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Blog. Just as olive oil is a very important part of the Mediterranean diet, whole olives are also an essential ingredient in the food culture of these regions.


Here are five reasons to love olives, followed by lots of ideas for how to easily incorporate more olives into your cooking (including 20 recipes that use olives): Health benefits. There’s a long list of reasons why olives are good for your health. They’re rich in vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent damage to your cells from free radicals.

Olives also contain special phytochemicals that have anti-inflammatory properties and have been linked to cancer prevention. Versatility. Variety. Convenience. Economical. How to Enjoy Olives: Marinated. Recipe: Marinated Mediterranean olives with lemon, rosemary and garlic. Salads. Stews and sauces. Sandwiches, breads and pizzas. Recipes: Antipasto pizza, Pissaladiere, Greek salad pita pockets, Pan Bagnat, Whole wheat foccacia. Food & cooking - Eat Well, Spend Less: Homemade Substitutes for Grocery Staples. CHEAP Crock Pot Recipes- I'm broke. I'm from Louisiana and the standard Monday dinner is Red Beans and Rice.

CHEAP Crock Pot Recipes- I'm broke.

I developed this recipe for cooking the beans in the crockpot years ago. That is for the older crockpots. New ones cook hotter, so cooking times will be less. Probably you can put all the ingredients in a newer crockpot in the morning and it will be done in time for dinner. Red Beans and Rice Serves 6 2 cups dry red beans 6 cups water 1 large onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced ½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce ¼ teaspoon cayenne ¼ teaspoon oregano ¼ teaspoon thyme leaves 6 grates nutmeg 1½ teaspoons salt 1 lb. smoked sausage, Optional 2 cups uncooked rice After noon on Sunday wash the beans and put in crockpot with water, onion and garlic.

Sunday night before you go to bed add the Tabasco, Worcestershire, cayenne, oregano, thyme, nutmeg and salt. On Monday morning slice and steam the sausage if you are going to use it; add to crockpot. Cook rice according to package directions. How do you figure out how to meal plan? Okay, I've said this before, so sorry to the mama's who've heard it all.

How do you figure out how to meal plan?

First, get yourself a couple of really good cookbooks. No, you don't have to learn a new recipe every day, but the ones I'm going to suggest will help you, over time, to take what you learn and apply it to the stuff that you already make so that, just maybe, people won't turn their noses up anymore. Get yourself a book called "The New Best Recipe" by the editors of Cooks illustrated. Last time I checked, you could get it off of Amazon for $14.95, and it included a free copy of the magazine, too (and the magazine is as awesome as the cook book...).

The editors of cooks illustrated take great pains to honestly figure out what makes a recipe great, and then they tell you exactly how they came to that particular recipe and WHY certain things work the way they this is the part you can bring to your other cooking. ) to make. Then, I get a calendar (I have a great one right on my computer) and look at six weeks.