Butter Flavored Olive Oil for a Kid Friendly Meal
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I regularly use olive oil to cook. Occasionally I flavor my sauteed dishes with a dollop of butter because it makes the final product taste so good. But with Star’s New Butter Flavored Olive Oil, I will no longer have to engage in this practice.
On a recent visit to Walmart I picked up my very own bottle of Butter Flavored Olive Oil and set out to prepare a delicious meal based on a kid friendly recipe. I was curious to see how many ways I could use this oil in preparing a healthy meal.
I adapted a whole grain pasta bake recipe that students from Prescott Middle School in Wisconsin created. To begin, I prepared the pasta according to package instructions except I dropped a tablespoon of Butter Flavored Olive Oil into the boiling pasta water.
I switched out the spinach for lacinato kale then I saute the kale with a dash of Butter Flavored Olive Oil, fresh garlic and a pinch of red pepper flakes. My thought is that the kale will hold up better in a baked casserole than the more delicate spinach and the kale will offer more depth and variety to the consistency of the chew.
Carrots and zucchini were then shredded and tossed together in a bowl with a can of drained and rinsed organic chickpeas.
All of the ingredients, including the kale and drained pasta should then be mixed with tomato sauce before baking in a lightly oiled dish for 20 minutes. Again I used a very tiny amount of the Butter Flavored Olive Oil to do this. After twenty minutes in the oven, top the veggie bake with Rice Cheese rather than mozzarella if you are interested in eliminating dairy. Otherwise use fresh mozzarella and bake for an additional ten minutes.
I love that Butter Flavored Olive Oil has the flavor of butter, the health benefits of olive oil and is gluten free. It can be used for salad dressings, to saute veggies and meats, and as a simple topping on toast or sandwiches. It is very flavorful but not in the slightest bit greasy at. And with the recent FDA acknowledgment that trans-fats are simply a no-no, I was thrilled to read the ingredient label and discover this product contains only olive oil, extra virgin olive oil and butter flavorings. Here’s the recipe:
Whole Grain Pasta BakeWith Veggies & Rice Cheese
Adapted from Prescott Middle School Students
1 1/2 cup whole grain pasta
1 cup shredded zucchini
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup of sautéed lacinato kale
1 16 oz can of organic chickpeas
32 oz can tomato sauce
1 cup of rice cheese (mozzarella if preferred)
You are going to love the way this baked veggie casserole tastes. It’s so simple and fast to create. Your children will enjoy it for after all, it is a kid friendly recipe created by middle school students. And there will be enough for left-overs for lunch or dinner. Oh yes, for your salad dressing, use this Butter Flavored Olive Oil with Vinegar, a touch of tarragon and shake the bottle.
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Let me know what you think of this recipe and if you enjoy it.