Sunday, June 19, 2011

Olive U Naturally

Husband is a health nut. He lives and breathes all things healthy and beneficial for the body. Eating the right foods is just as important to him (and to me) as giving our bodies a legitimate workout on a daily basis.

Since butter is not allowed in our house we had to figure out a way to turn our meals into something that was not only good for us but tasted good too.

Enter Olive Oils.

Granted we're still very reserved when using olive oils while cooking, we always have a healthy stock of delicious flavored olive oils to choose from. This keeps our taste buds interested in the foods we're eating. Grilled chicken breast and steamed vegetables can get really really boring very quickly and using these olive oils help create a different culinary experience at every meal.

There are several really awesome health benefits that are gained from ingesting olive oils which you can read about here. But honestly, the reason why I like to use olive oils is because I'm a foodie at heart and very few things make me happier than really good tasting food that's also really good for me!

Husband and I take a short drive up north to Prescott, Az and stop in to this awesome little store about two or three times a year to stock up on their olive oils. While we're there we also indulge ourselves by getting a couple wild flavored balsamic vinegars to accompany our oils.

Here are a few of our favorites!

Fantastic as a marinade for grilled shrimp and also great drizzled on steamed vegetables.

Perfect with just salt and pepper for a chicken marinade over whole wheat pasta.

We use this combo to grease our pans for pizza or baked sweet potato fries.
 The spice from the Harissa oive oil is amazingly delicious!

Simply delightful marinade for beef. We used this combo when we grilled top round sirloin for beef fajitas.
 The cool thing about having a variety of olive oils and balsamic vinegars is that we're able to experiment and create fantastic flavor profiles that brighten what could be very boring meals.

Anyway, check out the store it's called
located in Prescott, Az.
There's a link above but if you missed it just click here

I'd like to hear about your favorite combinations so post a comment below telling us all about it!

Thanks and just know that "Olive U!" Haha... Naturally.

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