12 healthy recipes featuring fresh herbs

Pretty up your plate with a nice parsley garnish, or add cilantro to your soup for a kick of flavour. Here are 12 healthy recipes where fresh herbs are the star of the show

12 healthy recipes featuring fresh herbs

Warm Sesame Chicken Salad

Strips of chicken in a crisp coating of sesame seeds, breadcrumbs and cornflakes are served on a crunchy vegetable salad dressed with a fresh herb vinaigrette. A little chili powder in the coating gives this warm sesame chicken salad a bit of a kick.

Mushroom Ravioli in Herb Jus

Store-bought stuffed pasta just does not taste anything like silken-textured homemade pasta with a freshly prepared savoury filling. This mushroom ravioli in herb jus is not a convenience meal’making pasta does take time’but it is well worth it!

Tomato and Bread Salad with Herbed Chicken

This dish is great when first made, but even better the second day after the flavours have married. It’s a perfect meal on its own or it can be a side salad, without the chicken and with some added greens.

Thai Vibe

This Thai-inspired noodle salad contains kelp noodles which are easily available at your local health stores. Kelp is a seaweed that’s high in minerals and vitamins, and balances the body’s pH levels, amongst other benefits. Superfood Maca will give you fuel for the day. This sauce can be used on pasta or rice, too

Cidered Pork Stew with Herbed Dumplings

Rather than rubbing butter over chicken before roasting, here a paste of fresh herbs and reduced-fat ricotta cheese is pushed under the skin. This keeps the roast herb and garlic chicken beautifully moist as well as adding a wonderful flavour.

Ricotta Herb Scones

These savoury scones are made with soft cheese and plenty of fresh herbs’ideally a mixture of Italian parsley, chives, thyme and rosemary, although any combination will do. Ricotta herb scones are nicest warm, with soup or salad.

Mushroom and Fresh Herb Pasta

This simple pasta dish features a variety of mushrooms as its key flavour, with fresh herbs as an accent.

Lentil and Watercress Salad with Grilled Pork

The flavours of this recipe work well with almost any protein addition; I love making it with either pork or lamb. While the recipe calls for watercress, it is sometimes hard to find; a great substitute is arugula, which will add a nice peppery bite.

Raw Pad Thai

Try this vegan, raw version of the spicy and delicious Thai classic Pad Thai.

Roast Herb and Garlic Chicken

Rather than rubbing butter over chicken before roasting, here a paste of fresh herbs and reduced-fat ricotta cheese is pushed under the skin. This keeps the roast herb and garlic chicken beautifully moist as well as adding a wonderful flavour.

Vegetable Pies with Cheese and Herb Pastry

There is always something appealing about individual pies. These are filled with vegetables in a parsley sauce and topped with a tasty shortcrust pastry.

Stir-Fried Beef with Mango

Colourful stir-fried beef with mango is bursting with fresh flavours and contrasting textures. The dressing is oil-free, so although a little oil is used to stir-fry the beef, the dish is still very light in fat. No extra salt is needed because of the spicy dressing and the saltiness of soy sauce.

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