As I get older, I find myself thinking more and more about the “Importance of Living a Heart Healthy Lifestyle”. What exactly does that mean? To me, I think of changing the way I cook. Using different ingredients from what I have used in the past. This is a daunting task to me. I just don’t know where to begin.
I cook mainly from scratch. I am not a fan of the canned and boxed foods. I feel like if I am going to take the time to cook, I want to own it from start to finish. By doing this, I feel like I am making an effort to be a little healthier but there has to be more I can do.
This month as an Allrecipes Allstar, I have paired up with Mazola Corn Oil for Heart Healthy Mazola. They have conducted a study that shows eating about 1 tbsp.of corn oil daily may reduce the risk of heart disease due to the unsaturated fat content in corn oil. What does this mean for me? I am not sure! I have never cooked with corn oil, so it is pretty foreign to me. Growing up my mom used vegetable oil and nothing else. I have in recent years began using EVOO, thanks to Rachel Ray. But that is as far as my knowledge of oils goes.
I was asked to make a couple of recipes using the Mazola Corn Oil. I have completed one so far. It is the
Now I did have to change out the salmon as we are a non seafood family. I used chicken instead. The grapefruit reacts with many medications so I swapped that out for mandarin oranges. The end result was a great dish that I would enjoy making again. I guess it would be fitting to also change the name to Sweet and Spicy Chicken with Mandarin Orange Salsa!I believe I kept this dish heart healthy even with my substitutions. I used the Mazola Corn Oil and really could not tell a difference. This means(to me) that I could substitute this into my cooking and no one will be the wiser! Which is something I strive for because if I tell anyone there is something different they automatically assume the worst.
I guess the question for me is if I use all products that are labeled “Heart Healthy”, will this make a difference? I like the idea of that because it would make this transition so much easier on me. But I am afraid that is not the only change I will need to make!
Thank you Mazola for sharing your product with me!
My next recipe will be the Pork Carnitas with Cilantro Tomatillo Sauce. I can’t wait to try them!
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