You know those foods you crave, the ones that never disappoint? Like those particular french fries that are just superior to all other fries, or that homemade meal that no other can beat. Regardless of where you venture to get these favorites, what most often sets them apart is their carefully crafted seasoning.
Herbs and spices do the trick when it comes to developing the perfect seasoning that’ll make any ordinary meal an original. Campus Dining is utilizing the power of herbs and spices this month as our April SuperFood.
Herbs consist of the leaves of a plant such as basil or mint, whereas all other parts of the plant are considered spices. Herbs can come fresh or dry but spices are typically always dry. There are unlimited possibilities when it comes to finding new ways to incorporate spices and herbs into your food. Try adding fresh basil to pasta, chives on top of a baked potato, or cayenne pepper to chicken.
Keep in mind that a little goes a long way with these pungent ingredients and that they have the power to make or break a meal. It’s important to pair spices and herbs with foods that will be enhanced by their flavor and also to add an appropriate amount. The safest method is to taste as you go!
Not only do herbs and spices jazz up your food, but they provide an abundance of health benefits as well. Aside from serving as natural ingredients for medicinal purposes, many herbs and spices including cinnamon, cocoa and garlic have been found to reduce blood pressure. Others including basil and cinnamon have anti-inflammatory capabilities. A majority also have been shown to help with nausea.
This month, you’ll be able to find Crispy Chipotle Potato and Zucchini Tacos at Tu Taco, or a Curried Chicken Pizza at Mustang Station, or a Chicken Diablo Sandwich at Bishop Burgers.
Since herbs are the leaves and spices are everything else, herbs and spices can both come from one plant!
Having ant problems? Try sprinkling peppermint on their trail. Ants march in line with chemical trails they leave for one another and the strong aroma of peppermint disrupts their path.
Rosemary was used to improve memory and energy in ancient Greece.