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.
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. 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 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. 😅
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.
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! 🍝