The Olive Branch – July 2022

Jun 27, 2022 | Healthy Ingredients, Main Courses, Olive Oil, Recipe, Recipe of the Month

This month’s newsletter is all about spices! After all, it’s been said that love is the spice of life and we know you are going to love some of these spice suggestions.

First up, is smoked paprika – one of my personal favorites. I wish there was an air freshener that smelled like smoked paprika! It is an essential ingredient of most BBQ rubs and sauces. It’s gorgeous red glow just adds something to the color of the meat. Smoked paprika comes from the north of Spain where ground dried bell peppers are smoked over a wood fire to infuse the flavor. It often shows up as a garnish on deviled eggs and is delicious when added to soups. Additionally, it can benefit your heart health, reduce inflammation, and improve cholesterol levels.

Adobo Seasoning has some wonderful uses. It can be used in marinating meats and veggies. It is rich in minerals such as iron and calcium. Used on chicken, it gives a deep rich flavor. In Mexico, Adobo sauces are a rich, red color, from the addition of crushed chili flakes and other ingredients used for marination and preservation.

Next on the list is Himalayan Pink Salt. Everyone eats salt on some foods. This salt has such a rich flavor. It is available in 2 different grinds – coarse grind and finely ground. Along with it’s pink color comes many health benefits. It contains more than 80 minerals, including potassium, iron, and calcium. It can help regulate blood sugar and helps to improve hormonal balance. Some scientists think it may aid in detoxification.

Parsley is a very misunderstood and under-used spice. It can be used as an ingredient in pesto, useful as a garnish and has many medicinal properties. It can prevent and control diabetes, improve heart health, protects against rheumatoid arthritis, and is rich in anti-oxidants. Parsley is often used to enhance a serving tray. There are many different varieties of parsley such as curly leaf, flat leaf, and Italian.

Spaghetti with Parsley and fresh Tomatoes

  • 1 pound boxed spaghetti (or try our specialty pastas!)
  • 4 large tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil (we recommend a robust variety)
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped
  • Kosher salt to taste

Cook spaghetti in a pot of salted water. (I add just a few drops of garlic olive oil for additional taste!)

While spaghetti is cooking, add the other ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.

Add cooked and drained spaghetti to bowl and toss well. Serve

Start your day off right with a steaming cup of tea. Even though the weather is warm outside, a cup of tea can help you wake up ready to face the day. We offer several healthy teas: Earl Grey, which can help you lower your cholesterol. Also, Bay Leaf tea that can work with your body to lower your blood sugar.

From all of us at the Paducah Olive Oil Co, we wish you a warm and wonderful July! Stop in to see us and sample something new.


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