***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my review. No other compensation has been provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
In my home, we like garlic. A lot. In addition to keeping the vampires away, garlic is actually very healthy, and a very important addition to any diet. Did you know that garlic actually helps with things like lowering blood pressure and warding off heart disease, and can even help fight off the common cold and other viruses? Not to mention, pure garlic oil is a wonderful home remedy for earaches. So not only does garlic add a savory kick to any meal, it can actually benefit your health in a lot of surprising ways, too!
Thankfully, my kids like garlic as much as I do. This isn't always good for their breath, but that's a different post entirely. While my little ones don't put up a fight when it comes to eating garlic, I know of several kids who do. I guess I can't blame them. To a young child, garlic might be intimidating due to its pungent odor alone. I remember when I was a kid, I was hesitant to eat anything that looked or smelled "funny" in any way.
If your kids turn up their noses at the mention of garlic, I have the perfect line of products for you. The folks at Garlic Gold have made it their mission to create a wide variety of delicious, organic garlic oils and seasonings that are sure to delight even the pickiest of eaters....Kiddos included!
About Garlic Gold:
It all started at an organic ranch nestled in California’s scenic Ojai Valley. An itch for entrepreneurship, a love of garlic, and frequent requests for, “that garlic thing,” launched Seven Oaks Farm, the proud manufacturer of Garlic Gold® USDA certified organic food products.
An 11th grade entrepreneurship project for Orion Brutoco and three classmates soon had Orion’s dad (serial entrepreneur Rinaldo Brutoco) involved. With imagination and a lot of energy, the students took Rinaldo’s coveted recipe for a unique, homemade garlic condiment, and launched a start-up that turned into a real business. The original product was a combination of hand crafted, crunchy, toasted garlic nuggets and first cold pressed organic extra-virgin olive oil, which the students learned to hand bottle and label. A farmer’s market stand, opened and operated by Rinaldo and the students, soon led to rave reviews—“It’s Crunchy!”
Eight years later, Garlic Gold® has grown substantially. We now manufacture our products in a certified organic kitchen in Ventura, CA. We source our certified organic garlic, oils, vinegar and seasonings from around the globe. Proponents of sustainability, we create all of our unique products by hand, taking great care to do so. Each full time crewmember – we’ve created numerous jobs since our launch – receives living wages, health insurance, and other benefits.
Named ShangriLa (heaven on earth) for it’s breath taking beauty, Ojai provided the perfect inspiration for creating the gourmet delights that we hope you’ll enjoy as much as we enjoy making them. Our mission is to create meaningful opportunities for individuals in a company where corporate responsibility, sustainability and integrity are considered the legitimate precursors to profit.
Sounds pretty amazing, right? Well, it is. Even Emeril Lagasse gives his stamp of approval to these unique, crunchy seasoning blends. And of course, Emeril knows his stuff when it comes to food!
We received a nice variety of Garlic Gold products to check out for ourselves. This included 2 of their best-selling gift boxes, which were loaded with both the crunchy Garlic Gold Nuggets Seasoning Blends, some delicious Garlic Gold Oil, Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette, and even some Toasted Garlic in Oil.
We have been using these products with almost every single meal, in one way or another. Sometimes, I just sprinkle some Garlic Gold Nuggets on top of our finished meal, and other times, I use the oil to saute veggies or even chicken breasts.These products definitely give a flavorful boost to everyday meals.
I love the fact that the Garlic Gold Nuggets come in a wide variety of gourmet flavors. The Southwestern Blend is amazing in taco meat or other Mexican fare. The various herb blends and Parmesan Nuggets are fabulous in Italian dishes, too. These products are extremely versatile, and are so easy to use. I like experimenting with all of the different flavors, offering my family a kick of unexpected deliciousness with every bite. These products can take ho-hum, everyday meals to a whole new level of YUM.
One of our favorite weeknight meals is Pizza Casserole. After all, throw pepperoni in a dish, and kids seem to flock to it. I love this dish because it's filling, easy to make, and while it may have the flavor profile of pizza, it's NOT pizza. I don't know about you, but I easily tire of pizza since we seem to order it weekly. Some days, the last thing I want to eat is more pizza! This casserole, however, is a different story entirely. This is a definite crowd-pleaser! Oh, did I mention it's quick and easy, too?
This is a dish we make on a fairly regular basis. I was absolutely thrilled by how much additional flavor the Garlic Gold Nuggets give this simple casserole. I have played with it, trying to find the best way to incorporate Garlic Gold into the dish. I have found that liberally sprinkling some Nuggets onto the finished product is the best way to go.
I have tried mixing it into the casserole, which tasted wonderful, but some of the crunchiness was lost due to the fact that this dish has a good amount of sauce in it. So, if you want to try this easy weeknight meal, be sure to throw a few tablespoons of Garlic Gold Nuggets on top right before serving. We like the Parmesan variety, but really, any of the flavors work just fine and taste fantastic. It's really a matter of preference.
Here's the recipe, for easy reference. Please feel free to adjust amounts and substitute ingredients to suit your family's tastes. Just don't forget the Garlic Gold Nuggets, since they truly do take this dish to a whole new level.
Overall, we're loving our Garlic Gold experience. These products are flavorful, incredibly unique, and definitely a versatile, gourmet addition to any meal. Plus, they're organic. No nasty GMO's, chemicals, preservatives, or artificial colors or flavors here. All you taste is savory garlic, vibrant herbs, and mild olive oils. Just the way Mother Nature intended. Garlic Gold would make a great addition to any spice cabinet, and is a wonderful way to ensure your family gets the benefits of garlic in a tasty, totally painless way. Trust me. You want to try these products. I think you'll be as pleasantly surprised as we were!
Connect With Garlic Gold :
You can check out the awesomeness that is Garlic Gold on their website.
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Enter to WIN :
I am thrilled to announce that one lucky reader will receive a Garlic Gold Tasteful Gift Set.
This includes the following products: one bottle of Garlic Gold® Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette (250ml), one bottle of Garlic Gold® Oil (250ml), one bottle of Garlic Gold® Sea Salt Nuggets (2.3oz), and one jar of Garlic Gold® (our crunchy garlic nuggets in extra virgin olive oil-3.75oz).
Now this giveaway is a little bit different than usual. There aren't any Rafflecopter forms, and no endless social media follows necessary to gain entries.
To enter to win this wonderful set, all you need to do is head to the entry form and become a Garlic Gold subscriber. That's it! All you need to fill in is your name and e-mail, and you're officially entered to win! No purchase is necessary, and the nice folks at Garlic Gold won't spam you to death. You can unsubscribe at any time, although once you see their wonderful products and exclusive promotions, I think you'll be happy to be a subscriber!
Click the image below to be taken to the Official Entry Form :
This giveaway is open to US residents 18+ until 11:59PM EST June 19, 2015. No PO Boxes. Winners will be drawn using Rafflecopter's Random Number Generator. All entries will be verified, so play fair! Winner will be selected and notified by Garlic Gold on or around June 20, 2015. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. This contest is not affiliated with Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, or Google in any way. If you have any questions, please e-mail Brandy at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks for entering, and Good Luck!
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I'm Brandy, a happily married, proud Mom of 3 amazing kids. If you're interested in building a working relationship, please feel free to e-mail me at: NewlyCrunchyMamaOf3@gmail.com
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