So if anyone reading this has been reading my blog posts over the years you know the things I blog about are generally the things I struggle with. Such as blending our families, LGBTQ issues, social justice issues, dark spots on my face, and FOOD!
I have a problem with food….well to be honest I have a problem with my love of food. I love it. Unfortunately I am NOT in love with vegetables and healthy fish I am in love with baking and luscious creamy things. I am in love with high calorie foods! Trust me I TOTALLY wished I loved kale as much as I love a great piece of cake. But I don’t. Sadly.
And this love of less healthy food has caused another problem- weight gain. Now when I was in my 20’s and even my 30’s all I had to do was work out extra hard and I cold balance the scales. As I entered my 40’s and DEFINITELY now that I am in my 50’s, that doesn’t work anymore.
So I have decided to try the 30 Days to Healthy Living Program using Arbonne products. Now just to be totally transparent I am an Arbonne Consultant and have done the program before, but have ALWAYS cheated. I have NEVER done it for a full 0 days correctly. So I have decided that this time I am DOING IT!!!! Completely!
So Day 1 was good. I did have a low key headache from coming off of the sugar, but nothing I couldn’t manage.
For Breakfast I had a vanilla protein shake with spinach and strawberries and almond milk. YUM.
For lunch I had a chocolate protein shake with cherries. Also Yum!
I have been blogging for many years. In those years I have been contacted by companies to sample their products and write about them. Some have been fun, some have been okay and some not so great. Recently I was contacted by Rebecca from The Neighborhood Harvest about trying some of their locally grown greens and writing a review about them. This one I was really excited about! For complete transparency I received these greens for free, but that will not keep me from writing a completely honest review. The great news about that is I TRULY did REALLY like everything I tried!! If you want to sign up for delivery and use the coupon code COFFEE your $15.00 fee will be waived!!! Whoop Whoop!!!
So The Neighborhood Harvest is a company that delivers greens to your door in Hampton Roads.
From their website:
“Simply put, we farm the Finest Greens, Lettuces and Herbs for Delivery To Your Door Within A Day of Harvest.
You’re gonna love this service!
Our greenhouse farm is not weather-dependent allowing us to deliver freshly-cut greens year round. Delivery within a day of harvest yields plants with two-three times more shelf-life than store bought greens. Yet we are comparably priced.
There is no other source of greens and lettuces that are:
*Delivered to your door the day after harvest.
*Sustainable, Beyond Organic, Pesticide and GMO free.
*Locally grown in Suffolk, VA reducing your environmental footprint and supporting the local economy.
*The most incredible flavor!”
We received quite a few of their products to check out and I was happy because the things Rebecca sent were not greens we usually eat so on top of checking out their items we were able to try some new things also. Win Win!
We received the following items from The Neighborhood Harvest:
Two heads of Bibb Lettuce
Two baby Bok Choy
Okay, so here is my assessment of the greens. I really liked the Bibb lettuce. We mixed it with our romaine and made a salad. It was fresh and lasted a week in the plastic container. (it probably would have lasted longer, but we ate it all within a week, it was so good. NONE was wasted!). Mixed with a head of romaine there easily enough lettuce for two salads for Karol, my 17 year old and myself. It was tasty and crisp and very fresh. It had a taste like it was just picked and was clean and didn’t even need to be washed. I was very happy with it.
We added the microgreens to the salad for some variety, but they definitely could have been eaten on their own. I think they would be very tasty in a sandwich! I had never tasted these before, and they had a fresh radish taste. I am not a fan of radishes, but I really liked the way the microgreens tasted. They had that bite that a radish has but it wasn’t too pungent, it was fresh and tasty. We added the greens to the salad, and it was truly delicious!! The greens added a really nice taste to what could otherwise be a boring salad.
It was so good y’all!!! For real!!!
We had a stirfry and used the baby bok choy. It was fresh and tasted so good! When we usually use store bought bok choy I don’t always use the leaves because they are a bit wilted. These leaves weren’t and we used the whole thing (but I forgot to take a picture).
Because I want to be completely transparent I have to say that I tried the arugula and didn’t like it. Not because their arugula was not good, but because I didn’t like the way arugula tasted. So I gave it to my neighbor who loves arugula on the condition she sent me a picture of what she made with it and gave me an honest review of the Arugula, and this is what she said:
Her review: “I made a Greek salad with balsamic vinaigrette, feta cheese and black olives. I consider that it was very good and tasted very fresh. I noticed that it was stronger in flavor than my regular arugula so it was maybe a little harder to get used to it but I suppose it’s because it’s more natural. On appearance it looks great I also noticed the leaf was bigger in size, more similar to spinach leaf. I liked also that it seems to last longer, staying dry and crispy without spoiling versus the regular one you get from the supermarket.”
