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Easy Summer Meals: Roast Chicken with Butter & Herbs

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Easy Meal: Roast Chicken with Simple Butter & Herbs

I feel like we have barely dipped our toes into summer over here. I’m enjoying the slow mornings and the kids are enjoying the fun escapes we have had so far. I admit that with this leisurely pace, I have slowed down working in the kitchen. It might be burnout from the last month push at school and endless parties, birthdays, graduations and other celebrations that had me cooking and baking into the wee hours of the night.

Just like during those hectic school days, I am always looking for easy meals and healthy shortcuts to spend less time in the kitchen and more time basking in the sunshine! One of those shortcuts I have been using is from Gourmet Garden and their tubes of fresh herbs. I learned about their products when I was at Camp Blogaway, but I had used a tube or two of their herbs prior to meeting them.

Now, I admit to having my own herb garden in the yard, and yes, it’s summer time. There’s a plethora of fresh herbs out in the market. But, please recall paragraph #1: I have summer-itus. I am feeling super lazy and I’m combating boredom and burnout in the kitchen.

Needless to say, I was thrilled when Gourmet Garden asked me if I wanted to sample their product line when I returned from camp.

Gourmet Garden bottled herbs

Gourmet Garden uses fresh organic herbs grown in Australia, and one tube lasts for 3 months in fridge. No, rotting, forgotten cilantro to throw out after a week. I decided to try their product in everything, because I’m a thorough kinda gal and I love to experiment!

For a quick guacamole, I used the cilantro, red pepper and garlic tubes with my limes and the avocados Mimi Avocado generously supplied at Camp Blogaway. It was a inhaled by my guests. It was so good, that I broke out this easy guacamole for an entire week to celebrate happy hour with the hubs when he came home from work.

Easy Red Chile Pepper & Garlic Dip

I also made a red pepper & garlic dip, mixed with cream cheese, mayo and sour cream. The dip seriously tasted better a couple days later after the flavors were able to mesh together longer.

I used a mixture of herbs for vinaigrettes for our salad. I used the dill and mixed it with cucumbers and yogurt for our mast-o-khiar. It tasted way better than how I normally make it with dried herbs.

Easy Family Friendly Spaghetti & Meat Sauce

I added basil, garlic and Italian herbs to make my quick marinara.

Easy Flank Steak with Chimichurri Marinade

It was ridiculously easy for a 5 minute morning prep to make a chimichurri marinade for our flank steak dinner. No chopping required. YES!

Easy Grilled Fish with Fresh Herbs

Lets not forget the fish – it was steamed on the grill & tasted fab-u-lous with all the herbs we bathed it in!

Easy Roast Chicken with Butter and Gourmet Garden Herbs

I also used countless of herbal concoctions mixed with butter and slathered it over several chickens for roasting (featured above with dill, garlic, red pepper & lemon grass).

The only time I didn’t use it, was when I wanted to taste the big chunks of leafy herbs, otherwise, the Gourmet Garden herbs made  dinner prep extremely easy! I found myself mixing and experimenting with the various herbs to my delight.

There you have it. My review. Yes, Gourmet Garden sent me their products for free to review, but I think you can see, with my thorough use that I really did fall in love with their product.

Now, excuse me. I must return outside and soak up some much needed Vitamin D!

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11 Responses to Easy Summer Meals: Roast Chicken with Butter & Herbs

  1. Betsy at #

    Chimichurri is a great idea! I’m loving the ginger and lemongrass versions. No more difficult prep/storage! Yay!

  2. Gourmet Garden is new to me. I’ve used other brand of herb in a “tube” before, but frankly they weren’t very good. I’ll have to give these a try. And your post reminds me that I’ve got some frozen organic chicken that I really need to cook! Anyway, thanks for this.

  3. I love Gourmet Garden! Just picked up a tube of ginger and lemongrass and used both in a marinade for shrimp last night. Chicken with butter and herbs is always delicious!

  4. If I don’t have any herbs out back, Gourmet Garden is my choice too.

    Love the chicken :)

  5. Eha at #

    Yes, well, altho’ I am always ‘going on’ about my large herb garden, ‘Gourmet Garden’ is not exactly new to me :) ! I don’t regard the tubes quite the same way as fresh herbs, but have ‘played around’ with them lots, and oft use just a small squeeeze here or there to bring forth flavour, So practical and easy and mine never last past a few weeks, so always ‘fresh’! Actually the two I would not do without are the ‘Mediterranean’ and the ‘Thai’ spice mixes in the family: neither is strong, but I love both when making pasta sauces etc. . . .

  6. I also use them when desperate, which can be often. But I have just bought a bunch of herbs and planted them in pots. They now sit on my far kitchen bench where I can access fresh herbs easily. I had better not let them die.

  7. These are great ideas! You should develop recipes for them as they all sound so mouth wateringly good!

  8. Gourmet Garden is a great backup when you need it. This looks great!

  9. Lol, summer-itus I love it! Mine hasn’t hit yet but if this great weather keeps up it will soon. Roasted chicken is one of my favorite meals. Love what you’ve done with the recipe here.

  10. Thanks for introducing this Gourmet Gardens – I didn’t know this convenient herbs! Your roasted chicken, dip, marinara, and the fish.. all look really delicious! No chopping required for marinade sounds awesome on busy nights!

  11. this looks wonderful lovely selection of products you have used it well :) all the food looks delicious

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