6 Herb Substitutes for Popular Ingredients
Are you looking for a healthier way to boost the flavour of your meals? If so, fresh homegrown herbs are an excellent option. By using any herbs for seasoning, you can reduce your salt intake and make your meals more nutritious. Check out these Click & Grow herbs you can use as substitutes for popular ingredients. All of these can easily be grown in your smart garden:
1. Plain and Curly Parsley as a substitute for salt
Parsley is a great substitute for salt without sacrificing flavour. It’s also a natural source of vitamins and antioxidants and goes especially well with mediterranean cuisine. Use chopped parsley on roasted potatoes, grilled vegetables and in pastas.
2. Mountain Savory as a substitute for black pepper
Mountain savory (also known as winter savory) was used long before black pepper was introduced to Europe. It’s believed to have antiseptic, aromatic and digestive benefits. It tastes particularly delicious when cooked with beans and used to season meats, especially when the herb is dried.
3. Leaf Mustard as a substitute for actual mustard
Leaf mustard gives your dish a distinct mustard flavour with the added benefit of vitamins, flavonoids and dietary fiber. It’s also a very versatile herb and can be used in Italian, Indian, and Japanese cuisines.
4. Cinnamon Basil as a substitute for actual cinnamon
This herb has a very noticeable cinnamon-like aroma and flavour because it contains cinnamite. Use fresh or dried leaves to brew a refreshing cup of tea or pair it with fruit. It also complements Asian dishes and is a natural source of vitamins and antioxidants.
5. Thai Basil to mimic the taste and aroma of anise
Thai basil’s flavour and aroma are sweet, with hints of anise, licorice, and clove. This herb is especially popular in South-east Asian cooking. Experiment using it in green and red curries as well as noodle dishes.
6. Lemon basil has the citrus scent of a real lemon
Lemon basil gives food and drinks a genuine lemon flavor with a touch of basil. It can be used to make a delicious pesto, stir-fry, lemon chicken, or even be used in ice creams and milkshakes. It’s also another great source of vitamins and antioxidants.
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