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Growing herbs for flavorful, healthy meals

I love this article from Design Mom on starting an edible garden.  Herbs are the number one secret to cooking healthier meals. You don’t need heavy sauces and fats if you use fresh herbs. Have you ever roasted a chicken breast with nothing but a little olive oil, rosemary and a slice of lemon? You actually taste the chicken and fresh herbs rather than a heavy calorie-laden cream sauce.

I know, I know, you’re already saying, “I kill everything green.” But growing herbs, and many other veggies, is much easier than you think. Like most of us, all they need is a little water and a little sunshine.

Design Mom’s idea of planting your herbs in biodegradable ice cream cones is pure genius. I like to grow different types of salad greens (mainly because I don’t trust the pesticides and middle men growing and delivering veggies to our grocery stores) and planting them in small batches in ice cream cones is a great way to get started.

If you’re looking for a few easy-to-grow basic herbs to get started with, I recommend parsley, basil, dill, thyme and rosemary. All of these fresh herbs brighten up any meat or vegetable dish with no additional calories. So get that green thumb ready because now is the time to start planting!

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