Month: January 2017

Tasty or Terrible: One Pot Teriyaki Chicken and Noodles

Happy Tuesday!   Who’s ready to try a new recipe this week?  I don’t know about you, but when it comes to recipes, they need to be simple and quick.  Also, only one pot makes it even better!

Hubby stumbled across this recipe while browsing Facebook.  After just over 11 years of marriage, I’ve discovered just how picky of an eater he truly is.  Though not in your typical 3-year old fashion, rather the kind of picky in that he’s very particular in the kinds of foods we make.  He wants to explore new foods, especially ones that help his palate evolve.  The best part – most times he’s even willing to cook these new recipes after a long day at work.

Looking over the recipe there weren’t any crazy unrecognizable ingredients and only four simple steps to complete.  The only items we needed to buy were the fresh chicken breasts and fresh produce.  We couldn’t find matchstick carrots so I slivered our baby carrots.  Also, rather than using the type of spaghetti noodles the recipe called for, we used thin spaghetti we had on hand.

Like I said, hubby was the one who cooked this meal for us.  He didn’t seem to have any issues when cooking this and it really didn’t take much time to prepare.  It smelled delicious each time I walked into the kitchen while he was cooking.

This meal turned out amazing!  Our dish surprisingly resembled the actual recipe photo as most recipes I make do not.  The flavor was quite tasteful.  I will be honest, the word teriyaki in the recipe title scared me – I typically don’t like teriyaki flavoring.  Hubby says there was too much honey, where as I didn’t even taste the honey.  Our only complaint is that the noodles came out slightly undercooked, making them slightly crunchy.  Next time, we want to use the pronto noodles that the original recipe asks for or increase the amount of liquid.

Guys, my extremely picky kids LOVED this.  The bigger kids couldn’t get enough of the noodles.  Maisyn loved the chicken.  That girl doesn’t normally eat chicken.  One Pot Teriyaki Chicken and Noodles will definitely be making it’s way into our monthly rotation.  I’d highly suggest giving it a try, especially if you’re a fan of Asian cuisine.

Do you like Asian food?  Leave a comment with a link to your favorite recipe!

What’s Up Wednesday {1-25-17}

It’s Wednesday and I’m joining this month’s What’s Up Wednesday!

What we’re eating this week…

I’m so terrible with menu planning.  But, I wrote down several ideas and plan to grocery shop once the kids are off to school today.  I told hubby that since we ate out so much last week, I would really like to keep our eating out to a minimum this week.  Except on pizza night this weekend. 😉

What I’m reminiscing about…

Bridget and I were talking yesterday about a photo that popped up in her Shutterfly memories from 8 years ago.  It’s a rare occurrence that all of our siblings ever get together, let alone all the same time.  We still can’t remember exactly why we were all together.  I think it was because either her or our sister, Renee, had recently came home from deployment.  Look at how young we were!

What I’m loving…

We get a break from hockey, ice skating lessons, and hockey power skating lessons this week!  We usually have one to two weeknights of extracurricular activities, however, sometimes it’s too much!  Hubby gets home about the time we’re ready to leave for lessons so it leaves little time for eating at home.

What we’ve been up to…

Hockey keeps us pretty busy most weeks.  Though like I said, this week there are no practices or lessons.

What I’m dreading…

Just my workouts.

What I’m working on…

I’m trying to establish healthier habits into my life again.  Then real life gets in the way and my healthy habits go out the window.  I did find some simple videos on YouTube to change things up, but I still have a terrible attitude about working out.  I really don’t have much going on during the day but yet I’m always “too busy” to workout.

What I’m excited about…

The new friendships we’re forming.  This is definitely the fun part about having kids in activities.

What I’m watching/reading…

We just signed up for a one month free trial of Hulu and discovered The Mick, which normally airs on FOX.  It’s hilarious.  I also am catching up on This Is Us, Superstore, and my daily soap – The Young & The Restless.

I’m currently reading The Winter Over by Matthew Iden.  It always takes me forever to get through the first few chapters, but once I do, I will stay up way too late finishing the book.

What I’m listening to…

Amazon Prime Music.  I just pick a playlist and hop on the treadmill.

What I’m Wearing…

My usual…company t-shirt & yoga pants.

What I’m doing this weekend…

We plan to take the kids to the outdoor rink, hang out with some friends, and then we have hockey practice on Sunday evening.

What I’m looking forward to next month…

We’re one month closer to spring.  I’m just hoping the temperatures warm up even more and maybe even melt the snow off the sidewalks so I’m able to get out and walk.  Hubby thinks the huge snow piles will be here until the middle of June.

What else is new…

That’s about it.

