Cooking Vegetables with Herbs
Answered by: Yvonne Tremblay
Question from: Sue Loftis
Posted on: March 08, 2004

I read a list of herbs one time and the foods to cook them. At the time it didn’t mean much to me but my husband and I are retirement age and both are overweight and I am trying to cook vegetables with herbs instead of fat meat. If you have such a list or any suggestions please let me know.

The unique flavours of fresh herbs can added a lot of taste satisfaction to vegetables. One of my favourite ways is to add them to soups, such as Zucchini Soup with basil or Tomato Soup with dill. Herb butters can also enhance the taste of vegetables.

In my cookbook, "Thyme in the Kitchen" (c. 2002 Prentice Hall) I provide an extensive list of vegetables and the herbs that go with them. Here is an excerpt from that list for some popular vegetables.

Aparagus - basil, chives, lemon balm, marjoram, parsley, sage, savory, tarragon, thyme

Beans, Green and Yellow - basil, chives, cilantro, dill, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, savory, tarragon, thyme

Beets - chives, dill, tarragon

Broccoli - basil, chives/garlic chives, dill, lemon balm, marjoram, oregano, savory, tarragon, thyme

Carrots - basil, chervil, chives, cilantro, dill, lemon balm, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, sage, savory, tarragon, thyme

Corn - basil, chervil, chives, cilantro, lemon balm, marjoram, oregano, parsley, sage, savory, rosemary, thyme

Mushrooms - basil, chives, cilantro, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, sage, tarragon, thyme

Peas - basil, chervil, chives, dill, marjoram, mint, oregano, rosemary, savory, tarragon, thyme

Potatoes - basil, chives, cilantro, dill, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, sage, rosemary, tarragon, thyme

Tomatoes - basil, chives/garlic chives, cilantro, dill, marjoram, oregano, parsley, sage, savory, tarragon, thyme

For complete chart and great recipes on cooking vegetable with herbs, please check out Thyme in the Kitchen at www.yvonnetremblay.com, available from Richters.

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