One of the best ways of switching to healthy living is by changing your cooking oil. And if you are wondering which one to switch to – then olive oil is one of the best oils for your health. The cornerstone of Mediterranean diet, olive oil is rich in MUFA (mono unsaturated fatty acids) which aids in prevention of a wide array of diseases and boosts your immune system. Along with this the rich, silken qualities of olive oil makes the food amazingly delicious for your taste buds.
Along with being good for health and adding wonderful taste to food, the best part is that olive oil is now within your budget. Available at most of the leading online stores you just have to use the latest offers and deals to get them at discounted rates. For example, you can easily get olive oil of all leading brands at Amazon.in. You just have to use Amazon coupons and Amazon discount codes which are available at DiscountMantra – India’s best online coupons and offers store – and get the healthiest cooking oil at amazingly low price.
Now in case you are thinking which recipe will turn out best in olive oil, then we have some amazing recipes for you. These simple and easy recipes will be thoroughly enjoyed by you and your family.
So we start with the appetizers!
Sweet Potato Fries with Maple Barbecue Sauce
For the Sweet Potato Fries
- Garnet Yams - 4 medium sized (peel and slice into ½-inch-thick strips)
- Fresh Flat-Leaf Parsley -2Tbsp (minced)
- Ground Cumin – 2Tsp
- Ground Coriander – 2Tsp
- Garlic Powder – 2Tsp
- Sweet Paprika - 2Tsp
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – ½ cup
- Salt - As per taste
- Sea salt for sprinkling
For the Maple Barbecue Sauce
- Barbecue Sauce – 3/4th Cup
- Maple Syrup – 3Tbsp
Begin with pre-heating the oven at 400° F. While the oven is getting heated you can make the fries. In a bowl mix the Garlic, Cumin and Coriander powder along with Paprika, salt and extra virgin olive oil. Now add the pieces of Yam into this mixture and mix it in such a way that all the Yam sticks get coated.
Once the Yams are evenly coated, add Parsley to it and mix well. Now arrange the Yams in a single layer on a large baking sheet and bake it for at least 30 minutes or until the edges of turn brown. You can occasionally keep stirring the potatoes. This way you will get to know if they are properly cooked through.
While Potatoes/ Yams are getting cooked you can make the sauce. For this you need to mix the Maple syrup and Barbecue sauce in a small bowl.
Once the Potatoes are thoroughly baked, sprinkle sea salt on it and serve hot with the sauce on the side.
This surely is a very simple and tasty appetizer.
As a main course, we bring you an all-time favorite:
Baked Shrimp with Chilies
You will need
- Large Shrimp – about 20
- Chilies – 20 (mix of medium and mildly hot)
- Garlic Cloves – 10 (thickly sliced)
- Oregano – 1Tsp (freshly dried)
- Ground Black Pepper – 1Tsp
- Lemons – 2 (halved)
- Sea Salt – 2Tsp
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – ½ Cup
First of all you need to peel the shrimp. Remove the shell and tail but leave the heads on. As usual pre-heat the Oven, preferably at 475° F or above. Place two large cast iron pans (12-14 inches each) in the oven for at least 30 minutes.
Now take the shrimp in a bowl and add chilies and garlic to it. Season it with pepper, salt and oregano. Keep the bowl at room temperature until the Oven gets heated. Once the oven and the iron pans get heated, remove the cast iron pans and place an even amount of shrimp and pepper on each on the pans. Use mittens when you are removing the iron pans from the oven. Also see to it that you have evenly spaced shrimp and chilies on the bottom of the pan. In case all the chilies do not touch the bottom of the pan, you need not worry. It’s completely fine.
Again you need to bake this for around 5 minutes or until the shrimp turns pink in color and firm in texture. A lot will depend on the size of the shrimp you use, so we advise that you adjust the cooking time accordingly.
Once the shrimp is cooked you just have to squeeze lemon over it and drizzle it with olive oil and your mouth watering dish is ready!
Apart from this, olive oil can be used in soups and desserts as well. So do not hesitate to experiment and use olive oil for the better health of your family.