Olive oil is often praised for its ability to reduce your body's bad cholesterol. And because it has such a strong flavour, a little can go a long way. Olive oil's distinct taste allows it to contribute a layer of complexity to basic vegetable dishes in particular. For instance, it will add a nice flavour boost to this broccoli and cauliflower side. Or use it to create guilt-free baked kale or beet chips. It also makes for a nice salad dressing as well. This is one oil you don't want your pantry to be without.
When you're baking, there are a lot of flavours that you want to shine through, but chances are oil isn't one of them. Some oils, such as olive oil, offer strong flavours that can overshadow other ingredients in baked goods. A better option is to go for a subtle, more neutral-tasting oil, such as canola oil. Try it in this red velvet cheesecake, for example, to see just how well it blends in and lets the other tastes stand out.
Both olive oil and canola oil can certainly be used in stir-fries and Asian noodle dishes, but they don't provide the same flavourful addition sesame oil does. Sesame oil has a slightly sweet, nutty flavour and a wonderfully fragrant aroma. If you're cooking a dish that is inspired by the cuisine of Thailand, Japan, China or another Asian country, sesame oil will add a marvelous boost of flavour. Simply pan-frying the chicken in sesame oil for this Thai chicken stir-fry adds an extra taste experience no other oil can provide.
The fact that this oil comes in a solid, white form rather than the liquid yellow you're used to might have caused you to walk right past it at the grocery store. But don't let its confusing appearance turn you off. Coconut oil adds a delicious, nutty flavour and creaminess to sweet treats that can't be beat. For most recipes it's necessary to melt the coconut oil before using it, but the extra step is worth it. Test out the difference with these chocolate coconut brownies, and see for yourself.
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