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Need to Spice Up Your Life? Cook with Herbs!


by Carolyn Burris

Cooking with Herbs

Are you tired of the same flavors used in your every day cooking? Do you want to add spice to your life but aren’t sure how? Adding fresh herbs while cooking not only turns an ordinary meal into extraordinary but also has added health benefits. Herbs come from a plant so just like fruits and vegetables, they contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These nutrients are best absorbed from foods not supplements therefore getting a varied diet is important to health. Herbs used in cooking can add health benefits such as:



  • Thyme improves the immune system
  • Sage aids in digestion and calms the nerves during stressful times
  • Rosemary stimulates the liver to detoxify the body
  • Garlic destroys cancer cells and disrupts tumor cell growth
  • Parsley acts as an anti-inflammatory, as well as protects the body against colds and the flu

There are many more disease fighting herbs. Rack up the health benefits by adding them to each meal and don’t be afraid to try new spices.

Baked Chicken alla Milanese

Ingredients :

  • 1 clove(s) garlic
  • 1 cup(s) parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup(s) seasoned breadcrumbs
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 boned chicken thighs, rinsed and patted dry
  • 4 tablespoon(s) olive oil
  • 2 lemon wedges


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Chop the garlic together with the parsley and place in a small bowl. Add the breadcrumbs, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Moisten this mixture with 2 tablespoons of oil.
  • Lay the boned thighs in a heavy baking pan and coat the top of the chicken with the breadcrumb mixture. Drizzle the chicken with the remaining olive oil and bake for 25 minutes, or until browned. Serve with lemon wedges.

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Carolyn Burris, an east Tennessee native, earned her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Community and Public Health Nutrition at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her passion for helping those with nutritional needs brought her to Forum Health Knoxville. Carolyn particularly loves encouraging those struggling with food intolerance, obesity, fibromyalgia, and fatigue.