3 simple ways of using your leftover herbs

Written by Daney Helgadottir.

Fresh herbs are an excellent addition to your home-cooked meals. Not only do herbs bring a dash of colour to a dish, they are also rich in nutrients.

In addition, you can reduce the salt content of your meals by substituting with fresh herbs. This way, you get all the flavour and none of the sodium. It’s truly a win-win!

Every week, you will find this seasons herbs in our recipes — making it easy for you to get fresh flavour straight to your door.

Sometimes, you may have too many herbs on your hand and wonder what to do with them. Don’t worry; here are 3 simple ideas to make sure that none of the taste-rich plants go to waste.

1: Freeze in ice cube trays

An easy way of storing excess herbs is to chop them up roughly, place them in ice cube trays, top up with olive oil and freeze overnight. Once frozen, you can store the cubes in an airtight container in your freezer.

By freezing in oil, the flavour of the herbs is preserved, and you are left with an easy-to-use oil and herb cube. A cube that is ready to pop into your bolognese sauce, your risotto, your curry, or whatever you can think of.

This trick works especially well with basil, coriander, thyme and rosemary, and keeps them tasty in your freezer for up to half a year.

2: Make an omelette in a mug

Microwaved mug meals are popular as ever — and for good reason! Using the right recipe, you can create a healthy and quick snack in a matter of minutes.

For a simple lunch, try mixing the following in a large mug: 1-2 eggs, a small handful of leftover and chopped herbs, 1-2 tbsp of milk, salt and pepper. Cook in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, in 30-second intervals.

For a deluxe version, try substituting milk with cream, or try adding fresh veggies such as cherry tomatoes, asparagus or corn into the omelette mix. After microwaving, you can add toppings such as avocado, shredded cheese or tomato. The possibilities are endless!

3: Make a healthy smoothie

A smoothie can be a healthy beverage choice if prepared right. Unfortunately, most pre-bought smoothies contain an abundance of refined sugar and might do more harm than good on your health.

By making your smoothies yourself, you control exactly what goes in. And by adding fresh herbs, you can add an unexpected and pleasant flavour, while leaving out refined sugars.

Try one of the following combinations, mixing the ingredients in a blender for a minute or two until well combined — you can sweeten as desired with for example a dash of honey:

  • A few ice cubes, 1 cup orange juice, 0.5 cup cilantro, 1 cup frozen mango and 1 frozen banana.
  • A few ice cubes, 1 cup frozen strawberries, 0.5 cup basil, 1 cup milk or neutral yoghurt and 1 frozen banana.
  • A few ice cubes, 1 cup apple juice, 1 apple, 0.5 cup mint and 1 cup frozen raspberries.