Parsley: Beyond Garnish

Posted on April 22, 2014

You have to admit that when I mention parsley, you think garnish. In fact, like me, you’ve probably picked it off your food and set it aside without even the thought of eating it. Wait, you can EAT it??

I don’t blame you, because for a long time I ignored this little herb too. But I’ve been cooking a lot lately, creating and testing recipes in preparation for the launch of the Pure cookbook next year. In doing so I have developed an appreciation for certain ingredients that in the past I haven’t given much thought to. One of those is definitely parsley.

Parsley is probably one of the most well-known herbs but also one of the most pigeon-holed and underappreciated herbs in this country. Though common in European cuisine, in the US, parsley is mainly used as a garnish or to add a bit of color to meals and most of us have no idea how nutritious this little leaf is.

Parsley is very high in flavonoids and antioxidants which help to fight against disease in our bodies. In fact it is considered a highly protective food because of its ability to neutralize certain toxins in our body. Parsley is high in vitamin C, an important antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory. It contains high levels of folic acid which is a key player in cardiovascular health and vitamin A which is important to our immune system.

Parsley is easy to grow and harvest in your own garden or even on your windowsill. I now have a parsley plant in my kitchen that I cook with and eat from daily. See below for my favorite easy ways to use more of this incredible little leaf, and click on the links for some recipes to get you started!

– Veronica

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Using More Parsley + Recipes

Salads- whatever salad you’re making, throw a handful of parsley in it

Soups- stir into all soups and stews at the end of cooking

Juices- whenever you are making a juice or smoothie, add a handful or two of parsley

Vegetables– Stir a handful in at the end of cooking

Alone- pick and eat 3 or 4 leaves of parsley each day to boost your health

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