Friday, May 3, 2013

Let's #GetZesty with Kraft Zesty Italian Anything Dressing {Versace Perfume Giveaway!}

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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.

Kraft man

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.

Zesty Grams

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?

funny card

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!
With so many versatile recipes calling at my taste buds, I was looking forward to trying out quite a few different ways that my family could enjoy featuring Kraft Zesty Italian Anything Dressing... but finally narrowed it down to the Mexicana Chopped Salad and the Sweet & White Potato Spears.

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.

Serve immediately.

Mexicana Chopped Salad

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.

homemade potato spears

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!

Versace perfume

172 comments:

latanya t said...

I take vacations

steve weber said...

I stay active by working out and going to concerts.

billwinsbig said...

eating out at the best steakhouses

Cserafini said...

We try to do date nights.

Yona Williams said...

Movie night with a bottle of wine.

spock7005 said...

I always try to keep men guessing....

Marti Parks said...

I can't really think of anything that I do to zest things up, but maybe I need to try that zesty recipe, it definitely looks good.

Thomas Murphy said...

I take lots of vacations.
rounder9834 @yahoo.com

Allyson Bossie said...

I enjoy a great netflix night once a week with some great coffee and the kids in the bed!
masugr at yahoo dot com

Rusthawk said...

zest - a new pair of boots :)

Jackie said...

We go out to dinner every week or every other week
Thanks!

Angela Anzhelika Yeremenko said...

Date nights and pampering myself.

Lynda Del. said...

We do date nights and mini road trips.
lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

Nicole Murphy said...

Take lessons of something new, like painting or dancing.

Courtney B said...

by learning how to cook something new- once each week

vanitizebaby@yahoo.com

♡♥♬ Louis ♬♥♡ said...

always adventurous to try new food
Thank you for hosting this giveaway

Louis
pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

janetfaye said...

I power walk for zest.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

Teresa said...

I like to hang out with my husband each week.

Debra said...

i add a little spice to my food

scottsgal said...

we go ATV'ing

Darlene said...

We love to take our 2 black labs camping. They put a lot of zip into our lives.

Sonya Sanderson said...

I love spicy foods...the hotter the better.

MANDY83 said...

some wine and makeup

Wanda McHenry said...

I like to try new foreign dishes

Amy Orvin said...

I eat spicy foods sometimes.
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helobuff said...

I dance! :) I exercise, walk along the beach and I try new things!

Suzie Williams said...

We go on road trips.

Renee Walters said...

I walk with my husband each night. Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
Reneewalters3 at yahoo dot com

mks said...

Couple Times A Month My Husband And I Do Something Fun We Used To Do When Were Younger.....Tonight Its A Double Feature At Local Drive In movie

Jose Benavides said...

we drink wine and watch sexy dramas

GALENA said...

eat some stuffed peppers

Aleksandra Nearing said...

We set aside date nights as often as we can.

Cindy Brickley said...

I just zest up my life by watching that hunk in the video. WOW, what a bod on him. Can I take him home? He can bring the bottle of zesty Italian, too! Wonder does he cook???

Gala said...

we have date nights

Leanne Hill said...

Nights out....not always a date night

peg42 said...

By going out with the girls, for a girls night out or on date nights with my husband.
Thanks so much.
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Cherie Montorio said...

I always get my hair done at a salon every month to zest up my life.

Tammy Schweitzer said...

make a romantic dinner soft music & great bottle of wine

JannyBee said...

I add a little zest by pampering myself with a mani Pedi once a month!

Nataly Carbonell said...

shopping, spa, restaurants, and yoga

tat2gurlzrock said...

A little weekend romantic getaway ;)

Amy said...

Trying new restaurants with hubby and/or friends!

blue65829 said...

I zest up my life by hanging out with my girls, there's always something interesting happening when we're together!

Melanie Montgomery said...

My husband and I can go on more dates together

skater425 said...

having an occasional movie night

w l burro said...

I add zest to my life by entering...and sometimes winning...contests. It's like crack to me...zesty crack that is.

tinagirl said...

I zest up my life by entering giveaways!

Natalie Tedder said...

Going to the beach

Carol said...

I take the kids to the grandma's and my husband and I take a picnic to the lake.
brand242003@yahoo.com
brandy graham (name on rafflecopter)

dawn keenan said...

I zest up my life by plannig date nights with my hubby.

SueZH said...

We look forward to a night together.

Jessica Cote said...

I like to try new things

llinda29 said...

we go to biloxi

Tiffany Weikel said...

