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Easy, Healthy Meals with Noodles & a Thai Peanut Noodle Recipe

Look what I just made in 10 minutes:

Thai Peanut Noodles

This is an easy Thai Peanut Noodle dish that took me all of 10 minutes and a handful of ingredients.

Disclosure: I received samples of product from Fortune Noodles in order to review them for you here on the blog. As always I only give you my 100% honest opinion. See my full disclosures here.

Do you love noodles? I am not talking pasta. I am talking about the ramen-style noodles that you ate every day once you moved out of your parent’s house!  Honestly, I pack them in my kids’ lunches every week, and they are just about the only lunch that comes back totally eaten! We love it around here, and for a  hot meal, it is a great way to feed my kids fast!  I love that I can serve them alone with seasoning, or amp them up with lots of veggies or meat- and depending on what I put on them, my meal changes completely.

My kids love either plain buttered noodles, or instant soup Yakisoba style noodles (the thin, long, kind), but my husband and I love Thai sauces over rice noodles (flat, long) or Udon style (the round, wheat) noodles with teriaki or curry sauces.

Here’s a quick description of each kind that I got to sample from Fortune Noodles:

Yakisoba

Teriyaki SG Fortune Noodles

Udon

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Rice

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I love keeping “easy” food that is healthy on hand to make for easy meals in our busy schedules to make my life so much easier. These noodles are awesome. Unlike the dried up kind that sits in the cupboard, the Fortune Brand noodles are fresh, so you keep them refrigerated. They use no-GMO oils, natural colors, and no MSG. I love that their ingredients are 100% natural.

For my Thai Peanut Noodles, here’s what I did:

Thai Peanut Noodles

Thai Peanut Noodles

Ingredients

  • 1 package Fortune Thai Peanut Rice Noodles
  • 1 package firm tofu
  • 1 Tsp.oil
  • 1 cup broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 2 TBSP peanuts
  • *Squeeze of lime, and sprinkle of cilantro or chives optional

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium/high heat. Meanwhile drain and cut the tofu into cubes. Layer it between 4 paper towels and press to absorb the extra water. Place the cubes into the hot oil. Flip to brown both sides.
  2. Add the vegetables and cover for 2 minutes.
  3. Open the Fortune Rice Noodles and puncture the bag- heat in the microwave for one minute to loosen the noodles (or you can run them under hot water).
  4. Add the noodles, 1/2 cup of water and the seasoning bag to the skillet and mix it all together. Cover and continue to cook 2 more minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and add your chopped peanuts and cilantro or chives if desired. Squeeze a little lime over the top, and serve.
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I literally could eat noodles every day, as I sit here now dreaming of my favorite Thai places to eat and slurp up my noodles like they were running out of them. Back in the day (before kids!) and I had no food in my house at all, I would still find enough money to go out with my sister in law to our favorite Pho or Thai places just to get our fix on some noodles drenched in hot broth or yummy sauce! It was always worth it and crave-worthy. When I got married and then pregnant, my cravings were always for Thai rice noodles with peanut sauce. always. And so now, I still love noodles, but I can’t go out all the time- Making it myself is easier and usually healthier, but can be time consuming. I love that I can get a healthy, pre-packaged meal that is halfway homemade, but still gets me my craving indulgence!

The Fortune Noodles website has some great recipes too for making their packaged noodles and complete meal with added vegetables and meat (or tofu). Check them out here:

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Make this, I know you will love it!

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Disclosure: I received samples of product from Fortune Noodles in order to review them for you here on the blog. As always I only give you my 100% honest opinion. See my full disclosures here.

Linking up this week with Deborah & Sarah for Meatless Monday along withFood, Pleasure and Health and The Fit Foodie Mama for another ALL veggie link-up! Great way to start the week! Come by and check them out!

