My (Almost) Perfect Shirataki Noodle Pad Thai

My Almost Perfect Shirataki Noodle Pad Thai is a tasty way to get to (and maintain) your ideal weight!It’s a wonderful Sunday afternoon, and I’m having friends over for dinner.

Now like most people who entertain, I want to enjoy my time with my company as much as they enjoy themselves.

That means a no stress menu that’s also healthy.  For that, I’ve decided to go with my version of Pad Thai.

Instead of using traditional pad thai noodles, I’m going to use shirataki yam noodles (the most popular brand is “Miracle Noodles“).  This recipe has minimal carbs and a very simple peanut sauce.  Admittedly it has a bit of a higher fat content.  However this recipe serves 6 with reasonable portions or serves 4 heaping portions.  I plan on having 5 friends over so I’m not worried about the fat as much.  And, fyi eating fat doesn’t make you fat, but that’s a subject for another post:)

My (Almost) Perfect Shirataki Noodle Pad Thai

Serves 6

Peanut Sauce – Basic Version

  • 2 bunches scallions, thinly chopped

Peanut Sauce – Advanced Version

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled, smashed & finely chopped
  • 2 tsbp. red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 C. Fresh Cilantro or 1 Tbsp. Dried Cilantro

Pad Thai

Cooking Instructions

For Peanut Sauce:

1) In a large non-stick pot with a lid, combine all ingredients and allow mixture to simmer over low heat.  This step is the same no matter which version of the peanut sauce you’re making.

**Be sure you’re stirring this occasionally throughout the entire cooking process so nothing sticks to the bottom of the pot!

-For Pad Thai

1) In a medium skillet, heat coconut oil over medium-high heat.  After the oil is melted and you get a slight sizzle in the pan, add in the chicken breasts and use seasoning on the side facing up in the pan.  Cover the pan with a glass lid and drop heat on stove to medium heat.  Allow the chicken breast to cook for about 5 minutes on that side.

2) Flip chicken, season other side, and cook for about 5 minutes covered again.

(The glass lid helps the chicken breasts to retain moisture so this is important if you don’t want your chicken to come out tough and dry.)

3) Remove chicken from pan and put in completely cover with foil (or in a glass dish with a lid).  Allow the chicken to cool like this for at least 10 minutes before attempting to handle.

4) Once the chicken has cooled, cut into small-to-medium sized cubes.

5) Cut peppers into thin strips.

6) Add cooked chicken (which has been cubed) and peppers to the large saucepan where the peanut sauce has been simmering.

7) In a colander, drain both packages of flat shirataki noodles and rinse well.

8) Once rinsed and noodles, transfer noodles into a large dry sauce pan.  Heat stove to medium heat in order to dry noodles off.

9) Using a wooden spoon, continue to stir the noodles around in the sauce pan until dry.  You’ll know they’re dry because they’ll begin to make a squeaking noise when you stir them.

10) Once they squeak, transfer the noodles into the pot where the other peanut sauce, chicken, and peppers are all simmering.

11) After about 15 minutes, it’s ready to serve.  Enjoy!

*Please note, to keep dishes low-carb, I use Shirataki Yam Noodles made with Konjac flour NOT Shirataki Tofu Noodles which are higher in carbohydrates.

I love this version of pad thai, so try it out and let me know what you think!

Any ideas of ingredients I should try next time?

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“Perfect Skin” Body Lotion for Dry Skin, Eczema, & Stretch Marks

Use my "Perfect Skin" lotion made with tamanu oil, pracaxi oil, and helichrysum italicum!It was a beautiful fall day today in my city, but I was itching so badly!

No, I don’t have some sort of disease but I do suffer from dry skin.  Fall and winter weather makes it so much worse.

Being that I’ve tamed my eczema years ago, I faithfully use this homemade lotion recipe to keep my skin looking like “chocolate silk” in the words of my boyfriend;)

My friends (of all ethnic backgrounds) rave about this lotion, so tonight while I’m whipping up the first batch of the season, I figured I’d share it with you all!

Trust me, this lotion is perfect for anyone with dry skin, eczema, stretch marks, psoriasis, or scarring of any kind.  It great for the whole body although I wouldn’t use it on your face if you have oily or acne prone skin.  For the face, I would highly recommend you use my “Beautiful Skin” Facial Oil.

