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Flavorful, healthy vegetable snacks
If you’re looking for an easy way to improve your diet, eating more fruits and vegetables is the way to go – and if you want something really easy, just eat them on their own as snacks.

Of course, many people aren’t crazy about eating raw veggies. Fortunately, with a bit of flavoring with fresh frozen herbs, tasty veggies are a simple, easy snack that will get you the vitamins you need in a flavorful way.

Here are some ideas for flavoring healthy veggie snacks with herbs:

Quick vegetable snacks
– Enjoy these on their own between meals

Snap peas with parsley
- Snap peas are a refreshing snack that tastes great with parsley either raw or slightly cooked. In the winter months, try boiling some water and simmering some snap peas for about 6 minutes with salt, and a dash of butter. Then, add fresh frozen parsley to the snap peas and enjoy a delicious, easy veggie snack!


Vegetables on the side
– Add these to your main course and get ready for flavor

Squash with basil
– Fresh frozen basil will add zest to your squash and make it an even more inviting winter vegetable. Squash is a great source of vitamin A and vitamin C, while basil packs magnesium and iron.

Flavorful winter salads – suitable for holiday serving
Salads with fresh frozen herbs are an ideal addition to any menu, especially during the holiday season.

Winter is the ideal time to try Daregal fresh frozen herbs, since there isn’t easy access to fresh herbs and a little convenience added to the kitchen is always welcomed.

Fresh frozen herbs from Daregal Gourmet can make your salads pop with flavor year round: On its own or in a dressing!

A herb-splashed salad dressing makes for a unique, crisp-tasting homemade salad flavor that will impress your guests and add a zesty flavor to your holiday menu. You can jazz up simple vinaigrette dressing with Daregal fresh frozen basil and parsley.

Olive oil with parsley and basil also makes an easy and delicious dipping sauce for bread. Adding garlic, salt, vinegar and dijon mustard can create a simple, delicious sauce that can be used for both bread and salads.

Because Daregal’s special freezing methods retain the fresh, natural flavor and aromas of the herbs, boosting the fresh factor of whatever salad recipe you are preparing this winter is a snap!

When the weather gets cold and dreary, a fresh tasting salad can be just the right touch to a holiday meal or dinner party. Adding a new taste to your salad is simple as sprinkling some Daregal herbs on as a finishing touch to whatever salad you plan to serve.

And if you’re looking for something new, try this special herbal winter salad:

Five roma tomatoes cut to serve
1.5 tablespoons of vinegar
½ teaspoon of black pepper and salt
½ cup of olive oil
1 teaspoon of Daregal fresh frozen basil
1 teaspoon of oregano
8 cups of mixed salad greens
1 cup of chopped mushrooms
½ cup of chopped almonds

Herbal Holidays
Easily enhance your holiday favorites with fresh frozen herbs!

Turkey takes center stage in November - but deliciously unique side dishes and appetizers with herbs can turn an ordinary Thanksgiving meal into a memorably flavorful feast! Daregal Fresh frozen herbs can be your secret ingredient for an even more scrumptious holiday season this year!

Appetizing with herbs
To start out your gathering, try serving holiday guests a homemade herb pesto pinwheel featuring fresh frozen basil or cilantro. Fresh homemade pesto is a snap to make with Daregal herbs, and molding it with your cheese of choice into a frozen pastry makes for a bit-sized treat that will tie your guests over until the main meal event.

Simply combine fresh frozen basil and oregano, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, garlic and finely diced onions and tomatoes (optional) to make the pesto. Open a can of frozen croissant or crescent dinner rolls, separate into two squares and apply the pesto. Then bake for about fifteen minutes, cut into small pieces and serve with toothpicks.

Show your flavorful sides
Now on to the main meal – we’ll go ahead and assume you’re planning to stick with tradition and serve a turkey main course. Throwing together a couple new side dishes can add a refreshing change to your meal, and with Daregal fresh frozen herbs, it’s easier than ever to do.

Everyone loves mashed potatoes – so why not add a second type to your Thanksgiving lineup? Red potatoes with herbs taste great, and by leaving a few scrubbed skins on your spuds, you can create a spectacular presentation at your table that is an excellent flavor compliment to virtually any meal. For a delicious, red herbal potato side dish, simply:

Combine 2 and ½ pounds of red potatoes, 4 tablespoons of butter, salt, pepper, 1 and ½ tablespoons of Daregal fresh frozen parsley and 1 tablespoon of dill, a dash of cream, mash and serve.

For another easy side dish, try adding herbs like parsley, cilantro and oregano with sautéed mixed vegetables or steamed broccoli and zucchini.

Herbs are an excellent way to easily add flavor without adding calories or fats. Don’t forget to make them apart of your holiday celebrations this year!
 

Warm up with Daregal!
The weather is turning colder, so warm up with some soups and stews flavored with Daregal fresh frozen herbs. We’ve got tips for using all of our herbs to add flavor to delicious, easy-to-make soups and stews.

