Now that fall has arrived, many of you are storing your grills for the season and spending more time in the kitchen. Indoor cooking traditionally means heavier meals and more baking. Today's "In the Cart" segment explores the different types of oils available on grocery store shelves and identifies the best options to help you add flavor and good health to your recipes.
• Crisco Solid Shortening
• Vegetable Oil
• Canola Oil
• Smart Balance Omega
• Peanut Oil
• Sesame Seed Oil
• Extra Virgin Olive Oil
How to Choose Olive Oil
• Smell and taste before buying if possible. A fresh olive oil should smell and taste like an olive or as some describe grassy and peppery.
• Read the label for the harvest date. Ideally it should be less than one year old. The fresher the better, both in terms of quality and taste.
• The less processing the better. "Extra Virgin" oil, which is cold pressed only once, has the highest polyphenol content. Processed "light" oils have been heated or chemically refined, reducing their polyphenol content.
• Color is not a measure of freshness. Olives vary in color and so does its oil, so it's fiction that greener oils are better.
• Store your oil in a cool, dark cupboard to protect it from heat and light. Good oils are packed in a darker bottle or tin.
Roasted Vegetables Recipe
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, total cooking time 45-60 minutes.
2. Cut potatoes, sweet potatoes, zucchini, peppers, carrots, celery or the vegetable of your choice into small, bite size pieces.
3. Mix them in a bowl with olive oil and a seasoning (rosemary, basil, oregano, parsley, marjoram, garlic) that compliments your main dish along with salt and pepper.
4. Line a jellyroll pan with foil. Add your vegetables in a single layer.
5. Roast until veggies are lightly browned and tender, flipping half way. If your vegetables appear to be drying out before they are fully cooked, add broth or apple juice for moisture.
Courtesy: Sheryl Lozicki, a Registered Dietitian at Saint Mary's Health Care and the Director of Nutrition and Wellness.