20181003 075112 0001815475071 - Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Pork Chops With Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts and Fingerling Potatoes & A Discount Inside

Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Pork Chops With Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts and Fingerling Potatoes & A Discount Inside

Here we go again with Primal Kitchen. I am surely obsessed with using these marinades for my meals. I used the Honey Mustard Vinaigrette once again last night but this time I marinated some pork chops. The Honey Mustard, to me, is one of the most versatile in the line of Primal Kitchen, alongside the Balsamic Vinaigrette.  We also had some thick cut slices of honey bacon from Dearborn Brand to wrap our brussels sprouts up with. And as requested by my daughter, we had to have some more air-fryer red fingerling potatoes, which are her favorite side dish at the moment. You add up all of these ingredients and it results in one hell of a delicious paleo, primal Honey Mustard Pork Chop dinner!

Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Pork Chops With Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts and Red Fingerling Potatoes

Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Pork Chops With Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts and Red Fingerling Potatoes

Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Pork Chop Marinade

This is where the fun all begins, with the Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Vinaigrette & Marinade. I had two decently sized center cut Simple Truth pork chops to work with. I grabbed myself a Pyrex casserole dish and marinating the pork chops from early morning to dinner time. That was plenty of time to infuse them with the sweet and tangy honey mustard flavor that we all know and love so much! I was so excited for this Honey Mustard Pork Chops and I could not wait until dinner time rolled around.

Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard & Simple Truth Center Cut Pork Chops

Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard & Simple Truth Center Cut Pork Chops

The cast iron grill pan was used for these Honey Mustard Pork Chops, of course! How else would I cook up a hunk of meat? I rave so much about this grill pan, I know, but I really hope it inspires someone out there to give it a whirl. It is the best method for cooking several different types of meat. I think of it as a kitchen necessity!

Dearborn Honey Bacon – The Star Of The Show Last Night

I cashed in some coins that I had laying around and got some dough at a coin shop this past weekend, for real! I had some coins and figured I would be better off going on one of my fun foodie adventures at Nino Salvaggio’s. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to get the good eats, am I right? So we went to Nino’s and loaded our little cart some new-to-us foods. I spotted the Dearborn Brand Honey Bacon. I scoffed at the $6.99 price tag, but that bacon sure was looking and sounding good. I had to have it so in it went right into my cart.  You mention bacon to my husband and my daughter and they are all ears! I got this particular honey bacon because I knew it would be the perfect bacon for my Honey Mustard Pork Chops side dish.

Dearborn Brand Honey Bacon wrapped around brussels sprouts

Dearborn Brand Honey Bacon wrapped around brussels sprouts

What I ended up doing was taking five strips of bacon and cut them in half. I looked for the big brussels sprouts and wrapped ten of those up in the Dearborn Brand Honey Bacon. I roasted them in the 400-degree oven for 30 minutes and flipped them halfway through roasting. The bacon had the right amount of crispness for us. We don’t like bacon underdone or overdone, it has to be in the middle… just perfect!

Dearborn Brand Honey Bacon wrapped around brussels sprouts

Dearborn Brand Honey Bacon wrapped around brussels sprouts

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20180927 165516 00016387880 - Italian Drunken Noodles – Pappardelle Pasta Recipe W/ Ground Italian Sausage & Peppers

Italian Drunken Noodles – Pappardelle Pasta Recipe W/ Ground Italian Sausage & Peppers

Ever have the Thai version of drunken noodle? I have and it is hands down one of my all-time favorite Thai dishes. If you love that version of drunken noodle then I am confident that you will love this Italian Drunken Noodles dish! Italian drunken noodle is a family fave and for good reason~ it is a unique dish with an exciting flavor profile thanks to the white wine and fresh basil. It combines delicious pappardelle egg noodle pasta with ground Italian sausage and three colors of thinly sliced bell peppers. And oh yes, you gotta have that white wine in there. The Chardonnay is an essential and key ingredient. How else would your noodles get drunk?