Manitoba Hemp Heart Bars: Contest & Discount*

hemp heart reviewSo, I am not really an energy bar-gal. That is to say, I typically don’t love sacrificing a meal for a bar. I like chewing, and food, and the bars that I have had before make me feel like I am dieting. This bar that I am reviewing here…is not that guy. This isn’t intended to be a meal-replacement. These are pre-workout fuel. Or if you must, an on-the-go snack.

I was given two new flavors of the Manitoba Hemp Heart Bars to try out on the blog in exchange for my honest opinion. And honestly, I liked them. They aren’t super sweet, or super delicious, but they are really hearty, and filling.

 

They offer three different flavors to choose from: vanilla, chocolate and apple cinnamon. Each 45 gram bar contains 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of omegas, so whether you grab one for a pre-workout snack or nutrition on the go, these bars offer the convenience (especially for a mom!) of grabbing something quickly to keep you going.

The Real Deal: The Taste Test

The Apple-Cinnamon bar that I tried has 230 calories…I split it between 2 different times. I just didn’t need it as anything but a quick energy snack. I liked this one the best, probably because I didn’t expect it to be very good- but it was. Not like dessert-good, but good!

The Chocolate flavor, wasn’t at all like chocolate, but it too filled the need of a quick energy snack- I would still pick the apple-cinnamon first. Hands down.

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Takeaways:

  • Low in sugar: The bars are sweetened with organic brown rice syrup or organic coconut palm sugar, so they aren’t super sweet, but they do have that touch of natural sugar in them.
  • Non-GMO Certified- Check√
  • Organic Certified- Check√
  • Vegan- all vegan protein, which I like
  • I can recognize ALL the ingredients, down to the rosemary extract (!)
  • 10g of Protein. 10g of Omegas. In each bar. Nice. Not a super amount, but kind of good as a snack sized or pre-workout serving.

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Disclosure: I received free samples of Manitoba Harvest Hemp Bars in exchange for writing a review on the blog.  As always, my opinions are my own and are always 100% honest regardless of any compensation received. 

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Romance Read for February! A Book Review

This is the second review that I have done here for a Julia Quinn title. In my last review, I shared with you that I saw her speak at a conference that I went to, and learned that Quinn is a Harvard and Radcliffe graduate, one of only 15 to be inducted into her genre’s hall of fame, and is generally amazing and smart. I would never have picked up her books…but I am so glad that I have and I hope you will too!

The Bridgerton books are so fun, and so is the newest title to the series, which is coming soon (Available March 29th at any bookseller).  This new title, is the first of a series of prequels to the group.

Set between 1813 and 1825, the Bridgerton Series is a collection of eight novels, each featuring one of the eight children of the late Viscount [Edmund] Bridgerton- JQ website

Because of Miss Bridgerton features Sibilla Bridgerton, the older sister to Edmund (who is away at school during this book) and her neighbor nemesis, George Roksby. They generally dislike eachother, yet have a certain chemistry that drives the story forward.

Just to get a sense of the book, you can read Chapter 2, from Because of Miss Bridgerton, right from Julia Quinn’s website here. Fun?!

I loved this book, as I loved the first one, The Duke and I. Quinn has a talent of balancing the character development, with the background story in a way that is easily understood and hysteirically funny, while maintaining the genre of Romance completely. It reads very quickly and you can see how Julia Quinn’s writing is so expert when you finish the book (in 2 days) and still want to read more! This prequel, completely left me wanting more and also relieved that I know there will soon be another to add the the stories!

Right now on Julia’s facebook page (here) she is running an #8WeeksOfBridgertons promo, revamping the titles with new covers, sharing favorites, doing readings, and generally creating a Bridgerton madness and excitement with the forthcoming release of this new book! I encourage you to check it out, and if Romance is not your thing…just read the exerpt on her website- it is fun, and seriously…it’s the Love-month! Happy Romance Reading~

Because of Miss Bridgerton, will be available March 29th from most booksellers!

Full Disclosure: I was given an advanced reader copy of the book but not compensated in any way to review this book and if I had, I still would have given you my 100% honest opinion. Yup. That’s just how I roll, people.


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