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Top 5 Ingredients To Make Your Dinner Healthier And Tastier (Slideshow)

Top 5 Ingredients To Make Your Dinner Healthier And Tastier (Slideshow)
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Stepping out of my front door to pick some fresh herbs to throw in with whatever’s on the menu for dinner is one of my favorite activities. I’m lucky that I’ve been able to grow these five in my backyard, but they are all pretty common, and readily available.

1.  Basil
Anyone who has grown basil knows that it can take off alarmingly fast. You will never be at a loss for a few leaves to add to your salads and stews, your pesto, or your fresh tomato and mozzarella salad, a personal favorite. But did you know that two tablespoons of basil will give you 27% of your daily requirement of Vitamin K, which plays a vital role in strengthening your bones? Basil also contains minerals like potassium, manganese, copper and magnesium, as well as plenty of Vitamin A.

Fun fact: A flavor drink made of basil seeds is popular in some Asian countries.

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12:36AM PST on Feb 21, 2014

Thank you

7:00AM PST on Jan 22, 2014

Thanks

6:37AM PST on Jan 22, 2014

One thing....Garlic and onions are dangerous for birds for the same reason they are good for you. Birds cannot be given blood thinners safely, although a little spaghetti sauce with one or the other is OK, just not too much.

Also, if you keep birds avoid air fresheners and Febreze like the plague.

8:07PM PST on Jan 21, 2014

thanks for posting

8:01PM PST on Jan 2, 2014

Interesting. Would've thought oregano would've made the list too.

5:57PM PST on Nov 17, 2012

Thanks.

2:24AM PST on Nov 14, 2012

Thank you :)

1:33PM PST on Nov 13, 2012

If someone has trouble finding CILANTRO, try to find CORIANDER. Same thing (literally)

10:57PM PST on Nov 12, 2012

I used to grow herbs in a small area of the garden - very easy. Some were surprisingly ornamental also.

2:49AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

Get your herbs))) & stay healthy

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