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The evening sky after we get home from work is staying lighter longer. You know what that means? The perfect opportunity to get out and take a walk! The view from inside looked almost Spring like, however looks were a bit deceiving and it was still rather cold out. That darn groundhog! After the initial miserable shock to my bones, I was still really happy to finally get outside again. Ohhhhh how I have been longing to get out in the evenings again and thaw these bones. (This coming from the lady who posted she wanted state of emergency snow only a few short weeks ago).

Keeping on the topic of lighter, tonight we cooked up a lighter and much healthier version of take out sesame chicken and broccoli. We relied on a good ol’ Martha Stewart recipe and slightly adapted it to share with all of you. Remember, use what you have on hand. Don’t be afraid to get creative, if you don’t have brown rice or multigrain, go with quinoa!


Lighter Sesame Chicken & Broccoli

Recipe slightly adapted from Martha Stewart


2 Cups (흑미 찹쌀) heukmi chapssal, AKA Korean multigrain rice

3 Tablespoon clover honey

2 Tablespoon sesame seeds

2 Tablespoon soy sauce

1 Garlic clove, crushed with a garlic press

2 Large egg whites

1/4 cup cornstarch

1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 2-inch chunks

1 Teaspoon of ground pepper

1 Tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

2 tablespoons safflower oil

1 Medium yellow onion, sliced thin

2 Pounds broccoli, cut into large florets


Cook rice according. Sorry guys, we cheat and use our Korean rice cooker.

While rice is cooking, make sauce: In a small bowl, combine honey, sesame seeds, soy sauce, and garlic; set aside. In separate bowl, whisk egg whites and cornstarch together. Toss in raw chicken and coat; season with ground pepper.

In a large skillet or wok, heat 2 Tablespoon of your oil over medium-high heat. Next add in coated chicken turning occasionally, until golden throughout.  Once cooked, add in the sauce you’ve set aside and chopped onion, and toss to coat chicken again.

Last, steam broccoli to your liking. We prefer slightly undercooked and crispy.  Once done plate rice, topped with chicken and broccoli.


Positiveness & Pasta

I am going to apologize for my corniness upfront, sorry everyone.

Do you ever think about all of the blessings in your everyday life? Gosh, we just have so many things to be eternally grateful for each day in and out. I’ve said this before and I will say it again, you have to be the captain of your own boat. Positiveness starts within YOU. Now, I am not saying that life is always a bowl full of cherries. Life can absolutely throw you curb-balls out of the left field. In the end what matters is how YOU chose to handle that curb-ball and move forward.

I started reading a book that’s suppose to help transform the way you think in 28 days. Each day I begin my mornings with my breakfast fork in hand and “homework” for the day. Each day I list 10 things that I am grateful for. Each night I use my gratitude rock and go to bed with the most important thing that happened to me that day, saying thank you, counting my blessings. Told you I was going to get very corny on you with this post. No, but really, I am enjoying making myself acknowledge all the wonderful things in my life daily.

As I close tonight, know that you are on my list of things I am grateful for. Your  friendships, support, following, and comments are always welcomed and very much appreciate. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Now, who’s hungry for some homemade baked penne rigate with sausage? (Another thing I am grateful for… my amazing chef of a husband who knows his way straight to my heart <3). Go ahead, help yourselves!

Bee’s Baked Penne Rigate with Sausage


1 Package of (sweet or hot) sausage, we typically use hot.

1 Box of penne rigate pasta, we opt for the Dreamfield brand, or whole wheat

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Onion, diced

8 Mushrooms, sliced (optional)

1 Jar of your favorite tomato sauce

1/2 Lbs of shredded mozzarella cheese

6 Slices of provolone cheese


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Boil sausages until cooked on stove top. Saute onion in 1 Tbsp olive oil until almost cooked and remove from pan, place into large mixing bowl. Next saute mushrooms in 1 Tbsp of olive oil and once cooked place in mixing bowl with onions, tomato sauce, combined with 1/2 of the shredded mozzarella cheese, mix thoroughly. Next boil penne rigata pasta until al dente. Drain and combine with your onion, tomato sauce, and cheese mixture. Now the sausage should be ready to be sliced and put into a pan to be cooked until slightly browned. Once sausage is cooked place and mix in with your other ingredients in the mixing bowl. Pour everything into a 13 x 9 greased pan, level, and place the provolone cheese slices on top. Place into oven for 350 degrees uncovered for 10 minutes, or until cheese begins to brown. 

Don’t forget a to pick up a nice freshly baked baguette and bottle of wine to accompany your dinner. Enjoy!