How to Use Garden Herbs in Your Cooking Recipes

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Gardening is enjoyable—and healthy—for the whole family. Our Companion Mat has made gardening especially easy for us adults whose knees may not be as up for the task! If you’re from the Midwest, you know that our summer doesn’t last all too long, so if you haven’t kept up with your garden this summer, you definitely should! There’s nothing like fresh picked basil in your morning omelet or spaghetti dinner.


Companion Mat : Perfect for Gardening 

Our gardens have been blooming beautifully with all kinds of spices – having as many rainy days as we’ve had this Summer is good for something after all! We’re all big fans of fresh ingredients and home-cooked meals here at WellnessMats, and what better way to guarantee freshness than collecting (free) ingredients from your own backyard?

If you can save a buck or two on herbs, add zesty freshness to your home cooked meals, AND stay fit and entertained while doing all of that, keeping up with a garden is a no-brainer. If you’re not a fan of getting down and dirty, grab your gardening gloves and Companion Mat to shield you from the mess (and discomfort!).

Check out some of our favorite recipes from our favorite chefs below for using fresh basil, rosemary, mint, thyme, parsley, and garlic, straight from your own garden! Click on each image or recipe title to be redirected to the the ingredient list and directions:


Fresh Herb Recipes from (A Handful of) Our Top Favorite Chefs:

Basil:  Basil Pesto Recipe by Chef Mario Batali

Rosemary:  Garlic and Rosemary Mashed Potatoes by Guy Fieri

Mint: Tea Braised Lamb Shoulder with Mint Salad by Ming Tsai

Thyme: Spaghetti with Clams and Crispy Bread Crumbs by Sarah Gruenberg

 Parsley: Roasted Sardines with Olives, Capers and Parsley by Chris Cosentino 

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