Italian Drunken Noodle with a glass of Chardonnay white wine

Italian Drunken Noodle with a glass of Chardonnay white wine

Italian Drunken Noodles and how you get them drunk

The Chardonnay white wine really is the star of the show with this Italian Drunken Noodles dish. You do not need to have anything pricey to work with. A cheap, affordable bottle will do. If you do not want to use an actual bottle of wine you can use a bottle of cooking wine to flavor this dish. I use 3/4 of a cup of wine in this recipe and allow it to cook down and reduce. It lends a potent flavor to the noodles and the rest of the dish.

Don’t forget the fresh basil leaves

With the Thai version of drunken noodle, there is always an abundance of Thai basil leaves in the meal. The basil really infuses the noodles with a unique flavor. The basil is a powerful herb so if you are not a basil fan you can just skip this ingredient but it will not have as strong of a flavor. I cook the basil in my dish and down below in this post you will see that I top the dish with even more!

Finish it off

If you are like me then you have to have your cheese on top of your pasta dish. I love to have fresh Parmesan cheese on my Italian Drunken Noodles. Skip the Kraft Parmesan and always choose fresh. If you have any extra basil leftover you can cut that into thin strips and top your dish with more basil. I love basil and I cannot get enough of it. The more the merrier I say!

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Primal Kitchen Strip Steak, Applegate Bacon-Wrapped Rainbow Carrots, And Paleo Butternut Squash Soup – Gluten-Free

I really enjoy making a nice Sunday dinner for my family. Last night’s Sunday dinner turned out to be an exquisite one. Everything from start to finish was spectacular. For starting out I actually made a bowl of paleo butternut squash soup to go with our meal. I never make a soup to go with dinner. I just always make soups that you eat as an entire meal. For the main course, I had some grass-fed beef strip steaks marinated in Primal Kitchen’s Greek Vinaigrette and Marinade. For a side dish, I wrapped Applegate Sunday Bacon around some rainbow carrots (purple, orange, and white) that I picked up during our visit to Eastern Market. This was our first time trying out bacon-wrapped carrots and it certainly will not be the last. Lately, I just want to wrap everything up in bacon! Next up for me will be bacon-wrapped brussels sprouts.

Sunday Dinner - With Primal Kitchen Strip Steak, Applegate Bacon-Wrapped Rainbow Carrots, And Paleo Butternut Squash Soup

Sunday Dinner – With Primal Kitchen Strip Steak, Applegate Bacon-Wrapped Rainbow Carrots, And Paleo Butternut Squash Soup – Awesome Sunday dinner feast!

Marinating the steaks

Using a marinate overnight with your steak usually seems like a great idea that results in a flavorful, juicy steak. This was the case with the Primal Kitchen’s Greek Vinaigrette and Marinade from Primal Kitchen. I have never had a steak with a Greek marinade so I was not sure if we would enjoy this or not, but so far I have not been let down by a single Primal Kitchen item. They all excel in quality, taste, and fall within the realm of clean-eating.

These marinades are low-carb, paleo-friendly, Whole 30 compliant, and do not contain any added sugars. If you are looking into eating clean I highly recommend the products available from Primal Kitchen. No nonsense ingredients, just pure and simple healthy ingredients.

This particular Primal Kitchen Greek Vinaigrette and Marinade uses avocado oil as a base. It also contains oregano, black pepper, coriander, marjoram, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and sea salt. These are all organic ingredients.

Roasted butternut squash soup – the paleo way

Butternut squash and rainbow carrots

Butternut squash and rainbow carrots

I had a great time going to Eastern Market for some fresh produce and great deals on them. You can read more about that experience HERE. We went towards the end of the day when the vendors are letting things go at low prices. I picked up this butternut squash for a buck. I really should have bought more because I really enjoy it this time of year.

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20180920 062606888256477 - Dig Into Marley Spoon! Weekly Gourmet Meal Kit Subscription Box - Review & Discount - $30 OFF Your First Box

Dig Into Marley Spoon! Weekly Gourmet Meal Kit Subscription Box – Review & Discount – $30 OFF Your First Box

show?id=m21Yqj7RA1A&bids=585900 - Dig Into Marley Spoon! Weekly Gourmet Meal Kit Subscription Box - Review & Discount - $30 OFF Your First BoxI just recently had the pleasure of trying out Martha Stewart’s gourmet meal kit subscription box. I was so blown away by the quality of the ingredients and the easy to follow recipes so I want to share my experience with you! So here is my my Marley Spoon review. I think you will be pleasantly surprised with the quality and content of this meal kit delivery service.