Tired of flavor-lacking store-bought dishes? Spice things up with our simple tips for adding big time flavors to the foods that take the littlest amount of time to prepare.





Warm up with Daregal!

When the weather turns cool, it's time to change up your every day cuisine! Replacing light, cold dishes with hearty, warm meals is as much a part of the fall season as falling leaves and football.

Using some Fresh Frozen Herbs is a great way to bring a flavor burst to some traditional fall dishes - like soups and stews.

Nothing spells a cold spell better than a bowl of hot soup. Soups can be customized and tinkered with so that no recipe is the same - and even the same recipe can be made different ways.

So go ahead and add some parsley or a little cilantro to your favorite soups and stews and you’ll be pleased with the big time flavors packed into our small, Fresh Frozen Herb containers.

And don’t worry about time. Homemade soups don’t require all day in the kitchen, which is a common misconception. Many delicious soups can be made with little effort, especially ones made with water-based broth, fresh vegetables and a herb-based puree.

As a general rule, add herbs to soups at the beginning of the cooking process. To unleash the most flavor, add some more herbs before serving.

So, what herbs go with what soups you ask? Good question.


Parsley
Our herb of the month, Parsley, is a versatile culinary herb that adds flavor and a lovely fresh aroma to virtually any homemade soup.

Try it with – Potato based soups take on a soothing, fresh taste when flavored with a generous portion of Daregal fresh Frozen parsley.


Basil
Basil adds a little pop of flavor to almost anything you can make at home.

Try it with – Cream of squash soup. Squash is a perennial fall favorite. A squash based cream soup can be made several ways, from simply mashed squash with garlic to chicken broth paired with squash. Jack up the flavor of your favorite squash dish with basil to give it an authentic, satisfyingly fresh taste.


Cilantro
Another versatile herb, cilantro has a slightly exotic taste and is widely used in Mediterranean and Indian cooking.

Try it with – Bean-based soups can be enhanced immensely with a cilantro-based pesto. Make a simple one with our fresh frozen cilantro, olive oil and celery.


Beef stew with parsley

Lamb stew with Cilantro and Onion

Football season story
With Daregal fresh frozen herbs, you can easily add gourmet taste to made-from-scratch recipes or store bought dips and sauces. Our game plan for football season appetizers and dips includes tips you can use no matter how much time you have to get ready for your next party:

Pregame - When you don’t have much time to put together some football appetizers, simply sprinkle some dill dip in your favorite sour cream-based dip and serve with assorted raw vegetables and plain rippled potato chips.

Halftime - Just as football coaches use halftime as a time to make in-game adjustments, party hosts can decide halfway through a get together that more or different food is needed. If light snacking with dips isn’t tackling your guests’ hunger, throw a frozen pizza in the oven and sprinkle some Daregal fresh frozen basil on it when it’s done – you’ll be surprised how much better it tastes.

Victory celebration: When time isn’t a concern and you want to serve the most flavorful dips, try these great party dip recipes.
 
Kick off your fall with easy gourmet dips
We’re introducing our Daregal dip tips just in time for football season!

Serious cooking enthusiasts appreciate the ease of adding Daregal herbs to gourmet recipes - but that’s not the only way to enjoy fresh frozen herbs. They’re also perfect for adding big time flavor to casual snacking and dips -
especially when having people over.
Whether you’re having a dinner party or inviting friends over to watch the big game, there’s an herb dip that’s just right for the occasion. From making dill dip to serving oregano spreads, dips are easy to make and universally liked.
Lucky 7 Layer Dip with cilantro and dill
Ingredients:
  • 1 can of refried beans
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 lime
  • 1 can of salsa
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Shredded jack and cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup of diced black olives
  • 1 large tomato (diced)
  • 1 small can of jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped (optional)
  • Daregal Cilantro
  • Dill
Instructions:

In a large pan spread the refried beans smoothly.
In a bowl, mash the avocados with 2 tablespoons of salsa, 2 tsp of Daregal cilantro, and squeeze half a lime. Layer on top of the refried beans.
To the sour cream, add two tablespoons of dill (optional) and layer on top of the guacamole.
Layer the rest of the salsa on top of the sour cream.
Evenly sprinkle the jack and cheddar cheese over entire layer with desired amount.
Add a layer of diced tomatoes and olives on top of the cheese.
For a little kick, add the jalapeños for the final layer.
Enjoy with your favorite type of tortilla chips.
White Bean dip with oregano and parsley
Ingredients:
  • One can or package of white beans
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of Daregal fresh frozen Parsley
  • 2.5 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese
  • 2.5 teaspoons of oregano
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Breadsticks
  • Plain tortilla chips
  • Vegetables like carrots, broccoli, asparagus and cauliflower
Instructions:

Mix beans, olive oil, garlic, oregano and parsley in a food processor or blender. Cover and process until the mixture is nearly smooth. Pour in a large bowl and top the mixture with grated parmesan cheese. Serve with breadsticks, chips and your choice of veggies.
Garlic oregano dip
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Instructions:

In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients; cover and refrigerate. Serve with pita bread slices,
Warm cheese dip with parsley
Ingredients:
  • 3 oz package of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup of shredded Muenster cheese
  • 2 tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons Daregal Parsley
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped chives
Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350F Mix all ingredients and place in a small oven safe bowl. Bake for 15-20 minutes until melted and bubbly. Serve with apple slices, crisp vegetables, crackers, bread, etc.

