Foodie Tuesday with Smarty Marty- Jamaican Chicken Soup

Smarty Marty Stirs up the pot this week with her take on delicious Jamaican Chicken Soup!

Let’s prepare ourself by gathering up the fresh ingredients needed for this Foodie Idea of the Week

You are going to need the following ingredients


½ Chicken (cut in 8 pieces)
2 sprig Thyme
1 tbsp Salt
1 stalk escallion
4 Pimento Berries (Allspice)
½ lb Yellow Yam

2 Irish Potatoes
2 lb. Pumpkin (cut up into 1 inch pieces)
1 Cho-cho (Christophine) (cut up into 1 inch pieces)
1 pk Jamaican Chicken Noodle or Cock Soup
1 oz. Butter28337104_2166712283339709_2201332920736104484_o



1. In a stock pot, add three quarts of water and then add salt to taste. Bring water to a boil then add chicken, pumpkin, and cho-cho together. Boil for 30 minutes.

2. Peel the skins off the yellow yam and potatoes and wash these root vegetables in cold water to remove the dirt.

3. Cut each vegetable into four slices and then add them to the pot.

Special tip: – You man add spinners (small dumplings) to the soup at this time if you wish.

4. The flame should be turned to high at this point and allow to boil for 15 minutes.

5. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot, turn the flame down to medium, and cook for another 10 minutes, then simmer for another 5 minutes.

6. Check the yellow yam to ensure that it is soft. If not, cook until it becomes soft but not mushy.

Cook’s tip: You can speed up the time to prepare this chicken soup by slicing the yellow yam into thinner slices.28238759_2166712833339654_138183401461697417_o28515186_2166716750005929_7117494094711498964_o28616320_2166718143339123_8985270204872366549_o

Photos and Food Preparation and Styling  By Smarty Marty

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Foodie Tuesday by Smarty Marty! – Veggie Stuffed Chicken Breast

This week Food idea from Smarty Marty is Veggie Stuffed Chicken Breast

Healthy Choice and creative idea to include in a boneless chicken breast dish.


Veggie Stuffed Chicken Breast

4 boneless skinless chicken breast
8 oz. Feta cheese sliced
6 oz. mozzarella cheese
1 medium white onion
3 or 4 large garlic gloves
1/2 red bell pepper
2 cups of fresh chopped spinach
1 cup of chopped mushrooms
1/2 teaspoon of flaked pepper
2 tablespoons of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Slice the chicken breast in half not going all the way through and spread open, lightly tap down flat with mallet.
Salt and pepper breast on both sides to taste
Heat olive oil in a frying pan and add onion, pepper, 3 garlic cloves, mushrooms and sauté until mushrooms and onions soften.
Now add spinach until spinach softens
Remove combination from frying pan and place in a bowl to add the feta cheese, the last garlic clove, salt and pepper to taste; add flaked red pepper mix completely.
Place equal amounts of mixture on the breast and roll the breast. Secure with toothpick or string.
Lightly spray a large rimmed sheet pan with olive oil (any pan will do) lined with foil or parchment paper and place in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until stuffing reaches internal temperature of 160 degrees F. Top chicken breast with mozzarella cheese and bake a additional 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.20861821_1894623697215237_2280183038530307763_o20818909_1894617567215850_4499555024924395799_o

Image and Meal Styling By Smarty Marty!

Foodie Tuesday By Smarty Marty- Cabbage & Sausage Packets

This week’s special recipe is a mix of vegetable and your favorite smoked sausage for a great mix to your weekly food planning!


Cabbage & Sausage Packets

Ingredient Listing

1 lb. Turkey sausage, cut into 1 inch pieces (or your favorite smoked sausage)
1/2 head of cabbage, cut in 1/4 in wedges
15 small red and white potatoes, quartered
1 large onion, sliced
1/4 cup garlic butter
salt & pepper to taste
4 ice cubes

How to Cook

Preheat your grill to 400 degrees F.
Cut four 18 x 12 inch sheets of foil.
Divide the cabbage, potatoes, and onion over the foil sheets.
Add 1 ice cube to each mound.
Evenly divide the sausage between the packets and top with garlic butter 1 tablespoons per packet, salt, and pepper.
Seal each packet well and place in oven for 50 minutes.
Allow to rest 10 minutes before serving.

Images and Styling By Smarty Marty

Foodie Tuesday By Smarty Smarty- Turkey Tostadas

It’s Tostadas Tuesday… and Smarty Marty gives you here take on this delightful dish!

Quick and easy meals for your family… This one Prep time of 25 mins! 18893197_1793118170699124_9032598594460839725_n


1 package (20 ounces) lean ground turkey

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup chopped green pepper

1 teaspoon canola oil

3/4 cup water

1 envelope taco seasoning

1 can (15-1/2 ounces) hominy, rinsed and drained

12 tostada shells

3 cups shredded lettuce

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend

1 cup chopped tomato

1 cup cubed avocado


In a large skillet, cook the turkey, onion and green pepper in oil over medium heat for 5 minutes or until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the water, taco seasoning and hominy. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until heated through.

On each tostada shell, layer the lettuce, about 1/3 cup turkey mixture, cheese, tomato and avocado.Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe – Taste of Home

Foodie Tuesday- Smarty Marty take on Jamaican Escovitch

Are you ready to get your taste buds roaring…

We are here again for another Foodie Tuesday By Smarty Marty this week dish is

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Here is your Ingredient List: 
2 pounds whole red snapper (about 2-3 fish ) or any white fish – cleaned and scaled
½ cup vegetable oil or more as needed
1 teaspoon minced garlic (about 2 garlic cloves)
½ teaspoon ginger
2 sprigs thyme
1  bay leave
½  red bell pepper, thinly sliced
½  yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
1  yellow medium onion, thinly sliced
1  medium carrot Julienne

1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon Jamaican all spice
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 Scotch bonnet pepper, pierced or replace with ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1  lime
¾ cup malt vinegar ( sub red wine vinegar)
Freshly ground white pepper
Season fish with salt and black pepper and fry for about 5 minutes each side.
Dry fish with paper towel and pan, set aside
Cut and chop vegetables and put aside.
Put vinegar and sugar into a saucepan and bring to a boil, allow to reduce slightly
Add carrots and let simmer for about a minute
Add red and green bell peppers a simmer for a minute
Add onion and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the onion is transparent
Add scotch bonnet pepper and stir
Place fish into serving dish and spoon dressing on top.


Images By Smarty Marty!