VegBox Recipes

Parsley

Parsley Parsley is (yet another) "super-food".

It might seem like a humble garden herb, but it's actually a excellent source of iron and vitamin C.

It's also been used over the centuries to treat a wide range of illnesses - and there's plenty of other folklore.

Buy?
Flat leaf parsley is considered to have a better flavour than curly parsley, which is generally reserved for garnishes.

But, to be honest, use whatever you've got!

Use it while the stalks are still crisp, rather than wilty. If it looks like it's about to "turn", check out the ideas for storing parsley, below.
Store?
Everything you ever wanted to know about storing parsley (and other fresh herbs) is covered by Liz Alderson on her excellent website, The Herb Guide.

Find out how to freeze parsley.

Find out how to microwave parsley.

Personally, we find freezing it the easiest and most reliable method. Just chop it and put in ice cube trays with a little water. You must remember to "decant" the ice cubes into a bag, or they get freezer burn, which seems to spoil the flavour.
Cook?
Parsley tastes best either chopped raw in salads or dips, such as hummus, or added at the end of cooking.

If you add it too early in the process, it tends to lose its colour and flavour.

If you're feeling a bit low on energy, just munch some raw parsley. The vitamins and iron will give you an instant boost.

Top Tip:

Had too much garlic for lunch? Eat some raw parsley (chew it well) and the problem's solved!

More Parsley Information

It's believed that parsley has been cultivated since 300BC.

Eastern medicine values parsley as a diuretic and believes it also plays a role in controlling blood pressure.

It is a good source of iron and its vitamin C content helps the body absorb the iron.

So although it's generally served as a garnish, it's worth eating it, along with your meal!


Did you know...?
In the Middle Ages, people believed you could kill your enemy by plucking parsley whilst saying their name!

Winter Vegetable Soup
This soup is a family favourite. It’s a great way of using left-over winter vegetables and also sneaking a few more vitamins past the kids.
Ingredients

Serves 4

  • ½ white / green cabbage
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 -2 medium potatoes
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Handful of fresh herbs (e.g. parsley, thyme leaves) or dried equivalent (use sparingly, if dried!)
  • 1 cupful of red lentils or yellow split peas - whatever you've got in stock
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Method
  1. Peel the onion and chop it finely. Peel and crush the garlic.
  2. Heat the oil in a large soup pan and gently saut� the onion and garlic (covered) for 5 minutes.
  3. Chop the potatoes and add to the pan. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally, to make sure they don't burn.
  4. Add to the pan with the stock and the lentils / split peas. Cook for 30 minutes, until the pulses are almost ready.
  5. Wash the cabbage and chop it. Add it to the pan and stir well. Add extra water if the mixture has got too dry. Cover and simmer gently for about 5 minutes, until the cabbage is soft.
  6. Remove from the heat and add the herbs. Liquidise until smooth. Add more water, if the soup is too thick.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cupboard-To-Table

50 minutes

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