Hello everyone out there in AR world!
It has been quite awhile since I last posted here. Life has been a whirlwind for us lately, we don't get much of a break (not that I'm complaining but its been crazy.) As an Allstar, my
duties had slowed down during the holidays and I've been playing catch up to everything else. The break was perfectly timed for us but I was ready to get back on the bandwagon and in perfect fashion, so it began again!
This month, I received Mazola® Corn Oil from Mazola®to kick off the new year with the Allstars. I was absolutely thrilled - this was a blast from the past that I'd completely forgotten
about over the years. My mom loved to fry for supper. Chicken, porkchops, cubed steak - all of it floured and fried in Mazola® Corn Oil. I don't recall seeing any other kind of oil in her house - it was all she'd use!
I moved out 10 years ago and went straight to using vegetable and olive oil. I never thought about the difference it made in using a different typing of cooking oil - but I should have.
My husband and I are both overweight. I have asthma and a heart condition that I was born with (it started our as a murmur that would be gone by 3 but here I am at 26 and its still going strong with physical hinderances some days.) I am always wary of it but
not as much as I should be.
Fact is, I love to cook & I love to eat. Fried foods being one thing I really love (I can't help it, its so good!) In the past year, however, I've been on a weight loss journey. I'm currently
down 40 pounds from last May - still a long way to go but it's a start. Eating better has been one of the things I've been working on the most during this time period. Its my biggest hinderance & always has been.
This brings me to why I am so thrilled we were asked to work with Mazola® this month. I never thought about trying other oil brands out there with consideration to what might be a healthier
choice for myself and my family. One night after receiving it, I had some free time on my hands and checked out their website. Some of the things I read that surprised me:
- Mazola® Corn Oil is made of 100% pure oil with no additives.
- Mazola® Corn Oil contains a low level of saturated fat - less than 1 gram per 1 tablespoon (12 gram) serving.
-Mazola® Corn Oil has more cholesterol-blocking plant sterols than other cooking oils and 4x more than olive oil.
The last two really jumped out to me due to the conditions listed above. Not only did I see these facts but I also saw some delicious looking dishes that Mazola came up with. While we were
given the chance to prepare two this month (see below for photos & links), there are plenty more out there to try. If you're interested, check them out here:
Heart Healthy Recipes
I absolutely loved the two dishes we were given. We added our own little tweaks to them (nothing to make it less healthy, just variances in meats and/or veggies.) They will both definitely
become regulars in our household!
I will admit since we received the oil, it's half gone already and I only fried one thing in flour (this is seriously an accomplishment for me.) We've been busy trying out lots of new dishes
with Mazola® Corn Oil and they have all been a success. They've helped us incorporate more vegetables into our suppers, something we can never have too much of. It works just as good as the vegetable oil but has a much better flavor to us, on top of all the
health benefits. We've definitely found our new go-to oil to keep stocked in the house!
Day by day I'm forming a healthier lifestyle for myself and my family. I appreciate Mazola® and Allrecipes helping in both that aspect as well as reminding me of something that brings back
many childhood memories. Here's to a healthy life & a healthy heart :)
Sweet and Spicy Salmon with Grapefruit Salsa
Pork Carnitas with Cilantro Tomatillo Sauce