I know what you’re thinking, but no, a Soba noodle isn’t a noodle that doesn’t drink…lol, yes I crack myself up. I discovered the Soba noodle a few years ago when I ordered the Soba Noodle Soup with chicken from Panera Bread and the entire soup had less than 400 calories! How could that be if the main ingredient is pasta I asked myself. So I decided to do my research on this teetotaler noodle. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Soba Noodles which are of Japanese origin are made from buckwheat and are chock full of nutrients. Now, not all Soba Noodles are created equal. You have to be very careful when you buy it that the ingredients consist of 100% Buckwheat. If you don’t pay attention to the ingredients you may end up with a blend of buckwheat and other types of wheat. In comparison to regular pasta, one cup of cooked Soba Noodles contains about 100 calories as compared to one cup of cooked white pasta which contains about 220 calories and one cup of cooked whole wheat pasta that contains about 170 calories.
The sunshine of my life is my awesome four year old son. I love him more than life itself but oh my goodness, he is such a picky eater! Meal times is the source of high stress for me because the conversation with my son invariably goes like this: Me:”It’s dinner time munchkin come eat your chicken”; Him: “I don’t like chicken”; Me: “yes you do, you said you liked chicken” Him: “I don’t like this chicken, I like the other chicken” Me: “well this is the chicken I made so eat it today and tomorrow you can have the other chicken” ; Him: “I’m not hungry”; Me: “you can’t not be hungry, your last meal was at noon”; Him: “I don’t like chicken”. Mom’s reading this, please make me feel less crazy by assuring me that I don’t have the pickiest four year old in the world.
What’s not to love about Pizza. I could live on pizza if I could. It is seriously one of my most favorite food. Unfortunately, it’s not one of the healthiest food. With all the dough and cheese and everything else that makes up a delicious pizza, it is definitely not something that should regularly be part of a healthy lifestyle. I have made it my personal mission to try to find healthy alternatives to food that I love so I can still indulge in them without feeling guilty about it and I am happy to inform you that I have managed to come up with a healthier version of Pizza and more importantly, it is still delicious.
I’ve mentioned in previous articles that I decided on a healthy and fit lifestyle a while ago and I have also talked about how difficult it was and still continues to be because I can’t overindulge in some of my favorite food anymore like potatoes and bread and cheese..yummy yummy in my tummy. I therefore made it my mission in life to find healthy substitutions for things that I really liked so I can still enjoy them guilt-free. Mashed potatoes are one of my favorite foods and one of those things that I can’t just have a little bit of so I knew that I had to find a healthy way to still enjoy this dish.
If you a wondering what on earth “red Couscous” is, I named this recipe after my little munchkin. He loves this dish and calls it red couscous because the finished product is red from the tomatoes. Having a child has been and still is the most amazing experience. He makes me laugh everyday because of the cute little things that he says :-). But I digress. I decided to share this recipe with you because it is one of mine and my family’s favorites. A lot of people have never heard of couscous or if they have heard of it have never tried it. Growing up, couscous was a favorite Sunday dish in my household and it really is a shocker that I still like it.
Quinoa (pronounced Keen-Wah) is one of my favorite things to eat. Before it became the trending ingredient that you hear about everywhere, I started using Quinoa in place of rice when I made the decision to live a healthy lifestyle. I did a lot of research on healthy substitutes for rice and at first it seemed like brown rice was the healthiest alternative to white rice. After digging a bit more, I happened upon Quinoa. I was skeptical at first because I had never heard of it and wasn’t even sure where I would be able to buy it. It seemed like something I would have to travel to the ends of the earth to acquire. Luckily that wasn’t the case and I was able to find it without any issues at my grocery store in the aisle that has rice and other grains.