Delicous meals with The Neighborhood Harvest

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

Bibb Lettuce

Bibb Lettuce

Two baby Bok Choy

Babyu Bok Choy- was in the fridge, hence the condensation

Baby Bok Choy- was in the fridge, hence the condensation





China Rose Microgreens

China Rose Microgreens


Sweet Basil

Sweet Basil

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.

Romaine, Bibb lettuce and China Rose microgreens. YUM!

Romaine, Bibb lettuce and China Rose microgreens. YUM!

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:

The salad my friend made with the arugula

The salad my friend made with the arugula

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.

before grilling

before grilling

After grilling with the yummy salad:

Best. Dinner. Ever.

Best. Dinner. Ever.

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 know I will be ordering from them!


Feta stuffed Chicken Breasts

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


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

Cooking Directions:

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:

Chicken marinating

Chicken marinating

Slice a slit in breast for stuffing:

feta chicken2

Stuff feta in chicken:

feta chicken3

Saute chicken for 6-8 minutes on each side:

feta chicken 4

feta chicken 5

Remove chicken and set aside. Then cook tomatoes and spices until tomatoes become saucy.

feta chicken6

Serve over chicken. I garnished with more feta cheese.

feta chicken7

And served with green salad. Delicious!!!

feta chicken 8

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!!


Why this 50 year old woman plays Pokemon Go!

As soon as the Pokemon Go app launched I immediately downloaded it and began looking for Pokemon in my neighborhood when I walked my dog in the morning. I was so excited about catching Pokemon! However, when I shared my excitement with other adults I know I received comments such as:

“What a waste of time.” and”That is for kids.” and “Really?”, and some even laughed at me.

There were a few adults who were joining in the festivities as well, and with them we talked about what we had caught, and where, and which Team we were on.

pokemon go

When I talked to kids about it, we discussed the best Pokeballs to use, or the proper way to spin the Pokeball to catch the Pokemon. We also talked about where we were finding them, and which were our favorite Pokemon.

So I am going to tell you Why this 50 year old woman plays Pokemon Go.

I have had a blast playing Pokemon Go, but I will tell you a little secret: there is a much more compelling reason for me to play: my boys.

So when Joe Cool and The Genius were boys they were avid Pokemon players. They played the games on their Gameboys, they watched Pokemon on TV, and we even played the Pokemon card game together. We spent quite a bit of time in the car together, going to daycare, driving home from daycare pickup, doing errands, etc. I was a single mom for quite a few years of their young lives, and the boys and I were together a LOT. Pokemon was an integral part of their lives (and mine because I was always looking for new card packs for birthday, holiday, etc gifts for them).

The Genius

The Genius

Joe Cool

Joe Cool

As they got older Pokemon in our lives went to the back burner because girls, and school, and jobs, and life replaced our Pokemon phase. However, I will say that even into their teens they would play Pokemon on their iPOds and devices.

So when Pokemon Go Launched I felt like it would be a fun thing to do with my boys who are now 19 and 17. Because they are 19 and 17 I don’t see them much. They work, hang out with friends, and spend a LOT of time in their man caves (bedrooms). I thought, this could be fun to do together. And boy was I right!!!

Last week we all got into my car and drive 45 minutes to go to Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach to hunt Pokemon together. We were at the park for about 90 minutes together and then had a 45 minute ride home. It was fun, but what was even BETTER was that I spent over an hour in a car with my kids, and we TALKED!!  Nit just about Pokemon, but about other stuff like their jobs, and friends, and relationships, and their goals, etc. (I slipped as much mentoring in as I could without being too “mom-ish”).

AND I walked enough to hatch a 10km egg and received:



Oh, Joe Cool was so jealous!!  hee hee

Yesterday I spent ALL day with The Genius. It didn’t start out that way. In the morning we dropped his car off to have the headliner (the upholstery on the roof of the car) fixed. Then we wanted to go to Norfolk to play Pokemon for a bit.

We walked around together, took a couple of gyms together (GO TEAM MYSTIC). HE will do anything to take a Valor gym…..(if this is greek to you, just ask and I will explain). Then we found the MOTHERLODE of Pokemon.

We came to a place called The Pagoda and Oriental Garden . It was a beautiful place right on the water, which was nice because it was HOOOTTTTT and there was a breeze. Anyway, there were 4 Pokestops there (places where you can get Pokeballs, revive potions, healing potions, and other cool stuff), and TONS of people playing Pokemon because there were modules on (a lure someone can turn on for 30 minutes to attract rare Pokemon).

OMG!!!!  We stayed there for at least an hour…maybe more. We caught Squirtles, and Magikarps, and Poliwags, and Seels, but the most exciting catch of the day was a Dratini



That is super exciting because it evolves into a Dragonite which is one of the most powerful Pokemon!

Isn't Dragonite cute???

Isn’t Dragonite cute???

I was especially excited to catch a Clefairy because they are special Pokemon, but I REALLY REALLY want a Pikachu!!!!

The boys and I have made plans to hang out next week in Norfolk catching Pokemon together! Maybe we will catch a rare one!

So you can scoff at my Pokemon Go playing, but I will stick to my belief that not only am I catching rare Pokemon with my boys but I am catching RARE quality TIME with my boys that I probably wouldn’t otherwise get without spending lot of money on a vacation. And even on vacation I don’t always see them all the time.

Thank you Pokemon Go!!

The Genius and his bestie D came up with my name...apparently that is what they call me  LOL

The Genius and his bestie D came up with my name…apparently that is what they call me LOL