Disclosure: In conjunction with Mom It Forward, Kraft sent compensation and a bottle of the product to review, but they haven’t reviewed or approved what I wrote below.
Even though each week I lament over the food rut that my family is trapped in, I never seem to get motivated to try anything new. What if I put the time, money and effort into shopping, preparing, cooking and cleaning and the result doesn't taste all that spectacular? Or my family just isn't really impressed?
Therefore, even if I browse through recipes online or in cookbooks, I tend to find myself reverting back to our regular three or four meals because nothing really jumps out at me as worth attempting.
But suddenly, I was... ahem... inspired.
Why, Hello there, Zesty Guy.
The newest star of the kitchen, Kraft's Zesty Guy has only one thing on his mind – getting zesty – in the kitchen that is. Check him out saying hello in this humorous video (hint: another shirtless appearance).
To help stir culinary desires, you can now get cheeky in the kitchen and with friends and family by sending them a personalized ZestyGram to add a little zest to everyday moments and special occasions.
Simply visit GetMeZesty.com and you'll find six different options to choose from, all staring Zesty Guy himself: Way To Go, Thanks, Happy Birthday, Thinking Of You, Talk Flirty To Me and Just For Zest.
After you've selected your occasion, you have the option to personalize your ZestyGram by connecting to Facebook, and then can customize some of the wording so that your recipient can receive just the right message for them.
Then share through email, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest and you'll have made their day – wouldn't it make you smile if you received something like this out of the blue?
As well as steaming up your computer with Zesty Guy, Kraft is now steaming up the kitchen with fun and flavorful ways to dine at home, and adding a little zest to everyday moments with its Zesty Italian Anything Dressing.
By adding the perfect flavor kick to your salads, appetizers, side dishes, main courses and more, Kraft's Zesty Italian Anything Dressing is just the right addition to delicious spring recipes or your menu for a festive outdoor party. How about...
- Zesty Italian Chicken Salad – this simple, yet playful dish will surprise even the biggest mainstream foodie. Once you go Italian, you never go back.
- Primavera Pasta Toss – a little added zest to fettuccine and veggies turns the most basic meal into a steamy, palette-able adventure.
- Zesty Roasted Vegetables – turn your traditional side dish up a notch with garden-fresh vegetables with a boost of flavor that is sure to please your guests.
- And many more at KraftRecipes.com!
Mexicana Chopped Salad
⅓ cup Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing
½ tsp. ground cumin
1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed
2 avocados, chopped
2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
1 yellow pepper, chopped
½ cup chopped red onions
½ cup Kraft Mexican Style Finely Shredded Four Cheese
1 cup thawed frozen corn (optional)
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
Mix dressing and cumin.
Combine remaining ingredients in large bowl. Add dressing mixture; mix lightly.
Sweet & White Potato Spears
1½ lb. sweet potatoes (about 3), cut into thin spears
1½ lb. baking potatoes (about 3), cut into thin spears
½ cup Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing
¼ cup Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
Heat oven to 375°F.
Toss potatoes with dressing.
Spread onto rimmed baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.
Bake 1 hour or until tender, turning after 30 min. and topping with cheese for the last 5 min. Sprinkle with parsley.
Yum, yum and yum! Both of these recipes turned out great and we all thoroughly enjoyed the extra zesty kick that came from the Kraft Zesty Italian Anything Dressing. I have no doubt that we'll be adding these into our regular rotation and having them many more times in the future – particularly scooping up the Mexicana Chopped Salad with tortilla chips!
Find out more about this tasty dressing, browse the long list of mouthwatering recipes available, and hang out with Zesty Guy by visiting the Get Me Zesty website, connecting with @theZestyGuy on Twitter and heading over to the Kraft Dressing Facebook page.
And, thanks to the generosity of Kraft, one person will soon be adding even more zest to their life, because...
One lucky person will win a bottle of Versace zesty Italian perfume!