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Using herbs in recipes can instantly make a meal go from bland to delectable. However, many recipes don’t call for enough herbs and those lovely fresh bunches you bought at the market or collected from your garden often end up going to waste. Sprinkling herbs onto a meal after it’s been prepped and cooked can sometimes be a missed opportunity, and other times you just don’t know which flavors would work best. Here are some tips on how to use herbs in your cooking the right way.

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Get into Herb-Based Salads

Sometimes the best thing you can do for your excess parsley, mint, and cilantro is turn them all into a flavorful salad. It’s easy prep and no cooking is required. All you have to do to make a fresh and summery salad is throw those herbs in with some corn, asparagus, and chickpeas (or other similar veggies) into a large bowl and mix them with your favorite creamy vinaigrette.

Roll Them into a Spring Roll

If you’ve never tried making homemade spring rolls , it’s time to start! They are super easy to create and no frying is required. Plus, they are another great place for extra herbs to go. Just buy some rice papers, wet them, and roll your favorite ingredients into them. It’s as simple as taking basil, marinated tofu, shredded carrots and microgreens and turning them into a fresh spring roll. Once you get the hang of it, you can practice making your spring rolls look like a work of art.

Improve Your Rice with Herbs

Rice doesn’t need to be a one-ingredient side dish. Add some rich herb flavors to your next batch of rice with a fresh bunch of cilantro. This can be a great base for curry or other Indian dishes. You can even get real fancy and add a can of coconut milk to the rice as it’s cooking. You might also try adding some edible doTERRA oils to your next pot of herb-based rice to give it a little bit of a kick.

Turn Them into a Pesto

Basil isn’t the only herb you can transform into a pesto. Try cilantro pesto for a new kind of flavorful experience. Basically any herb that would taste good blended up with oil and pine nuts (or any nut) can be a pesto. Throw it into a pasta dish, spread it on toast, or add it to a sandwich.

Have fun trying out these herb-based recipes and never let your herbs be just an afterthought again!

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