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6 Ways to Cook with Cilantro, the Anti-Inflammatory Herbs

We serve breakfast tacos.



Guacamole tastes *that* much better with a mountain of chopped cilantro, just like peanut butter can’t live without jelly. Whatever the occasion, there is something about the mix of the creamy avocado and the freshly chopped herbaceous cilantro that always hits the spot just so.

But I’ll be honest: I add a mountain of cilantro to so much more than simply guacamole. Consider tacos with queso fresco, black beans, spicy grilled corn, and lime-cilantro rice. This bright green, leafy herb has a flavorful punch that can make practically any delectable dish into something that is simply out of this world.

Why the longevity-enhancing properties of these cilantro recipes

The Blue Zones are five geographical areas that have been linked to some of the world’s longest-living populations. You may already be familiar with these areas, but just in case, let me explain. What do many of the people who live in these locations share then? Well, the secret to their healthy, long lives has a lot to do with what they eat, in addition to maintaining important connections, having a strong sense of inner purpose, moving throughout the day, and more. Fortunately, this implies that even if you don’t reside in one of these regions, you can still include parts of their food customs into your daily routine.

To begin with, Dan Buettner, the creator of the Blue Zones, discovered that five herbs that are frequently consumed there are packed with qualities that promote longevity. Since cilantro is a staple of the cuisine in Nicoya, Costa Rica, the Blue Zone, it should come as no surprise that studies have found that it is rich in antioxidants that have been shown to reduce inflammation and the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease. Additionally, according to Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, “cilantro dishes can promote digestion, help lower blood sugar levels, and lessen your risk of cardiovascular disease.”


As previously mentioned, cilantro is also rich in quercetin, an antioxidant that has potent anti-inflammatory, anti-inflammatory, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging properties. The New Rules of Aging Well: A Simple Program For Immunity Resilience, Strength, and Vitality by Frank Lipman, MD, states that quercetin is crucial for activating AMPK, a protein enzyme that aids in controlling cellular metabolism. Additionally, Dr. Lipman explained to Well+Good that this AMPK cellular mechanism can slow down aging and eliminate damaged cells (however more research is needed to fully understand the longevity-boosting benefits of the antioxidant).

6 delectable cilantro recipes that are anti-inflammatory

Rice with cilantro and lime

Those were homemade burrito bowls, didn’t they? If you’re a die-hard lover of Chipotle, it’s about time you starting creating your own cilantro lime rice at home, using Love and Lemons’ delectable recipe. Of all, everyone enjoys a nice dupe, especially if it indicates that your food preparation skills have improved significantly (and the recipe is super easy to make).

Learn how to make cilantro lime rice.


2. Salad of Thai Cucumber

A summer favourite in your weekly meal prep rotation, this Live Eat Learn dish for a 15-minute Thai cucumber salad requires little work. It is made with incredibly hydrating, thinly sliced cucumbers and a delectable vinaigrette made with toasted sesame oil. Additionally, it has a generous amount of freshly chopped cilantro and green onions on top for a dish that is so colorful that your guests will be begging you for the recipe right away.

The recipe is here: Salad of Thai Cucumber

3. Lime Cilantro Dressing

Think salads, tacos, burrito bowls, soups, salmon, grains, and so much more that go great with this dressing. Two full cups of cilantro are required for the really straightforward cilantro lime dressing recipe from Love and Lemons, which may be prepared either creamy or oil-based.


Learn how to make cilantro-lime dressing.

4. Iranian lentil soup

This Persian lentil soup from Live Eat Learn is for you if you can’t help but start making plans for the countless warm, cozy noodle soups you’ll be eating come fall. It is created using a long list of ingredients, many of which have numerous health advantages.

Ash Reshteh, the recipe

5. Healthy Tacos for Breakfast


It’s obvious that whoever stated tacos were only for lunch and dinner was wrong. Green peppers, tomato, spinach, eggs, and, of course, cilantro are just a few of the protein-rich, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant-rich components in this Love and Lemons recipe for healthy breakfast tacos. Waffles and pancakes will have to temporarily take a backseat, I think we can all agree on that.

The recipe is here: Healthy Tacos for Breakfast

6. Vegan Poblano Peppers Stuffed

Not sure what to prepare for dinner? We have the answer for you. With a pinto bean and Mexican-style rice stuffing, Minimalist Baker’s vegan stuffed poblano chiles are delicious. Additionally, they come with a delicious creamy avocado cilantro dressing on top that will make your belly happy. It fulfills all requirements for a superb gluten-free, well-balanced dinner. (Incidentally, each dish has six grams of fiber and nearly nine grams of protein.)

The recipe is here: Peppers stuffed with vegan filling


The “queen” of cilantro sauces is this chickpea goddess sauce: