Friday Feast: Thyme & Olive Oil or “Zait and Zaatar”

Bread, Healthy Living, Recipe, Spice, Vegetarian

Thyme and Olive Oil was a VERY common breakfast food in my home growing up. At the time I never realized how healthy I was eating. My mom would prepare sandwiches of thyme & olive oil on fresh pita bread or flatbread. We called it ”zait and zaatar”. It could also be used as a dip as well. You would dip a pita chip or piece of pita bread into the olive oil and then into the thyme. The thyme was dried and mashed so it easily stuck to the olive oil for dipping. It makes for a very filling and healthy meal. We know many of the benefits of the olive oil, but what are the benefits of thyme? What makes it so healthy to eat?

For all of the gardeners, thyme is a perrenial and can easily be planted at home. Also, insects do not like it so you are guaranteed it will stay fresh. In ancient times, thyme was used to give off an excellent Read the rest of this entry »


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Should you eat your veggies RAW or COOKED??

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To stay healthy and fit, we know that eating vegetables is crucial. But, do you know which vegetables provide more nutrients raw or cooked? When we refer to cooked, we are referring to boiled or steamed (not fried). Fried veggies usually contain numerous free radicals which are not good for our health while boiled and steamed can actually Read the rest of this entry »


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Tuesday Toast with Meatless Mediterranean: Eggplant, Tomato & Chickpea Stew

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Today’s guest blogger: Mary Shaw. http://meatlessmediterranean.blogspot.com 

Mary is a blogger who specializes in Vegetarian or Meatless Mediterranean Meals. She is a writer and vegetarian gourmet cook with great recipes for healthy meals. Please check out her site for other recipes.

This dish was inspired by a recipe from the excellent book Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison. But I changed it around quite a bit to reflect my own personal style and preferences. My version is less spicy, more tomatoey, Read the rest of this entry »


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Differences in Olive Oils…Extra Virgin, Virgin, Pomace, etc…

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Similar to wines, there are so many types of olive oil. Do you have a preference?? Below is a description of all of the different types. Suzy Eats recommends against some of the choices so please make sure you check the label.

 

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: This is the highest grade, best you can buy olive oil. It is produced by the first pressing of the olive fruit through a cold pressing process. It is only produced by a physical process NOT a chemical one which makes it the most pure. Remember that extra virgin is a chemical requirement that does not indicate quality and taste. Quality and taste may differ based on the manufacturer and the type of extra virgin olive oil. (see http://suzyeats.com/the-real-deal-with-olive-oil-why-the-different-tastes/)

Flavored Olive Oil: This olive oil can be a mixture of any of the types listed here but it also contains dried herbs.  

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Saturday SALE: Char-Griller 5050 for $199 with free in-store pick up

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Lowes has the Char-Griller 5050 on sale for $199. It is usually $299. It has free in-store pick up. Click the link below.

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