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Bringing herbs into your daily life

By Gloria Rangelova, ND

Natural herbs have lots of beneficial properties however we know it’s not always easy figuring out how to incorporate them into your diet. SaJune comes to the rescue with some easy to follow recipes using rosemary, thyme, cilantro, parsley, mint and more!

Herb infused oil

  • 2 cups olive oil
  • ¼ cup thyme
  • ¼ cup rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp pink salt
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Other herb options – ginger, cayenne, oregano, mint, basil, anise, cinnamon, fennel, etc.

Directions

  • Add oil and herbs to a double boiler.
  • Warm the oil for 15min, making sure it doesn’t get too hot.
  • Remove from heat and let sit and cool for 1hr.
  • Store in a sterilized jar in the fridge. You can strain out the herbs if you prefer a clean oil. It is best if you use your oil within 2 months of making it.
  • Use your oil in your salad dressing, to dip bread into, or anything else your heart desires.

Zhoug sauce

  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice – fresh squeezed
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup fresh parsley
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 jalapeno (or more if you like heat)
  • 1 tsp cardamom – ground
  • ¾ tsp cumin – ground
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp pink salt

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Use immediately or store in fridge for up to a week. Use on some roasted veggies, toast, hummus, tacos, etc.

Nettle Pesto

Nettles are super high in minerals and vitamins and are very effective in decreasing inflammation.

  • ¼ lb nettles
  • ¼ cup mint – fresh
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice – fresh squeezed
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup Parmigiano or vegan alternative
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Boil water in a large pot.
  2. Add nettle to boiling water using tongs. Blanch for 1-2 min.
  3. Transfer nettle into an ice water bath for about 5min.
  4. Do not throw away the water you boiled the nettle in as you can drink it as tea.
  5. Remove nettle leaves and squeeze out the water as much as possible. You can now use your hands to handle the nettle as the sting is removed during the heating process.
  6. Place the nettle on a towel to dry.
  7. Combine all ingredients (except oil) in a food processor to form a paste.
  8. Add in oil slowly.
  9. Use on pasta, toast, with crackers or anything else you like. Keep what you don’t use in the refrigerator or freezer.

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