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Budget Friendly, Recipes, Weeknight Favorites

Easy Sesame Noodles

I have been wanting to try sesame noodles on meatless Monday for awhile.  This week seemed like as good a Monday as any so I put it on the menu.  I’m glad I planned ahead because my Sesame Oil was rancid and I had to pick up some new.  Tip: Oils and spices do have a shelf life, test yours often.

Hubby liked these, and he is not a soy sauce fan, so that’s as good of an endorsement as I can get around here.  I adapted this from a Pioneer Woman recipe – hers was WAYYYY too oily – makes me think there’s a typo somewhere – I actually used a spoon and skimmed out about 4 Tablespoons of oily stuff off the top of the sauce…then I added and adjusted to get just the right flavor.

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Light and Healthier, Recipes, Weeknight Favorites, Weight Watchers

Zoodle Caprese Salad

I. Love. Caprese. Salad – but making it for a crowd can be a bit of a pain – and expensive if you want really good tomatoes & mozzarella.  This salad combines a new technique – zoodles – with a classic salad.  I don’t have a spiralizer, so I use a julienne peeler on the zucchini – which makes nice matchstick strips.

I buy the small balls of mozzarella, and cut them into quarters or eighths – but you can buy pearls of mozzarella that are small and work well too.  I can’t always get them here so I improvise. Continue Reading