“Perfect Skin” Body Lotion:

Ingredients

Directions

    1. Stir together the oil, emulsifying wax and glycerin in the top part of a double boiler, warming slowly over a low heat until the wax is melted. Remove from heat and pour in the Vitamin E.
    2. In a separate pot on the stove or in the microwave, gently warm the water just until lukewarm. Do NOT skip this step – your homemade lotion will separate later if the water is too cold.
    3. Slowly pour the water into the oil, stirring briskly with a whisk until the mixture is a uniform color.
    4. Stir in the essential oils and the grapefruit seed extract. Pour the homemade body lotion into a clean, sterilized 8oz (250ml) dark glass or PET plastic bottle and allow it to cool before putting the lid on.
    5. The oil and water components of the lotion will separate as it cools. Shake the bottle every 10 to 20 minutes to re-mix them. Once the lotion has cooled completely, they will stay mixed.
    6. Store in a cool, dark place.

Why This Lotion Is So Fabulous:

* Tamanu Oil:  Tamanu oil possesses a unique capacity to promote the formation of new tissue, thereby accelerating wound healing and the growth of healthy skin. This process is known as cicatrization. For this reason, it is a widely used traditional topical aid. In Pacific island folk medicine, tamanu oil is applied liberally to cuts, scrapes, burns, insect bites and stings, abrasions, acne and acne scars, psoriasis, diabetic sores, anal fissures, sunburn, dry or scaly skin, blisters, eczema, herpes sores, and to reduce foot and body odor. Tamanu oil is also massaged into the skin to relieve neuralgia, rheumatism and sciatica. Tamanu oil is employed by Polynesian women for promoting healthy, clear, blemish-free skin, and is also used on babies to prevent diaper rash and skin eruptions.  Read more at Source.

Get skin this beautiful with my "Perfect Skin" lotion!*Pracaxi Oil: Pracaxi Oil is obtained from the seeds and flesh of the fruit of the Pentaclethra macroloba tree, which is native to the wet tropical areas around the north eastern part of South America. It contains high levels of phenols and Vitamins A and E, providing anti-oxidant benefits and helping promote cellular renewal, and is thus ideal for mature skin. It also possesses powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties, and helps alleviate redness and itching, making it perfect for irritated and blemished skin. Pracaxi Oil has of the highest levels of behenic acid, helping retain moisture levels in the skin and hair. It also helps reduce skin discoloration and depigmentation. When applied to the hair, Pracaxi oil helps moisturize, soften and smooth the hair and promotes shine and ease of wet and dry combing.  Read more at Source

*Helichrysum Italicum: Paramount among all healing oils in aromatherapy is Helichrysum italicum, also known as Everlasting and Immortelle.  Helichrysum is cosmetically and therapeutically unparalleled in its ability to support cell regeneration and tissue healing. The go-to oil for skin beautifying and restorative serums, helichrysum is potent, safe, and exceptionally effective. This extraordinary distillation, with its rich, herbaceous, honey-like bouquet is harvested from the sunny Mediterranean hillsides and is equally suitable for both therapeutic applications as well as perfume blending.  Read more at Source.

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Green Smoothie for Weight Loss: Fall Edition – Pink Grapefruit, Red Raspberries, & Baby Spinach

This is my fav fall green smoothie for weight loss!  Now that the weather is changing and the temps are dropping, this is the time when people start to lose the discipline in their diet.

Below is one of my favorites green smoothies for maintaining a healthy weight or dropping those extra pounds.

It uses seasonal fruit, so you shouldn’t have too much of an issue buying the ingredients for this green smoothie.

My suggestion is using as a meal replacement for dinner.  Personally that’s how it’s worked best for me.

Let me know what you think!

Pink Grapefruit & Red Raspberry Green Smoothie (a.k.a Pink Fantasy Green Smoothie)

*Yields 1 serving = 43.3 fl. oz.

1 banana (peeled, frozen (optional), and chopped)

1 large pink or red grapefruit (peeled, deseeded, cut into large chunks)

2/3 C. red raspberries, organic (fresh or frozen)

3 C. baby spinach, organic

2 Tbsp. Xylitol or Stevia (this is necessary to keep the green smoothie from being too tart or bitter)

1 Tbsp. Chia seeds

8 oz. water (or coconut water if you have some on hand)

Instructions

1) Place 1/2 the liquid your using in your blender, then add the banana, red raspberries, and grapefruit chunks).  Pulse blend the mixture for 30-45 sections until there’s room in the blender.

2)   Next, add in handfuls of the baby spinach and pulse blend until combined.

3) Add in any remaining baby spinach and chia seeds the blend the entire mixture for 45 seconds on high until all ingredients are well mixed.

4) Enjoy this green smoothie as a dinner meal replacement!

