- Food and Cooking
Parsley, uh huh, yeah. What is it good for? Absolutely everything!
Eat your greens dear....
"Eat your greens dear," states the adage of old. Food is the circle of life. If you put good food in, good health comes out. I'd like to talk a little bit today about the commonly overlooked green, the smallest of the bunch, yet the most brightly colored, highly fragrant herb, which nearly looks like a tiny tree: Parsley. Parsley is a mediterannean herb which has been around for more than two thousand years. I would assume Jesus must have eaten them as well. Parsley can grace almost any dish and make it look ten times better, which is so important, since any good chef will tell you we eat with our eyes. The most amateur chef or homemaker can drop ones of these sweet little tree looking garnishes, and it will make your mouth water.
Parsley is probably one of the best herbs for you! Let's skip the garnish and make it a side dish? These little herbs are packed full of vitamins that are essential to good health. They are responsible for providing vitamin C, K, B12 and A. So what benefits do we get from this herb?
- Helps the immune system.
- When used as an essential oil can be used to help with hair loss
- Helps relax muscles and joints due to being and anti-inflammatory agent.
- Encourages digestion
- Controls blood pressure.
- As a side note, parsley is not recommened for ppl with kidney and gall bladder problems due to oxalates.
So hooray for parsley! The Miracle Herb! I've provided some recipes and even a fantastic way to use leftover parsley to make your own tea. Enjoy!
- Bring a saucepan of water to a medium high heat
- Bring the water to a boil
- One quarter cup of fresh parsley placed in a mug
- Pour one cup of boiling water over the parsley leaves and steep for 5 minutes
- Remove parsley from mug, then strain the rest and enjoy!
You may also try drying the parsley out yourself, and make your own little bags of tea. So many ways to enjoy this wonderful herb!
Spaghetti with Parsley Olive Oil Sauce - From the Food Network
- 1 pound of spaghetti or any other thin pasta
- 1/2 cup (packed) fresh parsley leaves
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Parmesan cheese-optional garnish
In a large pot bring water to a boil. Meanwhile, rinse, pat dry, and mince the parsley. Peel and mince the garlic. When the water is ready, add your pasta. Remember start your cooking time when the water returns to a boil, not when you add the pasta. Cook your pasta according to package directions, drain in a colander and transfer to a serving dish To make the sauce; in a skillet heat olive oil. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Then add the parsley and remove from heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add sauce to the past and toss to combine.