Red palm oil is one of the world’s most widely used healthy cooking oils. It has thousands of years of history as a nutritious ingredient. Packed with antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients, research using Malaysian palm oil has shown that it has specific benefits for the heart and brain.
What are some good ways to use Malaysian palm oil in your kitchen? Its neutral flavor and high smoke point make it a very versatile cooking oil. Here are some clever ideas using other ingredients that may be in your outdoor garden right now:
1. Sauté summer vegetables with garlic, fresh herbs and palm oil.
2. Roast tomatoes, summer squashes and onion with fresh herbs, garlic and palm oil in the oven.
3. Prepare a bruschetta appetizer. In a food processor, chop fresh tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil, Malaysian palm oil and a little salt. Serve over toasted baguette slices.
4. Brush onto fish, chicken or other proteins while grilling.
For those who don’t like to cook, here are some easy ways to get the healthful benefits of Malaysian palm oil.
1. Add one or two teaspoons to your favorite bottled salad dressing.
2. Perk up restaurant leftovers by drizzling into soups, chowders or red beans and rice just before serving.
3. Substitute palm oil for butter when preparing boxed rice or pasta side dishes.
For more exciting recipe ideas, from stir-fried beef with lemongrass and green pepper to Breaded Green Tomato with Buffalo Mozzarella Cheese, order the Back to Basics cookbook on Amazon.com. Its recipes borrow from a variety of cuisines including Asian and Italian. All proceeds from this cookbook benefit the Malaysian Palm Oil Council’s Wildlife Conservation Fund, which helps to fund various biodiversity and conservation projects.