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Favorite Cooking Oils

There was a time in my life when I steered clear of oils in my kitchen. Luckily, I’ve overcome my fear of fats in recent years and discovered how much oil can enhance the taste of my food and have embraced them wholeheartedly.

Not only do different oils have different health properties, but they can also serve various functions. Certain oils have a higher smoking point, which means they’re great for using in a stir fry or for baking. Others are super flavorful and delicate in taste, which makes them the ideal accompaniment for salads or raw/cold dishes.

Keep reading to see which oils are currently being poured in my kitchen!

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Coconut Oil – This is my go-to for basically everything. I use gobs of coconut oil in my baking {often in lieu of butter} and spray the sauté pan with it before cooking my favorite veggie dishes. And while too much saturated fat in the diet is definitely a bad thing, the natural saturated fats in coconut oil increase healthy cholesterol levels (HDL).

Olive Oil – This is a great pick for a lot of recipes, especially Mediterranean dishes like pasta sauce and bruschetta. Olive oil is high in antioxidants and works wonders on tomatoes. While both are great separately, they really unlock each other’s flavors AND health benefits.

Hemp Seed Oil – I love adding a tablespoon of hemp seed oil to salad dressings. It’s a gorgeous, vibrant green color, and adds a delicious, nutty taste. This oil is particularly rich in protein and fatty omega acids.

Sunflower Seed Oil – High in folate, potassium, calcium, riboflavin, iron and niacin, sunflower seed oil is extremely nutritious. The flavor is fairly neutral as well, so you can use it for a variety of purposes.

Walnut Oil – This cold-pressed oil is exceptionally healthy. Research shows that these nuts, and their oil, are high in powerful antioxidants, can improve heart health, and contain cancer-fighting properties.

Toasted Sesame Seed Oil – This has become something of a staple for me recently. It’s utterly divine in Chrissy Teigen’s Chinese Chicken Salad recipe. Plus I love it mixed with powdered peanut butter for an Asian Style stir fry.

What’s YOUR favorite oil to cook with? Am I missing an important one? Tell me what I should try next!

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