Sunday, February 28, 2016

Spring Forward & Fight Winter Weight with Fruit Kabobs

Discover Olive Oil’s Extraordinary Powers!
Revised and updated, this indispensible book reveals why chefs, doctors, and nutritionists all love extra virgin olive oil, a key ingredient in the Mediterranean Diet—and why other healthful oils are not far behind. You’ll find easy recipes for satisfying foods like Pizza Baguettes with Garlic Oil, Fudgy Coconut Oil Brownies, and Macadamia Nut Oil Cookies. Also included: home cures, beauty and household secrets, and pet care tips that really work!
Deliciously healing surprises…
The art of using olive oil for mind, body, and spirit goes back 6,000 years. Hippocrates, “the father of medicine,” used olive oil in over 60 healing remedies.
New research confirms that olive oil can help lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes, and it can stall age-related diseases.
Combining olive oil with other oils can help combat fatigue, infections, and insomnia, and help you fight fat and shape up!
Honey, Citrus, Olive Oil Fruit Kabobs
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½ cup honey                                                                2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons Cointreau                                             3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
or any similar orange liqueur                                    2 to 3 mint leaves, chopped
      In a bowl, add the honey, lemon juice and Cointreau; use whisk to blend. Little by little, gradually whisk in the olive oil. Add mint and continue mixing. Reserve.
8 bamboo sticks (6 to 8 inches)                                  8 pineapple slices, cut in 1-inch squares
8 (1-inch) cantaloupe or honeydew wedges,             8 large strawberries
cut in 1-inch pieces                                                    1 pint lemon fruit sorbet, optional
[powdered sugar for garnish]
On each bamboo stick, place one piece of melon, then pineapple and end with the strawberry. Arrange two kababs on 4 serving plates; drizzle with the glaze. To serve, sprinkle kebabs with powdered sugar and decorate with a mint leaf. Serve with lemon sorbet, if desired. Serves 4-8.

 (Courtesy: North American Olive Oil Association.)
Excerpt from The Healing Powers of Olive Oil, Revised and Updated (available at amazon, barnesandnoble, walmart and other stores)

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