Fresh Herbs

Fresh herbs are a great way to add flavor and variety to meals! A simple tomato can taste completely different when paired with basil or roasted potatoes taste earthy and flavorful with rosemary! No matter what herbs you pick, it is hard to go wrong!

Not only do herbs add delicious flavor but they also have amazing nutritional and health benefits. Today we are showcasing a hearty, earthy, and aromatic herb: rosemary.

Rosemary has excellent immune boosting benefits as it contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances. It can increase circulation, support digestion, help eliminate toxins from the body and reduce stress. In the kitchen, it is a fabulously versatile herb and goes well with many dishes. The easiest way is simply by adding it to any roasted dish such as chicken, potatoes, or mixed root vegetables. Even simply adding lemon and rosemary on top of salmon before baking it can transform the dish! If this has not convinced you enough, rosemary is also very easy to grow in your garden or indoors in a small pot.

Avocado Salad Dressing

This salad dressing without oil is ideal for phase 2 and when you have avocado on your plan.

Ingredients:
20 g avocado
Apple cider vinegar
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Herbs (e. g. garlic, parsley, chives, dill …) 

Preparation: 
Puree the avocado with a little water, season with vinegar, salt and pepper, add some chopped parsley or other herbs. Add to your favorite salad and enjoy!

Notes:
If you have tomato or cucumber on your plan, you can add this to the dressing.
If you do not have vinegar on your plan, you might want to add fruit for some added flavor.

Metabolic Balanced Flavour – Let’s Make That Our Goal

Lets spend 40 days experimenting with flavour and creating meals that use the following spices:

cook-smarts-guide-to-flavoring-with-spices

Researchers have found that taste influences smell and smell influences taste.  Part of the process occurs when information about a scent is received from the back of the mouth, this process is called retronasal olfaction. Once an odour has been experienced with a flavour, they become associated in your brain and get stored away in your memory.

Find that fact interesting?  Here are a few more links sharing information about flavour and our perception of flavour.

Balanced taste the Ayurvedic Guide

Research behind food combinations – Easy to read article about food combinations and some of the research on the subject.

Multisensory perception of Flavour – Very interesting article about how brains deal with flavour.

Smell Holds Sway over our Emotions and other Senses.Smell Holds Sway over our Emotions and other Senses.

If you want to experiment with this, try making the broccoli onion cranberry recipe I shared yesterday.