I zest up my life by staying active

Michele P. said...

we have regular date nights and we also enjoy food with lots of zesty seasonings!

Stephanie Larison said...

Lots of spicy foods!

Diane said...

We have a dress up and stay at home night

SHANNA ELIZABETH said...

Exercise !!

Ryan said...

surprise date nights

rypm25@aol.com

Vanessa said...

I listen to alot of Spanish music. :)

Brutus Duffy said...

I amke myself talk to people i don't know at functions.

Dave said...

hmmm..I try to eat spicy food, try new things and go new places !

DEBIJOT said...

hang gliding

Liz said...

I zest up my life by traveling often with my family.

Love3570@aol.com

kroch said...

I travel and make sure to try out new things in every city.

Maria Iemma said...

I love to have a massage.

LesleyfromWI said...

Taking mini getaways with my hubby

sheila ressel said...

I love to be spontaneous and do things on the spur of the moment!

Eileen Drennan said...

well we go out of town for a weekend here and there. i guess you could say lots of mini vacations.

Tahina Quezada said...

I put hot sauce on everything

Laura said...

I like to dress in bright colors and travel when I can.
bookloon at gmail dot com

mecarolks said...

We go to the casino.

adjn1104 said...

My 8 yr old son keeps my life plenty interesting!

Christine Waddell said...

3 grandkids under the age of 2 keep things pretty zesty around here!

price21100 said...

Surprises between both my hubby and myself. anything from G to R! ;) LOL

Patty Schuler said...

I just use a lot of spices

Skye Moyer said...

By being spontaneity of course!

Tracey said...

I go to concerts
traymona[at]aol.com

Unknown said...

Taking a random road trip

Nancy Brumfield said...

By doing something unexpected eith my family.

Lisa Ehrman said...

Not too much zest, just happy to live a calm life.

tina reynolds said...

we do date nights as much as possible

Susan Audrey said...

We go to Wal-Mart late at night! :D

Tamar said...

I have been trying to turn my life around by getting in shape. So far, so good.

abfantom said...

I zest up my life by wearing new clothing or jewelry

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abfantom said...

G+ and GFC id: abfantom fantom

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Dawn Ganey said...

Once in a while I buy me something special just for myself.

Pinky Sade said...

I zest up my life by doing crazy things. Last I did was bungee jump!

Helga said...

I own some zesty ducks and geese

Karen said...

I'm always willing to try new things.

iggysaysno said...

try a new recipe a week

Sandie said...

I put zest in my life by shopping...and reading great books!

KellBee8 said...

I like to try new foods

MoonRae said...

We try to act like we did when we first met 34 yrs ago....it can be zesty or it could be hazardous/dangerous to our older selves health hehehe

Sharon
lunrei@yahoo.com

carole said...

watch a good romantic movie

Kelly Grant said...

go out to eat

Jennifer Lopez said...

Spur of the moments mini vacations with the hubby :)

Austin Baroudi said...

Constant dinner dates and staycations!
mcfallsk8er(at)aim(dot)com

Rita M said...

Vegas baby!

Shelly H. said...

We have date night weekly

Danielle PB said...

I experiment when cooking and try new things.

Peggy Greco said...

I really like to enter contests.

Kelly R. said...

Going for hikes and getting outdoors.

Accidental Farm Girl said...

Date nights with the hubby! :)

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Take vacations with the family
annabella @ centurytel dot net

Sharon Kaminski said...

try to walk a mile a day

Nia Ram said...

I sit on the internet hoping to win something. LOL

Michelle said...

I zest it up by having date nights with my husband. Thanks for the chance to win!
mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

Megan Bristow said...

salsa!

Treesa said...

I zest up my life with date nights!

cc_girly(at)yahoo(dot)com

Nikki Strong said...

My husband and I always have at least one date night a month.

Julie said...

i change nailpolishes often and perfumes often:)

jmatek AT wi DOT rr DOT com

Elvira Prunn said...

date nights

Klydra Pugh said...

Time alone and new clothes add zest.
Thanks for the chance.

Lisa Pecora said...

I try to zest up my life with new looks.

Robin Wilson said...

We do date night / movie / dinner night

Gina said...

I experiment with fashion & make up & keep my hair practically shaved.

KPort207 said...

a bottle of wine on weekends

kport207 at gmail dot com

Roach Alexandra said...

I hang out with my friends! And by friends I mean cats.

Nancy R said...

I zest up my life by staying up to date with new styles and trends and using them instead of being stuck int the past!

