As part of my Ambassador duties for Allrecipes.com, I received a bottle of Mazola® Corn Oil as part of “Heart Healthy” Campaign. I’m going to take a few moments to say, this blog was hard for me to write on a personal level.
Most people don’t know me from the next person, and to know me know, most wouldn’t have guessed I have battled weight issues most of my teen to adult life, weighing over 333 pounds on my 5 foot stature. Nothing like getting a call from your father telling you he’s suffering from congestive heart failure. And if I didn’t change my life, I would not make it to see any of my 4 children graduate high school. That was a hard phone call to swallow. My father and I both needed to make changes. I nearly lost my dad over his health issues almost 6 years ago. However, I’ve taken measures to change a lot of my eating habits, lost a ton of weight. I still struggle part of the time, but I’ve kept almost of it off. Now sitting at 150 pounds and I vowed never to let myself get that big again, it wasn’t healthy for me.
I didn’t hesitate years ago to deep fry lots of foods to serve my family. Now, majority is baked, sautéed, or grilled with little oil as possible or as much as I can get by with, without subbing applesauce (we have an allergic kiddo). I occasionally deep fry something….occasionally that is. But my family eats a lot better then they did when I was extremely over weight.
I’m not used to cooking with Corn oil, it’s not something I keep on hand and if I ever need some, I’d always buy a small bottle. Mazola has shown some great facts about Corn Oil and I’ll share them with you. But please note, as to be fair, As I, myself, husband and children can eat corn, I have several members of my family that can’t have corn and/or soy. So I have to be extremely careful what I’m using to serve others due to their dietary needs. So let me share with you some things I found out about Mazola:
New research, sponsored in part by ACH Food Companies, Inc., shows Mazola Corn Oil lowers cholesterol more than extra virgin olive oil. Corn oil lowered LDL cholesterol by 10.9 percent compared to extra virgin olive oil’s 3.5 percent reduction, making corn oil more effective. You can read more about the study and our health benefits at Mazola.com
Since 1911, Mazola® has delivered great tasting, high‐quality products you can trust and created delicious meals you and your family will LOVE. Mazola Corn Oil is cholesterol free and 100% pure with no additives, so the natural flavor of your favorite food comes through.
Choose fats and oils with 2 grams or less saturated fat per tablespoon, such as corn, soybean, canola, olive and sunflower oils. Studies suggest unsaturated fats (the good fats) may even help lower cholesterol when eaten as part of a low saturated fat and low cholesterol diet. Beware of high levels of saturated fats, trans fats and dietary cholesterol (bad fats) in some shortenings and cooking oils as these may raise blood cholesterol.
Did you know? Corn Oil is the Cholesterol lowering Champ?! Corn oil lowered LDL cholesterol by 10.9 percent compared to extra virgin olive oil’s 3.5 percent reduction, making corn oil more effective.
Learn more about the healthy benefits of cooking with Mazola® here
Now that you can look at their website for more information about the added benefits for heart healthy cooking, cooking is my thing. How I love to try new recipes. Part of this journey this month with Mazola®, the Ambassadors were asked to make 2 specific recipes made by Mazola® Sweet and Spicy Salmon w/Grapefruit Salsa & Pork Carnitas w/Cilantro Tomatillo Sauce and that’s what I did. While I’m not one to fluff about recipes. I’m critically honest, it can be my downfall, but I’d rather tell you truthfully about how I feel on something, then be dishonest when I’m representing myself. While some don’t like that, there are some that do. I’m not one to substitute things in a recipe, I’ve been asked to rate and review. I make as is and critique what I’ve been given. Good or bad, I have to stay true to that. But what I offer, is my suggestions, to better the recipes in successfully.
Here’s the Sweet and Spicy Salmon w/Grapefruit Salsa
WHAT I REVIEWED:
My hope was to enjoy this recipe, which we did not. While the rub was easy to make and salmon looked pretty as pretty as the grapefruit salsa, we have mixed reviews from my husband and I, but we both agreed, that neither of us cared for the tart but spicy salsa. The spice rub was too sweet on that back note. While you could taste the heat 1st thing out of the gate on the crust of the salmon, the sweetness came through at the end and sat there on the palate, not something I care for with fish. My husband said the salmon tasted fine to him, but that’s where I partly agree, because as soon as you scraped off the seasoned crust, the rest of the salmon was fine. I’d make the rub again but omit the brown sugar all together. I made this recipe completely to a T and unfortunately it missed the mark. So sorry.
One other issue that most don’t realize but it did come up in the process is with other Ambassadors, was to watch the medications you are on, due to certain medications prescribed by your physicians….it is told to avoid grapefruit as it will interact. We were fortunate to find, that his medications doesn’t interfere with eating grapefruit. So please make sure you are up to date with the knowledge of what you are taking with the foods you are eating.
SUGGESTIONS TO CORRECT:
1. The rub, omit the brown sugar all together with the recipe.
2. The salsa, omit the grapefruit all together as well, Sub it with a less acidic but yet nicer pairing fruit such as pineapple or mango. Pineapple and/mango is a better sub and does extremely well with fish.
Here’s the Pork Carnitas w/Cilantro Tomatillo Sauce
WHAT I REVIEWED:
Because of my family size, I double the recipe. I loved the meat, hands down and it was so tender and amazing I ended up cooking my meat a little longer because it was very soupy still. But the longer I cooked the meat, the tender-er the meat got and the liquid dissipated to where felt it should. I’m rating this on the meat only, because the raw tomatillo, tomato and cilantro was a turn off and no one would eat it. It was so bitter and can not be called a sauce. It was more like a Pico de Gallo but not a sauce. Because of that right there, it was a waste, chopping 4 whole tomatillos, I was forced to use what I chopped up and remaining tomatillos in a Salsa Verde sauce and top the meat with Mexicana Crema. And the family loved that by far better then the raw tomatillos, tomatoes and cilantro mix. Won’t be making that part again but totally will be making the meat. We loved the flavor of it and it only.
SUGGESTIONS TO CORRECT:
1. If you like raw tomatillos, then nothing needs to be corrected
2. If you don’t like raw tomatillos, try this recipe for Salsa De Tomatillo , we just call it Salsa Verde.
SO there you have it. Yes, there is mixed reviews here. I did ask one of my coordinators about using a different recipe because I didn’t want to be negative, I didn’t get a response back, but saw it was mentioned about subbing. And it’s out of my norm to sub on the 1st go around and to me, I have to be true to the recipe, for what is required of me….okay that just made me sound partly like Sheldon Cooper LOL! If a recipe doesn’t work on the 1st round, then I sub. However, in this case, I would have made a 2nd round of Salmon….but it came right down to cost and other projects going on. Check back for an update on that recipe.
The main objective here is, we all need to start worrying about our hearts and eating healthier to keep it “ticking” longer. Better take care of the most important muscle in our bodies.
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