Simply Delicious

Beginners guide to preparing simply delicious meals.

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25 Sangria recipes! Review


The blog A Night Owl did a post where they compiled Sangria recipes from not only their blog but other blogs as well. Browsing the list a few caught my eye that I was very interested in. After making a few I decided the Citrus and Basil Sangria was my absolute favorite!

Here is the recipe with a few adjustments that I believe worked out for the better-


1/4 cup water
3 TBSP sugar
10 basil leaves
1 bottle sauvignon blanc
2 blood orange, sliced into thin rounds
1 cara cara, sliced into thin rounds
8 strawberries, sliced
1 lemon, skin peeled into strips and added – save juice for another use
1/4 cup brandy
1/4 cup tangerine juice


In a small saucepan combine the water and sugar over high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Turn the heat off and add the basil leaves. Stir the simple syrup to combine and let the basil leaves sit for 20 minutes while the mixture cools.

Meanwhile, in a large pitcher, combine the white wine, italian soda, citrus slices, strawberries, meyer lemon skin, brandy and tangerine juice. Stir to combine. Add the cooled basil simple syrup and stir. Let the sangria hang out for about 1 hour and then serve over ice.


I used a tablespoon less of sugar then what was required in the original recipe because I felt it was too sweet for my taste. I added another blood orange to the recipe as well because I absolutely love eating the fruit from the sangria. I also added more strawberries to the recipe because I realized they taste delicious with the basil.


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Spinach and Ricotta White Pizza


Thin crust pizza

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1/2 small red onion thinly sliced

2 cups of fresh spinach

1 cup grated mozzarella

1/2 cup ricotta

1 tablespoon grated parmigiano reggiano

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


red pepper flakes if you want a little kick to your pizza


Preheat the over to 450 degrees and place the pizza stone or pan in the oven while it is preheating (this ensures that the crust will be cooked all the way through and the pizza won’t be burnt!) Sprinkle flour on the counter and roll out the dough on the counter. Once you have shaped the dough brush the dough with olive oil, paying special attention to the crust. Sprinkle the parmigiano, garlic powder, and salt and pepper over the dough. Scatter the onions, mozzarella and ricotta over the pizza evenly. Place in the oven for 5 minutes. Once 5 minutes has passed pull out the pizza and scatter the spinach and if you so choose, red pepper flakes. Bake for another 3 to 5 minutes. Enjoy!

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7-Day Summer Detox Drink!

For those of you getting bikini ready and looking for a detox drink that actually works, look no further! I do this detox whenever I have an important event coming up and have just a few pounds I need to shed.


One gallon of water

1 lemon

4 TBSP honey

1/2 a cucumber

2 TBSP fresh mint leaves


Slice the cucumber and lemon into very thin slices. Something I like to do that other detox drinks don’t do. I like to soak the lemon slices in some local honey for two hours prior to making the drink. If you use local honey it can sometimes help with those of you who have seasonal allergies. It also boosts your memory and immune system. After the lemon has soaked for some time add the lemon, cucumbers, and crushed mint into one gallon of water. Let the water sit over night (about 8 hours) so the water will absorb all the nutrients. Drink slowly throughout the day and watch the weight come off!

Tip: For those of you who aren’t huge water drinkers at least try to drink half a gallon throughout the day.

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Goat Cheese, Raspberries, & Honey Appetizer


1 small carton of fresh raspberries

1 package of regular goat cheese


1 package of thin crackers (your preference)


Arrange the crackers on a tray, using a small spoon scoop out some goat cheese and place it on each individual cracker. Top with one fresh raspberry and lightly pour honey over the crackers. This recipe is so quick and goes amazing with both red and white wine. Also, the raspberry is not a hard and fast rule, you could absolutely use blackberry, pear, perhaps granny smith apples? Whatever you think would taste best!

