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Peel an onion, cut it into small pieces and fry it in a little oil.

Mix and pour about 500ml of water over it, then boil it together with the salt, vegetables and broth. After it has boiled for 25 minutes, add the washed rice and let it boil for another 15 minutes.


How to use basil in recipes

Basil shrimp

Basil gives flavor in any dish of tomatoes, salads, zucchini, eggplant, is used as a spice for meat, fish, soups, sauces, pasta and pizza.

Easter with basil

Basil also gives flavor and freshness in chicken recipes.

Chicken with tomatoes and basil

PestoFor example, it is a creamy, green sauce & # 8211 is one of the most popular uses of basil. It is usually made from crushed basil, garlic, parmesan, olive oil and pine nuts, although dairy-free options are also available.

Basil pesto

Basil complements other herbs and spices such as garlic, marjoram, mustard, oregano, paprika, parsley, pepper, rosemary and sage.

In general, it is better to add fresh basil at the last stage of cooking, because the heat can diminish the aroma and bright green color.

If a recipe requires fresh basil, but you only have dry, use only 1/3 of the amount, because dried basil is more concentrated.

How to store basil

Put fresh basil stalks in a jar of tap water to keep the leaves fresh for a few days.

If you have more fresh basil, you can dry the leaves and keep them in a jar with a tight lid. Avoid crushing the leaves until you need them, as this helps you keep your essential oils and aroma.


When and how to plant basil

The basil bush can be grown both for decorative and practical purposes, to use its leaves in various dishes. Moreover, popular belief says that basil planted in pots in the house will bring good luck and prosperity.

In the garden basil can be planted from seedlings or seeds when temperatures are higher than 12 degrees. It is planted in rows, leaving a distance of 30-35 centimeters between rows and 8-10 centimeters between plants in a row. Basil can be sown directly in the garden in the first half of May, respecting the distance between rows and between plants in a row.

Potted basil

Potted basil

Put in the pot 4-5 seeds that are covered with a layer of about an inch of soil. Immediately after sowing, water moderately.

Potted basil needs water, especially when temperatures are high. Do not keep it near a direct heat source or in areas with drafts.

Water the soil whenever needed, especially when the soil begins to dry out. Make sure the water is well drained and make sure the collection tray should never be filled with water.


Types of basil

Types of basil

Basil has many varieties, being used worldwide. Here are the most popular types of basil:

Sweet basil

The most widely cultivated, popular basil, famous for its use in Italian dishes. These plants are usually sold dried in supermarkets. It has a licorice aroma.

Sweet basil

Greek basil

It has a strong but mild aroma, so it can be replaced with sweet basil. It forms a compact bush with small leaves and grows well in pots.

Greek basil

Basil in Thai

It has a combination of anise and licorice flavors and is commonly used in Thai and Southeast Asian dishes.

Basil in Thai

Mexican basil

It has a cinnamon aroma and smell. Usually served with legumes or spicy, fried vegetables.


600 g meat (beef, pork or turkey)
1 large onion
1 leek thread (white part)
2 potatoes
2 suitable carrots
1 parsley root
1 celery bulb
2 stalks of green celery
1 red bell pepper
2 tomatoes
2-3 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 grated nutmeg powder
500 ml vegetable or meat soup
salt
pepper

Cut the meat into suitable pieces, season with salt and pepper and lightly brown in hot oil on all sides, then set aside. In the remaining fat, they harden
sliced ​​onion and leek. After a few minutes, add diced potatoes, carrots and parsley root slices, celery cubes. Leave to harden until soft.
Place these ingredients in a heat-resistant form greased with oil, add the meat, sliced ​​bell pepper, sliced ​​tomatoes, sliced ​​green celery stalks. Season to taste with salt, pepper, marjoram, grated nutmeg, add the vegetable (or meat) soup and place in the oven for about 40 minutes, until well reduced. The pot of vegetables with meat is served hot.


