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Oil Adventures ***Giveaway***

 

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Canola, olive, grapeseed, sunflower, peanut and even sesame are all relatively common oils these days.  And with just those six oils you can create a myriad of recipes each with a unique flavor.  I highly recommend you keep a few different oil varieties around — the reason goes beyond flavor.

Studies have shown that a balanced intake of omega 3 and 6 along with a high level of omega 9 fatty acids significantly reduce the risk of dying from a cardiovascular-related disease.

In general, most oils are healthy because they contain a concentration of healthy fats.  Keeping in mind that they do need to be used in moderation, each oil features its own unique health benefits.  Olive oil is an excellent source of omega 9 fats (one of three essential fatty acids), but does not have any omega 3 fats, whereas walnut oil is a good source of omega 3, 6 and 9.  People always ask me what is the most healthy oil to choose and the answer is, all of them.  Rotating a variety of oils in your recipes will ensure you get the best balance of nutrients.

I recently discovered La Tourangelle and their variety of handcrafted oils.  They sell unrefined nut oils resulting in a more flavorful and more antioxidant filled product.  These oils have so much richness that a little really goes a long way.  In fact, the best way to use most of their oils is as as a finisher.  You may have heard chefs talk about finishing salts.  They use fancy more expensive salts to top/finish the dish.  The same goes with these oils, drizzle a little at the end of cooking or on top of your soup or salad for a tremendous flavor and health boost.

In addition, La Tourangelle introduced me to coconut oil, both refined and unrefined.  I quickly learned that unrefined coconut oil has a much more lush and full flavor and works better when you don’t mind letting some coconut flavor come through, like in many desserts or Asian dishes.  The refined coconut oil has a mild flavor and has a high smoke point, which makes it a perfect choice for almost any kind of cooking.  Coconut oil is naturally high in saturated fat, but most research has found that because they are medium chain fatty acids (MCTs) they work differently in the body than other saturated fats.  MCTs are easily digested, absorbed, and put to use in your body. Unlike other fats, they put little strain on the digestive system and provide a quick source of energy and promote healing.  They have been associated with weight control, brain function, and immune system health.

coconut cupcakes

Chocolate Almond Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting

So far, I have made amazing roasted potatoes in refined coconut oil and I have used a combo of unrefined coconut oil and coconut milk to make a pareve chocolate tart.  Now, I can’t wait to try these pareve Chocolate Almond Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting.

Now’s your chance to win a 6 Cans of La Tourangelle oils to stock your kitchen.   Just enter with Rafflecopter below.

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Disclosure: La Tourangelle provided samples and are sponsoring this giveaway.

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About Tamar Genger MA, RD

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Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate! Find more on Google

 

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35 Responses to Oil Adventures ***Giveaway***

  1. I love to cook with coconut oils.
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  2. avatar says: shulamuna

    Another way to expand my cooking horizons!

  3. I’ve always wanted to try coconut oil.

  4. avatar says: dalesusan

    wow. looks like a most interesting way to use oils, especially when doing pareve.

  5. avatar says: dalesusan

    my favorite oil to use is olive oil from israel.

  6. I use coconut oil to make parve kettle corn. yum.

  7. avatar says: peg42

    I like cooking with virgin Olive Oil.

  8. avatar says: brunfolle

    i love using coconut oil in everything!

  9. Extra Virgin Olive Oil!

  10. avatar says: shoshie

    EVOO is what I use for regular cooking. I always have sesame and canola on hand too

  11. ohhh… coconut oil in desserts! amazing!

    My fav is EVOO!

  12. My favorite oil to cook with is extra virgin olive oil very sparingly for fish. Otherwise I use safflower oil.

  13. My favorite oil to cook with is olive oil!

  14. avatar says: sa

    i use canola oil but have been looking to find a new oil to use..i am learning a lot here to make a decision

  15. avatar says: goldie

    I love baking and would love to try this coconut oil in recipes!

  16. avatar says: telcon

    My favorite is olive oil

  17. I currently am a huge fan of olive oil. I have heard many good things about. I have also heard that coconut oil is a very healthy oil to use, and I plan to also start using coconut oil very soon.

  18. I recently used coconut oil for the first time and I love the richness it adds to sautes and baked goods.

  19. avatar says: AspenSage

    I have been using olive oil alot more than canola oil. Love both.

  20. I like cooking with Israeli olive oil.

  21. avatar says: lin1325

    I have been hearing a lot about the health benefits of coconut oil and currently use olive oil, sunflower oil and grapeeed oil in cooking.

  22. avatar says: RochelS

    I like cooking with Olive oil!

  23. avatar says: tcb

    I have been wanting to try some new pils! Here’s the perfect opportunity! I really want to win!

  24. avatar says: SherryL

    Olive Oil and Coconut Oil

  25. I use olive oil in almost everything I cook, however I have recently become a fan of coconut oil, particularly for baking!

  26. says: Laura

    I use olive oil everyday, but just started using grape seed recently.

  27. I use olive oil in most of my cooking, but I’d LOVE to try cooking with coconut oil!

  28. I use olive oil most of the time but I think that’s because I am being SAFE…I want to try Coconut oil because I have read the health benefits and versatility there is to using it! I have replaced peanut oil in recipes with olive and always wonder…Am I missing out on a flavor here or something else by replacing it?

  29. avatar says: Aviva

    I don’t have much experience with oils beyond canola and olive, but I am very interested in experimenting with new oils. I’ve been reading a lot about the health benefits of coconut lately, including using coconut oil for sauteing.

  30. says: Rachel

    Olive Oil and Coconut Oil

  31. avatar says: k_waverly

    I use EVOO most often, but would love to experiment with other oils.

  32. XV and grapeseed oil for cooking; walnut, hazelnut, avocado oils for finishing/salads.

    Are all Le Tourangelle oils kosher? In the past, only the ones made in California were.

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