If you’ve been keeping up with @TheMaleAddict this past week, you would have seen me win the Great Canadian Grilled Cheese Challenge hosted by Canola Eat Well. I knew having a deep love of grilled cheese would pay off some day, and sure enough, it did!
When I was invited out to the Luxe Appliance Studio, I wasn’t really sure what I was getting myself into, but the night proved to be a learning experience, a great challenge, and one heck of a fun night.
Over the course of the night, we learned about how Canola Oil is made, and chatted with a Canadian Canola Farmer who was there to represent her farm, as well as Alberta Canola and Manitoba Canola Growers. She taught us that:
- Canola oil is a good source of vitamins E and K and is packed with omega 3 fats. Omega 3 fats are an anti-inflammatory that can help protect against heart attacks and strokes. Our bodies don’t produce omega 3 fats, so we need to get them from food. It also has the lowest amount of saturated fats—half that of olive oil. Saturated fats are bad fats and are linked to heart disease.
- It’s neutral flavor and light taste makes it great for baking and cooking. When you add herbs and spices, canola oil absorbs the flavors, making it very versatile.
- Canola oil is great to use on the barbecue because it has a high heat tolerance (as high as 242 C/468 F). Other oils break down and lose their nutritional value at high temperatures. Don’t be afraid to fire up the grill—it can take the heat!
- It’s grown by over 43,000 family farmers on the Canadian Prairies, making it a perfect local Canadian choice.
That evening we also learned the tips and tricks to making the perfect grilled cheese sandwich, care of Afrim Pristine from the amazing Cheese Boutique. It got me thinking: what else could I whip up in the kitchen with Canola Oil? Here is what I came up with!
- Grilled Zucchini
- Spinach and Quinoa Salad
- Shrimp Fried Rice
- Chicken Fajitas
- Sweet Potato Fries
- Panko Fried Chicken
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Double Chocolate Brownies
All these delicious dishes, treats, and snacks can be made with or in Canola Oil, just substitute when you would use any other cooking oil, and presto. So have some fun, be creative and remember to eat well!