Did you know that herbs and spices are fruits and vegetables? Botanically-speaking, that’s exactly what they are. And like fruits and veggies, our fresh and dried herbs and spices are high in healthy antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Sprinkle dried oregano on your day using one of these suggestions or experiments (and share!) your own:
- Shake some oregano onto a piece of toast with grated gruyere cheese and sliced tomato.
- Add some dashes of oregano directly to your salad or whisk into your salad dressing.
- Spoon 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano per cup of tomato sauce to get that extra bit of Italiano.
- Power up your parmesan by adding dried oregano to grated parmesan before passing it around to sprinkle on top of pasta dishes.
- Use oregano in your marinades for fish or chicken.
- Boost your bean dishes by adding oregano—terrific with black beans and 3-bean salads.
- Add a healthy sprinkle of oregano into your favorite savory casseroles or lasagna.
- My delicious addition: ______________________
Need a holiday gift idea? How about a gift of a favorite recipe with a bottle or two of an herb or spice. Now that’s a gift appropriate for the season!
Happy Holiday Seasonings!
Wendy Bazilian (www.wendybazilian.com) is a doctor of public health, registered dietitian and freelance writer in San Diego. She is also the Nutrition Advisor at the renowned Golden Door and Co-owner of Bazilian’s Health Clinic with her husband and business partner, Dr. Jason Bazilian. Dr. Wendy is author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet (Rodale).
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