There are certain people who do not fancy eating vegetables. But out of all the vegetables out there, nothing garners as much controversy as cilantro.
Cilantro — an often misunderstood herb.
Believe it or not, people who passionately express their bias against the cilantro may actually stem on a biological level. Some people are genetically more sensitive to the herb’s smell, which for them makes it more unpleasant to the nose and taste. Whatever the case, cilantro has a lot more health benefits that makes the herb a lot more lovable. It is said to help with a lot of cardiovascular problems, and is rich in antioxidants, and even demonstrates some insulin-like abilities. How’s that for a wonder herb?
Luckily, however, there are recipes that even the most sensitive of cilantro eaters will enjoy. Here are some of the recipes Paolo came up with:
Cilantro Lime Herb Butter
This wouldn’t be a difficult dish to stomach!
4 tbsps. unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
4 tbsps. chopped cilantro
2 tbsps. Lime or lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt, or to taste.
All you have to do is combine all ingredients and mix them in until the blend is consistent. You can wrap it in foils or put it in storage in your refrigerator for future use. This butter mix will be best on grilled food, and even on snacks as simple as bread and corn-on-the-cob.
Sauteed shrimp in cilantro
This is one dish that will sear its way in your stomach.
1/2 kgs. shrimp, deshelled;
2 chili peppers, sliced into thin rings;
1/4 cup of chopped cilantro;
2 cloves sliced garlic
2 tbsps. Olive oil
2 tbsps. Lime juice
Salt and pepper to taste
First, heat a saucepan on high flame. Add the oil, and saute the chili on it. Add the shrimp and garlic, tossing the contents around to coat it with oil. Sear the shrimps for about a minute, and proceed to stir-fry it for another 2-3 minutes.
Afterwards, turn off the heat and then add the cilantro and lime juice. Mix them around until the cilantro leaves are evenly distributed. Sprinkle with salt and pepper according to your taste.
Preparing a dish using cilantro is quite a simple task, and there are more benefits that justify its unusual smell. Follow these simple recipes and you’re bound to make cilantro lovers out of everyone who gets to taste them.