How does Marley Spoon work?

Each week Marley Spoon has several different meals that you can select from. They have a huge archive of recipes… over 18,000!  Each week there are ten different meals you get to select from. They really do have a wonderful variety of meals and they all look and sound so amazing it is kind of difficult to narrow it down. I want it all!

You can choose the meal kit that suits your family needs. They offer boxes for two people and they also offer boxes that can feed 3-4 people. You can choose to get 2, 3, or 4 Marley Spoon meals per week. It is entirely up to you and you get to customize your plan.

Each week Marley Spoon offers an exciting menu featuring a variety of meats and a large selection of different vegetables. There are meals suitable for dinner as well as lunch.

Marley Spoon also has meals to suit a variety of dietary lifestyles. I choose to eat gluten-free so I received two meal kits that were friendly to my diet.

There are some quick dinners provided, one-pot meals, kid-friendly meals, and salad options.

Two Marley Spoon Meal Kits for four people: Steak & Oven Fries w/ Charred Tomato Salsa and Japanese Style Chicken w./ Bok Choy and Brown Rice

Two Marley Spoon Meal Kits for four people: Steak & Oven Fries w/ Charred Tomato Salsa and Japanese Style Chicken w./ Bok Choy and Brown Rice

Marley Spoon recipe cards

The shipment of Marley Spoon

My meal kit box was overnighted to me via FedEx. When I opened up my box I was very impressed with how well-packaged everything was. There were no leaks and there were no missing ingredients. Everything was kept cold with ice-packs. The meat that I received looked beautiful and the quality of the produce was perfect. There was not a single disappointment with my shipment. I have tried other meal kits boxes in the past and had missing ingredients, some not-so-fresh looking items, or leaky meats. Marley Spoon takes pride in their subscription box and it shows.

A special discount for you – $30 OFF YOUR FIRST SHIPMENT

You can receive $30 off your first shipment by clicking this LINK.

Sign up today and taste the gourmet!

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Caulipower Veggie Pizza

Caulipower Veggie Pizza Doctored Up And On-Point! Gluten-Free and Low-Carb – Frozen Pizza Product Review

I have been wanting to try out this cauliflower crust pizza for quite a while now from Caulipower. Maybe you have been curious about it as well if you are looking for a gluten-free or low-carb pizza? I located a $1 off coupon online so I decided to put this on my Kroger ClickList order and give it a whirl! I had some pepperoni, black olives, onions, and pesto sauce on-hand too so I figured I could use the pizza as a base and doctor it up with a few extra things. This cauliflower crust pizza absolutely blew my mind… it was that great! I really hope this post will inspire you to give it a try.

Caulipower Veggie Pizza with some extra toppings

Caulipower Veggie Pizza with some extra toppings

I was a bit nervous and hesitant to try this pizza because last year I attempted to make my own cauliflower crust pizza and it was a bit of a fail on my part. The crust was soft and a tad on the soggy side. It tasted great but the texture was way off. I was afraid this would happen with Caulipower but that’s not the case! The texture of this crust was on-point… no sad, soggy pizza here! For me, the crust of this pizza really did taste and feel like a regular pizza crust, maybe not 100% but for the most part!

Caulipower Veggie Pizza with some extra toppings

Caulipower Veggie Pizza

Toppings

Let it be known that this pizza would have been completely perfect without the addition of extra toppings. The Caulipower Veggie pizza comes equipped with a medley of bell peppers in green, red, and yellow. It also has the right amount of mozzarella cheese topping it. The sauce really, to me, is what makes a pizza great. The sauce can either make it or break it and Caulipower comes through and delivers a fine sauce made with vine-ripened tomatoes, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and a blend of Italian seasoning.

