Tangled Thai Noodle Salad

I am a few weeks away from finding out if I qualify for an international double blind study for a new diabetic medication.  They provided me with the meter, the test strips, everything I would need.  One thing they also gave me was test strips for ketone – which I’ve never even tested before.  They told me if my blood sugar was ever over 250, I needed to take that test.

So here’s a weird thing lately.  Now mind you, I am not having cocktails at night anymore, or eating snacks even.  If anything I have a cup of tea or coffee with a splash of heavy cream after dinner.  Both Friday night and Saturday night last week I went to bed with a blood sugar reading of 95 and 105 respectively.  Totally normal.  Usually I’ll take my fast acting insulin at night, and typically whatever the number is before I go to bed should be the number within about 10 points when I wake up the next morning.

Both mornings my blood sugar was 270 and 290.  WTF?!  So I took the ketone test strips, and put it in the computer they gave me and sent off the information on Sunday morning.  Within 10 minutes my doctor called me and said “are you okay?!”  I said yes, and he said that he just saw an alert that my ketone was at 2% – when in actuality it was .2 – but the device wouldn’t let me add the decimal point, so it made it seem like I needed to take a quick trip to the emergency room!  Luckily, that was not the case, and they are trying to fix that function.

My blood sugar average is still on the higher side – 165 is my two week average so far this year, which is an A1C of just over 7 – and I’d really like that to be closer to 6.  #damnsugars


Since I have declared my kitchen is no longer a diner that will cook food on demand, I’ve been asking the kids help in planning out the menu.  I try to do at least one meat free dinner a week, because not only would it make Hannah happy, it would also give Jacob and I a break on all the beef.

Hannah picked out this recipe off of my pinterest page of food I wanted to make.  I have to be honest, sometimes I just pin pictures that look good and actually look at the recipe later to see if it’s something I’d actually want to make.   I guess Fresh Restaurant is a chain of restaurants in Canada.   When I started reading through the menu I realized that the “noodles” were actually spiralized beets, and there wasn’t an actual noodle in the salad at all like I thought when viewing this picture:


First off, Hannah doesn’t like beets.  Second, I thought it needed noodles to be more filling for dinner.  Third, I knew that Jacob and I would miss the protein, so I grilled up some chicken tenders on the side for us.  So this recipe was INSPIRED by Fresh Restaurants Tangled Thai Salad – and for that, I thank you.  We all gave this a big thumbs up, and nice that we can all eat the same dish – even Hannah added a bit of chicken to hers!  Even if she did have to chop it up into a million pieces before adding it to her dish.

  • 2 cups cooked pasta
  • 4 cups chopped napa cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup cucumbers, hopped
  • 4 teaspoons chopped peanuts
  • 4 tablespoons chopped cilantro

For the dressing – put in a food processor:

  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice (juice from one lime)
  • zest from one lime
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth or water

Mix the dressing together and pour into a mason jar.  You won’t need all of it.   Since I had just cooked my pasta, this was a semi – hot salad, which I liked.  The heat from the pasta kind of wilted the cabbage a bit, but the rest of the veggies were still crunchy.  To plate:  in a bowl add 1/2 cup of the cooked pasta, 1 cup of the cabbage, 1/4 cup of the carrots, 1/4 cup of the cucumbers, 1 teaspoon peanuts, 1 tablespoon cilantro.  Add as much of the dressing as you want and toss well.  Jacob and I each added 3 ounces of grilled chicken to our plates – but any protein would do – leftover steak, or pork would be delicious too.

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Jacob and I preferred a bit more heat, so we added sriracha to our plates.  This was so light and refreshing.  Made us feel like we were eating this on a beach in Thailand, instead of in zero degree Chicago!

And thanks Fresh Restaurant for liking my picture on Instagram – sorry I added chicken to your vegetarian dish!

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Although Roman is almost four months old, he is still all puppy.  When I got home from work on Monday night, usually both dogs greet me at the door.  When I didn’t see Rummy, I knew something was up.  I walked into Hannah and Jacob’s bedroom and saw this:

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Yep, that would be Roman who got in their garbage, but they are both looking at me like “what are you looking at?!”  And yes, that would be the new carpet I had installed right before we got Roman.  There are too many stains to count, but there are worse things going on in the world for me to get upset about it.

So later we are eating dinner, and Roman is usually under the table waiting for anything that might drop on the floor.  I think he knew he was a bad boy because he was sitting against the wall a good 10 feet from the dining room table. 

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How can I stay mad at that face?!


I am having my first WI since January 1 on Friday.  If you remember I was 177.9 on January 1.  I am hoping that my ditching the wine, curbing the night time snacks and getting my exercise in, even on the weekends, will pay off.  I decided two week weigh-ins made more sense because there are too many fluctuations from one day to the next.  So you’ll have to stop by and see how the first two weeks of 2016 went.  But in the meantime, I think this totally describes me, no?