Diana C said...

I spice up my life with humor. You shouldn't live without humor in your life.

Diana C

Suz said...

I zest up my life by keeping busy and keeping entertained.

Renee said...

by reading

kimbly said...

By reading

Melissa Storms said...

The zest in my life comes from doing things I enjoy regularly.
upstatemissy@gmail.com

Ellen said...

Travel to new places

Keisha Milligan said...

I zest it up with hot baths & long dog walks with my daughter

kelley roach said...

staying active

Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

hubby with the moonlight
vmkids3 at msn dot com

Karrie Millheim said...

I zest up my life with a spa day all to myself :)

yellowlabs said...

I like visit places I have never been to before.

Becca Ann said...

I try to be spontaneous

Candice said...

I try to do girl's nights out at least once a month.

channallocks said...

I take vacations with my family

Deb S. said...

I make a point to go out to nice dinners

Kari Flores said...

I look for the positive in everything and I try to laugh and smile for a majority of the day.

kmcgrew213 said...

i zest up my life by trying new things i find on pinterest.

Bakersdozen said...

I workout to look and feel my best.

Jennifer said...

I take spur of the moment road trips to zest up my life.

jennylovesjeff (at) hotmail (dot) com

Lisa Garner said...

I zest up my life by trying new recipes!

annemarie562000 said...

I zest it up with dates with my boyfriend!

annemarie562000(at)yahoo(dot)com

Ashley Morrow said...

I zest up my life by trying a new restaurant.

laurasloves said...

I zest up my life by finding new recipes and trying the out.
Laurie Emerson
lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

Gianna said...

Garlic and spices.

barbara stenby said...

we constantly try new things!

Wendy Rozema said...

exercise!!

Teresa Thompson said...

Weekly dates and dancing in the dining room!

Erica C. said...

I try new exercises often to get some spice.
ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

Donna Kellogg said...

Date night at least once a month with Hubby

Kelsey Little said...

I like to change up my wardrobe!

Samii Alexxis said...

I will make it a point to try new things

Denise Donaldson said...

I like to try new things. :)

Kimberly said...

Nothing so exciting as the Kraft Zesty Guy, but I do love a good salsa!

kathy pease said...

I love spiced rum and eggnog ;)

michedt said...

I guess we are always trying new spices to zest ours up.
Michelle Tucker

Unknown said...

I zest up my life by trying new recipes

Unknown said...

I zest up my life by trying new recipes
-Lilith Katz

Vikki Billings said...

I zest up my life by going out dancing with my fiance!
vikki.billings@yahoo.com

lini said...

I spend a lot of time looking at the zesty guy.

lini said...

I don't tweet so you just wasted my time.

Susan Smoaks said...

i zest up my life with lots of colorful fresh fruits and vegetables
susansmoaks at gmail dot com

amos122902 said...

I exercise several times a week.

Marti B. said...

Spicy food and good books!

blew415 said...

i try to cook with my husband

roxxyroller said...

I always try and keep up with the latest fashions and makeup and never let myself go even though I've been married for 8 yrs ...

Kristin said...

I like cooking often....especially new and fun recipes!

Brian E. said...

Thanks for the giveaway…swimming laps boosts my energy & puts zest in my day !

ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

I enter giveaways & when I win..it's like getting little christmas persents all year long. I love to go swimming in the summer & crawfish boils & BBQ's!
zestywonderland@gmail.com

Liz N. said...

I ZEST up my life by just getting away every now and then.

Liz N.

marcsgirl61 at gmail dot com

Donna said...

I like to travel.
donna444444@yahoo.com

lilyk said...

by trying out new foods

Salleefur/Jesselyn/Jesster said...

We enjoy keeping things spicy in the Kitchen (as well as the bedroom - but that's a different and PRIVATE subject!)

We both enjoy cuisines and flavors and love to cook (and eat out too!) We are especially fond of the flavors of Mexican cooking (and Tex-Mex too) and your Mexicana Chopped Salad sounds so good I'm going to make it for our annual neighborhood Memorial Day Picnic!

But to come full circle - I love Kraft Salad Dressings (and cheeses!) they are so yummy and versatile! Especially their Italian Dressing: we use it to marinate all kind of meats and chicken and veggies.

I was just a little kid when my Mom taught me how to marinate marinate Flank Steak in Kraft Italian Dressing and then pan fry it. We both still do it that way my Mom is now 90 YEARS OLD! She's pretty spicy too!

Jesselyn A/Jesstinger
Jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com