What’s Cooking? Quick Recipes Using Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

As delicious as Mediterranean food is, it is often knocked for being high in fat. However, scientists find it quite ironic that this fatty diet has been linked with better cardiovascular health. In a recent study, for example, researchers have been able to narrow down the cause of this paradox: olive oil.

Olive Oil

Olive oil has long been touted as healthy oil, and now science has backed it up tremendously. Apart from the healthy heart benefits it provides, Fresh olive oil is also rich in antioxidants and has the ability to lower Cholesterol & high blood pressure. With all these benefits, everyone can definitely benefit from adding organic extra virgin olive oil to their diets.

You don’t have to worry about how you can add olive oil to your diet. You don’t even have to go to a fancy Mediterranean restaurant. You can easily buy a bottle or two from a store that sells organic olive oil in Orange County, like Olive Oil & Beyond, and make your own meals.

You can start by following some of the recipes below. You can also try creating your own original dishes. Before you do that, however, here is some quick advice courtesy of Gayle A. Alleman of How Stuff Works:

“Fresh Virgin and extra-virgin oils are best used uncooked or cooked at low to medium temperatures. Refined olive oil grade oils are the choices for high-heat uses, such as frying.

Liberal use of it will enhance both savory and sweet dishes without guilt because of its wonderful health-boosting properties (although if you’re trying to lose weight, you may not want to overdo it, because like all fats, it provides nine calories per gram).”

Avocado Caesar Dressing

Take the ingredients below and blend them in a food processor. You can then pour it straight onto your favorite bowl of leafy greens and top it off with shredded Parmesan cheese:

½ fresh avocados (seeded, peeled, and cubed)
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
2 tbsp. OO&B Itrana organic Extra Virgin Olive oil
1 tbsp. OO&B Sherry reserve/Red wine vinegar
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
Anchovies (as necessary) OR ½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Olive Oil Dipping Sauce

If you’re really looking for the easiest way to add olive oil to your meals, buy some balsamic vinegar and mix it with olive oil. If you want to add a little more zing to the dipping sauce, try adding some rosemary. On your way to the office, buy a small loaf of sourdough bread and you’re all set.

Happy eating!

(Source: Ultimate Guide to Olive Oil; How Stuff Works)

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