Archives for August 2014

Spicy Peanut Noodles Vegan Recipe

spicy peanut noodles vegan

Have you found the Annie Chun’s organic udon noodles at Costco? They are the base for this most awesome Spicy Peanut Noodles vegan recipe.

If you aren’t a Costco shopper, you can pick up udon noodles in any grocery store. The ones from Costco just happen to be pre-cooked, which makes preparing this dish that little bit easier.

Easy Spicy Peanut Noodles Vegan Recipe: Thick udon noodles are tossed with a spicy peanut sauce and loaded with nutritious veggies and sprouts.

Not that prepping these noodles is hard. No, this recipe is so easy to make, we’ve pretty much been living off these noodle bowls this summer. They check all my favorite recipe boxes.

Super simple to make. CHECK!

Ready in minutes. CHECK!

Sneaks in vegetables. CHECK!

The girls love it. DOUBLE CHECK!

The Costco bag of noodles has 6 individual bags inside. This recipe calls for one bag of noodles and feeds one person. Double or triple the recipe depending on the number of people you are trying to feed.

Spicy Peanut Noodles Vegan Recipe


  • 1 package Annie Chun's organic udon noodles
  • 1/3 cup vegetable broth (can substitute water)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped broccoli
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon tamari (may substitute soy sauce or coconut amino acids)
  • Sirachi sauce to taste
  • bean sprouts
  • chopped cilantro (may leave out)


  1. Heat vegetable broth in a large skillet over medium heat. Add udon noodles and cook until noodles break apart - about 5 minutes.
  2. Add broccoli and carrots to skillet and cover pan. Allow vegetables to steam until bright in color - about 5 minutes. If you find you run out of liquid before the vegetables are steamed, add a little water to the pan.
  3. Remove lid and stir in peanut butter and soy sauce. Stir until a smooth sauce forms. Transfer to a bowl.
  4. Top peanut noodles with Sirachi to taste and a handful of bean sprouts and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

If you can’t find bean sprouts, you can leave them off. My grocery store is very hit or miss as to if they will carry them. However, they happen to be our favorite ingredient, so I’m always a little sad to make this without them.

I’d call this recipe ridiculously addicting.

Let me know if you try this recipe and how you like it!

Creative Ways with Whole Grains FREE Cooking Class


Craftsy has lots of fantastic classes they are offering for FREE right now!

Included is the Creative Ways with Whole Grains taught by Cooking Light.

For Free You Get:

4 HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
Class materials that include 14 recipes
Detailed, close-up instruction

If you are looking to integrate more whole grains into your cooking, this free class looks excellent.

Clary Sage Essential Oil: Cramp Relief without Medication

Natural cramp relief for when you have your period. This remedy uses essential oils and a DIY massage technique.

If you are a female, I’m certain you know about cramps. But are you familiar with clary sage and how it is used for cramp relief without medication?

First, allow me to introduce you to clary sage.

Clary sage has been around for centuries. As a source of natural phytoestrogens, it stimulates the body to produce more hormones bringing around a balancing effect. (However, the presence of phytoestrogens makes it unsuitable for use during pregnancy)

Although it has a sharp scent, it actually has a quieting effect on the emotions and is said to bring clarity.

When used with massage, clary sage has been found to reduce abdominal cramps.

I decided to put a clary sage massage to the test. Could it really work to relieve cramps?

clary sage cramp relief

Cramp Relief without Medication

First, you need:

A 1/3 ounce roller ball bottle
Carrier oil such as avocado, jojoba or almond oil
clary sage essential oil (here’s where I get mine)

Fill your roller ball with the carrier oil. Add 4 drops of clary sage essential oil.

Lie on your back in a quiet place.

Start at the belly button and use the roller ball to draw several circles on your abdomen in a clockwise direction slowly moving out.

Set aside the roller ball bottle and continue to massage in a circular motion pressing down gently. Continue for one minute.

cramp relief without medication

THE VERDICT: This method absolutely worked for me. I tried to inhale deeply while massaging and applied pretty good pressure since that is what I found soothing.

