It’s easy to rethink your definition of “fast food” when you know you can be eating this Zucchini and Carrot Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce dish within ten minutes.

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One day last week, through some poor time management and back-to-back-to-back meetings, I ended up walking in my door at 4 pm, having not yet eaten breakfast or lunch.

Sometimes life happens.

And I was sorely tempted to hit a drive-thru on my way home.

Or raid the fridge for some junk to eat to just tide me over until dinner.

But I saw a stack of zucchini on the kitchen counter and pushed all those thoughts out of my head and got to work.

It wasn’t easy to silence those thoughts, because sometimes it’s way easier to stuff your mouth full of crap.

One of the biggest perks to making zucchini noodles is that it seriously takes just minutes. Whether you’re eating them cold or sauteeing them, seriously … minutes. So it’s hard to rationalize that “fast food” would be faster, right? That’s really just the emotional side of your brain talking.

I spiralized a carrot to add to this dish too, to give it a bit of extra color. Because, let’s face it, sometimes just zucchini noodles all the time can get a little boring.

Now the peanut sauce.

I’m a big fan of sesame noodles with peanut sauce. You know, the kind you can order from a Chinese food restaurant. This version is similar to that. Add a handful of pantry ingredients to a small pan, warm it up, mix it well, and heat it until it starts to thicken. Add it to your bowl with your spiralized zucchini (I used two) and carrot (one), and mix together. Add cooked chicken for a heartier meal. Some nuts for a little crunch. Diced scallions for a little extra pop of color. You can’t mess this one up.

Hungry for more zucchini noodle recipes?
This recipe for Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Cream Sauce is my number two favorite way to eat zucchini noodles.
And this recipe for Garlic Lovers Shrimp Over Zucchini Noodles is my Number One favorite zoodle recipe.

And tonight’s recipe? Firmly planted in between the above two recipes.

And my spiralizer? Currently using this one and loving it.

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A quaint and quiet animal sanctuary tucked into Long Hill Township, let’s pay a visit to Raptor Trust.

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For as long as I can remember, at least the last twenty years, I have been recommending the Raptor Trust to anyone that needs a place to take an injured bird. Particularly wild birds.

A request that comes up more frequently than you’d think.

Having grown up in the vicinity, the Raptor Trust was a place I knew about and trusted, and they do amazing things to help injured birds heal, and give them a quiet place to live safely.

And despite the fact that you can also visit and see the birds that live there … I have never taken my kids there!

A wrong that definitely needed to be righted.

And so when I promised Madeline and her friends a fun outing recently, I went through my list of “fun things to do with the kids,” looked up the Raptor Trust’s hours, and away we went.

Nestled in the rural area of Long Hill Township, the sanctuary is very easy to find and parking is plentiful. It is free admission, though donations to continue their important work is very much appreciated, and they are solely funded by these donations.

As the girls ran from cage to cage, they were so excited to see all the different birds living there.

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I mean, BALD EAGLES!

The most majestic birds ever. I could have sat there and watched them for hours. Just so amazing to see so up close.

But so sobering to know they were there because they had been found injured. Many of them had been shot. One was missing a wing. It’s awful that they were hurt like that, but thank goodness a place like Raptor Trust exists. It’s just sad that it HAS to exist.

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Weekend Photos in Review

December 4, 2016

Waiting for the train… Print it!

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Weekend Photos in Review

November 30, 2016

Such a good big brother – and she loved it! J.K. Rowling Fries with kimchi, pork belly, melted cheese, and spicy teriyaki sauce. Obsessed with books, always and forever, amen. Date night with my littlest. This was after I caught her scaling up the middle of the Christmas tree. Print it!

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