Bonus question:  Which Bachelor is your favorite from years past…

I’ve honestly only watched a few seasons of the Bachelor since we don’t have a DVR to record them anymore.  My favorite is Chris Soules.  Throughout the whole thing I hoped he’d pick Kaitlyn, but he didn’t and then I was crushed.  Then I had to watch Kaitlyn’s season of the Bachelorette and became hooked.  I just caught onto the new season with Nick but I’m still unsure how I feel about him as the Bachelor.


Tasty or Terrible: Hello Fresh

Last week my family received our first order from HelloFresh (HF).  We have been in a cooking rut for the past two months that we needed something fresh.  After reading many reviews on Blue Apron (BA) and HF, I ultimately decided on HF for simplicity.  While reviewing the two, I found that BA puts everything in one big box for all the meals.  HF separates each meal and the ingredients into their own boxes.  This is one thing I feel sold me on HF.

Before I get started, I want to say that I was not compensated for any of this.  All opinions are 100% my own and truly honest.

Here are the three meals we chose for the week.  We chose the classic box, two people, three meal option.  The portion sizes are perfect for us.  They arrived Monday morning, were all separated and came with step by step instructions.  So simple!  I stuck it all in the fridge and the meals were ready for me to pull out and start cooking when I was ready.

Monday night, we made Hearty Steak and Potatoes.  It was a really good meal.

Nick loved it all, Xander loved the cabbage slaw, and I liked it all.  I’m not a steak person, at all, but I’d make this again, and eat it again.  The flavors were there.

On Thursday evening, we had Braised Chicken Thighs.  I must admit, this is the meal I didn’t look forward to making.  Braised chicken?!  What the heck?  Nick’s asked me to make braised chicken years ago, but I never have.  Stepping out of my comfort zone, I made it and it was delicious!  The ingredients worked well together.

Nick and Xander tore this one up.  It worked out well that I don’t eat as much.

Thai Pork Stir-Fry was our last meal on Friday evening.  This was the one meal that I thought “looked” good.  This was also the meal that Nick was not looking forward to.  He thought it looked boring.

Xander helped me prep each of these meals.  As he was clipping green beans, he asked if we were making the dinner from the previous night.  He really liked that meal and was sad it wasn’t the same one.

Let’s put all thoughts and feelings about the anticipation of this meal aside and taste it.  It was Da-Bomb-Diggity!  Out of this world good.  The flavors were amazing.  The one meal where you wish you could have more.  You couldn’t.  HF keeps you and your portions in check.

Overall thoughts

All three meals will find their way into our menu rotation, but I think the Thai Pork Stir-Fry might find it’s way again next week already!  So so so so good.

I love that HelloFresh has made my nights that much easier.  I don’t have to think about what’s for dinner.  Pull out a box and 30-45 minutes later, we have a meal on the table.  Perfection and tasty!

Have you tried a meal home delivery?  If you want to try HelloFresh, you can use my promo code, BRIDSTEW, to get $40 off your first box.

Inauguration Reflection

President Trump’s Inauguration Speech was interesting, to say the least.

The magnanimous tone that “experts” predicted, based on non-partisan protocol and tradition, was quickly disregarded. And for good reason, President Trump solidified his advocacy for “red” blooded Americans who’ve deeply lamented the rise of globalized economies and a seeming disinterest in strengthening national security and border enforcement mechanisms throughout former President Obama’s tenure. In addition, President Trump took to task the lax governance approach that politicians, Conservative and Liberal alike, have so notoriously implemented, resulting in sequestration and partisan threats of federal government shutdowns. President Trump’s tone was victorious and serious. His words were strategic and aspirational. In short, I liked it…it fit the man that Americans elected to lead this nation. A man who follows his own mind and sets his own traditions. A successful statesman who disregards magnanimity in favor of a more populist approach.

The ensuing protests on the National Mall and across the National Capital Region and thereabouts will have plenty of Inaugural statements to misconstrue and misquote in order to whip protest participants into a frenzy (and to score political points). But, if all partisans would pause momentarily and reflect honestly upon Mr. Trump’s words, tone, tenor, and tempo, they would realize that the new commander-in-chief is deeply and more wholly attuned to Americans who have suffered academically, economically, and socially without direct recourse for the last decade or more.  Americans who are understandably upset and hopeful for a “new America” where race, gender/identity, sexual orientation, and social class (among other irrelevant attributes) are not determinants of an American’s promise or potential, and should not be factors for prioritizing federally-funded social programs and mandates, do not contribute to the extent to which an American should be protected by or subject to the law, and are not what makes America great.

The nation’s tradition of and ability to “melt” the best aspects of uncommon, unfamiliar cultures and societal norms, ethos, and beliefs into an “America first” understanding, is what drove the innovations and best practices which make out nation great. Mr. Trump promises to restore that understanding…which is incredibly aspirational and sorely needed.

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