Enjoy The Nutrients Of Kalamata Olives

Sunrise Senior Living  |  June 25, 2012

When choosing appetizers to bring to a party, it's a good idea to incorporate foods that offer numerous health benefits. As adults enter their later years, paying attention to nutrition is more important than ever, as it can help people lead the highest quality of life possible.

Kalamata olives are one vegetable that not only taste good, but can also help seniors with their cholesterol levels. LiveStrong reports the vegetable is a great source of monounsaturated fats, which have been shown to help reduce cholesterol levels. Additionally, kalamatas are an excellent source of vitamin E, which can help reduce the effects of free radicals and help keep the heart and joints healthy.

Sunrise Signature Dining has incorporated this nutritious vegetable into a great appetizer, which also features healthy ingredients such as garlic and tomatoes, both of which carry various nutrients.

Olive Tapenade with Feta Crostini

2 1/4 cups kalamata olives
3/4 cup oven-dried Tomatoes
2 Tbs of capers
3 cloves of garlic
5 Tbs fresh basil
1 1/2 Tbs fresh chopped oregano
2 Tbs fresh chopped thyme
1/2 cup olive oil

In a food processor, add all ingredients except the olive oil and pulse until it is coarsely chopped but blended well. Transfer to a bowl and add oil. Cover bowl and refrigerate. Serve over Crostini bread and enjoy.


Oven Dried Tomatoes
4 Lg tomatoes (rough chopped)
2 Tsp salt
3 Tbs olive oil

Place all ingredients in a roasting pan (or skillet on stove top) and cook until tomatoes are browned and black (but not burnt), stirring occasionally about 10/15 minutes in a skillet, or 15/20 for the oven method.


Crostini

Thinly sliced baguettes (about 20 slices)
1/2 Lb feta cheese

Toast baguettes in oven for about 10 minutes on 350 degrees, sprinkle cheese on bread slices and place back in oven for 10 minutes or until cheese has started to melt. Serve immediately.