There is nothing like fresh herbs to really bring out the best in a dish. Sometimes you don’t end up using the fresh oregano, basil or parsley before it is too late.
I was in Trader Joes the other day and after buying some of my groceries I realized I had completely forgotten to buy my Basil Plant… the actual reason I had gone to TJ.So after paying I took a hop outside the door and grabbed the plant and tried to pop into my original space in the line (aka at checkout) but the person behind me had already started putting their food up. He felt terribly about it because apparently I was very enthusiastic about my fresh herbs and after giving me a nice compliment, he ended up buying my basil plant for me! SO KIND. THANKS TODD
Anywhoo, After I made my soup I had a good amount of basil left over so I followed these simple steps to making freshly dried herbs for my spice drawer.
Here is a little trick I have picked up that saves me money without having to do much!
When you know you aren’t going to be using the rest of your fresh herbs before they will go bad simply pluck the leaves off.
Slice them up and toss them in the oven at 200F on wax paper or parchment paper. Bake for 5-13 minutes or until the herbs become crisp and crunchy. Then finely slice them all until they are just little itty bitty bits.
They are now ready to be put into a unused or empty spice jar you already own. && VWALA you now have saved money and used up the rest of your fresh plants that you would have thrown away after forgetting about them in the fridge -guilty-.
Continue to do this whenever you don’t use your herbs up and you are good to go!
Thanks for reading, I hope this post spiced up your life a bit :P
Am I the only one in love with cheese? Probably not.
If you know me at all you know I love eating delicious food… and I also make most of my meals in less than 15 minutes.
This takes less than 8, EVEN LESS IF YOU COOK CHICKEN BEFORE HAND!
Ingredients: 1 serving
Cherry Tomatoes (you can totally use more.. I just didn’t have many today)
3 tbs of shredded kraft four cheese goodness
Skillet Tossed Asparagus or Handful of Steamed Green Beans (steam over boiling water)
Sliced up Mushrooms
(also if you have fresh pressed garlic or the minced garlic from a jar you can stir some of that in!)
While your asparagus/green beans are steaming cook your chicken. I recommend pre slicing the chicken, it cooks faster! Sprinkle with paprika, pepper, garlic and salt. Toss in the mushrooms so they become soft. After throw in the tomatoes, green beans and then stir in your cheese.
Pile on a top of noodles or whatever floats your boat. I also like to sprinkle fresh ground pepper and Trader Joes African Smoke Spice Seasoning.