You can whip this up in a flash as a fabulous pre-dinner nibbly. I prefer to use small black olives, Kalamata or other variety, depending on what I can get my hands on at the time. Warming the olives through with the spices really helps the flavours infuse and results in silky, velvety olives. Delicious served as is, or with warm flat breads.
This dish is bursting with goodness, let's see why:
- Olives – olives and their oil are full of protective nutrients with antioxidant and powerful anti-inflammatory effects, making them beneficial for us on many different levels. They are high in monounsaturated fat, which been linked to reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Onions - these pack a powerful punch in the health stakes. Belonging to the allium family, along with garlic, onions are very high in sulphur-containing compounds which assist our body in many functions, including, liver detoxification, anti-clotting activity, formation of connective tissue and anti-inflammatory effects to name a few. They are also a rich source of quercetin, which is an antioxidant that helps to fight free radicals in our body.
- Rosemary – contains substances that can stimulate the immune system, increase circulation and improve digestion. It is also linked to improving mental performance and memory, so keeping a sprig on your desk might come in handy!
- Fennel seeds - from the fennel plant, have long been used as a remedy to assist digestion as they can be very effective in reducing gas and bloating.
Warm Spiced Olives Recipe
- 1 cup of black olives of choice
- 1 onion, sliced thinly
- 1 tbsp avocado oil
- 2 cloves of garlic, sliced
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- 1 tbsp fennel seeds
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/2 tbsp. chilli flakes (adjust to taste)
- Olive oil, to drizzle on serving
- Rinse olives and pat dry
- Heat avocado oil in saucepan on medium to high heat. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes, until softened.
- Add garlic and fresh rosemary and cook for another 2 minutes, until onion is starting to brown.
- Add fennel seeds, cumin seeds and chilli flakes. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until they start to smell fragrant.
- Add olives and warm through, mixing thoroughly with the onion and spices.
- Serve warm with a drizzle of olive oil over the top.
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Yours in good health, naturally! Victoria x