Until then, follow me on Instagram – I have been having some amazing eats lately! Open-mouthed smile

Make it a great day and stay warm Chicago!  Right now the air temp is –2 and with the wind chill and it feels like –15.  It would be a perfect day to stay home and watch the rest of the episodes of Making a Murderer on Netflix!

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  • Diana
    January 13, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Let me know how you like Making a Murderer, I got OBSESSED last week and didn’t get a lick of house work done for two days while I watched it all!

    • Biz
      January 13, 2016 at 10:43 am

      I am loving it so far – am trying not to read all the stuff out there until I finish the series – I am on Episode 5 😀

      • Diana
        January 13, 2016 at 10:53 am

        I can’t wait until you finish so we can chat about it!!!

  • Kym
    January 13, 2016 at 8:49 am

    I am angry at Roman for you even with that cute little face. Maybe the kiddos will need to rethink what they put in the bedroom garbage.
    I am so happy you posted the noodle recipe here. I saw the photo on Instagram and thought what will I do??? Only three post a week, how will I get all the yummy recipes. Thank you for your “mind melding” ability and posting this one. I keep hearing about this Making A Murderer thing. I guess I better check it out.

    • Biz
      January 13, 2016 at 10:45 am

      Ha, thanks Kym – and yes, we’ve had the discussion about the garbage on more than one occasion, but like I said, there are worse world problems!

      Better get ready to carve out some serious t.v. time if you start with Making A Murderer – or do what I do and watch it while on the treadmill 😀

  • Lisa Boshell
    January 13, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Chris was recently diagnosed with pre-diabetes, so we’ve been doing small things to try to cut his sugar intake. One thing we do with any kind of noodle dish is mix zucchini noodles half and half with regular noodles. It’s really great because you get this nice delicate fresh crunch along with the comfort of spaghetti noodles. I usually just drain the spaghetti, then toss the zucchini noodles in the pot with the spaghetti, add a dash of olive oil and toss until it’s all warmed up. I may have to try some beet noodles…I’ve never thought of that. You kids, stay warm up there!!

    • Biz
      January 13, 2016 at 10:47 am

      It actually has nothing to do with sugar intake Lisa – diabetes is all about carbohydrates, because 100% of carbs turns into glucose.

      I like the idea of mixing half noodles with zoodles – like I did by adding napa cabbage to bulk up my noodles.

      Tell Chris not to eat a carb by itself – if he eats half a bagel, have peanut butter or cream cheese on it, have an apple with peanut butter – pairing a carb with a protein helps with blood sugar spikes.

      I can’t tell you how many people have emailed me over the years telling me that they got diabetes by eating too much sugar 🙁

      Let me know if you guys have any questions – I don’t want him to get the sugars too 🙁

      • Randi
        January 15, 2016 at 12:17 pm

        I used to cook for a senior dining program and I was required to make a sugar free dessert for the diabetics. Never mind that they would pile their plates with mashed potatoes and eat 2 rolls with dinner and then have their ” sugar free dessert”. I gave up trying to educate them.

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes
    January 13, 2016 at 9:00 am

    The noodle salad looks & sounds great!

    Roman’s face is too cute! But sorry about the stains…

    • Biz
      January 13, 2016 at 10:48 am

      I know – now I know where they got the term “puppy dog face” because it’s too irresistible!

  • Erica
    January 13, 2016 at 9:07 am

    I can totally relate to that dog picture! Our carpets are a mess! But I love those little boogers (actually Frank never makes a mess…Harold on the other hand…we call him Captain Destructo). The noodle salad looks awesome. I love anything with a peanut sauce. Hope you get selected for the study!!

    • Biz
      January 13, 2016 at 10:49 am

      I just love the name Harold for a dog – are they getting along okay? Fingers crossed about the study too! Even though I have insurance, it would still save me about $150 a month if I get all my meds and test strips for free 😀

  • Randi
    January 13, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Those dog pics cracked me up. So naughty!! I’m going to send you an email about my blood sugars, I have too much to say on this issue. So frustrating. The noodle dish looks great. Never even heard of that restaurant. I’d be all over that dish, but J is not a lover of Thai food. In fact, she only orders 2 items at a chinese restaurant. Either sweet and sour chicken or orange chicken. She never waivers. When do you find out if they accepted you to the study?

    • Biz
      January 13, 2016 at 10:51 am

      I think J is a pickier eater than even Hannah!

      My last appointment is February 4, and I’ll know a couple weeks after that if I make it. Part of me thinks if the six weeks was just a test to see if I’d record everything four times a day – so fingers crossed! I’ll look out for your email 😀

  • Carrie @ Season It Already
    January 13, 2016 at 10:51 am

    No matter what they say, puppies are puppies for two years, not one. They don’t break the habit until then! And I always say that they are lucky they are so cute, so you can’t be that mad when they mess up during those two years! (Okay, you can get mad, but they love you so much that it doesn’t last long… ;0) )

    • Biz
      January 13, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      I know – I was thinking of redoing the back of my house this spring/summer, but a big part of me wants to wait until a: Roman is 2 years old and doesn’t have any more accidents in the house or b: when the kids move out 😛 whichever comes first. But I don’t see the kadults moving out any time soon 😀

  • Melissa
    January 13, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Your meals always look delicious. Hard to stay mad at those puppies isn’t it. I’ve got 2 little furballs in the house that have me wrapped around their little paws 🙂 Stay warm! MN is brutally cold right now too.

