Key Word: Fresh

I have three garden containers for herbs.
I have three garden containers for herbs.

Since I love to cook, it’s little wonder that many of my sims share my passion. I also enjoy tending my little herb garden and growing a few vegetables. So do my sims! Imagine that.

I was beyond happy when herbalism was introduced as a new skill for Sims 4. I only wish my sims had more herbs from which to choose.

My herb garden includes parsley, Italian parsley, rosemary, oregano, cilantro, thyme, sage, dill, basil, chives, lavender, and lemon balm. I’m planning to add catnip, too.

Along with the herbs, we’re growing tomatoes, peppers, and leaf lettuce.

Yes, gardening does take a little time and effort, and I can’t evolve plants the way my sims do, but I certainly can talk to them each day. I water, I weed, and in the end I’m rewarded with fresh produce and fresh herbs that make meal time a delight.

Earlier this week I fixed a family favorite. It’s a dish your sims probably enjoy often. I’m sharing my “fresh” variety here. If you’ve never prepared it using fresh vegetables, do give it a try. Once you’ve tasted it, you’ll never want it any other way.

Spaghetti with Fresh Vegetables

Fresh Tomato PastaIt couldn’t be easier.  Cook your spaghetti according to the directions on the package. I use whole-wheat pasta, and my favorite is “angel hair”.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a skillet. For each serving you’re preparing, use about 1 teaspoon of oil.

Saute fresh garlic, onion, and green pepper until tender. Add in fresh mushrooms, too, if your family likes them. If I have fresh zucchini, I sometimes add it in, as well.

Quick note: When cooking spaghetti — or any other pasta — I always add a little bit of olive oil to the boiling water. I usually also add a bit of garlic powder. I love garlic and use a lot of it.

I don’t use exact measurements, but you’ll want about one clove of minced garlic per serving. Adjust the quantity of onions and peppers to suit your taste.

Next come the fresh herbs. Again, I don’t measure, but I use about 1 tablespoon of chopped basil and parsley for each serving I’m fixing. I also snip a bit of rosemary and oregano and add it in.

Instead of sauce, chop fresh tomatoes — about two per serving — and add them to the vegetables and herbs. Drain the spaghetti and toss with the fresh vegetables. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and breadsticks. A fresh garden salad rounds out the meal.

I usually serve Italian meatballs with the spaghetti, or for variety, I sometimes add fresh shrimp to the vegetables along with a bit of lemon-pepper seasoning. Of course, you don’t have to use spaghetti for the dish. Any pasta will do.

Don’t have any fresh herbs? Why not? They’re easy to grow, and they don’t require a lot of room. When you cook using fresh herbs, you won’t believe how incredibly good your recipes taste.

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Key Word: Fresh

    1. Today I made chicken tortellini soup. (We get up around 3 or 4 am, so it’s close to lunch time for us already LOL). I used fresh sage, rosemary, and basil from the herb garden. It’s chilly here this morning — about 45 degrees — so the hot soup with crusty herb bread was just perfect.

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