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Gluten-Free Paleo-ish Chicken Potpie Soup and Paleo Lemon Turmeric Chicken – How I Created It

I had two super healthy meals yesterday and when that happens in the kitchen I feel quite accomplished! For lunch, we had a gluten-free, paleo-ish chicken potpie soup and for dinner, we had a grilled lemon/turmeric chicken breast with fried sweet potatoes in ghee, and roasted broccoli. I am trying to get back on the healthy train because I feel like I have somewhat fallen off of it with all of the naughty baking I have been doing. I am making an effort to get back on track and I feel good about my meal choices yesterday.

This is not a recipe post but I am trying my best to relay the information to you on how I made these wonderful, nutritious dishes. They are both gluten-free and dairy-free. I am attempting to eliminate gluten completely from my diet so if you are following along expect to see a lot more gluten-free meals from me. Gluten is just not compatible with my brain and my gut. I have tested this out several times now and came to the conclusion that gluten triggers a negative mood response for me the next day and a worn down physical feeling. I get depressed and fatigued the day after consuming gluten. I am honestly fed up with feeling that way and I will do whatever it takes to change that.

I have been listening to an audiobook called Grain Brain and it is very enlightening and informative. Whether you believe it or not, gluten is affecting your mind and body. There are negative side effects of eating wheat. The book was written by David Perlmutter and he addresses the impact that gluten has on the brain. I don’t want to come off as preachy but I do highly suggest reading or listening to this book. It is a real eye-opener!

Lemon Turmeric Chicken w/ Primal Kitchen, fried sweet potatoes in ghee, and roasted broccoli

Paleo-ish Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Paleo-ish Chicken Pot Pie Soup

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Amped Up Grilled Cheese RECIPE With Dave’s Killer Bread & Tomato Soup

I know… I know… she’s lost her mind writing her first recipe about a grilled cheese and tomato soup BUT I just had to. It’s a hot day here in Michigan. I was hungry. I had a craving. It may not even be a recipe but more like a fabulous insider tip on how to maximize the taste of your meal. Check out what I did with a loaf of Dave’s Killer Bread and some Annie’s Organic Tomato Soup!

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I don’t usually purchase loaves of bread (been trying to keep the carbs down low) but Dave’s Killer Bread is the most beautiful bread I have every laid my eyes upon. Seriously… bread… beautiful??? Trust me on this guys. I am also a firm believer in #noboringgrilledcheese. I made up that hashtag by the way. I can’t use a boring white loaf of bread and that plastic-like American cheese. I guess I am a grilled cheese snob. Call me what you will!

I went with the 21 Whole Grains & Seeds loaf. Dave’s Killer Bread uses all organic ingredients. This particular loaf has 5 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, omega 3s, and a huge assortment of whole grains all jam packed into one slice.

I started out by brushing a bit of some melted Organic Valley ghee (it is a clarified butter) onto the bread. I mixed in a bit of garlic powder and Italian seasonings into the melted ghee to pump up the flavor of the bread. Who doesn’t love garlic bread?

I then laid on a couple slices of Sargento Tomato & Basil Jack cheese. I really love the Italian flavors of this cheese. Perfect to go with my garlic bread that I just whipped up.

Got my grilled cheese all prepped and ready to go. I spray my pan with some Simple Truth Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil.

Now it is time to warm up with Annie’s Organic Creamy Tomato And Bunny Pasta soup. I doctored this soup up by grinding up some garlic salt and peppercorns into it, along with some Italian seasonings and crushed red pepper flakes. This soup is great on its own but I like to add my own little twist to it.

You will want to set your burner on medium and warm the grilled cheese up for a few minutes. Make sure you flip it too so both sides get that golden touch to it. You will know when the grilled cheese is done. It has to be nice and melty. I don’t do anything fancy at this point. It really is no different than warming up a plain grilled cheese.

Now it is time to plate your grilled cheese masterpiece and scarf it down. I really should have slowed down while eating this and savored it more but it was just so damn tasty. Oh and don’t forget to dip that amped up sandwich into your creamy tomato soup. Enjoy this for lunch or dinner and I do believe this would be super kid-friendly, especially with that adorable bunny pasta in the soup.

I would like to know how do you prepare your grilled cheese at home? Do you have any secret recipe you would like to share? Is there a special bread that you enjoy? Let me know in the comments.