Episode 19: Healing with Culinary Herbs

Recipe: Black Bean Tacos

Herbs and spices are Mother Nature’s medicine cabinet!

If you’re not cooking with them already, it’s time to spice things up and get herbaceous with your cooking… especially this spring!

Culinary herbs + spices are not only healing, but they add incredible flavor and zest to your cooking!

Herbs are so easy to grow at home. They’re beautiful to look at and there’s no better feeling than going outside to trim your home grown herbs and adding them to your cooking. 

And because they’re in season, they’re so inexpensive- so go herb crazy!

Cooking with herbs on a regular basis  is a great way to maintain your health. And each herb is healing for specific ailments. So if you have any kind of chronic conditions or sickness, you may want to high dose the herbs that are healing for you (aka eat a lot of them). 

A list of herbs and there healing properties can be found below this episode on our website!

Join Cara + Megan in Episode 19 of Simply Seasonal:

  • How to use culinary herbs medicinally
  • Why it’s important to shop for quality herbs and spices
  • Simple ways to add herbs + spices to your cooking
  • Recipe for herbaceous medicinal tacos! ðŸ˜²

Balance, heal, thrive,
Cara + Megan

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Your guide to healing with herbs + spices

  • Rosemary– warming, blood mover, circulation, memory, + brain
  • Thyme- anti-viral, lungs, sore throat, bronchitis, lowers blood pressure + cholesterol
  • Sage- cognition, inflammation, blood sugar, diabetes, immune system, digestion, skin + bone health
  • Oregano- anti-biotic, flu, fevers, boost immunity, anti-cancerous, anti-parasitic, + gut health
  • Parsley- cooling, alkaline, diuretic, kidneys, kidney stones, anemia, bloating, edema, digestif, acid reflux, IBS, bad breath, + bone health
  • Cilantro- detoxifying, heavy metal puller, anti-microbial
  • Basil- anti-bacterial, anti-viral, relieves congestion, repairs free radical damage, stimulates nervous system, + stomach spasms
  • Cinnamon- warming, blood mover, blood sugar, diabetes, cold hands + feet, stimulates libido, lowers cholesterol, + anti-parasitic
  • Mint- digestif, bile stimulant, relieves pain, reduces bloating + gas
  • Garlic- anti-biotic, high blood pressure, heart disease, cold/flu, cancer fighter, anti-parasitic, yeast, candida, + gut health
  • Ginger- warming, circulation, lungs, anti-inflammatory, respiratory conditions, allergies, gut health, digestion, headaches, + arthritis

Your guide to cooking with herbs + spices

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Black Bean Tacos

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Simple Tip: “Always cook with Seasonal foods to balance, heal, and thrive!”
  • xoxo Cara + Megan


    • 2 tbl olive oil
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 jalapeno pepper, de-seeded and minced
    • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 cups black beans
    • 1 Tbl chili powder
    • 1 tsp cumin
    • 1/2 lime
    • 1 14.5oz can fire roasted crushed tomatoes
    • A few dashes of hot sauce (optional)
    • 2 Tbl fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1/2-1 avocado, sliced
  • 2 radishes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 8-12 corn tortillas
  • Directions

    1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Add onion and cook 5-7 minutes, add garlic and jalepeno. Season with salt and pepper. Cook 2-3 minutes more.
    2. Add black beans, chili powder and cumin. Stir to combine. Squeeze 1/2 lime into mixture and stir again.
    3. Add tomatoes, hot sauce and fresh oregano. Let simmer on low for 5-7 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
    4. Heat tortillas in hot skillet or over gas burner. Spoon bean mixture into tortillas and top with avocado, radish and lots of fresh cilantro.
    5. Enjoy any day of the week!
    Megan goes into depth about herbs and medicinal uses
    Cara makes tacos

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    Megan + Cara

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