Santa Cruz we stopped to grab a bite to eat at The Picnic Basket where we enjoyed some delicious sandwiches. After devouring the sandwiches we had to try the ice cream they had which was from The Penny Ice Creamery. They make small batches of ice cream from scratch using local and in season ingredients only. I tried their fresh mint dark chocolate ice cream. It was the best ice cream I had ever had. Everyday thereafter I wanted more of it. So when I finally came home I had to somehow replicate the recipe.
Finally, after searching the net, I found a recipe that provided me with a similar taste. I apologize for the out of focused photo, but it was had to put the spoon down.
I adapted this recipe from David Lebovitz blog
Has anyone else tried ice cream made by The Penny Ice Creamery? If so, which was you’re favourite flavour?