By Fiona Breslin
Thyme is a sweet and nutritional herb that makes a great substitute for salt-heavy seasonings. One teaspoon of dried thyme contains 21% of daily vitamin K, a nutrient that supports liver, blood, and bone health. Thyme also contains iron and calcium.
The tiny-leaved herb has powerful antiseptic and expectorant properties too. It has been used throughout history not just for cooking, but medicinally. Proponents of natural healing recommend using thyme oil to combat foot and nail infections or infusing the leaves into tea to help protect the respiratory system against wintertime ailments and colds.
Thyme provides a distinct taste that complements other flavors and seasonings well. Always use fresh leaves when available; remember that dried herbs contain more concentrated flavor than fresh versions, so use them in smaller quantities. Thyme is ideal for salad dressing, meat, and marinades.
Use thyme in Cook for Your Life’s Basic Roast Chicken with cooked shallots. Prepare using free-range chicken and fresh or dried herbs for a simple, succulent, wintertime recipe. Sprinkle thyme on top of the chicken and into its cavity prior to cooking. This will infuse the flavor into its juices.