Jambalaya with SimplyCook

I always seem to write about eating out but I never talk about my second love when it comes to food – cooking! Just like writing, cooking for me is very therapeutic and I find so much joy in chopping, stirring and taste testing. Especially the taste testing. 😉

I’ve been trying out new recipes recently, especially with my meal prep. I look forward to the end of the week and trying out a new recipe. My kitchen is always smelling good every week!

On the hunt to try something new, I remembered that I had a SimplyCook account and I thought, “Let me give them another go!”

SimplyCook is a recipe box subscription service where you combine their kits with fresh ingredients by following their easy-to-follow recipes. You can try out a £3 trial box over on their site and you get to choose which recipes you want to try out.

I opted for: jambalaya, beef stroganoff, bokkeumbap and lamb keema. I decided to go ahead and try the jambalaya recipe first and I can safely say, I didn’t burn anything! 😂

The recipe is the simplest thing I’ve followed. Where SimplyCook cuts out you having to source all the seasoning and spices, you have fewer steps to follow. Each pot in the kit adds to the flavour of the dish and this dish has flavour packed into every aspect of it!

From the moment I used the cajun seasoning on the chicken and prawns, the kitchen was filled with a heavenly aroma. I had to restrain myself from picking at the chicken and prawns when I set them to the side. It was very hard, I’m telling you…

The whole dish took me about a half hour to make not including prepping time for cutting the ingredients, although to be fair that didn’t take me too long either. The recipe serves 2, so I doubled the amount as I was cooking for the family  – I have to ensure everyone gets fed. 😜 I found the pots still stretched despite me doubling the number of ingredients I was putting in, which was very good.

Overall: this was a tasty and filling meal! The chorizo adds to the spiciness, but not too much that it blows your brains out. You can taste the celery, which I was a bit sceptical about, but it adds to the flavour nicely alongside the green pepper. Also, the use of chicken thighs instead of the breast is a game changer because thighs are much juicier.

I loved that it was easy to make and so delicious – will definitely be looking to make this again!

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  1. 20th February 2019 / 4:51 am

    this seriously looks so delicious~ Thanks for sharing <3

    • Chynna
      21st February 2019 / 5:30 pm

      Thank you so much! x

    • Chynna
      21st February 2019 / 5:30 pm

      Thank you! I’ve tried Hello Fresh before and I thought it was great 🙂

  2. 21st February 2019 / 12:13 pm

    This looks great, Chynna! I’ve always wanted to try a recipe box, but just haven’t got round to doing it yet. I’ve seen people go on about Hello Fresh a lot but haven’t seen many Simply Cook reviews, so it was really nice to see you talking about them.

    I’m really awkward with food so I’m not sure how well boxes would work for me. I imagine I’d have to choose boxes really carefully to make sure I got meals I liked!

    • Chynna
      21st February 2019 / 5:31 pm

      Thank you, Amy! 🙂 I’ve tried out Hello Fresh and I actually found it really good. And even if you cancel with them, you can always take the recipes and just recreate them yourself. That’s what I’ll be doing with the Simply Cook recipes, haha. They have a whole heap of recipes on their site that you can browse and you get to choose which ones you want in your box!

  3. 24th February 2019 / 6:59 am

    Oooh, you’re doing a great job with cooking and meal prepping. Shoot, I should get back into it, hehe. It’s great that you have recipes and ingredients delivered to you. Makes everything easy to put together. It is so cool that they have some packaged spices for you too. The end result looks delish! You’re the one making me hungry now ;).

    • Chynna
      24th February 2019 / 9:14 pm

      Thank you so much, Nancy! Yes – I looooove meal prep, cause I gives me a chance to try so many different recipes.

  4. 24th February 2019 / 9:11 am

    Your final product looks great, Chynna! I think it’s my first time to hear about recipe boxes. I definitely didn’t know any of this until I saw your post! 🙂

    I wish there was something like this when I was still living in Taipei and trying my hardest to learn how to cook. Although most of my food is edible, I still think I’m a very bad cook, haha. A service or subscription like this would surely help me know more recipes and gain more confidence in my cooking.

    • Chynna
      24th February 2019 / 9:15 pm

      Thank you so much! Hopefully you find something similar – they really are very handy 🙂

  5. 24th February 2019 / 9:15 pm

    GIRL. I second Nancy – you are doing great with all this cooking and meal prepping. I always feel inspired whenever I see your Sunday meal prep stories on the gram *heart eyes* Anyways, this dish seems so easy to make and looks delicious!

    cabin twenty-four

    • Chynna
      24th February 2019 / 9:16 pm

      Thank youuuuuu, Eena! 💕 I’m missing out this Sunday because I’m away on vacay! But keep your 👀 peeled for more recipes I’ll be trying ☺️

      • 24th February 2019 / 9:17 pm

        I figured! Your travel stories are okay with me too ;D Have fun and be safe! Can’t wait to hear about it!

  6. 24th February 2019 / 11:03 pm

    Omg this looks so good! I need to start doing more meals like this. All my meals come in a can because I’m too lazy lol.

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    • Chynna
      6th March 2019 / 8:55 am

      Haha, thank you!

  7. 27th February 2019 / 3:09 pm

    This looks sooo good and easy to prepare. Thanks for sharing dear!
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • Chynna
      6th March 2019 / 8:42 am

      Thank you so much! 🙂

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