Sesame Beef Tacos

20180927_202221Recipe: Gouda Pork Burgers
Vendor: HelloFresh
Calories: 720

Time: 20 min
Rating: ★★★

The flavoring used for the beef was savory and sweet, however, I would advise you not to add the sriracha as it spoiled the previous flavoring. But, when in doubt, add hoisin sauce (not included with the recipe). Hoisin sauce is my best friend. My boyfriend and I literally add it to every dish we cook. It is so sweet and succulent that I just can’t get enough! Honestly, our version was probably better than the recipe would’ve been.

As for the pickled radishes and cucumbers…they were a hit! They added a little crunch to the tacos that had my taste buds screaming for me. And, especially for me, I can’t eat a lot of meat…just not a big fan. The pickled veggies made it easy for me to load my taco up with meat! 

The cooling sour cream, tart pickled veggies, and sweet and savory meat were a great combination that I would definitely try again!


Garden Quesadillas

20180926_200024Recipe: Garden Quesadillas
Vendor: HelloFresh
Calories: 620

Time: 30 min
Rating: ★★★★

You know why salad is always one of the first items you encounter? Because it is a filler. And, that’s kind of what I thought about this dish. I’m all about a good salad, however, when the main course has a lot of the same ingredients, just feels like not a lot of thought went into the side dish. However, the main event, the veggie quesadillas, exceeded my expectations with flavor and there was enough cheese for even me! I would definitely try the quesadilla portion of this dish again. The vegetables were crisp yet soft, the cheese was savory, and the combination perfect. Besides from being distracted cleaning and accidentally overcooking the tortillas, I thought the quesadillas were a success!


Cauliflower Pancetta Mac ‘n’ Cheese

20180924_180239Recipe: Cauliflower Pancetta  Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Vendor: HelloFresh
Calories: 700

Time: 30 min
Rating: ★★★

CHEESE…I need more cheese. This was good, but I felt like it was very dense and I would’ve liked a thinner cheese sauce that had a bit more flavor. The pancetta really stole the show and I used the whole pack (the recipe only called for half). Healthier, to me, generally means less flavor, and this fell into that stereotype. I would give it another shot, though.



The Best Pulled Pork You’ll Ever Have


This will be my last recipe post for a while as I would like to focus on my book reviews as the primary source for my blog. Thanks 🙂

Recipe: The Best Pulled Pork You’ll Ever Have
Vendor: Yours Truly!
Calories: Who cares!

Time: 8 hours (5 mins prep)



Rub Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs. packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbs. chili powder
  • 1 tbs. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 8-10 lb. Pork Butt Roast (aka Shoulder) (I use Hormel)


  1.   Carefully, rinse all blood off of Pork Butt.
  2. The night prior to cooking, mix together dry ingredients and spread all over meat.



Rub Ingredients:

  • 1 tbs. packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbs. chili powder
  • 1 tbs. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 8-10 lb. Pork Butt Roast (aka Shoulder) (I use Hormel)
  1. Pour Chicken Stock in crockpot.
  2. Carefully place rubbed Pork Butt into crockpot.
  3. In crockpot, cook on High 10-12 hours. Cook on low 6-8 hours (usually I start it before work and it is done by the time I get home).
  4. Naturally, the meat starts to pull away from the bone. Use two forks and start to “pull” the meat. I actually remove all fat from the meat.
  5. After pulling all of the meat, add barbecue sauce to consistency you like and put on “Warm” in crockpot.
  6. Serve meat (on a Hawaiian roll), add a little sauce on top, and enjoy!

Pepperoni Pizza Sticks

20180513_121053Recipe: Pepperoni Pizza Sticks
Vendor: Me
Calories: ~130 each

Time: 30 min




  • 12 string cheese sticks
  • 1 pkg. pepperonis
  • Wonton wrappers


  1. Preheat oven or deep fryer to 375°F.
  2. Pour water in the smallest bowl you can find.
  3. On a cutting board, layout one wonton wrapper.
  4. Place string cheese and desired pepperoni slices (this can be substituted with other pizza toppings).
  5. Wet fingertips with water and wet corners of wonton wrapper.
  6. Fold bottom corner to cover most of the inside ingredients.
  7. Fold the two sides of the wonton wrapper inwards.
  8. Roll final corner town and around to create a eggroll shape.
  9. If using a deep fryer, cook for 30-60 seconds on each side. If using an oven, cook until browned on the outside, about 15-20 minutes.

Broccoli Chicken

20180520_213607Recipe: Broccoli Chicken
Vendor: Me
Calories: ~350 per serving (makes 2 servings)

Time: 20 min



  • 1 package of raw Chicken Breast Tenders
  • 1 package of Boil-in-a-Bag Whole Grain Brown Rice
  • 4 c. steamed Broccoli Florets
  • 1/4 c. Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 c. low-sodium Soy Sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Rice Vinegar
  • 1/4 c. Water
  • 2 tbsp. Corn Starch
  • 2 tsp. minced Garlic


  1. Put Rice in water and let boil.
  2. Put broccoli (in steamed bag) in microwave.
  3. Cook Chicken on stove until thoroughly cooked.
  4. While the Rice, Broccoli, and Chicken are cooking, stir together Brown Sugar, Soy Sauce, Rice Vinegar, Water, Corn Starch, and Garlic for the sauce.
  5. Combine Chicken and Broccoli in pan.
  6. Add sauce mixture to Chicken and Broccoli and let set for 5 minutes.
  7. Pour Chicken and Broccoli mixture over rice.



HMR Banana Bread Muffins


Recipe: HMR Banana Bread Muffins
Vendor: HMR
Calories: 215 per serving (3 muffins)

Time: 30 min

This is probably one of my favorite recipes for HMR. This can be used as a shake once you are on Healthy Solutions. If you’re a texture person like me, then you don’t necessarily enjoy the shakes, so this is the perfect recipe! It makes 12 normal-sized muffins.


  • 4 packet Oatmeal (Cereal) – pulverized
  • 4 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 8 packets Sweetener
  • 4 tsp. Water
  • 4 Bananas


  1. Mix Oatmeal, Baking Powder, and Sweetener together in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Add in the Bananas.
  3. Add in Water.
  4. Pour into a greased (I use PAM) bread pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.