Healthy Herb & Spice Recipes

Find healthy, delicious herb and spice recipes from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Homemade Elderberry Syrup

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Use this simple elderberry syrup to create an immune-supporting superfood sipper for cold and flu season. Elderberries offer rich amounts of flavonoids--powerful plant antioxidants shown to help fight inflammation and improve vascular function--in addition to potassium and vitamins A and C. These tiny, yet mighty berries have been used as a natural herbal remedy to help defend against myriad health ailments for over a century. In addition to safeguarding immunity, research suggests that taking the berry at the onset of certain sicknesses may help quell symptoms like coughing and sore throat. To create a soothing, tea-like sipper, mix the elderberry syrup with hot water. Alternatively, pour the elderberry syrup over ice and top off with club soda for an invigorating elixir.

Instant-Pot Whole Chicken

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This basic Instant Pot whole chicken is moist and delicious. Plenty of garlic and fresh herbs flavor this healthy chicken recipe that can be enjoyed as a meal on its own or shredded and used in soups or as a topping for salad. In addition to the garlic and herb chicken, see Tips (below) for a lemon-garlic variation and a lemongrass and lime version of the basic recipe. Whichever version you choose, this pressure-cooker chicken requires just 15 minutes of active time.

Slow-Cooker Lemon, Garlic & Sage Chicken

When making a whole, slow-cooker chicken, it's best to buy a better-quality chicken such as one from a farm stand. The flavor and texture of the bird will hold up best over the long cook time. Also, leaving the skin on during cooking will ensure that the chicken stays moist. If you have leftover chicken, use it for a chicken soup or in a chicken salad sandwich. For a beautiful presentation, serve the chicken surrounded by fresh sage leaves and roasted, halved lemons and garlic heads.