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Olive Oil Honey Banana Bread
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Let us introduce you to your new favorite healthy banana bread recipe! It's so good you won't event know it's healthy! It's made with whole wheat flour, naturally sweetened with honey, and uses our Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil instead of butter. This is the perfect recipe to satisfy your craving without feeling guilty.

Ingredients

  • 3 overripe brown bananas, peeled and mashed
  • 1/3 cup Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, optional
  • 1/2 cp dark chocolate chips, optional  

Directions 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Lightly spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the wet ingredients until well combined. 
  4. In a separate large bowl, sift the dry ingredients together 
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon, until just combined. Do not over-mix. 
  6. Fold in walnuts and/or chocolate chips, if using. 
  7. Pour mixture into loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean 
  8. Allow to cool in loaf pan before slicing 
  9. Enjoy! 

**Tip: If your bananas aren't quite brown yet, place them on a cookie sheet and pop them in the oven at 300 degrees. Keep a close on eye on them and take them out once brown. 

Tried, Tasted & True!

At Villa Gabriella Organic our team tries & tastes every recipe we feature.  While we love to share our family recipes & those of talented home cooks & chefs, sometimes we adapt them so they are even easier to make. As with our products, our goal is for you to have a healthy & delicious experience using Villa Gabriella recipes. So try them out in your kitchen, feel free to tweak them & please tell us what you think. We welcome your comments & feedback!

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Sriracha-Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Are you getting ready for the big game and looking for a healthier alternative to some game day bites? These Sriracha-Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are a delicious meat alternative that is sure to make a touchdown this Sunday! High in Vitamin C, these cauliflower bites are a great healthy alternative to Buffalo wings. Serve as an appetizer with carrot sticks and your favorite ranch dressing. 

What to enjoy with your sriracha cauliflower bites? Villa Graziella Toscano IGT Trebbiano white wine fruit flavors pair with spicy sriracha heat for a perfect combination. 

Ingredients

  • 8 cups 1 1/2-inch cauliflower florets
  • 2 tablespoons Villa Gabriella Organic extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce, such as Frank's RedHot
  • 1-2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Coat a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper 
  2. Toss cauliflower, olive oil and salt in a large boil. Spread on the prepared baking sheet; reserve the boil. Roast the cauliflower until it's starting to soften and brown on the bottom, about 15 minutes. 
  3. Meanwhile, combine hot sauce, Sriracha to taste, butter and lemon juice in a large bowl. Add the roasted cauliflower and toss to coat. Return the cauliflower to the baking sheet and continue roasting until hot, about 5 minutes or more. 

*Recipe adapted from eatingwell.com

Tried, Tasted & True!

At Villa Gabriella Organic our team tries & tastes every recipe we feature.  While we love to share our family recipes & those of talented home cooks & chefs, sometimes we adapt them so they are even easier to make. As with our products, our goal is for you to have a healthy & delicious experience using Villa Gabriella recipes. So try them out in your kitchen, feel free to tweak them & please tell us what you think. We welcome your comments & feedback!

Grazie da Team VILLA GABRIELLA

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Barley & Farro Soup

December is National Comfort Food month! As winter weather sets in we like enjoy a heart-warming soup. Our version comes from the north-eastern Italian regions of Friuli-Venezia Giulia & nearby Trentino Alto Adige. Fall vegetables, pearl barley, farro (spelt), red lentils & our Thanksgiving turkey make for a flavorful, fortified, nutrient rich meal. Drizzled Villa Gabriella organic extra virgin olive oil is the perfect finish for a healthy & delicious soup.

Serves 4

Easy Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil +  2 tablespoons
  • 1 ½ cups of dried pearl barley or other legumes such as spelt, red lentils or split peas
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, turkey, pancetta, country or boiled ham cut into cubes
  • 1 cup unsalted chicken broth
  • 1 medium potato peeled & diced
  • 2 carrots peeled & diced
  • 1 full rib of celery diced
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 parsnip chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon each dried rosemary, sage & thyme
  • Sea salt
  • Cracked ground black or white pepper
  • Optional 2-3 tablespoons of freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

Simple Directions:

  1. Place the legumes in a soup pot, add water to cover ingredients by approx. 3 inches.
  2. Cover & bring water to a slow, steady simmer & cook approx. 1 hour or until legumes are tender but not too soft.
  3. As legumes cook, heat oil in a medium pan or skillet, add celery, onion & sauté until both are soft & golden, not brown & set aside.
  4. When legumes are done, add onion, celery, potato, carrot, broth, cooked meat, rosemary, sage, thyme, salt & pepper.
  5. If mixture is too dense, add more broth or water.
  6. Simmer, uncovered over a low flame, approx.  30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Season to taste with salt & pepper
  8. Drizzle 2 table spoons of olive oil or to taste
  9. Add grated cheese right before serving
  10. Serve & enjoy!