Nutrition Data * from Cron-O-Meter

*based on a 2,000 cal. diet

Calories: 331| Carbs: 71 g| Fiber: 22 g| Sugar: 25 g| Fat: 5 g | Protein: 9 g

Folate: 61.6%| Vitamin A: 31% | Vitamin C: 229%| Vitamin E: 13%| Vitamin K: 552%

Calcium: 24%| Iron: 28%| Magnesium: 58%| Potassium: 57%| Sodium: 14%| Zinc: 12%

Why this smoothie is so great:

Grapefruit:

  • Grapefruit works as an excellent appetizer as compared to any other drug. It is said that smell of the grapefruit reduces the feeling of hunger. This is the reason why people include grapefruit in their weight loss programs. High fiber contained by this fruit can satisfy hunger and thus, avoids any overeating temptation. Read more at Source.
  • Rich in Vitamin C
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Prevents Kidney Stones
  • Skin Health
  • Cancer Prevention (Read more at Source)

Raspberries:

  • Delicious raspberries are low in calories and saturated fats but are rich source of dietary fiber and antioxidants. 100 g berries contain just 52 calories but provide 6.5 g of fiber (16% of daily recommended intake).
  • Raspberries have significantly high levels of phenolic flavonoid phytochemicals such as anthocyanins, ellagic acid (tannin), quercetin, gallic acid, cyanidins, pelargonidins, catechins, kaempferol and salicylic acid. Scientific studies show that these antioxidant compounds in these berries have potential health benefits against cancer, aging, inflammation, and neuro-degenerative diseases.
  • Xylitol is a low-calorie sugar substitute extracted from raspberries. A teaspoonful of xylitol contains just 9.6 calories as compared to that of sugar, which has 15 calories. Xylitol absorbs more slowly in the intestines than sugar and does not contribute to high glycemic index, and thus, can be helpful in diabetics.
  • Fresh raspberries are an excellent source of vitamin-C, which is also a powerful natural antioxidant. 100 g berries provide 26.2 mg or about 47% of DRI of vitamin C. Consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents, counter inflammation, and scavenge harmful free radicals.
  • Raspberry contains anti-oxidant vitamins like vitamin A, and vitamin E. In addition to the above-mentioned antioxidants, is also rich in several other health promoting flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin, and ß-carotene in small amounts. Altogether, these compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.
  • Raspberry has an ORAC value (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) of about 4900 per 100 grams, crediting it among the top-ranked ORAC fruits.
  • Raspberries contain a good amount of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, iron and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells.
  • They are rich in B-complex group of vitamins and vitamin K. The berries contain very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, riboflavin, and folic acid. These vitamins are function as co-factors and help body in the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and fats. (Read more at Source).

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“Beautiful Skin” Facial Oil

If you’re skin is anything like mine used to be, you have a heck of a time finding products to treat all of your skin problems at once.

Personally, I’ve suffered with cystic acne, whiteheads, eczema, and acne scarring…and that was just on my face!  So trust me if you’re reading this and think it won’t work, I understand your pain!

Until I really got into aromatherapy and nutrition, I had the hardest time getting a skin care regimen that kept my skin under control!  Here’s one of the first mixes I made with essential oils that really helped me get beautiful skin.

It doesn’t matter what your ethnic background is, this facial oil works for everyone because all the oils in this formula promote cell regeneration and are anti-inflammatory.

This means it promotes your own skin cells to heal and tames your acne outbreaks.

Here’s the formula (and links to where you can buy the ingredients):

“Beautiful Skin” Facial Oil:

5 ml Pracaxi Oil

4 ml Tamanu Oil

0.5 ml (11 drops) of Helichrysum Italicum

*This mixture is meant to be but in a 10 ml travel size roller ball glass bottle

(1) Put all ingredients into the glass bottle, replace the roller ball, put the cap on it, and gently roll between the palms of your hands to make the oils mix.

Skin Beautiful Tip #1: The best time to put this mix on your face is immediately after you get out of a hot bath or shower (I mean before you even leave the bathroom) while your skin is still warm and your pores are very open.

(2) Uncap the “beautiful skin” facial oil, and roll on the areas of your face that are giving you trouble.  For me that was my cheeks, chin, forehead and temples.  You don’t have to roll a thick layer on your face, just roll once or twice over the area and then gently spread the facial oil around with clean fingers.

(3) After you leave the bathroom, your skin should absorb the oil in about 15-20 minutes as your skin dries and the pores close.  You will notice a think layer that still is on your skin.  Just let it stay on your face and gently wipe off before going to bed.

Skin Beautiful Tip #2: Only use this oil at night or on the weekends.  Whenever you have a couple hours to just allow this facial oil to work its magic.

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