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I've Gone Basil Crazy!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I love to cook. I love to eat well, too. One of my most favorite ingredients for the past 1+ years is basil. I don't use the dried basil - either fresh or the basil in a tube that I find in the refrigerated produce section of my grocery store. I use basil in almost everything. There are health benefits to it, too. It helps protect DNA and it also has anti-bacterial properties.

Here are some of the ways I use it:

Add either fresh or tube basil to scrambled eggs. If fresh, mince it and add about 1 tsp to 1 egg. If in the tube, add about a 1" long squeeze.

Chop it fresh and add to any salad

Add either the fresh or tube variety to green vegetables such as spinach, kale, and other leafy greens. I like to add it near the end of cooking to retain as much of the flavor as possible.

For a delicious salad dressing, use extra virgin olive oil, pomegranate vinegar, a squeeze or two of the tube basil, and garlic paste or in the tube (same manufacturer as basil in a tube). Experiment around with the quantities to get it to your taste. If it is too acidic or the vinegar is too strong, you can add a little sugar. You can also add some dried Italian herb mix for a different flavor.

Bon Apetit!
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KAYOTIC 8/21/2014 9:18AM

    I keep a basil plant on the windowsill in the kitchen, and when I get a new one (about once a month at Trader Joes) I plant the remainder of the old one, if there is any left! I have a couple out in the yard now and they are growing nicely!

We love basil in our salads, and it's great in lots of cooking too, so I'm definitely in the basil camp!

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JSTETSER 8/21/2014 6:04AM

    I grow basil in my garden, and love it in my salads. I will have to try it on eggs.
It is also good in green smoothies.

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 8/20/2014 5:31PM

    Thanks for the education

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MBSHAZZER 8/20/2014 2:21PM

    I love basil! I also like to add some torn leaves to a salad for some nice spice! Thanks for the other tips!

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GHK1962 8/20/2014 10:43AM

    Yahhh. I like basil too. I bought a little bag of Live basil too. It sits on the kitchen sink area in a little plastic bag thing. Water about every other day. And its grown! Its now been growing for the past 2 months and I never have to buy basil anymore.

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