Life by Cynthia: Healthy Cooking with Star Usage Pairing Olive Oils #STAROliveOil

Friday, November 15, 2013

Healthy Cooking with Star Usage Pairing Olive Oils #STAROliveOil

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We are very excited about Holiday season! It will be here sooner than you think! This time of the year calls for even more home cooked meals!  Great food and spending time with family and friends is something that we all look forward to.  We are all trying to eat healthier so we are cooking healthier.

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You can replace using butter and margarine in any recipe using Star's Conversion Chart. Olive Oil has no cholesterol or carbohydrates, and is one of the oils highest in monounsaturated fat which helps lower bad LDL cholesterol while maintaining good HDL cholesterol. It is also a good source of vitamin E.


HEALTH BENEFITS
• 100% natural
• Carbohydrate and sodium free
• Cholesterol and gluten free
• No trans fat
• No added preservatives, flavoring or colorings



I was shopping for a few kitchen essentials at Walmart and happily found Star Usage Pairing Oils. Like with wine, specific varietals of olive oil pair best with certain types of dishes. Star has a selection of three different single varietal extra virgin olive oils, each designating on the label which type of dish they pair with best.  I love it! No guess work!

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I was stocking up for Holiday cooking but I can honestly use this product for our everyday meals! I picked two out of the three varieties for this reason.  We love hummus at our house and will be using the Albequina in our next batch!  We rarely eat red meat so naturally I selected the Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Vegetables and the Hojiblanca Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Poultry/Fish.  In hindsight, I'm wishing that I grabbed a bottle of the Picual Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Beef/Lamb.  I guess I'll be making another trip to the store!

I haven't had a chance to whip anything up yet. I've been as sick as a dog. I have fallen victim to cold and flu season. It hit our home AND at it's floating around the workplace. When I am back on my feet I plan on making Giada's (one of my fave celebrity chefs) Grilled Vegetable Paninis.

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Giada's Grilled Vegetable Panini. Photo: FoodNetwork.com Recipes
I also want to try a recipe that I found on the Star Fine Food's website: Seared Scallops with Citrus Vinaigrette.  I am a HUGE seafood fan! I'm an even bigger fan of quick and easy meals! Prep time 10 minutes! This recipe is for me!  Especially since I have all of the ingredients on hand - just add scallops.  I'll just have to pick up some up once I'm feeling better.

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Photo: Star Fine Foods

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What's cooking in your kitchen? What is your signature dish? I'd love the recipe to your hits! ESPECIALLY if they are healthy, quick, and EASY because as a work mom I NEED the added convenience!



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I have partnered with the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community and their client to introduce you to STAR Olive Oil's Usage Paring Olive Oils. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

15 comments:

  1. This is a very informational post! I always find it difficult when picking out Olive Oil, knowing which brand to choose. Will have to give this one a try. My signature dish would have to be my meatball stew.

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    1. Hi Mitzi! Thank you for dropping in! I could get lost in the Olive Oil aisle! Meatball stew sounds yummy!

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  2. Great post. There really are olive oils that are better suited for different dishes (though you should never ever cook olive oil!!!). I got the opportunity for the first time to harvest our olives and press oil and once you taste real olive oil, anything in a jar is just not up to snuff but these do look like good alternatives to fresh for finishing a dish!

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    1. Thank you for sharing Jacqueline! I love learning new things! I'd love to try freshly harvested pressed olive oil!

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  3. I use olive oil constantly and certainly appreciate a quality brand. Will have to give Star pairing oils a try. Those scallops look crazy-good! Hungry for seafood now!

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    1. Barb, there are so many choices out there, I make a point to read the label to make sure that it isn't blended with vegetable oil, some less expensive types tend to. Let me know how you like Star!

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  4. Wow, that looks soooo good. My hubby would love this. I'll have to put this on the menu at home soon.

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  5. f you are interested in the subject you must check one of my posts. I attended an olive oil tasting and learned a great deal. Here´s the link http://detodounlolo.blogspot.com.es/2013/02/cata-de-aceite-de-oliva-olive-oil.html
    To me olive oil´s just the BEST!!!
    Thanks for sharing & can´t wait to try the recipe

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  6. I had no idea there were different varieties of olive oil! I would love to try making scallops someday. I'm real busy, so lately I've been relying on my new CrockPot that I got from Costco. It's so easy, I can even put frozen meat in, in the morning, and have dinner done by evening! Great advantage for the busy holiday season.

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  7. I didn't know that there are so many different variants of olive oil..interesting.. will look out for them when we next go grocery shopping.

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  8. I didn't know there were so many varieties either! I really want those scallops now!

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  9. Ooh, Giada's looks so tasty! Don't you just love her? I always get stuck on the olive oil shelf, because they do all seem so good, and I never know which is the best to get.

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  10. These look amazing! Thank you so much! #Client

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  11. I have started using olive oil when I am cooking unless its a cake. I like it because it is a healthier option for me and my family.

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  12. That veggie panini looks amazing! I love using olive oil for cooking!

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