Weeknight Curry Noodles & Workouts For Mental Health [5-Ingredient RECIPE]
Good Morning Friends!
A very Happy Thursday to you! We’re almost to the weekend, hang in there! Today I want to share with you my new love: exercise. I’ve never been one of those people to rejoice in athleisure clothing. I don’t shop at lulu lemon. And I don’t have a gym membership. But I did make 2019 the year that I take care of my health: body, mind, and spirit. That meant getting really honest with myself about exercise. What I discovered was that I have the attention span of a gnat when it comes to exercise routines. I like to do a variety of things! The thought of waking up and doing the same exercise day in and day out makes me want to stay in bed. So, in order to combat my aversion to routine I stocked up on some great FREE exercise videos and activities, and today I want to share them with you.
Now before we dive into these videos, I want to point out that I’m not working out for weight loss. Yes, I am The Noob Chef who has some “fluff” on her body. I love carbs and you’ll be seeing some delicious recipes coming up very shortly that are not low in calories. That said, I workout every day for my mental health. If you’re out there struggling with your own mental health issues, whether that’s depression, anxiety, body acceptance, etc. I urge you to workout. It releases serotonin and truly makes you feel… happy! Breaking a sweat allows your brain and body to come together in harmony. Your body wants to move. Will your muscles ache afterward? Yes. Will you sweat up a storm? You bet’cha! But I promise if you slap on some icy hot cream and keep to it, that you’ll feel loads better in no time. In fact, you’ll want to make it a part of your daily schedule too. Now, let’s take a look at the exercises that I’ve been doing.
This is probably the easiest activity to do, but it’s the most important out of all the various cardio activities I incorporate. I’ve learned that every day I need to break a sweat. I do wear a Fitbit Charge 2 religiously, and I cannot recommend it enough. Not only does it track my heart rate (a bonus for people who get anxious like me), so I can see if I’m really elevating my heart rate during a workout, but it also is an excellent pedometer! If you haven’t invested in one, I encourage you to do so. It buzzes gently on your wrist to remind you to move at least 250 steps on the hour every hour, and you can make sure to get your 10,000 steps per day in.
Now when it comes to cardio workouts Leslie Sansone’s “Walk At Home” program is by far the best that I’ve seen on the market. You can purchase her DVD set, but honestly I just subscribe to her YouTube channel which updates regularly with new weekly workout videos! This 1 mile family walk is upbeat, makes me sweat, and I get about 2.5k steps in within 15 minutes. It’s awesome.
II. Yoga & Buddhist Exercises:
As I’ve delved into who I am and what my emotional needs are, I discovered that I prefer quiet environments. Techno music is fun, but when I’m stretching my muscles and getting myself mentally pumped to workout, I like to keep things quiet. I don’t want bass pumping in my ears when I’m breaking a sweat. I want calming instructions to follow along and this Buddhist video does just that. Now I absolutely love qi gong because it’s gentle, stretches my muscles, and incorporates ancient Eastern practices that are rooted in holistic health. This particular Buddhist exercise video is about 20 minutes but REALLY gives an arm workout! Don’t be fooled by the slow pace of the exercise. If your arms are out of shape (like mine), you will definitely be feeling the burn within minutes. But the calming nature of the music, and the simplicity of just following along, keeps me coming back to this video again and again.
Back in high school I did a semester of weight lifting. Most of the people in the class were guys. (No complaints from me!). I loved the feeling of getting strong. Beyond weight loss, I love the thrill of seeing my muscles get toned and boxing is an excellent activity for getting ripped! I invested in an inexpensive set of boxing gloves and sparring mitts from Amazon and I love to follow along to this basic boxing video that gives my arms a great workout.
And now, let’s look at today’s recipe! 🙂
These weeknight curried noodles are for any night that you just don’t want to cook, but you still want a dish packed with flavor. With just 5 ingredients, they are simple to pull together, easy on the budget, and can be flexible with whatever you have on hand. I love stocking up on frozen stir fry vegetable mixes because I can take any protein (usually tofu, but in this case it was chicken), dump it in my wok, and I’m already halfway done with the cooking. These curried noodles are delicious, easy to prepare, and can be modified with whatever curry mix you have on hand. If you have a curry paste, simply take 1-2 tablespoons + 1 can of coconut milk and pour them into the wok in place of a bottle of prepared curry sauce. I hope you all love this recipe as much as I do. Have a wonderful day everyone, and as always, keep on cooking! 🙂
Easy Weeknight Curried Noodles
- 1 bag frozen stir fry vegetables
- 1 bottle Thai Yellow Curry Sauce (or your favorite curry sauce)
- 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup cooked meat or 1 block of tofu drained and cubed (any protein that you prefer!)
- 5 packs of instant ramen (discard the seasoning packets)
Gather your ingredients.
In a large wok, drizzle some oil and turn the stove to HIGH. Heat the wok and dump in the stir fry vegetables. Cook until tender, about 8-10 minutes.
Add 2 tablespoons of chicken bouillon and 4 cups of water.
Then add in the ramen noodles. (Discard the ramen seasoning packets).
Mix the noodles in the water and chicken bouillon and cook until tender. About 4-5 minutes.
Add in 1 cup of cooked meat or tofu and 1 bottle of curry sauce. Mix well to combine and heat through.
Optional: Now if you want a spicier curried noodles you can add turmeric to your noodles.
Just sprinkle a bit on and mix well to combine.
Now you’re ready to eat!
Serve and enjoy. You’ve earned it! ❤