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 aroma to the house. So say goodbye to many of those expensive air fresheners
In terms of health, it has been used for centuries for the flu or common cold. It is an expectorant, which makes coughs more productive and helps clear out your lungs so you can feel better quicker. Thyme has flavanoids and provides us antioxidants. It also contains iron, manganese, calcium and fiber. Thymol is also contained in thyme which is rich in monounsaturated fat (the good fat). Some studies have shown it may fight certain cancers and it may “make you smarter”.
Try the Zait and Zaatar and let Suzy Eats know what you think. It is a very healthy, inexpensive meal