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Eight alternative cooking oils for healthier meals

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Full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, olive oil’s nutritional benefits are well known. But if you are ready to take your cooking to the next level, you’ll want to stock your kitchen with some equally healthy and delicious, but lesser known cooking oils that aren’t made from olives.

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Try using lesser known cooking oils to introduce new flavours to your meals.

The following oils have different smoke points and uses; some are used over salads while others are used in high-heat cooking methods like grilling and stir-frying. Whichever it is, cooking hobs like the Electrolux BRIO come equipped with precise valve controls for its burners, allowing you to cook at optimal temperatures for the oil you’re using.

 

Avocado


The Electrolux Brio cooking hob allows precise control over cooking temperatures.

 

Green, full-bodied and slightly nutty, avocado oil adds an added taste dimension to salad dressings, salsa and dipping sauces. Use it for grilling, stir-fry and sautéing when you want strong flavours.

 

Grape seed

The flavour is very mild, with a hint of sweetness, making grape seed oil suitable in most recipes where you want other flavours at the forefront.

 

Coconut

Once maligned, coconut oil is now celebrated for being filled with a healthy form of saturated fat. Use coconut oil in high-heat cooking like stir fry, where the coconut flavour really shines through. You can also use it as a spread for bread, add it to smoothies or even substitute ¾ cup of coconut oil in place of butter when baking.

 

Walnut

The strong, nutty flavour is great for salad dressings, or mixed with spreads to enjoy on bread, crackers and other baked goods.

 

Sesame

Use dark sesame oil in Asian-inspired recipes while it’s lighter version can help to liven up salad dressings and sautés.

 

Pumpkin seed

Filled with antioxidant Vitamin E, pumpkin oil’s flavour is strong and nutty. Use it as a drizzle over cooked meats, or mix it into rice, soups and salad dressings.  It’s also a good substitute for olive oil in pesto.

 

Pistachio

Green and delicious, pistachio oil is tasty drizzled over cheese, salads, grilled or steamed vegetables and cooked fish and chicken.

 

Hemp

Super-healthy, hemp oil has an earthy, somewhat nutty flavor. It’s best used in dressings, hummus and smoothies, or sprinkled over steamed foods, baked potatoes and soups.

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