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Healthy eating for children by Mandy Francis, Infinite Ideas

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41. On the rack

Clever use of herbs and spices can make healthy meals child-friendly.

Just because a dish is healthy, however, doesn’t mean it has to be bland and tasteless. Keep a small library of herbs, spices and flavourings and use them with abandon.

If you don’t know where to start, the following list will give you some ideas for using common herbs and spices. Fresh herbs will generally give you the best result – but for practical reasons you may prefer to keep a selection of dried flavourings.

Herbs

Basil

Dried basil is OK, but fresh is better – grow your own or buy it in pots from the supermarket. Basil loses its flavour on cooking, so use it raw or add it to dishes at the last minute. It tastes great with pasta, pizza, tomatoes, Mediterranean ...

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