The Healing Herbs Cookbook

October 1, 2013

Today was a very stressful day in our household.  My husband is a full-time, uniform wearing Airman with the National Guard.  As you all know, the United States Government shut down this morning at 00:00 (midnight).  His job was one of the ones furlough.  Although our family views ourselves as a military family, the US government doesn’t and he wasn’t included with the other military Service members who were exempt (or what they call essential).  It’s been an emotional day.  With two kids in college, we are always worried about how we are going to pay for it.  Add on that we are now one paycheck less – yikes.  Stress overload.  So…what do I do when I get stressed?  Cook.  Make something good to eat.  For me, that meant cooking something with garlic.

I received a copy of the book, The Healing Herbs Cookbook, and flipped right to the recipes that contained garlic in them.  I chose Roasted Garlic and Red Pepper Pesto to serve on top of Chicken and Mozzarella Ravioli.

The book provided steps to make Roasted Red Peppers in Marinade, which I used for the Red Pepper Pesto.

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Roasted Garlic and Red Pepper Pesto over Ravioli

Now that I’ve gotten your attention with what two recipes you can find in the book, let me share with you a little about the book.  The Healing Herbs Cookbook spotlights what I consider the main ingredient in any great recipe – herbs.  It can “kick up your recipe a notch” but more importantly, most herbs are a vital source of vital compounds that our bodies need to maintain and, in many cases, restore health.

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The book starts off with pages full of different herbs.

Each spotlight on the selected herb contains:

  • a description
  • Flavor
  • Parts Used
  • How to Grow
  • Healing Properties (Actions, Uses and Phytochemistry)
  • Availability
  • How to use in Cooking
  • Folklore
  • Caution (sometimes)

I learned things like:

Did you know it takes Ginger 2-3 years to mature?

How about Green Tea?  Did you know that it contains nature’s flouride?

Wondering what herb can help you dispel garlic odor?  Parsley can help with that.  It can also help cleanse your kidneys.  It’s one of the richest food sources of vitamin C.

So, where can you get your own copy of this book?  The usual places; Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other great book retailers.

Disclaimer:  I received a complimentary copy of the cookbook.  All opinions on my blog post are my own.  The Amazon link I provided above is an affiliate link.

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