Jeffy and I love to cook together. It has turned into something that we enjoy so much it is our main reason for wanting to do a house remodel in order to make our kitchen bigger! I think we use olive oil every time we cook something. I was excited to be a part of the Flavor Your Life with European Extra Virgin Olive Oil campaign.
As much as I love cooking with Jeffy when he is home, when he travels I like to cook up things that I enjoy to eat that I know he doesn’t. Bring on the veggies, the fish, etc!!
Here are some things that I cooked up on his most recent trips. These recipes are from the Flavor Your Life campaign and every one of them has been super tasty! I love trying new recipes! Some of them were similar to others I have tried, but just a little different.
This recipe is Zucchini Pesto Pizza Bites. It is so simple and quick! You just need some extra virgin olive oil, zucchini, salt & pepper, pesto, and mozzarella cheese! Brush the zucchini on both sides with olive oil and season with the salt & pepper. Broil about two minutes per side until tender. Top each slice with pesto and cheese and broil again until the cheese is melted. You can swirl with more extra virgin olive oil if you’d like!
Oh avocado…you fickle thing you. I love you and I hate you. When you are good you are so good but when you are bad… :sigh: Anyway, this is another easy thing to make! All you need is extra virgin olive oil, a ripe avocado (good luck, lol), garlic salt, black pepper, lemon juice and a baguette. Mix the avocado, garlic salt, pepper, lemon juice together. Add the extra virgin olive oil and mash up until it is a chunky past mixture. I went a little overboard on the lemon juice so mine isn’t as chunky as it could be. Still tasty though! Brush the baguette slices with olive oil on both sides and broil until light golden brown. When they come out of the oven, spread on your avocado mixture! Mmm, I love bread…especially warm…
Salmon is another thing that I love to eat..I usually only get it in restaurants every so often but I decided to treat myself while he was off on a trip recently. I know it is hard to tell what it is from the picture.. I am definitely not a food photographer. 😉 For this you just need extra virgin olive oil, grated zucchini, pesto, salmon, cherry tomatoes, garlic, balsamic vinegar (mm, another fave!), black pepper, and basil. Toss the grated zucchini with half of the pesto. Get a square of foil and put the grated zucchini mixture on it. Put the salmon on top. Place the rest of the pesto on top of the salmon. Then in another bowl mix the tomatoes, garlic slices, balsamic, pepper, basil and extra virgin olive oil. Spread that around the salmon and fold the foil into baskets. Cook for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
You can find these and more recipes on the Flavor Your Life recipe page. I am going to make the Herbed Olive Oil Ice Cubes next! I just needed to pick up an ice cube tray because, who has those around the house anymore? lol I apologize to those of you that do use them.. :ahem:
I definitely learned quite a bit off of the website and on some included literature. I had no idea about a lot of this stuff regarding olives and olive oil! Check out the Flavor Your Life education pages and see how much you knew!
I did know that a lot of olive oil in general is just cheaper oils packaged up.. That’s just awful. I definitely noticed a difference in the quality of this olive oil that I used. Very tasty! It says to use it within six months of opening, I think they will be lucky if it lasts six weeks at this rate!
Jeffy is coming back into town today, so I am sure we will be back to a more typical meal selection. That’s quite alright with me, it’s all good! 🙂
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