Wildtree Smoked Mozzarella and Tomato Quinoa

I was so excited a few weeks ago to discover that Wildtree had published one of my recipes!!

I created this dish and submitted it to Wildtree. They like to publish recipes created by people who love and use Wildtree foods. What they do is re-create the recipe in their kitchen. If the chef likes it, Wildtree photographs the dish and publishes the recipe on the Wildtree site: http://shop.wildtree.com/pages/cfRecipes_Detail.cfm?RecipeID=2378

The Smoked Mozzarella and Tomato blend and the Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil can be purchased here if you want to try this recipe: www.mywildtree.com/beckymccully

This is an incredibly easy and quick side dish recipe. Add some chicken or shrimp, and you have a whole meal!

smoked mozz quinoa

An Addition to my Business

Has anyone heard of Thumbtack? I learned about Thumbtack on Facebook and was intrigued.  It’s a cool website where you can search for services you might need. And you can offer services in your area of expertise.  You can select a geographical area to serve–close to home or in another city.  

I am thinking about offering cooking lessons, and I thought a profile on Thumbtack would be an interesting new place to find clients.  I’ve come across several people who would like to just learn more about the basics of cooking: cooking methods, using spices, even choosing produce and meats. I already do this a lot with my Wildtree customers. 

Here’s the link to my profile.  Let me know what you think!!  


sweet tooth is calling on a hot summer afternoon

What could I make? It’s too hot to run the oven today. In my mind, I run through the ingredients I have on hand. very little sugar. hmm. no flour. hmm. peanut butter. YES!! cocoa. YES!!! oatmeal. YES!!!

The ingredients for no bake cookies, you know, the cookies you had growing up but that noone makes anymore.

I found this recipe on the web. It’s not my original recipe, nor is it healthy. But it’s all natural!! No additives. no artificial colors, no MSG, no preservatives. haha.

Thanks, Veronica of My Catholic Kitchen. This is the exact recipe my mom used to use.

no bake cookies 1

no bake cookies 2

Now I’m satisfied. Oh, and I made iced coffee to go with it. mmmmm

Strawberry Milk


My kids have frequently asked me for strawberry milk. At times, I’ve bought Horizon strawberry milk boxes for their school lunches. But that gets pricy and contains 23 grams of sugar.  I went to the store in search of other strawberry milk.  I found Nesquik brand powdered milk.  It only has 15 grams of sugar which is better. However, it also contains lots of artificial ingredients, including artificial flavors, dyes, and unpronounceable things. Have I mentioned that artificial flavors and dyes make my son act like a crazy person?  Sorry, Nesquik, not going to be buying your strawberry milk product.

So yesterday, big brain wave, I decided to make my own!! Why have I never thought of this before? Who knows. Anyway, it worked on the first try, and my kids LOVE it!! I used very little sugar. It’s all natural with no artificial dyes, preservatives, or flavors.

Recipe–Get ready!! This is rocket science.

Puree 3 cups of strawberries (I had frozen, but fresh would be even better, I’m sure.) Add 3 cups of milk and 2 tablespoons of sugar (or honey). Blend again. Serve!!






Hearty Lentil Spaghetti

This recipe is written to be made as a simple freezer meal but you can also just cook it right away. It’s delicious and very healthy!!


Put the following ingredients into a gallon size resealable bag.  

1 small onion, diced
2 tsp. Wildtree Garlic Galore Seasoning Blend
2 Tbsp. Wildtree Hearty Spaghetti Sauce Blend
1 Tbsp. Wildtree Mediterranean Dry Rub
1 Tbsp. Wildtree Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil
2 cans fire roasted tomatoes, 14.5 oz, undrained
1 can tomato sauce, 15 oz
1 cup water
½ cup dried lentils – rinsed (uncooked)
Optional: ground beef or sausage in place of lentils, in separate bag

At cooking time: 1 package noodles of your choice and grated parmesan cheese. Use whole wheat noodles as a healthier option.

Combine all ingredients in a gallon size freezer bag, “smush” to allow seasonings to distribute. Place bag in freezer.
To prepare:  Thaw in fridge. In large sauce pan, pour bag contents. Add lentils. Bring contents to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low, cover. Simmer until the onion and lentils are tender, approximately 20-30 minutes. Add more water if sauce begins to get too thick. Meanwhile, boil 1 package noodles according to package directions. Toss cooked noodles with lentil sauce and top with grated parmesan cheese.


green bean fries


2 eggs

1 cup Italian style bread crumbs

8 ounces French green beans (Haricot Verts)

2 tablespoons light sour cream

2 tablespoons light mayo

2 teaspoons Wildtree Garlic Galore Seasoning Blend

2 teaspoons prepared horseradish

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Method of Preparation


Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk the two eggs in a bowl. In a separate bowl add the bread crumbs. Dip the green beans in the egg, coat in the breadcrumbs, and place on the parchment line baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until breadcrumbs are golden and green beans are tender. While the green beans are baking, mix together the remaining ingredients. Serve as a dipping sauce with the green bean fries.






2 pounds of beef roast or steak

2-3 zucchini or yellow squash

grape tomatoes or 2-3 large tomatoes cut into chunks.

1 red onion

1/4 cup Wildtree Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil

1/2 cup lemon juice

2 tablespoons dried rubbed thyme

1 teaspoon Wildtree Rancher Steak Rub

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

3 tablespoons Wildtree Zesty Lemon Grapeseed Oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

Cube the meat into 1 inch pieces.  Mix all other ingredients together in a small bowl.  Place meat in a zipper resealable bag.  Pour marinade over the meat. Zip the bag closed. With your fingers, “smush” the ingredients together to mix well and cover the meat evenly.  Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

Cut vegetables into large chunks. Pour Wildtree Zesty Lemon Grapeseed Oil and salt over the veggies. Mix well. Allow to marinate for at least one hour.

When ready to cook, remove the meat and marinade from the bag. Either skewer with vegetables to grill or pan fry the meat and veggies together.

Serve with pita bread or rice.

If you would like to place an order for Wildtree products, please let me know!


beckyinthekitchen is still cooking!

My son had a tonsillectomy, and the recovery has been more time consuming and emotionally draining for me than I thought it would be.  He is almost back to normal now and starts back to school tomorrow. My younger son doesn’t start back to preschool for another 2 1/2 weeks, so I’ve decided to put my blog on hiatus until both boys are in school.  See you in September!