A Greek pot of vegetables following a recipe by Jamie Oliver

Baked vegetables a delicious reinterpretation

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 150 ml extra virgin olive oil, plus if necessary
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 800 g large potatoes
  • 6 medium tomatoes
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 5 zucchini
  • 300 g mashed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ bouquet of parsley (15g)

Preheat the oven to 220 ° C / gas 7

Cut the eggplant into 1 cm length slices or slices.

Discard the olive oil in a pan over medium heat and cook the eggplants in several series so that they do not crush them for 5 to 7 minutes or until they soften and turn golden, adding from time to time, if necessary a little olive oil. olives. After frying, place in a large bowl.

Peel and chop the onion and garlic. Add the onion and garlic to the empty pan with a little oil, if necessary, and leave for 5 minutes or until soft. Transfer to eggplant bowl.

Cut the potatoes into 1 cm cubes, thinly cut the medium tomatoes and slice the zucchini.

Add the potato, all the tomatoes, zucchini, mashed tomatoes and 200 ml of water to the bowl. Sprinkle with oregano, then add the finely chopped parsley. Season generously with sea salt and black pepper.

Mix well with your hands to combine the flavors, then pour everything into a large ovenproof dish. Add the remaining oil on top.

Bake for 30 minutes, then lower the oven to 200 ° C / gas 6. Bake for another 20-30 minutes or until browned and the vegetables are tender. Allow to cool slightly before serving. For extra flavor, at the end you can put a little cheese on top. It can be served on a bed of rice or Greek style with a piece of grilled cheese.


Vegetable pots with beans & # 8211 find out how to prepare this recipe

Vegetable pots with beans

The vegetable pot is a fresh and healthy food. Due to the fact that now you can find vegetables in all seasons, we can no longer say that it is just an autumn food & # 8211 summer :).

It's perfect for a day of fasting. It can be served simply but as a side dish to rice and steaks.

Ingredients vegetable pot with beans

  • 3-4 red peppers, yellow
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 3-4 onions
  • 220 ml canned beans
  • salt, pepper, 1 cube of Maggi
  • 4-5 tablespoons oil
  • sour cream for serving

Method of preparation

Peel onions and peppers and cut into thin slices. Peel a squash, grate it and cut it into cubes.

Because not all vegetables are cooked at the same time, we must gradually add them. Heat the oil in a pan and add the onion. Season with a little salt and cook well.

Add the peppers over them and cook for another 10 minutes.

Sprinkle gently, then add the tomatoes. Season with pepper and salt to taste. When all is cooked, add the beans. Mix well and boil for another 5 minutes.

0. Vegetable pot ingredients 1. clean the vegetables 2. cut into thin slices (cubes) 3.heat the oil 4. add onion and a little salt 5. add the peppers 6. Sprinkle gently 7. add the tomatoes 8. season with pepper and salt 9. add the beans 10. Vegetable pots with beans

600 g meat (beef, pork or turkey)
1 large onion
1 leek thread (white part)
2 potatoes
2 suitable carrots
1 parsley root
1 celery bulb
2 stalks of green celery
1 red bell pepper
2 tomatoes
2-3 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 grated nutmeg powder
500 ml vegetable or meat soup
salt
pepper

Cut the meat into suitable pieces, season with salt and pepper and lightly brown in hot oil on all sides, then set aside. In the remaining fat, they harden
sliced ​​onion and leek. After a few minutes, add diced potatoes, carrots and parsley root slices, celery cubes. Leave to harden until soft.
Place these ingredients in a heat-resistant form greased with oil, add the meat, sliced ​​bell pepper, sliced ​​tomatoes, sliced ​​green celery stalks. Season to taste with salt, pepper, marjoram, grated nutmeg, add the vegetable (or meat) soup and place in the oven for about 40 minutes, until well reduced. The pot of vegetables with meat is served hot.


