Brown rice noodles…THAIriffic!

I absolutely love Thai, Japanese, and Chinese food but I could never get my homemade dishes to come out the way it does as the restaurant, until…

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Now, with Thai Kitchen’s brown rice noodles, you can easily make a healthy vegan and vegetarian friendly dish. It comes with 4 individually wrapped noodles per box so you can always make 1 or 2 packs per serving or make them all for family style stir-fry dish.  I decided to make the whole package (I still have leftovers and I have a family of 4) and throw in some frozen veggies broccoli, corn, cauliflower, snow peas, and used Kikkoman’s Stir Fry Sauce and soy sauce for a little extra flavoring.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 bag of frozen veggies
  • 1 box of Thai Brown Rice Noodles
  • 1 jar of Kokkoman’s Stir Fry Sauce
  • 1 jar of Low Sodium Soy Sauce

 

DIRECTIONS:

I’ll break it down for you. First, boil a pot of water and add a pinch of salt (it helps so that the noodles won’t stick together). Then, you can add your noodles, stir continuously until tender for about 3-5 minutes. Be careful because nobody likes overcooked noodles!

As you’re waiting for that, get your veggies ready. I decided to use a frozen bag of assorted veggies including broccoli, snow peas, carrots, and let them defrost while I waited for my noodles to cook. I had leftover corn and sliced that up to throw in as well.

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Once the noodles are fully cooked, drain them thoroughly until all the water is out. Set the noodles aside in a bowl. Then, add 1/2 cup water or less to your skillet, Kikkoman’s stir fry seasoning (you can decide how much you need), and soy sauce to your preference. Wait until it starts to bubble slightly.

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Photo Credits: Christa Alexis

This is my favorite part. Throw them veggies in and get mixing. You can also add salt or any other seasonings that pair well. I stuck to the traditional route.

Cover and let cook until tender 5-7 minutes. You can test it by putting the fork through the veggies to see if they’re done. Keep mixing and once the veggies are ready add the noodles in. Now here comes the easy part, mix for a minute or two, and add more stir-fry sauce if needed. Cool a few minutes and get ready to EAT! Oh yeah, don’t forget to sprinkle sesame seeds on top.

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Photo Credits: Christa Alexis

Watch me stir it up below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pasta Perfection!

Ciao!

I love my pasta and pasta with a lot of flavor and veggies. Personally, I love whole wheat pasta in any form spaghetti, penne, linguine, etc and it’s healthier for you in case you forgot. I made whole wheat pasta with sauteed spinach and tomatoes. Nomz!

All you need is a 1lb bag of whole wheat penne.

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Let it boil until it’s al dente (just right, not too hard, not too soft) You can do a taste test after about 8 minutes.

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Chop up tomatoes into smaller pieces and set aside.

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Add olive oil to a pan and chopped up garlic cloves on medium heat. Add the spinach and shut the lid. You will notice that the spinach will begin to shrink. Keep mixing it together. Add salt, pepper, oregano, basil, and any other spices you prefer. Then, you can add the tomatoes.

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Once the tomatoes get softer, you can shut it off. Add the cooked pasta to the pan and mix thoroughly. (You can also add sauce if you’d like) Serve warm!

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Enjoy!

Special thanks to Botticelli foods for the olive oil and pasta sauce.

 

Living in the now

In our hectic world, we often get so caught up in endless amounts of work and eating fast overly processed foods without a second to spare. We’re so attached to being “connected” via smartphones, computers, or other technology. Try to live in the now. It’s an act of “mindfullness.” Embrace the sounds, the smells, the people around you and breath it all in.  Here’s a few suggestions.

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1) Go with the flow. Stop thinking about it. We may feel uncomfortable when taking a new dance class and think “everyone’s looking at my awkward dance moves.” They most likely aren’t even paying attention.

2) Focus on the present. When’s the last time we actually tasted what we were eating? We need to take a step back and enjoy the act of cooking, eating a meal or drinking coffee; savor the moment. 

3) Engage in random acts of kindness. Holding the door for someone or giving a compliment goes a long way. 

4) Start your journey by being thankful. We all have golden gifts right in front of us whether it’s your health, family, friends, and a home.  

Smile, you’re beautiful!

A smile a day keeps the doctor away. It’s a simple way to stay healthy. Smiling boosts your energy, your mood, your longetivity, and even helps you to be more successful. Look at an old picture you love or recall a memory that makes you happy.

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Health benefits of smiling 1) Stronger immune system 2) Look younger 3) Earn Success 4) Encourage Trust 5) Relaxes the body 6) Helps you lose weight 7) Boosts relationships 8) Decreases Stress 9) Better sleep cycle 10) Increases Energy

Smoothie of the day

 

Today’s smoothie of the day is a perfect blend of chopped up bananas and strawberries with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, chia seeds, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, hemp powder, and almond & coconut milk! A healthy way to start off a great day. It’s light and has all the right nutrients that will leave you feeling satisified. Follow the easy recipe below!

SMOOTHIE                              Photo props: Foodandnewyorkcity.com

Try it here!