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Martha and Marley Spoon Sweet and Sour Chicken


I am such a huge fan of subscription meal boxes. They make my life so much less complicated and stressful! Having the ability to just open a box and all of my ingredients are right there without having to decide what to make is genius!

This box is from Martha and Marley Spoon! Martha, as in Martha Stewart. So, you know the food is going to be good! Now, not all the ingredients are organic, however, they are great quality. Just washing the produce thoroughly is really key.

I had this whole plan of setting up to record the whole process of making this meal. My daughters, on the other hand, had other plans in mind. They wanted to commentate. I’m sure this would have been absolutely hilarious, but I didn’t want to miss any steps. Instead, I decided to record as I was cooking and take a lot of pictures. No judging, my camera and editing skills are still lacking, but this is worth the watch!

This sweet and sour chicken recipe was so good! Joe and I are both huge fans of Chinese food. We serve a lot of foods over rice and this is exactly what we like. The Chinese broccoli really threw me off. I have never seen that before, but it was good! We both agreed that if we can find this locally, we will be cooking with it more often!

This meal gets 2 thumbs up from the Taylor family. Even our children liked it! Rylynn wasn’t a huge fan of the broccoli, but liked the chicken and rice! Remy has very few foods that she doesn’t like. She ate everything we gave her!

Thank you, Martha and Marley Spoon!! Stay tuned for the other recipe I made from this box!!

Have you ever tried Martha and Marley Spoon? Comment down below!

Roasted Beets with a Balsamic Glaze

I have always been a fan of beets since I was a kid, but haven’t ate them since I’ve been married. Joe’s not exactly a beet fan. However, a friend dropped off some beets and I wasn’t about to let them go to waste. Here is what I did with them!

First, you’ll need a bunch of fresh beets, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and salt!


Cut off all the tops and use a veggie peeler to take off all the skin. Chop into chunks.


Remember, beets are usually used as a natural food coloring. It will STAIN!


Put all the beets on a cookie sheet. I put a piece of parchment paper down. Sprinkle the beets with salt. Roast in an oven preheated to 400 degrees for 40 mins, until the beets are fork tender.


While the beets are roasting, prepare the glaze. You’ll need 1/3 cup of balsamic vinegar and 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup.


Bring the vinegar and maple syrup to a simmer in a pan and reduce the mixture by half. Cook until you have a glaze that coats the back of a spoon. Keep an eye on this as it can burn quickly.


Once your beets are done pull them out of the oven.


You can either toss the beets in the glaze or drizzle the glaze over the cooked beets. Either way, this makes a gorgeous and delicious side dish!


Eat hot or cold, but most of all….ENJOY!

Do you have a favorite Beet Recipe??  Share in the comments below!

Steaks with Frying Peppers and Gremolata Recipe

Steak…. yum.. It’s not something that I cook a lot but when I do, I always like to try new things. When I ordered my Sun Basket delivery I really wanted steak. Plus, if this was good, I would make it again! Let me tell you…. this is one I will make again and again. This was so simple. It had ingredients I could easily get at our local grocery store and it was done in a half hour!


Here is what you’ll need:

2 tbsp butter

Fresh flat-leaf parsley

1-2 garlic cloves

1/4 ounce pine nuts

1 lime

Fresh oregano

1/4 tsp sweet smoked paprika

2- 6oz top sirloin steaks

3 ounces spring onions

5 ounces cherry tomatoes

5 ounces sweet Italian frying peppers

Salt and Pepper

Olive oil


Step 1. Prep your ingredients

-Let the butter come to room temp.

-Coarsely chop the parsley leaves.

-Coarsely chop the garlic

-Coarsely chop the pine nuts

-Finely chop the oregano leaves


Step 2. Make the Gremolata.

-In a mixing bowl, combine the parsley, garlic, pine nuts, and half the lime zest. Season with salt and pepper.


Step 3. Make the paprika butter.

