Posts Tagged ‘Veggies’

Oodles of Zoodles!

It is no secret, I love food! I love to create delicious, nutritious meals. With my goals always in mind, pasta is not on the menu for me. I have never been a fan of spaghetti squash as a substitute, too sweet, I think. Kind of evokes the gag factor in me. Not a huge squash fan either, maybe that’s it.

About a year and a half ago, I bought this spiralizer.


I absolutely LOVE it! I use it all the time. I have made soups, pad thai, spicy zoodles and eggs, spaghetti, carbonara, you name it, you can make it with zoodles. Oh, I made up the word zoodles, maybe someone else coined it first, but I can tell you, Microsoft Word does not know I made it a word, as is evidenced by the red squiggly line under it each time I type. They’ll catch up. ;-) Zuchinni + noodles= ‘zoodles’ See?

Here are just a few of the zoodles I have made.


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I have read reviews of other ‘zoodle’ makers and personally feel I made a great choice in the Paderno World Cuisine Spiralizer.  I am an affiliate for Amazon and do receive a teensy bit of kickback if you order through my link and I would be ever so blessed if you did so. ;-)

SO many recipes on Pinterest. I will link a few websites that I have pulled from.

You could get lost for DAYS on this website.



Staying ‘On Plan’

With a large family and always a reason for celebration, I totally understand how hard it can be to stay on plan and how many opportunities there are to go off plan.  The longer healthy eating has been a lifestyle, the easier and more natural it is just to continue on with and enjoy your way of eating.

Our family is full of ‘foodies’. We enjoy food and create some amazing things.  I don’t always have to cook some totally different meal for myself, often times I just tweak what I am making for them. Maybe I leave the beans out of my chili, or have an extra serving of vegetables instead of mashed potatoes. It does not need to be complicated!

Today we were celebrating a birthday with our homemade Focaccia, goat cheese, pesto, tomato and pink salt.  We cooked up some chicken for some protein. I had a ‘Greek Salad’ recipe I wanted to make, so today, that is what I had instead! I felt like I must be cheating or treating or something, it was so good!

“Staying On Track” Tip:

When everyone else is having something you love, make yourself a delicious recipe, full of bold flavors that will surely satisfy you.

If I was left eating sautéed chicken breast and a boring, everyday salad, I would have been fine, but may have been eating it at my very own pity party. No deprivation whatsoever with this meal!! I actually felt sorry for them, mine was amazing!!

Salad consisted of:

  • Chopped Romaine Lettuce
  • Grape Tomato
  • Sliced Onion
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Feta Cheese
  • Cucumbers
  • Goat Cheese with Pesto
  • Sautéed Chicken Breast
  • Crumbled Turkey Pepperoni ‘Chips’

Served with the most amazing dressing ever! You have GOT to make it. It is aptly named: Greek Dressing So Good You Could Drink It Straight. No joke, it is an appropriate name, trust me!!!

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 1/2 tsps. garlic powder
  • 2 1/2 tsps. dried oregano
  • 2 1/2 tsps. dried basil
  • 2 tsps. pepper
  • 2 tsps. salt
  • 2 tsps. onion powder
  • 2 tsps. Dijon-style mustard
Mix together and shake well. Store at room temperature tightly covered.


Veggies For Breakfast? YES!

Fried or scrambled eggs can get boring, well, not for me, but maybe for some.

This would be an awesome and tasty alternative.


Veggies for breakfast? Oh, yeah, if you hide them well enough. Try as I might, I have a hard time eating vegetables for breakfast. Not so the case with this dish!  Over 40 grams of protein and four of your servings of vegetables for the day. Awesome way to start the day.  This would also be a great way to use your Roasted Vegetables that you have waiting for you in the fridge. Quick and easy.

I’ll have to share Brian’s version next time, it’s even better than mine. Shhh, don’t tell him.