Asian Shrimp and Noodle Salad [Recipe]

Asian food is addicting.

Even without the MSG.

I am a sucker for Italian food.  And Mexican.  I could eat them every day.  Asian food… I don’t crave it daily but when I want it, I need my fix NOW.

When I got Skinny Noodles’ new kale shirataki noodles in the mail, I knew they called for a good Asian dish!

Skinny Noodles Kale Shirataki… 

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Spring into Strange (But Good)

I always look forward to spring.

Except the pollen.  Who knew San Diego had pollen?!

Spring food is the best.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a roasted winter squash and the orange glow that comes with it.  The lighter, fresh spring fare has my heart though.

Today’s #strangebutgood is a round up of some of my favorite spring recipes.  Some stranger than others.  All good.  In my not-so-humble opinion.

Berry Chia Pudding

Berry Chia Pudding… 

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Spicy Apple & Chickpea Salad

There is a distinct crispness in the air.

Before the sun comes up… after that… hey, we are in the South.

Fall is one of my favorite seasons.   The colors, the refreshing coolness… and the food!  Everyone goes pumpkin crazy, but one of the best things out of Georgia in the fall is apples.

We make the requisite pies, doughnuts, compotes, cider, and various other treats, but I like to use them in savory dishes.  They add a great texture and a strange (but good) shot of sweetness to dinner salads.  I’ve been known to make them just for snacks.

Spicy Apple & Chickpea Salad 2… 

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Enjoying a Routine + WIAW

I crave a routine.

 

This is shocking news, even to me..

It’s not that I mind change.  I’m actually quite flexible!  #TWSS

What I like is some calm after a storm, however that rockin’ boat may have been.  I’m back in the office this week after more travels, back in my “home” gym, and back on a *gasp* meal plan.  It feels good.

Other things that feel good include a really nice vendor.  My boss has been working with these people for a while, but they sent me a little gift for joining the team.  How sweet is this?!

Starbucks gift

Other awesome things: boss-man told me yesterday “I’m glad you’re here.”  *grin*

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This WIAW is back to normal.  For real this time.  No more travels ’til this girl’s show mid-July!

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Read on for my normal (for me) eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!… 

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Cinco de Strange But Good

I’m stranging-up Mayo!

 

(That’s May, not mayonnaise.)

It occurred to me that many of my Mexican-inspired creations are a bit strange.  Mexican is one of my favorite cuisines, and I’m always looking for a good way to shake it up!

No matter what time of day you celebrate, I have an appropriately themed dish!

 

Breakfast

Cocoa-Cayenne Sweet Potato Oatmeal

Sweet Potato CCC Oatmeal

Mex-Fast Tortilla Stack

Mexi-fast Tortilla

 

Small Plates

Tofu Jalapeño Poppers

Tofu Stuffed Jalapenos

Avocado-Mango Soup

Avocado-Mango Soup

Mexican Pineapple and Beet Salad

Pineapple Beet Salad

Mexican Cauliflower “Rice” Bowl

Mexican cauliflower rice bowl

 

 

Entrees

Mexican Socca Pizza

Mexican Socca Pizza

Seitan Chorizo

chorizo

Tequila-Lime Tilapia

Tequila Lime Tilapia

Sweet Potato Mexican Pie

Sweet Potato Mexican Pie

 

Libations

Piña Mezcalita

Piña Mezcalita

 

Dessert

Mexican Chocolate Cake

Mexican Chocolate Cake

Mexican Black Bean Fudgy Brownies

Mexican Black Bean Brownies

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How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

Sprint 2 the Table

 

 

Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instagrams of your creations. :)



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Check out the FitFluential Cinco de Mayo Round Up for more ideas!

What’s your favorite cuisine to add a #strangebutgood twist to?

Do you have Cino de Mayo plans?  Any special meals?

 

(Mostly) Raw Vegan Taco Salad

Have you ever met a raw foodist?

 

I don’t get it… 

I do get that it can be fun sometimes though!  Like veganism.  It forces creativity, which I love.  Also, I love bacon.

A raw vegan taco seems strange, but this was so good it even surprised me.  You could go all raw if you took the time to marinate the mushrooms and omitted the lentils.  I’m not that patient.

Raw Vegan Taco Salad

 

While it didn’t include bacon, I barely missed the meat in this vegan taco salad creation.  Sautéing the mushrooms with aminos gave it a delicious saltiness the was reminiscent of meat.  Plus, anything you top with guac is a win.

I also love having a texture contrast with the crunchy raw bell peppers.  A bite of that with the creamy guacamole and juicy tomatoes was a fiesta in my mouth.  #twss

Vegan Taco Salad

On the side I had some dehydrated kale chips, courtesy of Whole foods.  Gotta have chips with my guac!

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(Mostly) Raw Vegan Taco Salad

(Mostly) Raw Vegan Taco Salad

Taco “Meat”

  • 1 portobello mushroom, diced
  • 1/4 C cooked lentils
  • Juice of 1/2 orange
  • 1 garlic clove, minded
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 2-3 sprays Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (~1/8 tsp)
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon

 

Guacamole

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 jalapeño, diced
  • 1 T onion, diced

 

Toppers

  • Bell pepper
  • Tomato
  • Mango
  • Cilantro
  • Freshly ground pepper

 

Cauliflower “Rice”

  • 1 C cauliflower florets, plused in food processor to a rice-like state

 

Sauté taco “meat” ingredients until tender.

Meanwhile, mash together guacamole ingredients.  Prep desired toppings and cauliflower rice.

Plate rice and stack remaining components on top.

Take a picture (because it’s pretty) and enjoy!