-In a small bowl, using a fork, mash the butter with the oregano, paprika, and the remaining lime zest. Season with salt.


Step 4. Cook the steak.

-Pat the steaks dry with a paper towel and season generously with salt and pepper.


-In a pan, warm 1 tbsp oil over medium-high heat. Add the steaks and cook until well browned, 4 to 5 minutes per side for medium rare, depending on thickness. Transfer to a plate and let rest. While the meat cooks, start the veggies.


-Once the steak is cooked, set aside to rest.


Step 5. Cook the spring onions and peppers.

-Trim the root ends from the spring onions; cut in half lengthwise.

-Cut the cherry tomatoes in half.


-In the same pan used for the steak, add 1 tablespoon oil if dry. Warm over medium heat. Add the spring onions, season with salt, and cook, turning once, until lightly charred and softened, 3 to 4 minutes per side.


Transfer to a plate.


-In the same pan, raise the heat to medium-high. Add the peppers and season with salt. Cook until slightly charred and softened, 4 to 5 minutes.




This dish was DELICIOUS!!  The steak was amazing.. Look at this cook on the meat!


If you try this dish, please comment below and let me know what you think!

Sun Basket Vietnamese Cod with Rice Noodles and Mango Salad Recipe and Review

One of the meals I received from Sun Basket was a Vietnamese cod over rice noodles and mango salad on the side. They sent all the ingredients needed to make this dish, The only things I needed from my own pantry were cooking oil (I chose an organic olive oil), salt and pepper.

Here’s how it went!


2 6-ounce Pacific Cod Fillets

Marinade Base (fish sauce-turmeric)

1/4lb rice noodles

2 scallions

Fresh Dill

1 ounce roasted peanuts

1 mango

1 lime

Mango Dressing (fish sauce-lime juice-water)

1/2 tsp kimchi chile flakes

Pineapple-Anchovy Sauce (pineapple-anchovies-brown sugar-fish sauce-lime juice)


Here are all the ingredients Sun Basket sent to use.


This was pretty quick to make! I was surprised how easy it was! Plus, what I love is that I can make this again and again, because the ingredients aren’t hard to find!  Trust me… this one, I’ll be making again!

First, I prepped the cod. Cutting the fillets into 1 1/2-inch pieces.


Then, in a bowl, combined the marinade base (fish sauce + turmeric) with 2 to 3 tablespoons of organic olive oil. It tends to separate quickly, so you may have to whisk or use an emulsion blender stick. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the mix to use later with the noodles.


 Add the cod pieces to the bowl and gently stir to coat. Let stand while you prepare the noodles and mango salad.


Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the rice noodles and cook until tender, 4-5 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop it from cooking. Rinse again with very hot tap water to remove the excess starch, then rinse a final time with cold water to firm them up.


Trim the root ends from the scallions, cut the scallions into 1 1/2-inch pieces.

Remove any touch stems from the dill leaves.

Coarsely chop the peanuts.

Peel and pit the mango, Cut into chunks or slices.

Zest the lime, juice half and cut the other half into wedges.


In a bowl, combine the mango slices, lime zest and juice, mango dressing, and as much kimchi flakes you want. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat.


In a pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoon oil until hot, but not smoking. Add the cod with it’s marinade and cook until the fish begins to turn opaque, 1-2 minutes.


Turn the cod, add the scallions to the pan and cook till the cod is cooked through, 1-2 minutes longer.


Stir in the dill and remove from the heat.


To serve, transfer the noodles onto a plate or bowl. Spoon some of the reserved marinade over the noodles and top with the cod, scallions and dill. Garnish with the peanuts, and serve with the mango salad and pineapple-anchovy sauce on the side.


How amazing does that look?? It was so delicious! The cod was flaky, the sauce was very bright and flavorful. The noodles absorbed a lot of the flavors. I didn’t need to use much of the pineapple-anchovy sauce, but it was a nice addition. The mango salad was sweet and salty.


