Three Culinary Herbs for your Garden and Your Grill

Three Herbs to Take from the garden to the Grill

Start your own herb garden with three herbs (rosemary, thyme, and oregano) you can take  from the garden to the grill.
Herbs for the garden and the grill.
Growing vegetables is challenging. After several yers of dabbling in my very own raised bed, I have even more respect for farmers and the job they do. My vegetable garden, although pretty, produced  little and I have to admit, not worth the time or invested money. Can you say FAILURE? Count me a loser.

But this year I’m winning; I’ve turned my raised bed into a rose bed with  knockout roses and I’ve also planted an herb garden in a window box  underneath my kitchen window. Unlike vegetables,  herbs are easy to grow and well worth my time. In today’s post, I ‘m giving you three reasons to start an herb garden, and sharing three herbs that you can take from the garden to the grill.

Reason number one. Did I mention herbs are easy to grow?! They require  little space and don’t require a raised bed. They ‘re happy when planted in pots  (even the same pot) as long as you keep them in a sunny outdoor spot, like a patio or deck (with 6 hours of sun). Simply water them when they’re dry. As you clip them (to add a myriad of recipes) you’ll be encouraging new growth.

Reason number two. Convenience and value. For the price of a fresh herb in the market, you can buy a plant that will last throughout the summer, providing you with cuttings at your fingertips. The luxury of having herbs handy will make you more likely to use them. No more extra trips back to the market for fresh herbs. No more wilted herbs in your refrigerator. NO MORE WASTE. You’ll enjoy being able to brighten up a salad or entree with pretty green cuttings right from your garden. Growing your own herbs will  save you  time and money in the long run.

Reason number three.  Flavor. Herbs have a BIG impact on  culinary creations. Put down the  salt shaker. Add  fresh herbs to enhance  foods without masking the taste of your dish. Be smart about  complementing flavors.  Tossing in  herbs willy nilly to everything doesn’t work. No worries!

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Three herbs that will pair nicely with most everything on the grill. Click To Tweetthree herbs I can recommend that will pair nicely with most of your creations  from the grill:  oregano, thyme and rosemary.  Add rosemary to BBQ suace. Add all three to marinades, summer salads and salad dressings, and dishes of Mediterranean cuisine.  I hope you’ll grow at least one of these staple herbs. Stay tuned  for  healthy and delicious BBQ and picnic recipes that take these  herbs  from the garden to the grill, all summer long.

Herbs for your garden and your grill

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Strawberry Lemonade with Stevia

Strawberry Lemonade with Stevia is light and refreshing and the perfect beverage for all your outdoor gatherings this Spring and Summer.

 


Strawberry Lemonade made with Stevia is delicious without any added sugar and makes a refreshing beverage for al fresco dining!

Hello Spring! I sense everyone is enthusiatic about welcoming warmer weather, and all that the rejuvenating seasonbrings. The Recipe Redux wants you to celebrate with healthy recipes for enjoying al fresco (National Picnic Day is April 23). Let’s get started with something strawberry!  It’s perfectly convenient that this fragrant edible berry is in season the same time we are heading  back outside to garden, to barbecue, and to reap the benefits of some good old fashioned fresh air. Ahhh! Doesn’t it feel good?!!!

Strawberries are not only a healthy and delicious stand alone snack but a versatile fruit that can be the  used in a myriad of recipes, like spring salads and desserts . I’m going to keep this real simple with a  homemade strawberry lemonade made light with Stevia. It’s a slim 70 calories per each refreshing 8 ounces,  and has no added sugar!  Whether you’re planning a brunch or a backyard barbeque, this  light beverage is sure to fit in!

What are your favorite al fresco foods?

Be sure to visit more links at the bottom of this post to see what my colleagues are bringing to their outdoor gatherings this picnic season.

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Strawberry Lemonade with Stevia

Strawberrry Lemonade with Stevia

A light freshing lemonade with no added sugar .

  • Author: Diane Boyd
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: Beverage

Ingredients

  • 10 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2-3 tablespoons powdered organic stevia
  • 8 cups filtered water
  • ice

Instructions

  1. Puree strawberries in a blender.
  2. In a large pitcher, add strawberries, lemon juice, Stevia and water. Stir.
  3. Serve over ice tall ice tea or high ball glasses.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 8 ounces
  • Calories: 70
  • Sugar: 10 grams
  • Sodium: 0
  • Fat: 0
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 17 grams
  • Fiber: 4 grams
  • Protein: 1 gram
  • Cholesterol: 0

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