A dish that may do your heart good

Last month the Food and Drug Administration agreed to let foods containing olive oil carry the claim that they may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Here's a heart-friendly recipe from the California Olive Industry that uses both olive oil and whole, pitted olives:

Season four 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts with 2 teaspoons each of thyme and oregano and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Place chicken in pan and brown for 2 minutes to 3 minutes. Flip over and brown for 2 minutes more. Transfer chicken to a high-sided baking sheet and cook in a 450-degree oven for 8 minutes or until cooked through.

While chicken is roasting, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add 4 cups of cauliflower florets (quartered and blanched) and cook for 2 minutes to 3 minutes until golden, stirring occasionally.

Turn heat down to medium-low, add 3 tablespoons pine nuts and 3 thinly sliced cloves of garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute to 2 minutes. Toss in 6 ounces of green beans (trimmed and blanched) and 1 cup of ripe, whole, pitted olives, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Cover and cook for 2 minutes until heated through, then season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and a teaspoon each of thyme and oregano. Place vegetable mixture on serving plates and top with chicken. Serves 4.

Per serving: 345 calories; 14 grams fat; 98 milligrams cholesterol; 513 milligrams sodium; 11 grams carbohydrate; 43 grams protein

-- Recipe and analysis from California Olive Industry

Suitable substitutes

How many times have you found yourself in the midst of cooking only to discover you're out of a particular ingredient? Here are some helpful substitutions suggested by McCormick & Co.:

1 teaspoon of apple-pie spice is equal to 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon allspice.

1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice is equal to 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger and 1/8 teaspoon each ground cloves and ground nutmeg.

1 teaspoon fresh chopped ginger equals 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger.

3 teaspoons of chopped herb leaves such as basil, dill, tarragon and thyme equals 1 teaspoon dried.

2 teaspoons fresh chopped sage, rosemary, marjoram, mint and oregano is equal to 1 teaspoon dried.

Gift basket aids needy

Looking for a food gift that satisfies year-round? World Vision's "bottomless" fruit basket provides delicious apples, oranges and pears for your loved one -- as well as 20 fruit trees for families in need around the world.

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Sparkling juice

Izze Beverage Co. has come up with a drink designed to please kids as well as grown-ups.

Izze Sparkling Fruit Juice contains pure fruit juice and sparkling water and is free of added sugars, caffeine, preservatives or artificial ingredients. It can be drunk straight from the bottle or can, or added as a mixer to cocktails.

The drinks are available in six flavors: blackberry, blueberry, clementine, grapefruit, lemon and pear. Look for them at Starbucks, Target, Whole Foods and other grocery stores. They have a suggested retail price of 99 cents a can and $1.19 to $1.39 for a 12-ounce bottle.

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