Make a great salad…today!

I love salad! There is a gif circulating the internet right now of a woman that is grossed out by the salad she is eating. I was shocked by this and by how many people do not like salad. Salad needs a better reputation…it is a freedom meal! You can make a salad how ever you want. No matter your mood, you can create a salad to fit how you’re feeling.

Here are some tips to creating a delicious salad every time.

Finding a good salad dressing, that you love, is key to a great salad.  I am super picky with dressings so I make my own. It is quick and yummy! I add a squirt of mustard, balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, parsley flakes, and a splash of water…shake it up and enjoy!

Start with a good base! I buy a huge tub of the organic spring mix every week. To keep it fresh I put a paper towel on the bottom of the container and the top.

Cheese is my favorite part of salad! I love either goat cheese or feta cheese in my salad! Make sure to have your favorite cheese on hand!

The more colors you have in a salad, the more delicious and healthy it will be!! Try some diced red peppers and carrots! I shave my carrots with a peeler…I don’t like chunks of carrots in my salad.

The best tip I ever learned about making salads was to add lemon juice to the lettuce before anything else! So I mix my lettuce with a squirt of lemon juice and then I toss it with my dressing….after it is all tossed with dressing, then I add my veggies and cheese!!


Shaved carrots, red peppers, almonds, and goat cheese!


Avocado and goat cheese


Strawberries, chicken cutlets pieces, rice, and feta

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Shaved carrots, red peppers, tomatoes, and goat cheese!

Easy Chicken Broccoli Pasta

I try and make one meal for everyone. It is hard enough to get dinner on the table…let alone separate meals for the kids. I have been trying to make a meal that everyone likes BUT that can be switched up!

Last night I made this quick, easy meal! The girls loved it, and then I added a few things to my husband’s and mine…it was a hit all around!


  • 2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • olive oil
  • 2 cups of frozen broccoli
  • 1/2 pound pasta (I used cut pasta)
  • Fresh lemon, chopped tomatoes, and grated cheese (Use these as ad ons)


  1. Cook pasta according to the directions on the box. Once finished cooking, drain and toss with olive oil and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile saute onion in 2 table spoons of olive oil. Cook on medium heat for 2 – 3 minutes, add chopped garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Add frozen broccoli and put the lid on. Cook for about 5 – 8 minutes (until broccoli is cooked)
  3. I took my broccoli out and cut it into little pieces and then returned it to the pan.
  4. Toss the pasta and the broccoli mixture
  5. Sprinkle with grated cheese and enjoy!
  6. For a more adult meal…once I served the girls, I made a bowl for my husband and myself. Then I took half of a lemon and squeezed the juice on both bowls. Once I finished, I tossed each bowl of pasta. I also cut up tomatoes and roasted them in the broiler (on high for about 8 – 10 mins). I added the tomatoes and some crushed red pepper to our bowls. It was so yummy! The lemon really added a good flavor!

I love this pasta! Spaghetti that is already cut up…thank you!


Get florets! Broccoli pieces have a lot of end pieces that are tough or little ones to chew!


This was the kid version of the pasta before I added to it for me and my husband


I added lemon, roasted tomatoes, and red pepper flakes to my husband’s and mine! YUMMY!!

Cauliflower and Pancetta Mac and Cheese (Recipe)

This was delicious! All of us enjoyed it! If you are looking for a quick easy meal, give this a try! Here is the Recipe. It is another Hello Fresh gem!!!

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Pan seared steak with roasted veggies and horseradish sauce


I got my Hello Fresh box last night and wanted to make one of the gluten free meals. My friend was coming over with her girls for a play date and she can’t have gluten. Even though I do not like steak, this was pretty good. Brett and my friend said it was really good! I liked the veggies the best! Who knew that roasted rosemary would taste so heavenly!

Chop up carrots and turnips like steak fries, toss with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and rosemary. Bake for 15 minutes on 350 degrees. So yummy!!!

The steak sauce was good too! Sour cream, white wine vinegar, and horseradish. Do it to taste!!

Pork chop in peppercorn shallot sauce…my mouth is still watering!


The other night we had some friends over and my husband paid me the nicest compliment. “She really is getting very good at making stuff (food)”. I love cooking…but working full time and having 3 little kids makes it hard to really think outside the box! Thank God for Hello Fresh! They have changed dinner time! We have liked every meal so far and I have been able to replicate a few of them successfully!

The other night we have this delicious meal! Pork chop (on the bone) with a peppercorn shallot sauce served with butter braised cabbage and crispy potatoes! My mouth is still watering!!!

I pan seared the pork and then finished it in the oven. The sauce was simple. Peppercorns (mashed up) with shallots, garlic, and tomato paste. Then add a little sour cream and remove from the heat. For the cabbage, simply put a tablespoon of butter in a sauce pan with some garlic. Once it is fragrant (about 1 min) add the cabbage and saute for a few minutes.

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Hello Fresh does it again!


This was delicious and easy too! Pan seared salmon with quinoa arugula salad with almonds and a side of snap peas. The quinoa salad was so easy and only had a few ingredients. I never know what to do with quinoa…I will definitely do this again! It was simply cooked quinoa, almonds, arugula, Dijon mustard, and a touch of olive oil. You can do all the ingredients to taste.

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4 Reasons I love Hello Fresh


It was a Monday. I came home from work to find this large box on my porch. My daughters gathered around as we opened it. One by one we pulled the neatly packaged white boxes out. My girls were super excited, and so was I…our first Hello Fresh had been delivered!

I had heard about the meal delivery programs and liked the idea but never bit the bullet and joined. But that all changed with Living Social was having a deal. $30 for 3 meals for 2 people. Shoot, that $10 a meal…$5 a person! I can handle that. So I figured we would give it a try.

Reason Number 1
The recipe cards are super easy to follow with picture directions. I am a visual learner. I know this from being a teacher…it’s a real thing. Some people learn by listening, some by doing, and some by seeing. I am the later, I need to see it in order to do it! I love having pictures with each step that show what it is supposed to look like. It makes multi tasking in the kitchen easier!

Reason Number 2
Everything is pre-measured and ready to go! I think this may be my favorite thing about it! I do not have to walk around a food store with 3 little kids trying to find some crazy spice or weird ingredient…it’s all right there, measured in a cute little container and ready to go!!!

Reason Number 3
The food is fresh…Hello Fresh is not just a clever name. Everything I have gotten from them has been on point with freshness…that is huge for me! And some of it has been GMO free and even organic. Another check in my book!!!


Reason Number 4
I get to be a chef. I was beaming the other night when talking to my husband about the pork and shrimp wanton soup I made. “I just like making good food…real food…different food.” I told him. I love to cook and am OBSESSED with cooking shows. Chopped is my favorite! I feel like a real chef preparing a fancy meal. When I am done, I always arrange it on the plates and take a picture…presentation is everything!!! It makes me feel awesome to produce a healthy and delicious meal.

Working full time and having 3 little kids to take care of doesn’t allow me to indulge in my passions as often as I would like. Hello Fresh has given me this opportunity…and I love it! If you are interested in trying it, use this code. You will get $40 off your first week!            PGK2TY