We all know that we’re *supposed* to eat more vegetables.
But when it comes to actually doing it…? Most of us fall short of the recommended 2 1/2-6 1/2 cups we’re supposed to consume every day.
Part of the problem is that the way many people cook vegetables is just plain boring.
(Salty boiled carrots again?! Blech!)
But we’ll have to save the topic of how to cook individual vegetables more deliciously for another time, because today I’m going to let you in on a sneaky little technique we use at my house to turbo-charge even the meatiest, starchiest meals with extra nutrients.
What’s the secret, you ask?
Well my friends, it’s really very simple.
Add some nettle leaf powder into your dishes.
Nettle leaf is one of those super-herbs that can treat numerous conditions (such as urinary & kidney issues, difficulty with lactation, dysmenorrhea, asthma, and water retention, just to name a few!) And it’s also a nutritious food-source, filled with folate, copious amounts of vitamin A and K, calcium, manganese, and heaps of other essential vitamins and minerals.
You can add nettle leaf powder to pretty much any savory recipe and while you usually won’t notice the flavor very strongly, your taste buds will pick up on its intense nutrient goodness and you’ll feel your body thanking you.
Adding nettle leaf powder to dishes is also a great way to get picky eaters to get more bang out of every bite without having a reason to turn their nose up at it.
Here are some recipe examples:
- Cook 1 cup of brown rice in 2 cups of bone-broth with 2-3 tablespoons of nettle leaf powder and add in pine-nuts for some extra good fats and a little soft crunch (pictured above).
- Add a heaping tablespoon of nettle leaf powder into scrambled eggs (green eggs and ham anyone?!)
- Mix 2-3 tablespoons of nettle leaf powder with 1/2 lb grass-fed ground beef, 1/4 lb ground pork, 1/4 lb ground lamb, 1/2 an onion (minced), 1-5 cloves of garlic (depending on taste), 1 egg (optional), some other herbs and spices (think parsley, rosemary, thyme, oregano, turmeric, paprika…you really can’t go wrong!), some salt and pepper. Roll into 2-inch meatballs and place on a baking tray. Stick it in all the oven at 375°F for about 30 minutes or so, until fully cooked through, and voila! Dinner’s ready! (Add some boiled chard, baked taters, and/or a grain on the side).
Really, the options are endless.
Now I’d love to hear your ideas!
What kinds of recipes would you like to add nettle leaf powder to?
Leave a comment in the comments section below and let me know, I’m looking for more ideas!
‘Til next time,
Love, hugs, and herb walks,
P.S. Can’t find nettle leaf powder at your grocery store? Check out Mountain Rose Herbs. (I’m not an affiliate, so I get nothing for making this recommendation beyond the pure joy I have from spreading the word about a great small company!)