A whole lot of picnics were happening around the country yesterday on Human Rights Day, and what a great way to celebrate the day – everyone together with sunshine, music and food to share! There are always delicious spreads, breads, fruit and a whole lot of other yummy finger foods, but I still think olives are the winners – a picnic just isn’t a picnic without them!
In past civilizations olives were extremely important as a commodity that could be traded, and have always been a well-known symbol of peace and power. They’ve lost none of their glamour and they add a unique taste to many dishes. Plus, they’re high in heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fat which help to lower the bad and increase the good cholesterol.
When you add olives to your meals, remember to cut back on some of the fat used in the cooking process, and also don’t add as much salt (if any) because olives are already salty enough. Here are some ideas on how you can use them:
- Use whole olives in a salad
- Use pitted and sliced olives in stews and pastas for a light savoury flavour
- If you’re not a fan of eating fish, place a few olives and lemon wedges in tinfoil, add the fish fillets on top and then bake in the oven – the olive flavour then becomes the dominant taste
- Mix olive paste into a salad instead of using a processed dressing
- Spread olive paste on a sandwich instead of butter – you get more flavour without losing moisture
- Mix olive paste and plain yoghurt to make a sauce for pastas
- Olive paste is a great substitute for oil when roasting veggies or potatoes – simply mix well with the veg or potatoes (you’ll only need a little bit) and roast as usual
- Olives go really well with watermelon, melon and stawberries – use a combo of these to make little cocktail snacks