Thursday, August 14, 2008

Drop that butter! Use olive oil instead!

As much as I agree that food tastes great with tons of butter,
I really do not recommend consuming a lot of butter.

Believe me.. I've seen other people cook ...
They use tons of butter in their cooking without realizing how unhealthy it is, just because they are either:
(a.) following a recipe
(b.) that's how (insert name here) always made it.

Well, hey, guess what.
Times have changed -- your waistline and arterial walls are not as thin as they used to be.

Drop that butter! Use olive oil instead!

You can most definitely substitute olive oil for butter in your cooking and baking (yes! baking too!) without compromising the recipe.
I do it all the time.
Not only does my food taste great, but I feel a lot better (inside and out).

So please do not be afraid of breaking out of the confinements of a recipe, or how so-and-so used to make it.
Instead, just follow these easy conversions for a healthier dish!

Butter/Margarine to Olive Oil Conversion Chart

1 teaspoon butter = 3/4 teaspoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter = 2 1/4tsp olive oil
2 tablespoons butter = 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup butter = 3 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup butter = 1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup butter = 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil
2/3 cup butter = 1/2 cup olive oil
3/4 cup butter = 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup butter = 3/4 cup olive oil

Not yet brave enough to do a full transition?
That's fine. Baby steps.
Use half-butter and half-olive oil in your cooking and slowly transition over =)


Bruce Yang said...

Can one do this for mashed potatoes? Or bagels?

Jennifer Lin said...

I think using it for mashed potatoes would be a *new* but tasty concoction.
As for bagels, most definitely! A much healthier alternative. Italians use olive oils on their breads all the time. So delicious.