Cilantro: The Real MVP
Updated: Jul 1, 2020
Cilantro. Or, in the botanical world, the plant is known as Coriandrum sativum. So, in the Western world, we know cilantro to be the leafy greens almost shaped like 4-leaf clovers that you find in a lot of international dishes, especially Mexican (hello, guacamole). BUT, did you know that the cilantro leaves are only one part of the plant? You also have the coriander seeds that come from Coriandrum sativum as well. If you haven’t cooked with coriander seeds before, you’ve most likely eaten them if you’ve enjoyed any Asian, Middle Eastern or Indian dishes, as coriander is almost always present in these yummy delicacies. Nikki, are you saying that Coriandrum sativum gives us the cilantro leaves AS WELL AS the coriander seeds? That’s exactly what I’m saying, Bob. A plant that is used holistically? That sounds like a real Most Valuable Player to me.
As I said previously, cilantro, as well as coriander seeds, are used in many international dishes, providing so much flavor and zest for life in each bite. One of my favorite uses of cilantro is when I make my own SUPER EASY veggie slaw. This is especially perfect with spicy meals because the cilantro helps to cleanse your palate and reduce the heat in your mouth. I’ll give you guys the recipe soon, but first, let’s talk about some of the ways cilantro can positively influence your health:
1) *Has anti-cancer effects
2) *Helps with pain and inflammation
3) *Assists with your skin health
4) *Contains anti-fungal properties
As my mother always says, you can’t go wrong with green!
I know you’re dying to know how I make my veggie slaw, so here it is:
-1 head of broccoli
-1 head of red cabbage (or green)
-2 cups of finely shredded carrots
-1 cup of raisins
-1 to 2 cups of plain Greek yogurt (I personally use the Fage brand)
-1 bushel of cilantro
Chop broccoli and cabbage to desired consistency and size and place in a large bowl. -Add in the shredded carrots and raisins.
-Chop your cilantro into fine pieces (you can use the stems if you’d like) and add to the large bowl with the other vegetables.
-Add in your Greek yogurt and stir.
This is paired perfectly with any dish, but some of my favorites would be Chicken Shawarma or Tikka Masala, both bursting with flavor (thanks, coriander).
So, what are you waiting for? Go be a cilan-pro. HA.
*Nutrition Source: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/277627#nutrition