Enjoy!

Bring on the flavors!

Spring brings us the promise of fresh food, especially vegetables. And that means dips!

Among the most popular condiments in the US, dips are also served with tortillas and crackers, chips and pitas, cubed meets and cheeses. They are an easily and quickly prepared party food, bringing flavor and texture to your favorite snack. Homemade dips are so much better than ones that come out of a can. So think about spring picnics, graduation parties, or just your healthy snacks, and use Daregal herbs to flavor your dips. Here are a few tips from us to spice up your table:

Fresh Tomato Salsa
Farmer’s Cheese Spread or Dip
Classic & Easy Guacamole
 

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Ingredients:
  • 4 lg. ripe plum tomatoes-seeds removed and chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1/4 cup Daregal cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp. of oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. fresh lime juice
  • Salt & pepper to taste
Instructions:

Put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Cover and let stand at room temperature for the flavors to blend.

Farmer’s Cheese Spread or Dip

Ingredients:
  • 1 pack of 7.5 oz. farmer's cheese (can also use cottage cheese after you strained it)
  • 3-4 Tbsp. sour cream
  • 1 small red onion, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. Daregal parsley
  • 1-2 Tbsp. sweet paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions:

Mix well the farmer’s cheese and sour cream, until desired texture is achieved.

Add all the spices and other ingredients and mix well.

Serve fresh with vegetables, toasts or stuffed in peppers or refrigerate till later.

Classic & Easy Guacamole

Ingredients:
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2-3 ripe plum tomatoes or 5-6 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. Daregal cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp. Daregal parsley
  • 1 clove of garlic, pressed
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions:

Cut avocados in half, remove pit, and scoop from peel. Place avocado into a mixing bowl, and mash to desired consistency.

Stir in onion, tomatoes, garlic, and Daregal herbs.

Add lime juice, salt, and pepper.

Tips:

Add 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced (use gloves when handling) if you are feeling bold.



What to eat this season
with gourmet frozen herbs?

Eating seasonal foods is a natural, traditional approach to meal planning, which we tend to forget in this modern age. Our garden, the farmers' market or your grocery store- at the produce section or fresh frozen aisle, provide seasonality, that reminds us of the cycle of life, offering what our body needs nutritionally during that time of year. Eating seasonal produces is not only healthy, and not just for those with a diet concern, but also befitting with our habits today, with an increasing desire to buy natural products.

Winter staples are full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, such as broccoli, beats, cabbage (Red, Savoy), celery roots, winter squash, sweet potatoes, parsnip, and turnips, avocados, brussel sprouts, rhubarbs, cauliflowers, onions, potatoes, whether you pick them up in a jar, from the produce stand or the frozen section. And now you can add fresh frozen herbs to your selection- gourmet herbs that always stay fresh in your freezer.
The fruits of the season are: pears, oranges and other citrus fruits, apples, grapes, cranberries, pomegranates, persimmons to name a few.

These classic ingredients can be turned into a unique and savory meal by adding a new flavor, using gourmet fresh frozen herbs. With herbs you can easily refresh the ordinary, every day dish you are used to, and create a gourmet surprise by adding a new aroma to everyone’s pleasure. Cooking with fresh frozen herbs awakens your senses, brings new flavors, textures, colors onto your table, while filling the house with fresh fragrances. The benefits of fresh frozen herbs are endless: they are natural and healthy, convenient to use, not only saving you time and money, but also providing you with a fresh ingredient for 36-months. Delicious meals don't come any easier! So enjoy our carrot cream soup recipe with cilantro, and bon appetit!

Carrot Cream Soup with Frozen Daregal Cilantro
Serves 4

Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoons ground coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound peeled baby carrots
  • 3/8 cup coarsely chopped frozen Daregal Cilantro, divided
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half or milk
  • 1/8 cup honey
Instructions:

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Add coriander, paprika, cumin, sauté 2 minutes. Add broth, salt, pepper, and carrots; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until carrots are very tender. Let stand 5 minutes.

Place the mixture in a blender; cover tightly, and process until smooth. Return into pan, and stir in half of the frozen cilantro, half-and-half, and honey. Cook over low heat 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle some frozen cilantro over the soup before serving.

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