Chinese Spaghetti Recipe + Milk & Eggs Grocery Delivery
As enthusiastic as I am about going grocery shopping, sometimes I have to quickly rush to the market and get back home to cook. If you're like me -- busy-- busy with kids and busy juggling schedules-- making new year's goals feels like another thing to add to the to-do list. Groceries included! So why not make your dreams come true and order up your groceries online?
The team at Milk and Eggs reached out to me and asked if I'd like to try out their service. Did I want groceries delivered? Oh yes please! As you may know, one of my pleasures is to go to my local farmers' market to shop for farm fresh fruits and veggies, so why I would want things delivered to my door? Well, because it's total luxury to me to go online to the Milk and Eggs website and scroll through grocery items while I'm lounging in my pajamas, my hair tied up in a top knot, sipping tea, having fun discovering all kinds of new and delicious looking vegan products I'd like to try.
Of course, I was perusing the vegan section, but there are other sections, such as: Atkins, Diabetic, Keto, Mediterranean, Paleo, South Beach, Whole 30, as well as fruits and veggies, dairy, eggs, butter, yogurt, dairy alternatives, breads, pastas, and anything else you might find in a large supermarket. They also have meal kits and recipes delivered if that's something you're into. As a vegan, I've tried out some meal kit delivery recipes, and it's quite helpful, even if you know how to cook, gather and source your own ingredients. For someone like me that creates plant-based recipes, I must say that I'm not above trying meal kits. Honestly, I find meal kits to be both fun and time saving on school nights when I'm just not up to putting it all together for the family by dinnertime.
My online shopping experience was an overall success. The selection/shopping process is easy. Their website is a cinch to navigate, and they carry most of the vegan products that I have a tough time finding at my local supermarket. I'd rather not spend my whole paycheck at Whole Foods, but I'm addicted to Kite Hill cream cheese. I can order Kite Hill cream cheeses in a variety of flavors, including Kite Hill yogurts. They carry Daiya, Beyond Meat, Raw Juicery, Califia, Field Roast, Follow Your Heart, Forager, Navitas, Miyoko's Kitchen, and my newest obsession: Lahtt Sauce.
After I placed my order online, I selected the delivery date and time. Monday morning between 5am and 7am? Perfect. I'm up early to get the kids ready for school and get myself ready for CrossFit class. The grocery bags were at my door just in time for me to make everyone breakfast and pack lunches for school. I had two full bags of fruits, veggies and vegan products. Yes, I did a little happy dance!
Milk and Eggs delivers farm fresh groceries to your door in the Los Angeles area. Their delivery is FREE for all orders of $35 or more. Given their low prices and convenience, I'm considering the benefits of how much time and money I'll save. I usually spend $150-$180 each time I go to any market, and typically I do that twice a week, not including the farmers' market on Sundays -- that adds up! Yes, my grocery bills are big. I'm feeding a hungry seventeen year old boy, my two girls (nine and thirteen), plus me and my guy. I'm also a food blogger. I cook often and like everything super fresh. Because I'm picky and keep processed foods to a minimum in my house, I have a 'no junk food allowed' policy -- no high sodium, high fructose corn syrup, white sugar, sodas, etc. -- they just don't make my grocery list, ever. Fresh and organic is my mantra, and Milk and Eggs is all about the fresh foods.
When I'm at the grocery store in person, I really only visit several aisles and the produce area. I skip the aisles of soda, chips, cookies, and all that stuff. Shopping online, I don't even think about those things, because there are so many delicious whole ingredient options and things that I'm interested in.
Even though I love the experience of going to the market, Milk and Eggs just might change the way I shop. Also, their prices are low because they are farm direct, which means it's fresher (not sitting on a shelf) and way less than going to the supermarket.
Here's a recipe that I quickly came up with using my delivered groceries. Using Milk & Eggs was a great chance to try out ingredients I wouldn't normally have in my pantry and fridge, like the Lahtt chili sauce and the Beyond Meat strips.
Chinese Spaghetti with Garlic, Chili Sauce, Bok Choy & Grilled 'Chicken' Strips
4 oz. spaghetti, any kind (brown rice, chickpea, etc. optional)
1/2 onion, sliced
1 garlic bulb, chopped
1/2 cup veggie broth
4-6 tbl olive oil
2-4 tbl Lahtt chili sauce
4 baby bok choy, 2 halved, 2 chopped
1/2 package Beyond Meat Chicken-Free Grilled Strips
Prep all ingredients.
In a large saucepan, dash a little bit of olive oil, adding the chopped garlic and onion, and sauté on medium-low flame. Sauté garlic and onion until golden, about 8 minutes.
In a large pot, prepare water for spaghetti. Fill pot with water and a dash of sea salt and bring to boil.
Rinse baby bok choy and chop two into halves (makes them easier to bite into) and two chopped into pieces. Set aside.
Once the garlic and onion is golden and fragrant, add about 1/2 cup of veggie broth to the saucepan and simmer. Add about two spoonfuls of Lahtt chili sauce (or more if you'd prefer a stronger flavor) and stir to combine. Toss in the baby bok choy, cooking just enough until they are wilted, but do not overcook them, about 3-5 minutes. Turn off heat.
In another pan, add a drizzle of olive oil and sauté the Beyond Meat 'chicken' strips until crispy and heated through. Temper the flame occasionally, between medium and medium-low heat. Once cooked, turn off flame and set aside.
Cook spaghetti as per package directions. Once al dente, drain the water and toss the spaghetti into the chili sauce mixture. Toss until all of the sauce coats the spaghetti. Add more chili sauce and olive oil, to taste.
Serve in wide bowls and top with chicken strips. Enjoy!