Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
No specific GERD triggers.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"A man taking basil from a woman will love her always."
-Sir Thomas Moore, Member of the Tudor Court

The refrigerator light goes on...

Simple, fresh and great for you, this makes a fantastic garnish for almost anything -- fish, chicken, pork or even grilled vegetables.

Sweet Basil

There is no substitute for fresh basil. Dried basil has a completely different flavor and using it in recipes is something I rarely do.

The fresh basil you will find in the market is most likely Sweet Basil. The soft green leaves bruise easily and then turn black. Because of this fresh basil doesn't keep very well.

To keep the leaves fresh, rinse gently and then wrap them in a damp paper towel. Place the bundle inside a plastic bag before putting them in the fridge. You can also put them in a glass of water stem side down like a bunch of flowers in a vase.

5 leaves fresh basil = <1 calorie, <1g fat, 0g sat fat, 0g mono fat, <1g protein, <1g carbohydrates, <1mg sodium, 0mg cholesterol


Basil Oil

Servings = 8 | Serving size =about 1 1/2 teaspoons

Cooking Time = 15 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3.

This recipe keeps well in the refrigerator for about a week.

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves

Place the olive oil and basil in a blender or mini chopper and process until smooth.


Nutrition Facts

Serving size = about 1 1/2 teaspoons

Servings = 8


Amount Per Serving

Calories 60 Calories from Fat 20
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 7g 10%
    Saturated Fat 1g 5%
    Monounsaturated Fat 5g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 0g 0%
    Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
    Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0% Iron 0%
Vitamin K 10 mcg Potassium 5 mg
Magnesium 1 mg