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 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.
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.
I added basil, garlic and Italian herbs to make my quick marinara.
It was ridiculously easy for a 5 minute morning prep to make a chimichurri marinade for our flank steak dinner. No chopping required. YES!
Lets not forget the fish – it was steamed on the grill & tasted fab-u-lous with all the herbs we bathed it in!
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!