I've talked about it before, but it is really important to not cook with fragile vegetable oils, especially olive and flax oil. However, you should still try to eat olive oil everyday (especially if you have high blood pressure or cholesterol), so how are you suppose to eat this healthy oil if you can't cook with it? Well, you could make homemade salad dressing, but salads are very "cooling" and it's Winter, so best not to eat salads everyday during these cold months. Another way to soak up the good fats is to dip your bread in them instead of using butter (you know, a la European (or a la Blue Prince as I learned over Xmas :P)). Add a bit of balsamic vinegar to some olive oil on a plate and you have quite a delicious, healthy, and fancy experience dining experience. Lastly, a way to enjoy olive oil is to drizzle on top of already cooked foods. That's right: instead of stirfrying veggies in olive oil, stirfry veggies without oil and then add the oil to them. You can cook veggies, meat, etc, in a frying pan using the following oil-less recipe. When your food is cooked, then drizzle on the good stuff to add flavor and nutrition!
Oil-less Frying Sauce
This recipe is inspired by that of my awesome Clinical Nutrition professor, Dr. Phil.
1/4 cup lemon juice (fresh is best)
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup wine (red or white, depending on your dish)
Pinch of sea salt
Pinch of herbs of choice
Add the ingredients to a hot pan, then add your veggies, meat, etc. Cook until the liquid is fully evaporated and then serve. Drizzle with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil.
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