Zoodle Lo Mein ❤️

Our family is in transition from omnivore to herbivore… Yes we used to raise our own cattle for slaughter and we loved steak and jerky and such BUT we’ve decided to change. We literally eat no meat anymore, with the exception of what our kids eat outside of the home. We don’t drink milk because 2 of us in the house get upset stomach with it so we’ve been doing Soy or Coconut milk for months just because of that.

There have been studies done that show cancer rates to be very low in areas where people are primarily vegetarian or eat very little meat. The World Health Organization (WHO) released a study showing that processed meat contains carcinogens and carcinogens cause cancer sooo we decided it was time to change. Here is a link to that study if you are interested in learning more. Plus the bible has a lot to say about the consumption of meats, that’s a very new thing for me. Doctors and God say it’s so, so it must be so.

Don’t get me wrong, it is a struggle for me because I am so big on feeding my body for performance and I know that protein makes muscles grow. I do know that there is protein in lots of other things, for instance Dave’s Killer Bread, Powerseed, has 5 grams of protein in one slice! Make a sandwich and that’s 10 grams right there! 1/2 a cup of oatmeal has 5 grams of protein also. It is hard to reprogram your brain though when you’ve been in the habit of thinking that chicken or fish is the best way to get it. Sure there are different benefits to eating fish, omega 3’s for instance, but Chia seeds are full of protein and omega 3’s so I need to quit making excuses for myself! So as of this moment we are 100% vegetarian, working towards vegan. I really love yogurt and eggs, I’m not really sure if eggs are classified as a meat or a bi product because our eggs aren’t fertilized so they aren’t technically growing. Anywho, I’m supplementing with Vega a plant based protein just to be on the safe side. I’ve worked really hard for my muscles, I’d like to keep them 😉

This recipe is definitely on the make again list. Just in case you’re wondering, the original recipe for this had chicken, I found it on SkinnyTaste but tweaked it to work for our new meal plan. Enough of my ramblings, get on to the recipe right?!? I hope you enjoy it, my boys did, and that’s a score!

zoodle pic

Recipe Feeds 4

Ingredients:

For the sauce:

  • 1 cup low sodium veggie broth
  • 4 tbsp Braggs Liquid Aminos
  • 1 tbsp red wine
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch

For the zoodles:

  • 5 medium zucchini, ends trimmed
  • Himalayan sea salt, to taste
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame seed oil
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cups sliced bok choy
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 6 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts
  • Toasted sesame seeds

1. Gather all ingredients and start prepping produce.

My husband likes to avoid the kitchen when I cook, I tend to get a little messy. I swear a carrot didn’t explode here…

2. Spiral your zoodles and set aside. I bought a Veggetti to make my zucchini noodles. I love that it’s simple to use and small enough to store in a drawer. I have enough kitchen appliances taking up space in my kitchen so that’s super important. I used the bigger noodle option.

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I think it’s funny how it makes the ends look like little pencil tips!

3. Next combine all liquid sauce ingredients, then add cornstarch and whisk together until smooth.


4. Warm olive & toasted sesame oil in pan and start sauteing the veggies. I start the mushrooms first because I cut them thick, you’ll see why later.  Then add remaining veggies (except zoodles), garlic and ginger. Cook them until they are soft but still a little crisp.


5. Remove veggies and set aside. Add sauce mix to the pan and simmer till it thickens and add in peanuts to warm them up.

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6. Add Zoodles to sauce/peanut mix and cook till softened.

7. Combine all veggies and divide up onto 4 plates. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and enjoy!

Look at those handsome fellas enjoying their dinners ❤

ps. This is why I cut the mushrooms big. I don’t like them. I can pick them out this way! 😉

mushrooms

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My Favorite Foodie Videos

 

I ❤ documentaries! I also ❤ food! So I decided I’d like to share with you some of my favorite documentaries. I recommend you doing your own research after each of these videos but I feel they are all pretty accurate in what they are sharing. Statistics may have changed since they were all released but the general message is so powerful! I share these in the hopes that you will be even just a little bit more motivated to change your “diet” and help you and your families feel better. Help end the torture of large farmed animals. I understand change is hard, but even if we changed a little things would get better. One less burger per person, oh the fat to be lost…. a girl can dream right???

Most of these movies I watched on Netflix or Hulu, I looked for full documentaries to share. For the ones that I couldn’t I hope you will make the effort to look for.

I will continue to add more videos as I find more that I love 🙂

{Warning}

Videos below may contain some graphic video footage. If you have young children around, ones who love animals like my son, you may want to watch this without them in the room.

Hungry For Change

I never realized how much sugar is in EVERYTHING! I still have to work on my brain to realized that I don’t want the fat free yogurt, I don’t want the low fat snacks. Sugar is what makes all of those things taste good!

Food Matters

We are what we eat! Food, clean food, is medicine. It’s not making doctors rich and that maybe why they are in a hurry to give us a prescription instead of prescribe exercise and good foods.

The Beautiful Truth

Juicing! How amazing fruits and vegetables have cured diseases. I don’t juice as often as I’d like but there are SO SO SO many benefits. The Gerson’s theory is amazing, I encourage you to watch as many videos on this as you can.

Cowspiracy

This documentary isn’t so much about our food quality or diet, but it’s about the effect of cattle farming on our environment. Watering cattle in the US uses 34 TRILLION gallons of water a year! 34,000,000,000?!?! We wonder why are we having water shortages?

Food, Inc.

The documentary that started it all for me. One of the reasons I am happy to be a Coach and be on the journey to help others make better diet choices.

In Organic We Trust

This video alone made me want to search out small farmers. Organic food is so important for keeping our planet healthy, our families safe and just being good in general. If you don’t care about organic, look into the cancer rates and disease rates in areas where orchards and farming are big. I grew up in a big orchards area, pesticides sprayed all the time, scary stuff. Many people I know there have been affected by someone having cancer.

Farmageddon

It makes me sick how many crazy standards are put on the small farmers. Yet big corporations get away with so much because they can afford the big fancy legal teams.

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

His story is amazing! If we can eat processed foods in moderation instead of relying on them for most of our food intake, imagine how the obesity rate would drop!

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2

More of Joe Cross’ story.

I hope you enjoyed, err, learned a lot from these videos…

Darci Horton

 

Living On One Dollar

Not a food documentary but it was really touching. Helped me realize we have so much. SO much more than we really need…