How To Use Our Herb Starter Kit

How To Use Our Herb Starter Kit

You’ve grown an herb garden, so what’s next? Here are some fun and easy recipes to make with your fresh, homegrown herbs.

Our starter kit includes 5 very popular herbs you can find in various recipes: Basil, Parsley, Cilantro, Oregano, Chives. We’ve included recipes that highlight the above plants as the main herb, but you may also need to source additional herbs at your closest grocery store or farmers market. Now let’s get cooking!


(image taken from Running in a Skirt blog)

Fresh Peach Salsa (Featured Herb: Cilantro)

This first recipe is a great snack, side dish, or topper on your main course. If you’re interested in a little twist of your favorite salsa, this recipe from Running In A Skirt is a must try!


What you’ll need:

  • 3 ripe peaches
  • 1 plum tomato, seeded and roughly chopped
  • ½ jalapeno, seeds removed and roughly chopped
  • ½ small purple onion, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro roughly chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Garnish: additional cilantro


Start your salsa by cutting your peaches into small bite size cubes. Chop your vegetables enough to place into a food processor and blend until it is a desired consistency. Combine the mixture with the peach cubes, lime juice and salt to taste. If you would like, add a few more cilantro pieces to taste and you’re all set!


(image taken from Mom’s Kitchen Handbook blog)

Breakfast Egg Wrap (Featured Herb: Chives)

If you’re looking for an easy, quick breakfast option to include chives in, this 13-minute recipe is a great option. According to Mom’s Kitchen Handbook, this recipe is freezer friendly and can be prepared in advance for your meal prepping needs.


What you’ll need:

  • 5 eggs
  • 1/3 cup cottage cheese
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced zucchini
  • 1 heaping tablespoon minced chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 4 Multigrain Flatout flatbreads (or whole-grain flour tortillas)
  • 8 thin slices Cheddar cheese


First, whisk the eggs, cottage cheese, salt, and a good taste of black pepper. Warm up the pan with oil on medium heat and saute the red pepper for 1-2 minutes and then cook the zucchini until tender. Lower the heat to medium low and add your mixture of eggs and some chives to the pan. Mix until cooked. Place two slices of cheese on each flatbread and microwave until the cheese is fully melted. Place the egg mixture that is cooked onto the flatbread and wrap. Enjoy! 


If you choose to freeze, let cool, place in plastic, and into a ziploc bag to place into the freezer to keep fresh.


(image taken from Rachel Hartley Nutrition blog)

Chestnut Soup (Featured Herb: Parsley)

Now that we’re in the fall and winter seasons, a great recipe to keep warm is a great chestnut soup from Rachel Harley Nutrition. You could make it in bulk and eat it for lunch on a side of a sandwich or salad or as a main course.


What you’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • ½ yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large carrot, trimmed and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 6 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 13 ounces pre-roasted and peeled chestnuts
  • 1/3 cup red wine
  • ¼ cup half and half or heavy cream
  • Grated fresh nutmeg, for serving
  • Extra virgin olive oil, for serving
  • Chopped fresh parsley or chives, for serving


To start, you would need to warm the olive oil in a large soup pot and saute the celery, onion, and carrots for 5 minutes until translucent. 

Add parsley, thyme, bay leaf and broth, bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer with a lid for 20 minutes. 

Add chestnuts and wine, simmering for 5 more minutes. Remove the bay leaves with tongues.

Puree in a blender until creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

Add half and half cream and stir. 

Serve in bowls and garnish as desired with fresh nutmeg, olive oil and parsley or chives. Enjoy!


(image taken from Nutrition Starring You blog)

Parmesan Roasted Campari Tomatoes (Featured Herb: Oregano)

If you’re a pizza lover but want to make it healthy, this side dish by Nutrition Starring You is a perfect way to remove the carbs and add other options to the meal.


What you’ll need:

  • 8 Campari tomatoes halved
  • 2 Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


To make these delicious treats, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice tomatoes and place on a foil-covered baking pan. Sprinkle cheese, oregano and pepper over the top of the tomatoes. Carefully drizzle olive oil on top and add red pepper flakes for a bit of spice. Place in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and browning but before the tomatoes become mushy. Serve with your favorite main dish.


(image taken from Eastwart blog)

Strawberry Basil Lemonade (Featured Herb: Basil)

Of course Basil is a great topper for any beautiful drink, but this recipe by Eastwart is too good to pass up. If you are a lemonade lover, this is for you.


What you’ll need:

  • 4 cups de-stemmed fresh strawberries
  • Juice from 2 lemons
  • 1 cup fresh basil, plus additional for garnish
  • Optional, sparkling water


Place the strawberries, lemon juice, and basil in a blender and blend on high until at a desired consistency. Serve as is, with ice or with sparkling water. And garnish with Basil. And that’s it!

Let us know if you tried any of these amazing recipes from these amazing creators. And take a look at our Herb Starter Kit in our Shop to start your herb garden today and quickly make these recipes at home.

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