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Its just me... Carrie C.

Heart Healthy and what does it mean to me? 
Mar. 19, 2014 9:03 am 
Updated: Mar. 23, 2014 4:21 am

As I get older, I find myself thinking more and more about the “Importance of Living a Heart Healthy Lifestyle”. What exactly does that mean? To me, I think of changing the way I cook. Using different ingredients from what I have used in the past. This is a daunting task to me. I just don’t know where to begin.

I cook mainly from scratch. I am not a fan of the canned and boxed foods. I feel like if I am going to take the time to cook, I want to own it from start to finish. By doing this, I feel like I am making an effort to be a little healthier but there has to be more I can do.

This month as an Allrecipes Allstar, I have paired up with Mazola Corn Oil for Heart Healthy Mazola. They have conducted a study that shows eating about 1 tbsp.of corn oil daily may reduce the risk of heart disease due to the unsaturated fat content in corn oil. What does this mean for me? I am not sure! I have never cooked with corn oil, so it is pretty foreign to me. Growing up my mom used vegetable oil and nothing else. I have in recent years began using EVOO, thanks to Rachel Ray. But that is as far as my knowledge of oils goes.

I was asked to make a couple of recipes using the Mazola Corn Oil. I have completed one so far. It is the

Sweet and Spicy Salmon with Grapefruit Salsamazola

Now I did have to change out the salmon as we are a non seafood family. I used chicken instead. The grapefruit reacts with many medications so I swapped that out for mandarin oranges. The end result was a great dish that I would enjoy making again. I guess it would be fitting to also change the name to Sweet and Spicy Chicken with Mandarin Orange Salsa!I believe I kept this dish heart healthy even with my substitutions. I used the Mazola Corn Oil and really could not tell a difference. This means(to me) that I could substitute this into my cooking and no one will be the wiser! Which is something I strive for because if I tell anyone there is something different they automatically assume the worst.

I guess the question for me is if I use all products that are labeled “Heart Healthy”, will this make a difference? I like the idea of that because it would make this transition so much easier on me. But I am afraid that is not the only change I will need to make!

Thank you Mazola for sharing your product with me!

Kelly Goralski's photo.

My next recipe will be the Pork Carnitas with Cilantro Tomatillo Sauce. I can’t wait to try them!

If you would like to learn more about the healthy benefits of cooking with Mazola® , check it out here

For other great recipes from Mazola click here

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Mar. 19, 2014 4:42 pm
Thanks for sharing, Deb C. I think we all need to look into staying healthy, instead of doing what we want and hoping for the best. As the "Boomers" age, medical resources will be hard-pressed to keep pace. Let's keep on banging the health drum.
Mar. 19, 2014 4:43 pm
Sorry! I meant CARRIE C.! (Hangs head in shame)
Mar. 20, 2014 7:55 am
Not to be a kill joy, but: 1 tablespoon of corn oil contains 120 calories. It is a refined partially hydrogenated product (to prolong shelf life) and contains absolutely no vitamins, fiber, or protein - not to mention the fact that the vast majority of corn used in the manufacturing of corn oil has been genetically modified. On the plus side, you *can* make your own corn oil at home by simply soaking corn kernels in distilled water for a couple of days. Drain the kernels and then crush them. Strain the liquid out and let it sit in a sunny area until the water evaporates. The yellow residue left behind is natural corn oil. You can get around 2 1/2 lbs of corn oil from a bushel of dried corn
Mar. 20, 2014 12:23 pm
Thanks Bibi! I didn't think I had shared this so was really surprised to see anyone had responded. I know these mass blogs are not very popular on here but I try to tackle them from my side of things. This month has been a real challenge for me as I have never really given much thought to the products I use to make home cooked meals. I pride myself on the fact that I try not to use the boxed mixes and canned meals. I know those are way over processed for my liking. It has been interesting learning about all the opinions with our foods!
Mar. 20, 2014 12:50 pm
Litegal1 - Thanks for the information! That is really cool that I could make my own corn oil.
Mar. 23, 2014 3:58 am
Hi Litegal, don't find you to be a kill joy at all. Sounds like the sound of reason to me. Have you noticed there is a GMO elephant in the rooms of AR? You've delivered some hard facts. Thanks and enjoy your weekend.
Mar. 23, 2014 4:21 am
Nice blog, Carrie. Do you know that heart healthy means eating a diet that's low in sodium, cholesterol and fat? Foods that best meet this requirement are whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Is it wrong to assume a heart healthy diet would omit pork altogether? Also, may I ask if you've done any research on GMO's? I sincerely hope that you don't feel as though I'm picking on you as these are just questions. The fact that you cook from scratch is awesome, Carrie. It's the only way to know what you're putting in your body and I admire you for that. Thanks for all your time and patience and enjoy your Sunday.
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About Me
I have been married since 1995 and have 3 children. I started really cooking after I got married. I love hearing how great my cooking is. My kids are my best complimenters. I love talking to people about cooking and food! I have turned many non-cookers into cooks. My closest friend, for the longest time thought that baking a plain chicken breast was gourmet at its finest. I subscribed her to Taste of Home and introduced her to Allrecipes and now she cooks up a storm and its actually edible!
My favorite things to cook
I really enjoy cooking most anything. During tomato season my favorite thing would be spaghetti sauce. During the Fall, I really enjoy soup and at the holidays it would be the pies and cookies.
My favorite family cooking traditions
At the holidays I have always helped my mom do the baking. It wasn't until the last few years that I realized how much I truly enjoy this. I am trying to engage my children more in the kitchen. I am not always the most tolerant when it comes to this but I am making a great effort to include them. I am hoping that some day they will remember the time they spent with me in the kitchen.
My cooking triumphs
I made pies for Christmas one year at my In-laws house, it was great. Everyone raved and compared me to my husbands grandma, who passed away a couple of years ago. She was a truly fantastic cook and to be compared to her was wonderful.
My cooking tragedies
I remember trying to make a Pineapple Chicken dish when I was 16 for me and my brother. It was awful. The taste just wasn't right and the rice was undercooked. Needless to say the trash got more to eat than we did.
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