A bottle of Filippo Berio Delicato
Disclosure: I received a complimentary bottle of Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil for testing purposes.
All opinions are my own.

Olive oil is one of my kitchen essentials. It can be tossed into salads, drizzled on top of vegetables for roasting, or dipped into bread for a quick snack. Not only is it delicious, it’s healthier than butter or margarine.

Did you know you can even use EVOO on your hair? Oiling your hair is a great way to lock in moisture. You can also use coconut oil which I’ve used myself. 👩

I gladly took up the chance to review Filippo Berio’s Gold Selection Extra Virgin Olive Oil via Influenster. I’m open to reviewing products relevant to my interests. 😊 There were two variants available to choose from, Robusto and Delicato. I went with Delicato as I’d like a subtler taste when I add olive oil to my steamed or roasted vegetables.

A spoonful of olive oil

Delicato still had plenty of taste, but it didn’t oust the rest of my dishes’ flavors which was important to me. I personally like the taste of olive oil, and if you do too, then Delicato would be good for you. It has a fresh flavor that doesn’t linger long and therefore easy to wash down. Delicate indeed.

I prepared a few recipes to test it with, and Delicato worked well with all of them. :D The following recipes are quick and easy to prepare, but they’re delicious and my go-to if I’m pressed for time but need to whip up something to eat.

Knot rolls with olive oil dip

Knot Rolls with Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar Dip

I stole this from Italianni’s. 😝 They always served bread in olive oil and balsamic vinegar as an appetizer, and it’s so good. I find myself craving it every now and then. It’s very simple to make. Just grab some of your favorite bread (I’m partial to focaccia or knot rolls if I can’t find any), pour out some olive oil and a bit of balsamic vinegar, and serve as a finger food.

Keep in mind that a tablespoon of olive oil is about 120 calories. While it might be better for you than butter, don’t overdo it! Too much fat, even “good” fat, isn’t recommended. Though I confess, I couldn’t take my own advice. Bread in olive oil is so good, I couldn’t stop! I can easily finish a whole pack of rolls with this dip. 😅

A bowl of kale chips

Kale Chips

I’ve cut down on potato chips, and kale chips are a great substitute for a crunchy snack. Obviously, they’re not the same thing but if I feel like chips, they are easy to make. Lay out a single layer of kale in a baking pan with a teaspoon of olive oil (it’ll go a long way depending on how much kale you have), and bake it for 20 minutes on 275°F (135°C). Sprinkle a bit of salt when it’s done and serve.

The crunch is glorious. I think I’m really looking for that when I want chips. Since I started laying off the chips, I can’t handle how salty it is anymore. Kale chips are a lot healthier, although they have a bitter aftertaste. They’re a bit of an acquired taste, but I love them now.

A bowl of tuna pesto zoodles

Tuna Pesto with Zucchini Pasta

Pasta is a weakness of mine that I’ve also cut down considerably. Spiralized zucchini is a delicious substitute. Again it’s not the exact same thing, but I like it a lot and I don’t miss pasta at all. After spiralizing the zucchini and soaking up the excess water with a paper towel, heat up (not too long or it will burn, thank you Nancy for the reminder!) a tablespoon of olive oil in a medium-heat skillet and toss the zucchini in for five to seven minutes. The longer you leave it in the skillet, the softer and soupier the zoodles become.

The tuna pesto sauce is also easy to prep. I simply mixed two cans of tuna, 100 grams of pesto, and two tablespoons of mayonnaise into a bowl. That’s it! Top the dish off with some cheese, and it’s ready to eat. I made this the other day, and it was so good. I’m glad Mike loves it too!

I received my bottle for free via a coupon, but it retailed for $7.99 at my local Weis store. For a 16.9 fl oz bottle, that’s a little much but do remember that extra virgin olive oil differs in refinement from other types. Extra virgin is more unrefined than “normal” oil. I don’t think you can go wrong either way though!

If you’re interested in olive oil for hair oiling, you should definitely get the extra virgin kind. The price is justified then, as not only can you use EVOO for food, you can also use it for your hair. Multi-purpose items rule. ✌

That’s it for my quick little review. Do you have a favorite recipe using olive oil? Let’s exchange recipes! 🍝

Comments

  1. NOM. I love EVOO :D I especially love dipping bread into it with balsamic vinegar. When I cook, I practically use olive oil as my go-to oil.

