Oodles of Zoodles!

A while back, I bought a Veggetti spiralizer. It was about $10 at Walmart, and it looks like this:

I wasn’t sure if I would like using it, so I went with the base model. Spoiler: I’m definitely upgrading!

There are two settings, so I tried both, but I put them in one bowl, so you’re not going to be able to see the difference. Sorry.

Holy shit, they were gorgeous! Zucchini is one of my top five favorite foods. At one point in my life, I was eating at least one zucchini per day. It’s a very versatile food, and I would definitely marry it if I weren’t so happy with my husband.

Oh! Quick side note about zucchini. If you are growing zucchini in your garden, please don’t let it get to be too large. 

If you have to give it its own seatbelt, it’s useless. The natural zucchini flavor is diluted. The seeds are way too big. The flesh on the inside just tastes squishy. The perfect size is what you’d want to use for a zucchini boat. I actually like them even smaller than that, but they would be pointless as Zoodles.

Back on point!

Next, I cut up some beautiful white mushrooms and organic snow peas.

The sauce was made with a teaspoon of flour mixed with a blop of Hoisin sauce, a few shakes of soy sauce and a gurgle of chicken stock.

Everything was prepped, so it was time to get cookin’! I heated the pan for my shrimp (large and raw since I knew it would be cooking a bit longer with the veg).

Take the shrimp out when it’s just done. Add in the peas and shrooms. Cook for a few minutes. Add in the sauce and let it thicken. Add in the Zoodles and put the shrimp back in. Let it cook for about one more minute. It goes fast!

Up in the top right of that picture, you’ll see what appears to be a spiral noodle. It is not! It’s the inside of the zucchini after it’s been spiralized. So bam!

I grabbed my chopsticks and dug in. I got three meals out of this puppy.  Delish!

In other news, I’m going on about a week of doing yoga once a day. I am loving it! My sister and I are starting a 30 day yoga challenge on Monday, so more on that in another post. However, I did get my new monster yoga mat in the mail today. It’s super cushy, so it should help out with my bum knee quite a bit.

I’m about to try it out in a bit, so I’ll write a review.

Namaste! Eat your Zoodles!

Sunday Update: Ch-ch-changes Edition

Hello, my lovelies! The rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated. Instead, I have been outrageously busy with life, then I managed to have three days after Thanksgiving wherein nothing was expected of me, so I kind of hid from the world and hung out with my kids.

There has been SO MUCH going on! Work is crazy, life outside of that is NUTS, and I have made drastic changes as to how I log my food.

One thing at a time.

At work, we are preparing for the next semester. Working in a college store at this time of year is quite hectic. Personally, we cleaned the house and prepped for hosting Thanksgiving dinner. It was divine! I made all of this:

IMG_1720Well, I made most of it. From top left to bottom right:

  • My seven year old’s FAMOUS Oreo Cookie Fluff
  • Canned, jellied, cheaply GLORIOUS cranberry sauce (it’s tradition…I eat it once a year)
  • My sister-in-law’s pineapple upside-down cake
  • My Jiffy Corn Casserole
  • Stove Top cornbread stuffing (another tradition)
  • My mashed potatoes made with cream cheese and vegetable stock
  • My green bean casserole (my niece lives for this)
  • And my turkey. All 18 pounds of it

Most years, I go over the top and come up with all kinds of new recipes tossed in with old favorites, but this year we decided to keep it simple. And yes, while I am a “foodie” and cook all kinds of crazy recipes all the time, there are two things I will never make and never change. We HAVE to have canned, jellied cranberry sauce, and the stuffing HAS to be Stove Top cornbread. Even if I become a millionaire someday, these two things will always be on my Thanksgiving table.

Just before the holiday, I made a huge change in the way I log my food. The more I thought about it, the more upset I got that I was spending $20 per month on my Weight Watchers account, but less than half of the foods I would scan were in their database; and I was spending more and more time putting things in via the calculator. And then they changed things up so that recipes I created on my phone app didn’t show on their website. I was not losing any weight…just gaining and losing the same little bit. I was not happy with how things were going. I also realized that this program really wasn’t teaching me how to eat like a normal person without food issues, which is my ultimate goal. It was teaching me to be dependent on their program.

So, I went in search of something that could be a better fit. I knew that I didn’t want to use MyFitnessPal. I had used it in the past and I cannot explain to you why, per-say, I dislike it, but I do. I spent a bit of time looking around, and I found it. I found the program I am going to be following.

Lose It!┬áis where it’s at, people. I. Love. This. Program.

The website is amazing, the app does everything I want it to, and they have a WordPress blog! Also, you get a full year of premium goodies for just $40. Score!

I was so excited about this find, I Tweeted about it, and I got a few responses:

So then this happened:


Oh, and there’s that. It’s so ORANGE! It makes me deliriously happy every time I open it. I was officially in love, so I bit the bullet:


I really enjoy this program. You can link it to other apps:

(I love that I can link it to my Walgreens account.)

The interface is very user-friendly:

Okay, enough with the gushing. In the first week of using it, I lost two pounds! And I feel this huge stress ball has been lifted from my shoulders. I feel like I am now free to chose healthy options (better than what I ate on that first day) and it breaks down what I’ve eaten and what all was in it. I am learning about food. There are tons of articles that pertain to me. There are charts out the wazoo, and I love that! Also, when I scan something, it has always been in the database. In fact, I am blown away by the extensive database they have!

OH! And when you upgrade to premium, you get to set personal goals beyond how many calories you consume and how much weight you want to lose. I can now use the app to set a goal of how much of my diet I want to consist of carbs and fat, and I can log my water. It’s fantastic!

I promise…this is not a commercial. They aren’t paying me anything to write about it. That would be a horrible misuse of their marketing budget.

So, out with the #weightwatchers and in with the #loseit

Happy Thanksgiving, all!