Add some “Zest” to your life (Giveaway ends 5/15/13) #GetZesty


As the weather gets warmer I want to spend less and less time in the kitchen. Creating flavorful meals for my family is still my top priority, but I like to accomplish that as quickly and as easily as possible. I rather not spend my time in a boiling hot kitchen (we don’t have a window in our kitchen so it gets really hot in there). I would rather spend my time with my family enjoying the nice weather.

We eat a lot of salads during the summer months. Garden salad, chef salad, grilled chicken salad… you name it, we make it.

I always keep a variety of salad dressings on hand to provide my family with a variety of flavors to “jazz up” their salads. I even use the dressings in some of my recipes. One of my favorite things to do is marinade chicken in Italian dressing.

Kraft Zesty Italian

Salad dressings are not just for salads. Kraft is proving that with their new Zesty Italian Anything Dressing. Zesty Italian Anything Dressing can be used not only on salads but also sandwiches, vegetables, drizzled on meats and just about any other creative idea you can think of. Of course you can use it on salad too.

I received a free bottle of Kraft Zesty Anything Italian Dressing to try out at home with my family. My goal was not to use it on salad. I wanted to see what other creative ways I could use the dressing to add some “zest” into my meals.

Here are a few of the recipes that I used the Kraft Zesty Anything Italian Dressing with.

– Mixed in with steamed broccoli

– Mixed in with tri-colored pasta and grilled chicken

– Mixed in with some white rice

The dressing added a nice zing of flavor to an otherwise boring dish. Normally when I steam broccoli I add a little butter and garlic. The Kraft Zesty Anything Italian Dressing really add a nice burst of flavor. My family loved it so much that I plan on doing it again (Yes, my kids love broccoli – and spinach too!).

Kraft Zesty Anytime Italian Dressing Grilled Chicken and Pasta

I originally tried the tri-colored pasta and grilled chicken mixed with the dressing warm. I put the left over in the fridge. I tried some later on cold (straight out of the fridge) and I actually liked it better than when I originally made it. I think that is because the dressing had time to be absorbed into the pasta and chicken allowing it’s full flavor to be tasted (and appreciated). From now on I’m going to use the dressing for cold pasta salads (it still tastes great over warm pasta too).

White rice is not something I normally make (brown rice is better for you) but sometimes my kids enjoy it when I make them rice so I make it for them from time to time. Instead of a dab of butter I used a dash of the dressing and mixed it in. It added flavor to otherwise boring side dish.

I can’t wait to try this dressing on a sandwich. I would have tired it already but all we have is bologna and cheese. I don’t think it would taste as good on bologna as it would deli cut chicken, turkey or beef.

What I love most about this product (aside from it’s great flavor) is that it’s so versatile. I’m having fun trying to think of other ways I can incorporate the dressing into other recipes. I am already planning on using it to marinade chicken the nice time I prepare chicken for dinner.

To help promote the new product Kraft is using a rather hunky spokesperson known simply as Kraft’s Zesty Guy. He would like to help stir your culinary desires using the Kraft Zesty Italian Anything Dressing. He’s even created a few (smoking hot) videos to promote the new product. Check them out (below).



You can find both the above videos here and here (just in case you are reading this via e-mail).

Check out these Zesty Guy approved recipes.

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 Tossa little added zest to fettuccine and veggies turns the most basic meal into a steamy, palette-able adventure.

If you would like more Kraft recipes please visit www.KraftRecipes.com.

If you’d like to add a little zest to someone’s day you can even send family and friends a ZestyGram. I’m pretty sure most of your female friends wouldn’t mind seeing this hunk in their e-mail inbox. Hubba Hubba!

Kraft Zesty Anytime Italian Zesty Guy Zesty Gram

If you would like to learn more about Kraft Zesty Anytime Italian Dressing, of the hot Zesty Guy, visit www.GetMeZesty.com.

You can also follow the Zesty Guy on Twitter and Kraft Dressing on Facebook.

I have a delightful giveaway for a lucky reader. One winner will receive a “zesty” bottle of Italian perfume (for example, Versace). I don’t have the specific name of the perfume the winner will recieve. All I know is that it will be an Italian perfume.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on May 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

The initial entry requirement has two parts. You MUST complete both parts in order to qualify.

1 – In the comment section of this post answer this question – How do you zest up your life?

2 – Tweet about this giveaway. You MUST use the hashtage #GetZesty. Here is a shortened version of this post link that you can use, ….

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below), however the initial entry requirements must be fulfilled or the extra entries won’t qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I received a free product sample to review as well as compensation for my time. However the opinions expressed are 100% my own and were not influenced in any way. Kraft/Mom It Forward will be responsible for the prize shipment.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.


  1. Margot C says:

    I make things zestier around here by always having little late night treat on hand for my husband … gives him a hour or so more of energy!

  2. Margaret Smith says:

    By trying to stay active and trying new and different activities

  3. shannon Baas says:

    by trying new things.

  4. I’m leaving the gym for more outside workouts!

  5. being spontaneous

  6. Michelle H. says:

    I workout regularly and enjoy the time I spend with my family.

  7. MJ Moore says:

    I get plenty of zest in my life by moving around the country for my husband’s job! We get to explore new places a lot…

  8. by letting go of the unimportant little things that bother me

  9. spending time with my loved ones

  10. Wanda McHenry says:

    By trying new foreign dishes frequently!

  11. Amy Orvin says:

    I add zest into my life by eating bolder spicier foods.

  12. Amy Orvin says:
  13. Debra Hall says:

    i like trying new foods and add some spice to the old foods

  14. Sharon Rooney says:

    Working out and meeting new people.



  15. kristen m says:

    I add zest to my life by always making time for exercise!

  16. steve weber says:

    by working out 3 times a week and going to concerts.

  17. Jennifer Dysart says:

    I add zest by being spontaneous, keeps life fun and in variety

  18. I love spicy foods

  19. Stephanie V. says:

    try to plan new experiences for the family

  20. Stephanie Larison says:

    I love cooking, adding spices to heaten everything up, yum!