The last thing we used was the sweet basil. I used it to make one of my favorite summer meals, caprese panini.
After grilling with the yummy salad:
Now I will say that the basil from The Neighborhood Harvest, while tasty, did not have as much flavor as the basil I grow in my backyard. Not sure if that is because it is grown hydroponically, or not, but while it was good, it could be more flavorful.
Overall I was very very pleased with the greens I tried, and my friend Yancel was pleased with the arugula. The cost is awesome: a large weekly box which is only $16.00!! Here is a description of what is in a large box:
This box option is perfect for subscribers who like a changing variety in their weekly delivery. We bring you different flavors each week depending on what is growing best!
Feeds 3 – 4 people.Details:
– 1 Large clamshell of Mesclun Mix
– 1 Large clamshell of Rotating Green #1
– 1 Large clamshell of Rotating Green #2
– 1 Tray of Microgreens
A medium box is $12.00 and a small box is $10.00. For more information you should definitely check them out at The Neighborhood Harvest.
There is a one time $15.00 fee to set up your account but you can use your own cooler on the front porch and then the cost is just for the greens you order. There is a $2.00 delivery fee for any orders under $10.00.
Their delivery area is quite large:
“What areas do you deliver to? Currently we deliver to most of north and east Virginia Beach as well as areas around the farm in Suffolk. These areas include Towne Center area, Kings Grant, Little Neck, Northhampton Blvd to Shore Dr, Shore Dr at Northhampton to the Oceanfront, Oceanfront to Laskin to Great Neck corridor; Suffolk city, north Suffolk and Western Branch. If you are unsure if you are in our delivery area, please give us a call or email, or complete a customer profile using the Sign Up button on the homepage and we will contact you asap.”
So my advice for you if you are a local to Hampton Roads is the The Neighborhood Harvest is a great way to get delicious, fresh, safely grown greens, herbs and microgreens delivered to your home for your family’s eating pleasure!!!
I scroll on Facebook. Time wasting, black hole, Facebook. But for every minute I spend scrolling on Facebook, Karol spends 5. So often I open up my app and see things she has posted to my timeline and 99.8% of the time it is recipes for things she wants to try…in other words the things she wants me to make.
I like to make real food, or in other words foods with fresh ingredients that are not processed. The only thing that came out of a bottle for the Feta Stuffed Chicken Breasts was the dressing and that is organic so I was fine with it.
Now don’t get me wrong, that is perfectly fine with me! I love to cook and I love to bake. Baking is really just an alternate form of chemistry…measuring needs to be precise so things turn out the way you want. But cooking is like modern art, just throw things together and it usually turns out okay. No need to measure, just toss it in a pan, use your imagination…
So I did embellish a bit with this recipe. For example we do NOT like cooked spinach so it was omitted from the original when I made it. You could totally add it back in when you stuff the chicken. Totally up to you. Or do sun dried tomatoes stuffed in the feta instead of a tomato sauce. I prefer the sauce because it keeps the meat moist. and ….yum! So without further ado here is my version of
FETA STUFFED CHICKEN WITH CUMIN TOMATO SAUCE
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1/4 cup feta cheese
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons coriander
6 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped (Or use can use grape tomatoes, but more of them)
optional: Greek dressing or red pepper and feta dressing from Whole Foods
Optional: Marinate chicken breast in 2 tbsp of Red pepper and feta dressing from whole foods (or any brand of Greek dressing) for about 30 minutes. This will give the chicken a lovely flavor and add moistness to the meat.
In side of each chicken breast halve, make slit. Stuff one quarter of feta cheese into each pocket. Season with salt and pepper.
In large, non-stick skillet over high heat, warm olive oil. Add chicken; sauté on each side until nicely browned and cooked throughout, about 5 to 8 minutes per side. Remove chicken from heat and set aside.
Reduce heat to medium. In the same skillet, add cumin, and coriander. Sauté one minute. Stir in tomatoes; cook until they become sauce-like, about 6 minutes.
Return chicken to pan; warm in pan for 1 minute and serve.
Makes 4 servings.
Marinate chicken in dressing:
Slice a slit in breast for stuffing:
Stuff feta in chicken:
Saute chicken for 6-8 minutes on each side:
Remove chicken and set aside. Then cook tomatoes and spices until tomatoes become saucy.
Serve over chicken. I garnished with more feta cheese.
And served with green salad. Delicious!!!
This meal was super easy, very tasty ad healthy.
Let me know how you alter it or what you think of it when you make it!!