I will be making this again! It was very filling. Sun Basket does a great job on giving you the correct amount of ingredients for a full meal.I wouldn’t change a thing!


Sun Basket Unboxing Review

I can’t tell you how excited I was to open my Sun Basket box when the Fed Ex driver dropped it off. I was running around trying to get my children situated so I could get that bad boy opened.

If you don’t know what Sun Basket is, they are a meal delivery service based out of the West Coast that offers meals that are all organic, containing no hormones or antibiotics, humanely raised, fresh ingredients to make some fancy looking meals! They have a lot of different options to fit all diet needs. I personally chose a steak, shrimp and cod dish to try. I got 3 meals, each having 2 servings.

I received notice on Tuesday that my package was shipped and on Wednesday it was delivered. I was very surprised to feel that the box was cool to touch. Which made me happy. I was a little nervous on how all the works, considering they are shipping meat.

20160720_212641Well, there it is! Loved the box design. I think that’s initially what made me excited. It just screams… Open Me!

20160720_212919_resizedThe Box is fully insulated and was cool to the touch. I knew everything that was inside remained the appropriate temperature throughout it’s travel. Opening you can see that all three meals have their own back of ingredients. I thought this was awesome. How much easier can it get right?


Under all food bags was another cooler section that had freezer packs surrounding the meat! How smart!


The meat looked great. The best part that they are labeled with handling instructions and when to use by. So, even if your plan isn’t to cook right away, you’ll know when you need to do it by.

It comes with all the recipe cards as well and any tips you may need when it comes to cooking your food.


Here are the meals that I chose.

Vietnamese Cod with Rice Noodles and Mango Salad20160720_213343_resized

HERE it is made!! YUM!

Steaks with Frying Peppers and Gremolata


This was was delicious!

Cuban Shrimp Mojo with Lime Roasted Vegetables20160720_213849_resized

I am so pumped to make these this weekend! I will be posting all of the recipes so if you want, you can try to recreate these in your own home!

Overall. my first impression with Sun Basket is A+ with no complaints. The quality and freshness are wonderful! Now if I can just cook all of this so it can look like it does on the card… we will be in good shape!!


Thank you, Sun Basket!




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Montebello Pasta with Simply Nature Marinara and Kirkwood Sausage Recipe and Review

So, last night I needed to make dinner. We were out playing outside all day, I had nothing lined up to make!

I looked into the pantry and I found  some organic farfalle  pasta, aka bow tie

and a jar of organic marinara sauce.


 Spaghetti is always quick and easy. Looked in my fridge and found a package of chicken sausage stuffed with feta cheese and spinach.  The sausage is all natural, no nitrates or nitrites, no hormones or antibiotics and the chickens were fed a vegetarian diet!


This was so quick to throw together and was pretty tasty! Grilled the sausage, boiled the noodles and warmed the sauce on the stove. and TADA!! Dinner was done!

 Both my  kids ate it no problem. My 3 year old, she’s a super picky eater and she finished it!

Other than a quick dinner, what did I really think?

Montebello Organic Pasta- I was VERY surprised how  well this cooked. Usually with organic pasta, I feel like once you get  to the al dente  state and can quickly turn to mush. This no where near got there. I cooked it for around 10-11 mins which is a couple mins past the instructions (only because I was multitasking) and it stayed firm! I did have some left overs and next day pasta can be very hard and tough. This was just as a great as  the day before! Loved this pasta!  I got this pasta from Great website!

Simply Nature Organic Marinara Sauce-  I was really happy with this sauce. It had some great flavor. Next time I’ll probably season it more with some oregano or basil, but this time I wanted it as is so I could review it appropriately. Ill continue to buy this. The ingredients were great! I buy this sauce at Aldi.

 Kirkwood Chicken Sausage- It was easy to cook and tasted good! Kirkwood has a great line of Never Any! It’s meat without hormones or antibiotics, nitrates or nitrites and I’ve been really happy with this brand! 

What is your favorite  quick spaghetti dinner? Share in the comments!


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