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Dill Tames a Tummy Ache

Researchers in India found that limonene, a volatile oil in dill, works as well as a prescription meds as killing sickness-causing intestinal bacteria such as E coli.  The herb also helps quell the intestinal spasms that can lead to diarrhea and stomach pain.  Plus, the beta-carotene in carrots revs the body’s output of germ fighting T Cells

Pair Dill with Carrots

In sauce pan over medium high heat, sauté 2lbs. Baby carrots in 2 Tbs. olive oil 7 min.  Add 1 1/2 cups chicken broth or apple cider, cover and cook 7 min. or until carrots are tender and most of the liquid has cooked out.  Add 1 Tbs. light  brown sugar; toss to coat.  Add 1 1/2 Tbs. chopped fresh dill {or 3/4 Tbs. crumbled dried dill}; toss well.

Garlic Stops the Sniffles

Mincing garlic releases allicin, a sulfuric compound that activates infection –fighting white blood cells to shorten a cold by several days, report British scientist.  What’s more an amino acid in chicken called cysteine helps thin nasal mucus, quickly relieving nasal congestion and pressure.

Pair Garlic with Chicken

In a sauce pan over medium high heat, sauté 1/4 cup each minced garlic and minced onion in 2 Tbs. olive oil 3 min.  Add 1 lb. rotisserie cooked chicken meat, shredded; 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes and 2 tsp. Italian herb seasoning blend, like Mrs. Dash; cook 5 min.  Add 2 1/2 cups chicken stock; bring to a boil.  Add 1 lb. pound cooked penne pasta and 1 cup peas; toss to heat through .  Top with 1/2 grated Percorino Romano cheese.

Rosemary Cures a Cough

Studies show that eucalyptol in rosemary renders coughing inducing chest phlegm  less “sticky” making it easier to expel.  In addition the herb’s tannins and the omega –3 fatty acids in salmon exhibit an anti-inflammatory action that soothes a scratchy throat.

Pair Rosemary with Salmon

Heat oven to 450 F.  Lay 4 salmon on rimmed baking sheet{4.5 oz. each} Tuck a sprig of rosemary under each fillet and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Bake 10 min.  Meanwhile in a bowl, whisk together 11/2 Tbs. each Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, whole grain mustard and brown sugar; add 1 tsp. finely chopped rosemary leaves and 1/2 tsp. each kosher salt and pepper.  Gradually whisk in 2 Tbs. olive oil.  Spoon sauce over salmon fillets.

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