There’s been a lot of talk about “Bromances” and “man-love” as terms which have been accepted in our vernacular. But what happens when you develop a girly “blogger crush”? I have a couple of bloggers that I follow religiously who inspire and challenge the way I think. But one, in particular, is amazing and I have a serious blogger crush on her. It’s Mama Pea from Peas and Thank You and her blog is absolutely inspiring for the soul and delicious to the palette. I don’t know how she comes up with such amazing recipes. Her posts are so easy to identify with as a Mum who is just trying to do her best every day but admits to being fallible. Mama Pea has some great reads to check it out and don’t mind my fawning over her. (She has no idea I’m even alive
When Peas and Thank You had a recipe last week for Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai I was despondent that spaghetti squash is not in season here yet but then remembered a discussion with a friend about SlimPasta and SlimNoodles in the grocery store. Not only are they promoted as low calorie and gluten free, but one serving of the angel hair or Asian noodles is ZERO WW pro points. ZERO pro point pasta? Surely you jest, thought I, so I bought some to try with Mama Pea’s saucy inspiration.
The noodles have instructions to drain the package of moisture, and there is a lot of it, before you rinse the noodles and place in hot water for only a minute. They have a very unusual smell out of the package which is not very appetising but the odour was not present after cooking. The noodles were a bit chewier than traditional rice noodles but were not altogether unpleasant. If they were not point free I don’t think I would bother but if you are watching your points and calories, and enjoy eating upside down meals like me, a lighter option for dinner is always welcome. Just a word of caution, the Angel Hair, Noodles and newly announced organic Fettucine are gluten free but the spaghetti is 1 pro point and is labelled as “low gluten.”
SlimNoodle verdict – 7/10 and I’ll use them again (But I’m still longing for the very brief spaghetti squash season in Australia!)
SlimNoodle Pad Thai – (2 servings)
Sauce recipe originally from Peas and Thank You
1 x package SlimNoodle Asian
1 & ½ cup broccoli florets
1 carrot cut
1 cup snow peas
1 cup mushrooms
3 Tbls gluten free Hoisin sauce
1/3 cup gluten free Soy sauce
1/3 cup ketchup (Heinz is gluten free but the organic variety is not)
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/3 cup warm water
3 Tbls sugar or sugar substitute like Natvia
Chopped Coriander to garnish
Chop all the veggies to your liking. Spray a large skillet or wok with light cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Sauté the veggies for about 5-7 minutes while you prepare your sauce.
In a small bowl whisk together the hoisin, soy, ketchup, lime juice, water and sweetener.
Serve with chopped coriander, nuts or lime wedges.
Super easy, low calorie Take Our Fake Out! Check out Mama Peas reci’peas and I’m sure you’ll be just as inspired as I have been, and if you can come up with a girl phrase equivalent to “Bromance” I’d love to hear it!
|Road Test Tuesday – SlimNoodles………||
- 1 x package SlimNoodle Asian
- 1 & ½ cup broccoli florets
- 1 carrot cut
- 1 cup snow peas
- 1 cup mushrooms
- 3 Tbls gluten free Hoisin sauce
- 1/3 cup gluten free Soy sauce
- 1/3 cup ketchup (Heinz is gluten free but the organic variety is not)
- 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/3 cup warm water
- 3 Tbls sugar or sugar substitute like Natvia
- Chopped Coriander to garnish
- Chop all the veggies to your liking.
- Spray a large skillet or wok with light cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Sauté the veggies for about 5-7 minutes while you prepare your sauce.
- In a small bowl whisk together the hoisin, soy, ketchup, lime juice, water and sweetener.
- Drain and rinse your SlimNoodles as the package directions.
- Add the sauce to the wok and stir through. Add the SlimNoodles about 2 minutes before serving. Serve with chopped coriander, nuts or lime wedges.