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The world champion consumers of butter are the French, who enjoy a whopping 8.3 kg of butter per capita each year (or at least they did in 2014). By comparison we Americans only ate 2.5 kg, and the Irish, famous for reveling in butter, ingested a measly 2.4 kg.

I used to avoid butter in the belief that it caused heart disease. I stuck to olive oil instead. But now butter has been vindicated (sort of) and it is margarine which supposedly does us all in. These days I cook mainly with olive oil, but I’ll add butter toward the end of the process in order to boost the flavor.


Spinach, garlic and kalamata olives sautéed in olive oil.

I paired spiralized zucchini with the spinach to pump up the veggie factor in this dish and reduce the amount of pasta. I also threw in some Gardein vegan chicken. I added the cooked spaghetti to the skillet and tossed the whole thing with couple of small knobs of butter.

buttered noodles

The dish is finished with a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinking of aged Bellavitano cheese (the merlot rind is to die for).