We love olive oil for many reasons: it's a great way to add subtle flavors to many recipes, it's easy to cook, grill, and bake with, and it's heart healthy. Olive oil is high in monounsaturated fatty acids, a.k.a. the same healthy fats found in avocados. These fats have been shown to lower your risk of heart disease, lower your total cholesterol, and may even be helpful in regulating insulin levels and blood sugar.
So this month, we're revamping our recipes, from breakfast to dessert, and swapping in olive oil in place of butter. Using this handy butter conversion chart, you'll find it's easy and delicious! Here 10 healthy ways to swap in the olive oil and enjoy your food (and your waistline).
If you're a mountains-of-butter-on-the-popcorn kind of person, you might be a bit doubtful. But hear us out: instead of 1/4 cup of melted butter, opt for 3 tablespoons of olive oil for a healthier kick. For added flavor, sprinkle in some cayenne pepper or smoked paprika. Voila! Instant amazing snack.
You might be thinking of that fluffy, buttery angel's food cake you had the other day... Here's a surprise, cake with olive oil works remarkably well, too! Instead of a cup of butter, use 3/4 cup of olive oil and you'll be surprised by the added richness that it adds to your dessert.
It's not hard to imagine frying an egg in olive oil, since that's one of the best preparations you can have. From a simple fried egg, scrambled eggs, or even an omelet, use 2 1/4 teaspoons of olive oil instead of 1 tablespoon of butter for a better way to go. Enjoy them for breakfast!
It's no doubt that lobster + butter = summer. But that doesn't mean you can't switch it up once in a while and reap the health benefits of olive oil. Instead of 2 tablespoons of butter, opt for 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil. Try a garlic-infused olive oil to really bump up the flavor!
Corn on the Cob
Rubbing some butter on your corn, elotes-style, is fun, but you'll be surprised by the tasty addition of olive oil on your corn instead. Use just a bit to rub your corn all over, then grill it, or roast it in the oven. Serve it with salsa verde for an extra-special kick.
Don't add butter to your veggies! Keep the health (and flavor) by cooking your fajita vegetables in olive oil instead. Try 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of olive oil in place of 1/2 cup of butter or 1/2 cup olive oil in place of 3/4 cup butter. Enjoy the sizzle!
Grilled cheese is a fun indulgence, one that's so good, it doesn't need the added unsaturated fats from butter. Instead, opt for 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil (in place of 2 tablespoons of butter) when you make it. After all, we know the real gift is in the cheese, right?
Baking with olive oil instead of butter can be tricky, but it's fun and delectable when substituting olive oil in cookies. Make sure to pick up a very mild flavor olive oil so that cookies stay sweet. If you need a cup of butter, opt for 3/4 cup olive oil. If it's 3/4 cup butter, go for 1/2 cup and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. And if it's 2/3 cup butter, just a 1/2 cup olive oil will do. Bon appetit!
Turkey is a holiday favorite, of course, and typically comes slathered in butter to keep the meat juicy and make the skin crisp. But you don't need butter to enjoy this delicious bird. Instead of 2 cups of butter, cook this beast with 1 1/2 cups of olive oil. Season it with your favorite fresh herbs when cooking, and you'll be ready to go!
Surprise! This classic butter-laden dish doesn't actually need all that butter to taste good. Whether you're mashing white potatoes, sweet potatoes, or boniatos, try using just 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of olive oil instead of 1/2 cup of butter. Our other litle secret to enhance the flavor? Beat in a raw egg, it adds some protein and an incredible creaminess.