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A Herbaceous Springtime

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Come springtime, the world comes alive with beautiful shades of green. The trees and bushes take centre stage as they bud and blossom, and the air is filled with the soft fragrance of backyard gardens, flowers, and fragrant herbs.

Although herbs often play a supporting role in most recipes, we believe that herbs deserve the spotlight on occasion and often pack just as much nutrition as vegetables. Dive into these herbaceously delicious recipes that feature flavour-packed herbs in the starring role.

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Herby Salad with Sweet Mustard Vinaigrette

Herby Salad with Sweet Mustard Vinaigrette
Simple Tomato Basil Pasta

Tomatoes and basil are a match made in heaven. This recipe features this classic combination with a fun twist. Edamame pasta is packed with protein and is the perfect vessel for this simple sauce. Slow roasting the tomatoes gives this sauce a creamy mouthfeel without the cream. This dish is very forgiving, so get creative and use as few or as many tomatoes as you like.

Chickpea Cilantro Salad

This savoury salad is a perfect lunch all on its own or as an accompaniment for a show-stopping dinner. Cilantro, a complex, pungent herb with citrus undertones, is the star of this dish, no longer just a garnish. Serve this salad at room temperature or cold—and prepare to discover the versatility of cilantro.

Poached Chicken with Gremolata Sauce

Poaching is a tried-and-true healthy method of cooking protein because no fat is needed during the cooking process. You can, however, add as much or as little flavour to your cooking liquid as you like to maximize taste. Though simple, this chicken is the perfect vessel for a vibrant take on a herby gremolata sauce.

Butternut Squash Steaks with Chimichurri

Chimichurri is so much more than a condiment; it’s a bold, punchy sauce that can elevate your dish to “favourite” status. It possesses strong flavours combined with clean oregano and parsley, pungent garlic, and tangy vinegar. Creamy butternut squash is simply a vessel for this divine condiment.

Roasted Borscht Salad with Dill

Get ready to impress with this unique twist on a classic Ukrainian dish. It contains all the ingredients you’d find in a traditional borscht, minus the broth, elevating it from a winter staple to a perfect springtime dish that highlights feathery, flavourful dill and all the hearty vegetables you can handle.

Lavender Pannacotta with Lemony Pears

Though not an obvious choice of culinary herb, lovely lavender might surprise you. Lavender is a member of the mint family and is classified as a flowering plant, which means it’s not just pretty to look at! Although pannacotta is traditionally made with cream, here we swap in milk to provide a lighter, less rich version to follow a large or heavy dinner. 

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Going Pro

You might think of protein as something you mainly get from a meal and, therefore, not a component of dessert. But, if you’re going to opt for dessert from time to time, why not consider working in ingredients that go big on this important macronutrient? It’s easier (and more delicious) than you may think! Protein is an essential part of every cell in your body and plays a starring role in bone, muscle, and skin health. So, certainly, you want to make sure you’re eating enough. And it’s best to spread protein intake throughout the day, since your body needs a continual supply. This is why it can be a great idea to try to include protein in your desserts. When protein is provided in sufficient amounts in a dessert, it may help you feel more satiated and help temper blood sugar swings. Plus, in many cases, that protein comes in a package of other nutritional benefits. For instance, if you’re eating a dessert made with protein-packed Greek yogurt, you’re not just getting protein; you’re getting all the yogurt’s bone-benefitting calcium and immune-boosting probiotics, too. Adding nuts to your dessert doesn’t just provide plant-based protein, but it also provides heart-healthy fats. Yes, desserts need not be just empty calories. Ready for a treat? These protein-filled desserts with a healthy twist are dietitian-approved—and delicious.