    • Biz
      January 13, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Thanks Melissa! I know, it’s funny because when it gets so cold, even 25 degrees seems balmy! But that’s what we get for living in Midwest 😀

  • Can't Stay
    January 13, 2016 at 10:58 am

    I recently saw a card that said, “Congratulations on getting older and your new wrinkles! That’s your body’s way of making more room for dessert.”

    Oh, that that were true . . .

    • Biz319
      January 13, 2016 at 2:46 pm

      OMG, that kills! Thanks for the laugh 😀

  • Shelley B
    January 13, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Our dachshund used to get into the trash whenever we’d leave, which is why we had tall trash cans and/or tried to tuck the smaller ones inside the bathroom cabinets. But one time, we all got in the car and immediately remembered we’d forgotten something, so I dashed back inside, only to see her running down the hallway, directly to her beloved trash can. I used to think she did it because she was bored, but nope – she just liked trash and couldn’t wait for us to leave! Dogs…you have to be on your toes to outsmart them!

    • Biz319
      January 13, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      I’ve seen videos on youtube that kill of dogs getting into the trash – this one is one of my favorites – no getting out of this one!


  • Marcia
    January 13, 2016 at 11:15 am

    That salad looks pretty amazing. I may have to try that soon. I’ve been kind of off my cooking mojo, except for soup and bread.

    Good luck on the WI, and good luck on the blood sugar.

    • Biz319
      January 13, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      I was like, you’ve been baking so much bread! But then again, that’s a set it and forget it kind of thing – hope you get your exercising mojo back too, but I know it’s hard with sick kiddos. 🙁

  • Lisa
    January 13, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    That little stinker!!! Our Bella is going through a phase of destruction (no idea why, she’s 3 years old so not a puppy and never used to destroy/chew things) and it pisses me off. But then she gives me her puppy eyes and cute smile and it’s hard to be mad!

    That’s scary about your blood sugar. I hope it gets sorted out!!

    • Biz319
      January 13, 2016 at 2:50 pm

      Rummy, the older dog, used to like to nibble on just one shoe of a pair of shoes when she was a puppy, now she’s the best dog ever – doesn’t eat any shoes, chew on furniture, or pee in the house – I guess I’ll have to wait for Roman to turn 3! 😀

  • jody
    January 13, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    It has not hit 2 degrees here yet, so I am thankful for that. I can not even imagine spiralized beets, ugh. and two words: DOG CRATE, lol

    • Biz319
      January 13, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      Yep, we have a dog crate, and they might have to go back to that until Roman learns his manners!

      Is snow coming your way though?!

  • Lori
    January 13, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    The nice thing about Pixie is she doesn’t get in the garbage. She also doesn’t like people food, so she never begs for food. She’s just been the greatest cat!

    That is weird about your blood sugars with a good change in diet. I’m curious to see what happens over a little more time.

    • Biz319
      January 15, 2016 at 11:01 am

      My Dad used to cut up our dinner for the cat every.single.night. It was crazy! Until one day the cat jumped on the table and started licking our turkey for Thanksgiving! 😛

  • Tammy
    January 13, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    The salad looked interesting. Beets top my list of food that I do not like, so I would welcome your substitution.

    Great job with the blood sugars. Mine is as out of control as my diet, but I continue to try. I would think the fewer snacks and alcohol must be helping. The year of Biz is off to a great start!

    • Biz319
      January 15, 2016 at 11:02 am

      The only thing I’ve made with beets is a beet hummus, but I must not have liked it all that much, because I’ve never made it since!

      Let me know if I can help you in any way – we’ve got this! Just take it one day at a time 😀

  • Fran
    January 15, 2016 at 2:36 am

    LOL I looked at the photo of the doggies on the bed while on the radio a song was playing: Guilty, guilty. I laughed out loud.
    I couldn’t stay mad at that face either.

    We have been so lucky with Bella when she was a pup. She never destroyed anything. All she did when she was little was “stealing” socks or boxer shorts from R. if I had the laundry basket out before putting it in the washing machine. It was just a fase luckily.

    • Biz319
      January 15, 2016 at 11:03 am

      OMG, what a coincidence! And last night I got home? The same thing – Jacob forgot to carry out the garbage on his way to work – it was ALL over the kitchen, back room – so crazy.

      And Roman loves shoes and socks too – when Hannah got home last night there were 3 single pairs of shoes, two socks and a pair of Hannah’s underwear he’d taken out of the clean clothes basket!

  • a life from scratch
    January 16, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    I am DYING at that photo of Roman – priceless!!