As as Allrecipes Brand Ambassador, I was tasked this month with preparing, photographing, and reviewing two Mazola "heart healthy" recipes. Though I was provided Mazola corn oil (and apparently a sauté pan that's en route as a "thank you"), I'm capable
of forming my own opinions and they're mine and mine alone (as will be evident as you keep reading. Plus, I may be able to be bought w/some Pliny the Elder or Heady Topper, but not corn oil ;) ).
I should preface this be telling you I'm a Health and Phys Ed teacher. I get the cardiovascular system. I could even teach you about it. The two most important things you can do to help ensure heart health are to NOT SMOKE and exercise. Eating a diet
low in saturated fat and cholesterol helps, too.
Though it's important to eat a diet low in SATURATED fat, your body does need "healthy" fats, for a variety of reasons I won't bore you with (I'll save that for my students ;) ). Mazola corn oil is low in saturated fat (2g/serving, I believe), I'll give
them that. However, would I deem it "heart healthy"....? It's a bit of a stretch, for me.
That being said, I prepared both Mazola recipes, unsure what to expect. I made the salmon first and we both LOVED it. I especially loved how quick and easy it was to throw together after work. I served it over Uncle Ben's Ready Rice (90 seconds! Woot
woot!) topped with mango salsa (the grapefruit just wasn't working for us). Delicious. In fact, I already made it again AND served it to company. While "heart healthy" doesn't specifically jump to mind, I do love that it's a low cal nutrient dense (particularly
when paired w/a green veggie) meal. Here's the link to the recipe:
I made the pork carnitas the next night and, again, appreciated the ease of preparation (though these took longer w/the simmer time), but wasn't as sold on the flavor. I found them to be a bit bland, but Mr. LTH enjoyed them. Not a do over in our house,
but certainly worth trying. No tomatillos in small town PA, so we topped w/the leftover mango salsa from the salmon and some cheddar and sour cream. Again, fairly nutrient dense/lo cal? Yes. "Heart Healthy"....depends on whether you're in marketing and
how you're looking to sell it....Here's the link to the recipe: