Not So Ramen Noodles

Do you ever get cravings for specific foods that keep calling your name because they are SO GOOD?  You are not alone.  I myself get specific food cravings quite often and no, this not me announcing that I am pregnant, unless you mean with a food baby!

One specific food craving that always calls my name at least once a month is Pad Thai.  Oh man, do I love Pad Thai.  And lucky for me, there are a few restaurants in my area that have their Thai food down pad (yes, pun intended).  But unlucky for me, I can’t afford fulfilling my Thai food takeout cravings each month.

So what’s a poor, hungry girl to do?  I make my own, affordable version with a little inspiration from the one and only Martha Stewart.

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Not So Ramen Noodles

Ingredients:

2 packages of ramen noodles (if the craving is REAL and you like leftovers)
2 packets of noodle flavoring (I used chicken,)
3 tbsp. creamy peanut butter
2 tbsp. soy sauce
1 handful of peanuts
1 carrot, peeled and cut into small strips
2 green onions, thinly sliced
Sriracha to taste

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Directions:

1. Boil water, and add ramen noodles.  Cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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2. After noodles are cooked, drain off most of the liquid, but not all.  Add flavoring, peanut butter, soy sauce, peanuts and mix well.

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3. Plate noodles and garnish with carrot, green onions, and Sriracha.

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This is a super easy and affordable meal that is ready to eat in minutes.  It is much more filling and flavorful than plain ol’ ramen noodles, and it satisfied my Pad Thai craving completely.

What are your food cravings?  How often do you need to answer when your food craving calls?  Do you satisfy your cravings by making the meals yourself or do you prefer to have someone else make it?  I’d love to know!

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Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

I used to not be a big fan of spicy food, but since I started dating my boyfriend, Ben, I can’t get enough of it.  I now find myself adding hot sauce to almost everything I eat to give it that little extra kick.  One thing that Ben and I love to eat are buffalo wings.  But since we get cravings for them so often and they aren’t very good for us, I thought I should find a healthier option with the same amount of spice.

A great blog that I follow for healthy, low fat recipes is Skinny Taste, and here is where I found a recipe for buffalo cauliflower bites.  I have to admit that I was a little weary of using cauliflower at first, but I found that it is being used as a substitute for many fattening foods and is still delicious.

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Ingredients:

1 cup of water
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp garlic powder
3 cups cauliflower florets
1/2 cup of hot sauce (I recommend Frank’s)
1 tbsp melted unsalted butter

Ingredients for buffalo cauliflower bites.

Ingredients for buffalo cauliflower bites.

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 450°F.  Spray a large non-stick baking sheet with oil.

Combine the water, flour, and garlic powder into a small bowl and stir until well combined.

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First three ingredients combined and stirred well.

Coat the cauliflower pieces with the flour mixture and place on the baking sheet.  Bake for 20 minutes.

Cauliflower pieces ready to go into the oven.

Cauliflower pieces ready to go into the oven.

While the cauliflower is baking, combine the hot sauce and butter in a small bowl.

Pour the hot sauce and butter mixture onto the baked cauliflower pieces.  Bake for an additional five minutes.

Finished buffalo cauliflower bites.

Finished buffalo cauliflower bites.

Our bites were pretty spicy since we like a lot of heat, so I would suggest adding the hot sauce in small increments if you’re not sure how hot you want them.  I would also suggest serving them with ranch or blue cheese dressing and some celery sticks to help break up the heat.

Enjoy!

Enjoy!

We enjoyed these bites and weren’t even phased by the cauliflower.  They tasted great and I think they would be a healthy option for a Super Bowl party.  I hope that you will try them next time you are craving something hot and spicy, that is also healthy!

My New Morning Beverage.

Waking up in the morning is not always an easy task for me.  Especially on Monday mornings, after having the luxury of being able to sleep in on the weekend.  On these mornings in particular, I find myself in need of some extra energy, which is usually the coffee that is provided at my place of work.  But recently, I read about a new beverage that I could be drinking instead of coffee that could give me the same amount of energy. Continue reading