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How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

Sprint 2 the Table

 

 

Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instagrams of your creations. :)



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I just realize I should have saved this recipe for Cino de Drinko Mayo! 

Do you like raw food?

Will you celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

 

Super Clean Eating is Fun

People turn their noses up at the word “cleanse.”

 

Yet they embrace the McDonald’s…

This cleanse is my favorite because you can eat.  Don’t get me wrong, I do miss peanut butter and meat.  However, judging from the way my body has responded, I needed the break.  I’ll refrain from the TMI, but let’s just say I’m definitely cleaner!

The other awesome thing about this cleanse is the creativity it inspires.  Check out of some the fun stuff I’ve made in the past few days!

Saucy Plate… 

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Cleaning Up My Act + WIAW

It is time I clean up my act.

Let’s be real – its beyond time.

It’s generally pretty easy for me to keep my diet in check during the week.  The weekends…. it’s another story.  Since I’m not competing this year I haven’t been following any real nutrition plan.  Of course I took that to the extreme.  

What I know about myself is that I love to indulge.  I also know that when that starts happening too much, I feel like crap.  It affects my physically and mentally.  I’ve been struggling lately, and I know it’s time to reign it in.

bulking

For a few years now I’ve been doing a version of the Standard Process Cleanse.  That’s the protocol I’m following for the next 21 days, except using my own supplements rather than buying their program.  Basically, it’s eating super clean and eliminating common allergens like eggs, dairy, nuts, and gluten.  The first 10 days is meatless.  The last 11 days includes chicken and deep sea fish.

I’m only through Day 1, but here’s my first reactions:

  • Not taking pre-workout is hard
  • I’m going to need to buy a lot more veggies
  • Some of the dishes I made when doing this previously are really good – I’m excited to bring them back
  • Fruit can make a fun ice cream dessert
  • Good lord, I miss meat

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This WIAW is my first on the 21 clean(se) train.  I’m still working out the best foods to bring and when to time protein and carbs to get the energy I need.

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Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations! … 

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5 Benefits of Drinking Water + WIAW

How much water are you drinking?

Some days I get half my steps in walking to the bathroom.

When I first met my trainer, he told me I needed to drink at least 124 ounces of water a day.  I’m not sure what I was drinking before, but it probably was barely half of that.

It was really hard at first, but after about a week my body adjusted.  I went from feeling like I was going to float away to finding myself craving more!

5 Benefits to Drinking Water

Original art by Allie Brosh

Why drink so much water?  We all know it can aid in weight loss and is good for the skin, but here are 5 benefits you may not have known:

  1. Helps you build muscle – Water carries oxygen to the cells of your body, including those of your muscles; it enables your muscles to work harder and longer before they feel tired
  2. Cushions joints – Joints need moisture in order to remain strong and flexible; this mean your movements are smooth and pain-free
  3. Increases cognitive function – It ensures that your brain gets all the oxygen it needs, and ensures that your body’s electrolyte levels remain high enough to allow your nerves to relay messages to the brain
  4. Prevents fluid retention – Your body won’t try to retain water if it’s getting enough
  5. Burns fat – When you drink enough water, your kidneys don’t need extra help detoxifying your body, so your liver will be better able to metabolize stored fat more efficiently (not to mention it prevents constipation)

Bonus: If you have a desk job like I do, it keeps you moving at work.  Between getting up for refills and going to the bathroom, I think I’ve worn a tread in the carpet.

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This WIAW I was catching up from shirking my responsibilities this weekend.  It’s food prep on the fly!

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Read on for my eats, and then check out Jenn’s blog for everyone else’s delicious creations!… 

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Strange But Good: Creamy Blue Cheese & Wasabi

I struggle with brevity in recipe-naming.

 

Funny, because I’m always telling my mom she uses too many words.

I really wanted to name this Wasabi-Avocado-Blue Cheese Massaged Kale and Broccoli Salad.  Despite my restraint, the title is still too long.  How does one communicate all of the delicious elements of a dish in 3-5 words?!  I feel so trapped.

In writing out my original title, you probably already have an understanding of what this salad is.  Wasabi and blue cheese dressing was a strange combo to me when I first had it in Portland, but it was so good that my sister and I couldn’t stop eating it.

Creamy Blue Cheese & Wasabi Kale Salad

Naturally, I had to recreate it at home.  I used Lighthouse Blue Cheese (a Greek yogurt-based dressing).  Maybe not the cleanest ingredient, but it’s good and not too bad for you as far as dressings go.  I amped up the cream-factor (I can’t re-read that without laughing) by mashing avocado into it.  The wasabi I used is a paste, but you could also use the powdered variety.  Adjust it to your liking… I like it really hot.

What you are left with is a delicious tangy, spicy coating for your kale salad.  You’ll also love the texture contrast between the sturdy kale and the creamy dressing.  I added some broccoli and grapes in mine, and topped it with fish (you know I need my protein).

Creamy Blue Cheese & Wasabi Kale Salad

The best part is that, because kale is so hearty, you can make it a day or two in advance and take it to work!

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Creamy Blue Cheese & Wasabi

Creamy Blue Cheese & Wasabi Kale Salad

  • 2 T blue cheese dressing
  • 1/4 fresh avocado, mashed
  • Wasabi paste, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • ~2 C Kale

 

In a small bowl, mix together blue cheese, avocado, wasabi, and pepper.  

Place kale in a large bowl and massage the dressing into the leaves.

Can be made 1-2 days in advance and stored in fridge.

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How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

Sprint 2 the Table

Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instagrams of your creations. :)


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Between the shock of being back in the office after the holidays and the insane weather, I couldn't be happier for this week to END.

What is your favorite salad dressing? 

Are you on a greens kick?  I can't get enough after Dessert December!