I have a confession to make. I’m a bit obsessed with cilantro. I happen to be of the opinion that it makes most things taste exponentially better. Cilantro does seem to be one of those foods that is quite polarizing, however. People usually really love it or think it tastes like soap. If you fall into the former category, you are in MAJOR luck because I’ve rounded up some AMAZING recipes that feature cilantro as the main attraction. If you are the latter, this is STILL your lucky day because these recipes are so good, they will make a cilantro-lover out of you too!
Cilantro, or coriander as people in some parts call it, finds its’ way into many Mexican dishes, but you can also find it in all kinds of Asian food, which is lucky for me because my husband will eat anything Asian-inspired every night of the week. Cilantro just adds a brightness, freshness and verdant flavor to anything you add it to. If you love the stuff as much as I do, you probably already know all of that. BUT did you know that this wonderful herb also has amazing health benefits?
Herbs in general have a far greater concentration of antioxidants and phytonutrients than most of your everyday fruits and veggies. The word antioxidant is kind of a buzzword that food distributors use to market foods to make them appear healthier, but do you know what antioxidants actually do? In summary, they protect our cells against the negative damage caused by free radicals, which are those nasty things floating around in our bodies that are the primary cause for many degenerative diseases like arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc. Cilantro has a wide variety of antioxidants along with loads of minerals like iron, potassium, manganese, calcium and magnesium. It’s also a great source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and folic acid!
But perhaps the most exciting health benefit of cilantro is it’s ability to help rid our bodies of (or chelate) heavy metals such cadmium, mercury, and aluminum! Why is this important? Everyday through various forms, whether it be from dental fillings, contaminated fish, cosmetics, pesticide sprays, cooking utensils or cigarette smoke, we ingest loads of heavy metals that accumulate in our brain, kidneys, lymph sysytem and various other body tissues, inhibiting proper function. Cilantro is an extremely effective chelating agent to help detoxify our bodies of these harmful metals. It acts by binding to the heavy metals so that you can excrete them through your urine. Additionally, the essential oils found in cilantro have very powerful anti-fungal and antibacterial properties!
So how can you incorporate more cilantro into your diet? As I said, I LOVE cilantro so I find many ways to use it. I juice it. I chop it up and toss it in salads and stir fries. I even stir it into soups and stews. But just in case you can’t find as many ways to use it as this chic right here, I’m going to leave you with 33 Amazing Cilantro Recipes!
Green Green Smoothie by Healing Cuisine by Elise
Asian Almond Chicken Salad by Healing Cuisine by Elise
Asian Infused Lettuce Wraps by Divine Health From the Inside Out
Asian Lettuce Wraps by Real Food Whole Health
Chilli Chicken Skewers with Cilantro Pesto by All Things Health
Creamy Artichoke Soup by Healing Cuisine by Elise
Crockpot Chicken Tacos by Just Enjoy Food
Curried Egg Frittata by My Heart Beets
Detox Salad by Real Food RN
Dinner Enchiladas by Good Not Perfect
Grain Free Mexican Flatbread by Happy Healthnut
Indian Beef Cutlets by My Heart Beets
Marinated Grilled Flank Steak with Twisted Chimichurri by Happy Healthnut
Paleo Samosas by My Heart Beets
Spaghetti Squash with Cilantro Pesto by Rubies & Radishes
Spicy Black Beans, Chicken and Tomatoes by Megan Lierman
Spicy Lime Chicken by The Organic Kitchen
Thai Turkey Soup by Happy Healthnut
Twice Cooked Bone Broth by Food Your Body Will Thank You For
Basil Cilantro Jalapeno Pesto by Honey, Ghee & Me
Cilantro Pesto by Studio Botanica
Green Chutney by My Heart Beets
Homemade Guacamole by Economies of Kale
How to Can a Zesty Salsa Recipes in a Water Bath Canner by the Untrained Housewife
How to Make Herb Butters by the Untrained Housewife
Lactofermented Salsa by Economies of Kale
Mango Salsa by Don’t Waste the Crumbs
Mexican Cilantro Pesto: Fermented (or not) by Pickle Me Too
Mexican Sweet Corn by The Organic Kitchen
Sweet and Spicy Garden Salsa by Happy Healthnut
Asian Slaw by Real Food RN
Black Bean Confetti Salad by Healing Cuisine by Elise
Cauliflower with a Spin from Conveying Awareness
Coleslaw Recipe: Lime and Cilantro or Basil by the Untrained Housewife
Garlic Cilantro Lime Rice by Girl Meets Nourishment
Redneck Caviar by Happy Healthnut
Roasted Sweet Potato and Corn Salad by Happy Healthnut
Smoky Spicy Black Bean Hummus by A Harmony Healing
If you’re still not convinced that cilantro is a wonder herb, check out this post from The Untrained Housewife on Culinary Herbs as Home Remedies: Coriander (Cilantro)!
What’s your favorite way to use cilantro?
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