That describes my emotions right now after a few too many weeks of late nights and crazy early mornings with the boys who were superstar sleeper-in-erers but have decided they get more play time if they wake up earlier. Seriously, this morning when the sun was just peeping over the horizon I heard Cooper yell ‘Oddie’ (that’s how he says Ollie) from his bed. Yes it melted my heart but it would make me even happier if it was at a reasonable hour of the morning.
No longer can I stay up late working and be guaranteed of a decent number of hours sleep. No, now I stay up trying to get work done, crash into bed way later than I should and then am torn from sleep what seems like minutes, ok I exaggerate, it’s quite a few hours but not enough for this delicate petal who needs her zzs, later to start all over again.
I don’t deal well with sleep deprivation. I know no one does but it really kills me. A few days in, my body starts to protest usually with some sort of illness. I get a bit clumsy and start injuring myself, running into things and let’s just say my emotions get close to as raw as this noodle dish.
I do my best to look after myself. Well you know, as well as any juggling mumma of small kids does so despite my hatred of diets, I signed up for my friend Shannon’s 21-day Spring Cleanse when she promised to help me #getmyjamback. It shouldn’t really call it a diet, it’s more of a plan/guidance.
I lasted 2 weeks (I’m rounding up) before I fell off the wagon. It wasn’t the cleanse, the cleanse was awesome, it was me. As I said, I’m not good with diets/being told what I can and can’t eat. I started getting really obsessive and anxious about what I could and couldn’t eat then I just started dreaming of tasty cheese CCs (my mega mega weakness). So I called it quits.
I’m not going to say I’m disappointed in myself because, I tried. I learned a whole lot of new recipes and realised I really do eat pretty well just with a bit of gluten and dairy thrown in there. I also learned that I have limitations and there is no point doing something that stresses me – no fun for anyone involved.
Wow this got a bit deep for a post about raw Pad Thai. I shall move on shall I? While I was doing the challenge, a little package from The Whole Foodies arrived (gifted) with a couple of packets of their kelp noodles. Yep, kelp as in seaweed. They’re gluten-free and quite low calorie (not that I count) but with a really interesting texture. Because you don’t cook them, they stay sort of crunchy in salads.
The first packet I used to make a little Asian noodle salad with some cabbage and carrot to go with a BBQ but then I tried their raw Pad Thai recipe straight off the packet. Wow it was good. Even the husband liked it. I think he’s learned that I get enough grief from the boys for my cooking so he never has anything but compliments but I can tell when he’s extra enthusiastic.
Now I’m going to make an admission – I added shredded chicken to mine. Yes I know that technically does not make it raw but, I had to compromise for the husband ok?
- 1 packet Kelp Noodles
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 2 cups shredded green cabbage
- 1 large carrot, grated
- 1 zucchini, grated
- 4 green spring onions, sliced
- 1 cup bean sprouts
- 1 cup coriander, chopped
- ½ cup fresh mint leaves (reserve a few leaves for garnish)
- ½ cup cashews, chopped (reserve a few for garnish)
- Shredded chicken (obviously this makes it not raw!)
- Sesame Ginger Dressing
- ½ cup Tahini
- 3 tbsp tamari
- 1 tbsp Rice Malt Syrup
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
- 1 garlic clove, crushed
- ¼ cup Olive Oil
- Drain the liquid out of the packet of noodles then place them in a bowl and break them up with your fingers.
- Pour over the sesame oil and toss.
- In a large bowl (I used a big cake container) toss together the rest of the salad ingredients.
- In a food processor or blender, combine all the dressing ingredients until smooth.
- Add the dressing and noodles to the salad and toss to combine. Add the chicken here if using.
- Serve sprinkled with extra cashews and mint.
P.S With all this lack of sleep, I’ve been doing my best to stay as organised as possible and have started meal planning. You can get a copy of the plan by popping your details in below. No thinking of what to cook next week. I’ve got you covered!