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We are all guilty of not always making the best choices when it comes to the ingredients in the dishes we cook, but since I’ve discovered that Mazola® Corn Oil is a better-for-you option than other oils with little taste difference, that is all about to change for us. Did you know that a recent study has found that adding Mazola Corn Oil to one’s diet resulted in lower cholesterol levels than Coconut Oil? A previous study found that corn oil can also help lower cholesterol more than extra virgin olive oil! To learn more about the study, see Mazola.com.

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One of my favorite on-the-fly dinner options is making lemon pepper chicken (or fish). The difference is that this time I used a little bit of Mazola® Corn Oil to sautee it in the pan, some olives and chicken stock instead . Using chicken tenderloins I generously seasoned them with a pre-mixed lemon pepper seasoning that’s easily found in the spice section of your favorite grocery store. Since Mazola® Corn Oil has a higher smoke point (450°F) it performs well when you sear chicken in a hot pan. Many other cooking oils have a smoke point that once you exceed it will not only affect your food’s flavor but also destroys nutritional value. Mazola® Corn Oil has a very neutral flavor as well, so it won’t add any strange tastes to your dish either!

So instead of using butter, I decided to use Mazola® Corn Oil as it’s a great all-purpose cooking oil that’s considered a smart heart-healthy choice for your family. You can use it in SO many ways besides sautéing as I did – you can also use it in baking, grilling, stir frying, or mixing up a marinade or dressing. I paired up this chicken with a mixed green salad and used Mazola® Corn Oil to create a lovely honey-dijon vinaigrette that was delicious! Best of all, Mazola® oils are cholesterol free and have become a healthful tradition in America.

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It did not take very long to achieve a nice brown sear on each side..

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Towards the end of the cooking process, I squeezed half a lemon just to add some extra flavor before removing it from the hot pan.

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So no better-for-you dinner would be complete without a mixed greens salad, instead of something heavier like rice or pasta, with a honey-dijon vinaigrette made with Mazola® Corn Oil. I used a bag of prepared mixed greens that contained baby spinach with carrots and red/green lettuce.

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I used:

  • 2 tablespoons of Mazola® Corn Oil
  • 2 tablespoon of stone ground dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar

Mix it all up in a small bowl and you have a delicious Mazola® Corn Oil based vinaigrette to top your salad with!

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Some better-for-you swaps can be made with your salad too. Most people enjoy croutons and bacon bits as salad toppers – but we made some simple swaps that I believe are way better choices! Try making a swap with sliced black olives and blue cheese crumbles instead! I promise it’s a better choice and it’s surprisingly much tastier too!

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How do you make your recipes better-for-you? Check out Mazola® on Facebook to learn more!

 

Jayna

Hi, I’m Jayna a newborn & baby photographer – (ldportraits.net), mom of 2 and a recipe critic. I live in the suburbs of north Dallas near Plano, Texas with my husband of 13 years, our kids and our hairless dog. I love being creative, drinking coffee, pinning on pinterest and whipping up new dessert recipes. Creator of digital backdrops for newborn photographers in the etsy shop bellabyte.etsy.com. Connect with me, I’d love to hear from you!

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