Last year, I came across a great article listing some health benefits of garlic. I've always enjoyed adding garlic to dishes, but after learning about the uber healthiness of it, I started adding it to nearly every savory dish I made.
That's why I was super excited when the Lia Marie company approached me about reviewing their new garlic spreads. Another reason to use garlic?! Don't mind if I do! Besides, I'd seen the tubs of garlicky goodness sitting alongside the butter and tub margarine at my local grocery store and I'd been itching to give it a try. If you haven't seen it in your store yet, you can use their handy product locator to find a store in your area that carries it.
After going here and learning a bit more about the product and what ingredients are used to make it, I felt good about purchasing a tub of each variety. I had a feeling that I'd love the original garlic spread, but the cheese freak in me was most excited about trying the 5-cheese garlic spread. So into my basket went one of each...
I imagined all of the endless possibilities for using the spreads in place of butter and garlic in dishes that I enjoy like garlic chicken, shrimp scampi, and roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and I immediately drooled all over myself. I may have drooled onto the cart a little too. Thank goodness for wet wipes.
After I got home from the store and unloaded my groceries, kismet happened. Then I had an epiphany. I like using fancy words every once in a while. Don't judge.
Kismet: My Life As a Mrs. had just posted an amazing, easy recipe for Gnocchi in Parmesan Garlic Sauce
Ephiphany: Substitute Lia Marie's for the garlic in her recipe, and add some roasted red peppers and peas for color and a taste enhancement and you'll have a dish that may send you into orgasmic fits of happiness.
Then I heard angels singing.... or maybe it was just my next door neighbor blasting Adele on her iPod. Didn't matter...I considered it fate, put on my apron, and started prepping dinner.
I had purchased some ready to bake bread sticks, which I sliced horizontally and slathered with the Lia Marie's Original Garlic Spread. I placed them onto a cookie sheet and off to the side until I was ready to bake them up.
Using Tina's recipe as inspiration, here's what I put together for dinner:
I love this product so much, you'll definitely see more posts using the Lia Marie's products in the future. In the mean time, I'd love to offer one of you a coupon good for a FREE Lia Marie's product to try for yourself. To enter, just enter using the Rafflecopter form below.
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