There's a new olive oil bar here in town, and I've just discovered the simplicity of leaning on the flavors and nutritional benefits of various flavored olive oils and balsamic vinegars.
You can cook up some pasta (not the enriched flour variety), mix it with flaked, cooked salmon and some fresh spinach, and some pine nuts, and then drizzle a lemon flavored olive oil and a black currant balsamic vinegar over it, a bit of fresh basil and some feta cheese.
Simple and delicious.
In the old days, I'd fry up some hamburger and diced onions in the grease from the hamburger, and then add tomato sauce for a topping over a pile of spaghetti. Needless to say, that kind of cuisine sat on top of your stomach for a long time before it every digested, leaching fat into your digestive system and on to your arteries. Nothing light about it!
Opting instead for the healthier fats delivered by olive oil, it's not only simpler, it's a much better contribution to the health of your arteries.
The olive oil/ balsamic vinegar combo is a great choice for anointing any mix of salad greens. For a quick, nutritious meal, just make sure you add lots of whole vegetables to it!