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Chipotle Lime Cilantro Rice



1 cup long grain rice

1 lime

2 cups water

1/2 cup freshly chopped cilantro

2 tsp vegetable oil


In a small pot add rice, water, and 1 tsp of the oil. Boil on high until most of the water has been absorbed. Once the water skims the top of the rice reduce the heat to a simmer and cover for around 15 minutes. In a container add 1/2 tsp of oil, half of the lime’s juice and half of the cilantro. After the rice has finished cooking pour the rice into the container and then add the renaming ingredients into the container along with some salt. Put the top on the still steaming rice and shake vigorously. I like to leave the rice in the covered container for around 5 minutes to ensure that the rice absorbs as much of the flavor as it can.

The best part about the recipe is 1/2 a cup is only a little over 100 calories!

Note: I use a lot less vegetable oil than other recipes call for because when I did use 3tsp I felt the rice was way too greasy.

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Three easy ways to turn leftover takeout into a full meal for your family!

1. Chinese Chicken and Broccoli

 I do this sometimes if I have a little leftover of chicken and broccoli along with a bag of Steamers Asian Medley. Cook the steamers Asian medley in the bag for 5 minutes in the microwave while you set the stove to medium-high heat with a tbsp of sesame oil and 1 clove of chopped garlic. Wait until the garlic is sauteed and then add in the chicken and broccoli along with the Asian medley. Add some light soy sauce and stir. Allow the stir fry to simmer for a few minutes and enjoy! If you need a bit more add in some of the leftover white or fried rice! 

2. Italian Greek/Side Salad 

Sometimes I will order a salad from the pizza parlor while my friends and I are also ordering pizza just for another meal the next day. Grill a chicken breast or two and season it the way you like. I like to keep it simple and just use salt, pepper, and fresh lemon juice. While that cooks I like to add spinach to the already existing salad. Usually however much lettuce already exists in the salad I add that much of spinach plus some (nothing wrong with a little extra iron)! Slice up the chicken, throw in some fresh grape tomatoes and add some garlic bread to the side and you’ve got yourself a meal! 

3. Chinese Fried Rice 

I’m sure we have all been in that situation where we order Chinese take out and are given a quart of white rice that we just end up throwing out! Instead of the normal white rice that comes with the food I always make sure to ask for fried rice instead, which is still measly compared to the regular fried rice HOWEVER, it’s very easy to jazz up. Heat up about 1 tablespoon of sesame oil in a wok or large skillet. Chop up either half or a whole white onion (depending on how much you need) and a package of peas and carrots frozen. Cook until the vegetables turn a light brown color, not too dark else it will taste bitter. Pour another tablespoon of sesame oil into the wok and crack two eggs into it as well, swirling immediately with a spoon (I prefer to use large chopsticks). Add any type of uncooked sliced chicken, pork, or beef to the wok and cook until meat is done. Add the fried rice along with some butter and 2 tbsp of light soy sauce. Enjoy! 

Comment below, I would love to hear your feedback and/or modifications you made to the recipe.

&& remember,

Live Life Deliciously.

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Balsamic and Whiskey Steak Marinade (Your boyfriend will love this recipe!)


This is one of the most simple marinades yet it is absolutely delicious! The flavor that it brings out in the steak is unreal. I have tweaked the originally recipe just slightly and think it makes a HUGE difference.


1 part Balsamic Vinegar

1 part Whiskey

Freshly chopped rosemary

Worcestershire sauce

Salt and pepper to taste


Depending on how much steak you’re making you will need to adjust the marinate, but for one large steak I like to tenderize the meat first just to insure that the flavor will really soak into the core of the meat. Mix one part vinegar with one part whiskey and pour into a large zip-lock plastic bag. Chop some fresh rosemary and toss half of the amount into the bag and then push some of the rosemary into the meat that you just tenderized. Add some freshly ground pepper to the bag as well and a splash of Worcestershire sauce. Marinate for at least an hour (the longer the better!), add the salt to the steak at the last second, right before you’re going to cook it.