    I need to try kale chips one day. I agree that American store-bought chips are SALTY. I can’t stand it most of the time unless I’m in a salt-craving mood.

    Thanks for sharing these :D You’re making me hungry and I’d just had dinner!
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    1. I think the less I eat chips, the less I like salty snacks which is funny coz I used to love savory foods. You really do have to train your tongue to like healthier stuff.

  2. Olive oil works some great wonders! The only thing I don’t like about it is that it burns pretty easily, so leaving it on the pan to “heat up” is a big no no. I didn’t know that the olive oil can be used for your hair! Way to go with using home products for nourishment purposes :).

    Making kale chips sounds pretty easy! Bigger plus is that the chips isn’t processed this way either. I’ve seen olive oil being used as dips, which isn’t as bad as dipping food in straight up oil XD.

    I am cutting down on the usage of oil in general, but I use olive oil for my cooking whenever I do need it. Searing shrimp or salmon is tasty!

    1. Ah yeah, I have to be very careful when I cook with olive oil! @_@ I don’t leave it in for too long coz it really does burn easily. Especially the cooking spray kind, I find that burns way more easily.

      I measure my olive oil whenever I cook with it. It’s easy to go overboard with it, especially when the whole point of replacing rice and bread with vegetables is to cut down on calories. It’s easy to eat the difference back by putting in a lot of oil. You’ll be surprised just how fatty oil can be when you read the labels. :O
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  3. OMG yes, Italianni’s!!! HAHA. I was hooked after that one dinner my sisters and I had with Gary Valenciano. Let’s be honest, the only way we were able to eat there because they paid for dinner haha. Now every time we go to a fancy italian restaurant, I always order foccacia bread with that glorious olive oil dip! <3 I should do that rolls! That would be a great merienda snack! I've seen kale chips all over YouTube. I want to try it but I just hate being in the kitchen haha. I can't seem to love cooking or preparing food. I'm sure it will change once Jorge and I get our own place. It's just hard to move around the house that isn't yours haha. I would love to try the chips though, since I have a major addiction to Lays. :(

  4. My old college housemate used olive oil on her face and hair. It seemed to work well for her, but I’m still hesitant to try it. I think it’s the distinctive smell that gets me, or reminds me of fresh bread and EVOO + balsamic vinegar and then I get hungry thinking about it. ^.^;

    Oh gosh, I definitely go overboard with my olive oil consumption. Add it to my pasta, my salad, anytime I fry something…
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  5. I could eat knot rolls forever, too! I think bread just makes me not want to do anything but sit on my couch, watch Netflix, and eat all the bread mindlessly! Ahh!

  6. First time I’ve seen a post about EVOO!! People forget to realize it’s homeopathic attributes. When my little girl was having a little bit of skin issue, I would use EVOO on her skin. I’ve also used it to condition my hair! I tried to bake Kale chips once but without EVOO and it didn’t turn out so great, so I’m going to try it my next round. Does EVOO crisp everything up? And OH goodness… zucchini pasta!!
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  7. Caught myself licking my lips at these recipes, haha. I love olive oil, especially drizzled on my salad. Kale chips are so delicious. I remember the first time I made them and I didn’t think they would be that nice, but omg! So tasty :D

  8. I use olive oil for so much of my cooking these days that I go through it like crazy. One of my doctors even told me to drink it by the table spoon from time to time to help with constipation. I’m not really sure how much that will help me since mine is cause by other issues and not a lack of nutritious foods, but I might go back to trying it again.

    I also love to use it to back potatoes and stuff. Keep it soft and yummy. XD

    This post reminded me that I need to go buy more, heh.

    Kale Chips… Kale… I have yet to try it but my new LoveForFood box came in and had a few Kale items so I guess it will finally be my time to try it. Being wheat free is making me try lots of different things – that is for sure.

  9. When I saw the picture of the bread and olive oil, I immediately thought of Italianni’s before reading the description, jeje. Thank you so much for the recipe, I’m surely gonna make it since it’s fast and easy. :D

  10. OMG Italianni’s bread and dip! I also tried it before with the Filippo Berio EVOO and the brand’s balsamic vinegar. It tasted okay, nothing like Italianni’s. When I checked out the EVOO’s expiry date, it was way past its deadline. Hahahaha! Kain pa naman ako kain, it was my midnight snack and I can’t find anything else. LOLOLO. I will try it with a fresh olive oil. HAHAHA!
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