*N.B. Soup can be made 1 or 2 days in advance, store in a covered container up to 1 week in the refrigerator

Tried, Tasted & True!

At Villa Gabriella Organic our team tries & tastes every recipe we feature.  While we love to share our family recipes & those of talented home cooks & chefs, sometimes we adapt them so they are even easier to make. As with our products, our goal is for you to have a healthy & delicious experience using Villa Gabriella recipes. So try them out in your kitchen, feel free to tweak them & please tell us what you think. We welcome your comments & feedback!

Grazie da Team VILLA GABRIELLA

clientservice@villagabriellallc.com

Lemon & Olive Oil Salmon
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Salmon is a great way to get your omega-3 fatty acids, and can be cooked so many ways! We cooked it in the oven with cracked pepper, sea salt, and drizzled it with our Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Finish it off with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice!

Ingredients 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. 
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper 
  3. Place salmon on parchment paper & sprinkle cracked pepper and sea salt
  4. Drizzle Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
  5. Place on second rack of oven and cook for 20 minutes 
  6. Squeeze fresh lemon & enjoy! 

 

Tried, Tasted & True!

At Villa Gabriella Organic our team tries & tastes every recipe we feature.  While we love to share our family recipes & those of talented home cooks & chefs, sometimes we adapt them so they are even easier to make. As with our products, our goal is for you to have a healthy & delicious experience using Villa Gabriella recipes. So try them out in your kitchen, feel free to tweak them & please tell us what you think. We welcome your comments & feedback!

Grazie da Team VILLA GABRIELLA

clientservice@villagabriellallc.com

Grilled Asparagus
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Prepping for the big Thanksgiving dinner and looking for that last side dish?? Fear no more, we have you covered with this easy and delicious grilled asparagus. With less than 5 ingredients, it only takes 10 minutes from start to finish!  

Ingredients  

  • 1 lb asparagus  
  • 2 tbsp Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil  
  • Kosher salt  
  • Fresh cracked pepper  
  • Lemon slices (if desired)  

Directions 

  1. While your grill is preheating, drizzle olive oil, salt, and pepper over asparagus  
  2. Lay asparagus horizontally on grill  
  3. Cook for 5-8 minutes, turning occasionally  
  4. Squeeze fresh lemon & serve immediately

Happy Thanksgiving, from our family to yours! 

Tried, Tasted & True!

At Villa Gabriella Organic our team tries & tastes every recipe we feature.  While we love to share our family recipes & those of talented home cooks & chefs, sometimes we adapt them so they are even easier to make. As with our products, our goal is for you to have a healthy & delicious experience using Villa Gabriella recipes. So try them out in your kitchen, feel free to tweak them & please tell us what you think. We welcome your comments & feedback!

Grazie da Team VILLA GABRIELLA

clientservice@villagabriellallc.com

Olive Oil & Pistachio Brownies

Have you ever thought about swapping out butter in a brownie recipe for olive oil? We tried using our Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and the result: delicious. The olive oil subtly shines through and complements the nutty flavor from the pistachios. Not to mention, it is much healthier & makes it okay to eat three...or four brownies in one sitting! 

Ingredients

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup dark or Dutch-processed cocoa powder, sifted
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/3 cup Villa Gabriella Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
5 ounces dark or bittersweet chocolate (70-75%), finely chopped
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chunks
1/3 cup shelled pistachios, coarsely chopped
 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8 in. baking pan with parchment paper, lightly butter parchment. 

Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. 

Combine olive oil & chopped chocolate in a saucepan. Stir over low heat until chocolate is almost melted. Remove from heat & continue to gently stir until smooth. 

Whisk in granulated sugar until incorporated.

Whisk in eggs (one at a time), whisking until batter is smooth. Whisk in vanilla extract. 

Sprinkle dry ingredients over top of melted chocolate mixture & stir together. Stir in chocolate chips & most of pistachios-- saving a tablespoon for topping, if desired. Spread into prepared pan, smoothing batter at the corner. Sprinkle with pistachios, as desired. 

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out mostly clean. Cool for 1 hour before slicing into squares. 

Tried, Tasted & True! At Villa Gabriella Organic our team tries & tastes every recipe we feature. While we love to share our family recipes & those of talented home cooks & chefs, sometimes we adapt them so they are even easier to make. As with our products, our goal is for you to have a healthy & delicious experience using Villa Gabriella recipes. So try them out in your kitchen, feel free to tweak them & please tell us what you think.

We welcome your comments & feedback!
Grazie da Team VILLA GABRIELLA
clientservice@villagabriellallc.com

*Recipe adapted from: http://www.loveandoliveoil.com/2015/10/olive-oil-pistachio-brownies.html