"The best times you are going to have in life are at the dinner table and in bed." Old Italian saying. So relax, and enjoy the simple things!

14.7.13

Healthy Grilling Recipes #Pompeian Oil #Healthy Eating #Weekly Menu Plan

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Kabobs on Grill

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pompeian Olive Oil.

When my husband and I were first married he was shocked by the giant tin of olive oil I would buy quite frequently when shopping. I have learned to use a little less oil in my cooking, but it is still the foundation of most of my dishes. My husband may have been surprised at the quantity of olive oil that was in my cooking, but he was pleased when his cholesterol and weight went down after living with me for less than a year.

Olive oil contains MUFA, monounsaturated fatty acid which has been linked to many health benefits including lower cholesterol and reducing your risk of heart disease.

Grapeseed oil is a more neutral tasting oil and has a higher smoke point than olive oil. It has gained recognition lately because there is evidence that grapeseed oil can reduce bad cholesterol. It is now being distributed by Pompeian a well know and respected oil and vinegar company.

I have used Pompeian's products on and off for years, so I jumped at the chance to let you know about their newest products. 

Pompeian Olive Oil, a leader in olive oils and vinegars, wants to help you celebrate National Grilling Month! Pompeian products give you a taste of the Mediterranean without leaving your backyard. By using Pompeian Grapeseed Oil and OlivExtra Mediterranean Blend products you can make grilling healthier and more flavorful in a Mediterranean way. For more information about Pompeian Olive Oil, please visit http://pompeian.com/.
And if you are looking for recipe inspiration, be sure you do not miss the below Hungry Girl recipes!





pompeian oil and kebobs

I tried all three of the Hungry Girl recipes and my family was quite pleased. They actually worked well together as one meal. The sweet and hot flavor of the shrimp dish complemented the warm vinegar taste of the mustard chicken. 

Hungry Grilled Romaine Salad
Hungry Grilled Romaine Salad

The feta and tomatoes in the romaine salad helped to reduce the heat of the whole meal. 

olive oil and bread

We added a little of my husband's homemade bread to the dinner, so we could enjoy the robust flavor of Pompeian's Extra Virgin Oil oil solo. There is is nothing more delicious than dipping bread in good olive oil. 

kebobs and sauce


Both the chicken and the shrimp recipe come complete with a dipping sauce. My family loves to dip. The chicken sauce is a mustard base made with Pompeian's white wine vinegar and their new OlivExtra Premium Mediterranean Blend oil. This is a classic very appealing mustard sauce that I plan on using with ham too.

Spicy Mustard Chicken Kabobs
Spicy Mustard Chicken Kabobs

The shrimp dish includes a jalapeno peach salsa that is made with Pompeian's grapeseed oil. The contrast between peach and jalapeno is a burst of summer flavor. The recipe calls for canned peaches, but because they are in season, I used fresh ones. My kids wanted to dip corn chips in the leftover salsa... I haven't even begun to think of the other uses for this salsa. Maybe you can help me out?

Jalapeno Peach Shrimp Skewers
Jalapeno Peach Shrimp Skewers

The real surprise of the meal was the Grilled Romaine Salad. My husband thought I was a little crazy when I asked him to char romaine leaves... after all he had just grilled peaches. Well my husband and my kids... along with myself were really impressed by the flavor transformation that occurred to both the romaine and the peaches. The romaine was no longer a lettuce... it was some exotic green vegetable, and the peaches actually acquired a complexity to their flavor, like they had been marinated in liquor.



I invite you to give Pompeian's products a whirl with these really interesting flavor combos from Hungry Girl. I think you will be very pleasantly surprised at what a fun and healthy meal you will end up with... we really enjoyed it!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pompeian Olive Oil.


Weekly Menu Plan:


Sunday: Peach Salsa from this recipe Jalapeno Peach Shrimp Skewers over boiled ham with roasted potatoes.

Meatless Monday: Leftover Hungry Grilled Romaine Salad mixed with pasta.


Wednesday: Bean Tacos with guacamole

Thursday: Breaded Eggplant with broccoli rabe

Friday: Sausage and peppers

Saturday: Grilled chicken and vegetables


This post will be shared on the following food/craft parties. Please be sure to visit them:

Tuesday Food:
Hearth & Soul Blog Hop @ Premeditated Leftovers
Totally Tasty Tuesday @ Mandy's Recipe Box
Show Me What You Got @ Our Delightful Home
In & Out of the Kitchen @ Feeding Big & More
Tuesday's Table @ Love in the Kitchen

Wednesday Food:

Cast Party Wednesday @ Lady Behind the Curtain 
 Wednesday Whatsit @White Lights on Wednesday 
Fresh Foods Wednesdays @ Gastronomical Sovereignty
Show and Share @ Semi Homemade Mom
Wonderful Food Wednesdays at @ All She Cooks
Wednesday Extravaganza @ Hunger Little Girl
Wonderful Wednesdays @Ducks 'n a Row

Thursday Food:

Full Plate Thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Link it Up Thursday @ Seven Alive
Fantastic Thursday @ Three Little Chiefs
Thriving on Thursdays @ Domesblissity
Tasty Thursdays @ The Mandatory Mooch


Friday Food:

Friday Favorite Finds @ Finding Joy in my Kitchen
Foodie Friday @ Home Maid Simple
Freedom Friday @ My Turn
Friday Favorite (DYI too) @ Simple Sweet Home
Foodie Friday @ Rattlebridge Farm 
Weekend Wonders @ The Thriftiness Miss
Friday Food Frenzy @ Mostly Food and Crafts 
Weekend Potluck @ Sunflower Supper Club
Friday Linky Party @ The Pin Junkie 



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15 comments:

  1. I like grilled vegetables!
    I've never tried grilled peaches and I'm curious now :)
    I guess I will have to try it.... :)

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    1. Do try the grilled peaches... really different taste and the Romaine slightly salted and charred very interesting flavor.

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  2. Love anything on the grill! Thanks for the recipes...pinned both :-)

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    1. You are very welcome Marty... I hope you get to make them together. The flavors work well.

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  3. I have discovered it's true...if it's on a stick your kids will eat it!!! My kids aren't super picky, but I can get them to eat anything on a stick! Thanks for sharing :)
    We would love it if you'd come over and link up at Random Recipe Link Up

    Have a wonderful day :)
    Sara Howe

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    1. It is funny isn't it... well even for adults presentation matters.

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  4. all three look fantastic ! can't wait to try the salad and the chicken recipes.

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  5. Your oil lineup looks like mine. I have that big bottle of Pompien Extra Virgin Olive Oil and the smaller bottle of Grapeseed Oil. And I just love grilling veggies! Everything looks good, Diane!

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    1. They are good oils. I've been curious about grapeseed oil for a while and I really like how light it is... nice flavor, very subtle makes it versatile.

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  6. As a Greek I couldn't have agreed with you more regarding olive oil! In Greece we mainly consume this type of oil since we are one of the three major producers of olive oil.

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    1. And Greeks are some of the healthiest people in the world too. All the studies on super longevity take place on your islands... lifestyle and diet. You guys have it right.

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  7. Diane, this whole meal is speaking my kind of language! It seems like the perfect way to enjoy a summer evening. I live in constant regret that I don't own a grill but I'm sure these will work great on the ol' panini grill :) I love Mediterranean cooking and am excited to try some of your recipes! PS: I found you through the Wednesday Fresh Food link up.

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    1. So glad to have you visit Amy... You can definitely grill this under your broiler. Shrimp cooks really fast and as long as you cut the chicken pieces small they will cook too.

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  8. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

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