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Have you ever looked at what is in foods these days? Have you ever wondered why life has gotten so crazy that we all rely on processed "quick" foods and fast foods? Well I have had my eyes opened recently when we started to realize our oldest child could be ADD. I decided to clean up our diets and turn out lives around. I am a woman, married to a wonderful man who supports everything I do. We have 3 wonderful children who keep us on our toes and every day when I pick them up from school the first things out of their mouths is "mommy what's for dinner" so here it is...

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Thai Anyone?

So I was craving Pad Thai  but most of all I was craving the peanut sauce but going out to dinner anywhere with my family is not exactly healthy or easy on the pocket book so I found this recipe and decided to try it.  Peanut noodles have never tasted so good and boy did it hit the spot.

Peanut Noodles

3/4 lb spaghetti or linguine (I used TJ's High Fiber Spaghetti)
2 cups broccoli florets (I used frozen)
2 cups fresh sugar snap peas
1/2 cup reduced fat creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup water + 1 Tablespoon
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp lime zest
1 green onion, diced
3/4 inch fresh ginger (I actually have a jar of this in my fridge)
2 tbsp brown sugar, lightly packed
1/8 to 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts

Cook pasta in until al dente, add in broccoli & peas until done (I actually removed my veggies when done so not to over cook). Drain and set aside.

Toast peanuts until fragrant, around 3 minutes. Set aside.

Combine peanut butter, soy sauce, water, vinegar, lime juice, lime zest, scallion, ginger, sugar, and red pepper flakes in a blender. Puree until smooth. Taste for seasoning. Adjust accordingly.

In a large serving bowl, mix pasta with 3/4 cup peanut sauce, stirring thoroughly to combine. Top with veggies and pour remaining sauce over everything. Serve with roasted peanuts on top.

Serves 6 (1 cup pasta & veggies)
Weight Watchers Momentum Points: 9

VERDICT: Yep this hit the spot...You can add anything you want to this.  Grilled chicken would be wonderful and I think I will cut back on the peanuts next time to save some points and I don't think the brown sugar did much for it (forgot to add it 1st)

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Green Smoothy Anyone?

So I get a wonderful weekly delivery of fresh organic produce from Abundant Harvest and lately there has been crinkle spinach in it  (I didn't know there was more than just regular spinach out there) and I haven't known what to do with it (it's quite a bit thicker and bigger than normal spinach and my family doesn't like sauteed spinach either.  So after asking around what to do with it a few people said make a green smoothie.  I was skeptical but I am usually the kind of person who will try anything at least once. So what did I do this am...I made a green smoothie and it is DELISH!!!

So here is what I put in my 1st green smoothie

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 cup Trader Joe's 0% Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup unsweetened frozen fruit
2 cups fresh spinach leaves (I removed the stems)

a little bit of vanilla liquid stevia

Let me tell you...you can't taste spinach and in this wonderfully filling breakfast and has 3 of your 5 daily servings of fruits & veggies.  Even my kids liked it (I had them taste it before I told them what was in it).  From what I have read on line it's really good for your body and skin also...

So this almost 2 cup smoothie is only 3 Weight Watcher's Momentum Points.  Next time I think I will add in some ground flax seed.  I am excited to try different combos.

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

What's been going on in my life and family

So it's 2012 and we have started a new adventure in our lives.  We have gotten our son's diet under control and have taken out all that nasty "food coloring" & "artificial" stuff from the dinners.

I have also decided to focus on cooking healthy again and I am following Weight Watchers.  So from now on I will be posting my journal, meals & adventures as a woman, wife & mother.

Hope you enjoy my journey and hopefully I can help you also along the way, if not you will get a few laughs LOL