Fresh herbs brighten up the flavor of everything, including soups and desserts. The aromatic leaves also have nutritional value offering potent little doses of antioxidants -- and not a drop of salt or fat. Try these recipes to enhance a healthy diet and protect yourself against cancer and heart disease.
Soup's on. Instead of ice cream, serve bowls of beta-carotene-rich chilled cantaloupe soup with tarragon syrup.
Before grilling, soak the toothpicks or skewers in water for 30 minutes to prevent them from burning. Butterflying the chicken -- splitting each piece in half and fanning it open like a book -- creates two layers. They make tasty "sandwiches" with tomato and basil.
Depending on your tolerance for spice, use either jalapenos or the more fiery serrano peppers. It's a good idea to wear rubber gloves when handling chiles to avoid burning your skin. If you can't find striped bass, try snapper or wild salmon instead.