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Friday, March 28, 2014

Olive Oil and The Benefits

Today's Spotlight 
Olive Oil and Diet


I am sure you have all read that a diet rich in olive oil can improve heart health? What you may not know that when reading that bottle label it should be extra virgin olive oil that is key to reaping those benefits. Recent studies have shown that the freshness of the oil also makes all the difference.

Check the date of expiration on your bottle. The fresh the oil the better. To keep olive oil fresh for as long as possible, store the bottle away from direct heat of light. Do not store next to the stove and it's best in a dark cool cabinet. Use the oil within 6 months of opening. 

I suggest you buy smaller bottles than the larger ones if you don't use it up fast enough.

For now that's the scoop of being heart smart olive oil.


Monday, December 30, 2013

Organic Herb Roasted Chicken Recipe

Organic chicken, no preservatives and all garden fresh herbs

1 organic chicken cleaned and insides removed
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
2 fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
4 whole cloves of garlic chopped in half
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup water
1 fresh lemon
 
In a large roasting pan place 2 tablespoon of oil in the pan, place chicken in the pan. Add water, to the bottom. Make small slits into the chicken in random area's and stuff with garlic. Stuff the bird's cavity with the fresh lemon. Squirt some juice in the water.
 
Sprinkle the top of the chicken with salt and pepper, cayenne if you like heat then all the fresh herbs. Drizzle with olive oil.
 
Bake in a low heated oven at 325 degrees until the chickens juices run clear around 1 1/2 to 2 hours depending on the size. Around 1/2 hour per pound.
 
If the bird starts to dry out add more water to the bottom.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Pumpkin Apple Pancakes Recipe

 
 

 
1 - 1/2 cups flour
2 - 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups fat free milk or light
3 teaspoon brown sugar or substitute something like splenda
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup egg substitute or 2 eggs
1 - 15 ounce can pumpkin
nonstick cooking spray
 
Place all the dry ingredients in a bowl. In another bowl combine all the wet ingredients. Fold the mixtures into each other.  Spray a non stick skillet with cooking spray. Pour around 1/4 cup better to make a pancake. Cook pancakes until bubbles begin to break around the edges. Turn pancake over. Cook until brown on the bottom. Serve with your favorite fruits like apples and maple syrup.