600 g meat (beef, pork or turkey)
1 large onion
1 leek thread (white part)
2 potatoes
2 suitable carrots
1 parsley root
1 celery bulb
2 stalks of green celery
1 red bell pepper
2 tomatoes
2-3 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 grated nutmeg powder
500 ml vegetable or meat soup
salt
pepper

Cut the meat into suitable pieces, season with salt and pepper and lightly brown in hot oil on all sides, then set aside. In the remaining fat, they harden
sliced ​​onion and leek. After a few minutes, add diced potatoes, carrots and parsley root slices, celery cubes. Leave to harden until soft.
Place these ingredients in a heat-resistant form greased with oil, add the meat, sliced ​​bell pepper, sliced ​​tomatoes, sliced ​​green celery stalks. Season to taste with salt, pepper, marjoram, grated nutmeg, add the vegetable (or meat) soup and place in the oven for about 40 minutes, until well reduced. The pot of vegetables with meat is served hot.


Basil & # 8211 benefits and properties

Basil is both one of the most beloved spices and one of those commonly used herbs.

Basil is not only a popular remedy for ailments such as nausea and insect bites, but is also widely used in traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine and other holistic medicine systems.

Nutritional value

One teaspoon of dried basil (2 grams) contains the following:

  • Vitamin A & # 8211 4% of RDA
  • Vitamin K & # 8211 43% of RDA
  • Calories & # 8211 5
  • Calcium & # 8211 4% of RDA
  • Iron & # 8211 5% of RDA
  • Manganese & # 8211 3% of RDA

Protects the kidneys

Basil tea and extract have a diuretic effect and are ideal for consumption to support kidney function and eliminate toxins.

According to studies, due to its anti-inflammatory properties, basil tea is used to cleanse the kidneys and help them function normally, preventing kidney failure.

Adjuvant against stress

Natural basil extracts act as an anti-stress agent that helps you relax in just a few minutes. Regular consumption is recommended, but in small amounts, because it prevents the excessive production of cortisol, the stress hormone and stimulates the secretion of endorphins.

Helps prevent oral infections

According to studies, antibacterial compounds help create a protective barrier against germs and infections that can cause oral conditions. Basil tea cleanses the mouth deeply and helps eliminate food residues that can lead to the multiplication of bacteria.

Remedy for headaches

Basil is a natural remedy due to its anti-inflammatory and calming properties and helps to optimize cell oxygenation and thus improve circulation. It is an adjunct to tension-induced headaches.

Prevents premature aging

With a high content of tannins and flavonoids, basil helps prevent premature cell aging. Thus, regular consumption protects the tissues against damage caused by free radicals and prevents the occurrence of various severe diseases.

Good for digestion

Basil regulates inflammatory processes in the body, nourishes the intestinal flora and stimulates transit. Regular consumption in case of excess intestinal gas, relieves stomach pain and stimulates the elimination of excess water.

Other benefits of basil:

  • Treats headaches
  • Stimulates lactation
  • Treats skin conditions
  • Basil infusion is recommended in urinary tract infections, colds, flu, abdominal cramps
  • Soothes asthma
  • Helps strengthen the immune system
  • Gives energy to the body
  • Stimulates appetite.

Vegetable pots with beans & # 8211 find out how to prepare this recipe

Vegetable pots with beans

The vegetable pot is a fresh and healthy food. Due to the fact that now you can find vegetables in all seasons, we can no longer say that it is just an autumn food & # 8211 summer :).

It's perfect for a day of fasting. It can be served simply but as a side dish to rice and steaks.

Ingredients vegetable pot with beans

  • 3-4 red peppers, yellow
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 3-4 onions
  • 220 ml canned beans
  • salt, pepper, 1 cube of Maggi
  • 4-5 tablespoons oil
  • sour cream for serving

Method of preparation

Peel onions and peppers and cut into thin slices. Peel a squash, grate it and cut it into cubes.

Because not all vegetables are cooked at the same time, we must gradually add them. Heat the oil in a pan and add the onion. Season with a little salt and cook well.

Add the peppers over them and cook for another 10 minutes.

Sprinkle gently, then add the tomatoes. Season with pepper and salt to taste. When all is cooked, add the beans. Mix well and boil for another 5 minutes.

0. Vegetable pot ingredients 1. clean the vegetables 2. cut into thin slices (cubes) 3.heat the oil 4. add onion and a little salt 5. add the peppers 6. Sprinkle gently 7. add the tomatoes 8. season with pepper and salt 9. add the beans 10. Vegetable pots with beans

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