And if you want a little something-something extra to help soothe your cramps, I’d suggest lying with a heating pad on your back at the same time.

This method does have it’s limitations. It’s not really practical for when cramps strike in the middle of work, or school, or Target, since there is no place to lie down and massage.

However, once you have performed the massage, the scent of the clary sage will still linger on your skin. The small whiffs that I inhaled throughout the day brought instant, calming relief. I kinda loved it.

Please try it for yourself. I’d love to hear your results.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Tropical Traditions Essential Oils Review: Best New Source for Oils

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.


In the Natural Green Mom household, we use essential oils for multiple purposes. So I was delighted to do a Tropical Traditions essential oils review.

First, I love to simply diffuse essential oils. It is not unusual to walk into my home to catch the scent of lavender or bergamot or cloves and oranges (my favorite at the holidays!).

I use different combinations to bring about different moods. For example, I’ll diffuse a few drops of orange oil with a few drops of peppermint to create a stimulating and creative scent when working.

Second, I love to make essential oil remedies such as an all natural vapor rub or vapor shower disks.

Finally, cleaning is made so much more enjoyable when you use essential oils. I delight in cleaning my yoga mat because of the lovely scent.

Where to Buy Essential Oils?

In the past, I’ve just picked up the brand sold at my local natural grocers. But the more interested I become in aromatherapy, the more important it has become to purchase quality essential oils.

And of course I care about organic options too!

That’s why I’m delighted Tropical Traditions has started carrying essential oils.

I have long trusted Tropical Traditions as the best place to get virgin coconut oil.

So I’m thrilled to announce that Tropical Traditions has started selling Florihana essential oils from France. These oils are 100% pure, 100% natural and the majority are 100% certified Organic: CEE by Ecocert and NOP-JAS by Control Union BV.

Why Florihana Essential Oils?

Florihana is world-renown for their unique low-heat proprietary distillation process. It is a highly innovative technology called “flash detente”, developed and perfected in its own laboratory. This process is unique in the world of aromatherapy. 

The distillation process is key to preserving as much of the essence of the original plant source as possible.

In addition, detailed labeling on each bottle helps  with complete traceability of each batch.

The bottle of clary sage that I received came with it’s own canister to keep it out of the light (a total plus in my book), had a great aroma (the whole reason for buying it!) and had an easy to control dropper top. I put it to use right away to try to relieve cramps without medication.


In addition to getting high quality essential oils, these oils are priced right! Many can be purchased for under $5!!!! And, as I mentioned, they come with an awesome metal canister for protecting your oils from the light that degrades them. Make sure to check out the whole selection so you can see the awesome pricing for yourself.

How do you use essential oils? 

If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book on Virgin Coconut Oil, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.

The GBG List of 3: Friday Night Lights, Blokus, Jenna Hipp

List of 3

What has the Natural Green Mom been up to this summer? This list of three sums it up.

Friday Night Lights

1. Friday Night Lights – Did you watch this series when it was actually on the air?

We hadn’t. So we have been binge watching Friday Night Lights this summer.

I love football. I used to live in Texas. This series just speaks to me. And since there is a lot of teenage angst, the girls are loving it too.

Bonus: If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can watch all 5 seasons free.

girls playing blokus

2. Blokus – We love to play board games in our family, do you? This summer, we’ve been engaging in fierce battles of Blokus.


If you aren’t familiar with this game, it’s a strategy game for 2 to 4 players.

Over the summer, the Blokus board has stayed on the patio table so we can play whenever we have free time. Needless to say, we’ve found this game addictive.

We might even play to see who has to do the dishes. You lose, you do the dishes.

I’ve done a lot of dishes this summer.

Nail Art

3. Jenna Hipp Nail Polish – We have done a lot of nail painting over the summer. My oldest daughter loves to do the new nail art, and we love to have her do it to our nails.

Have you found the Jenna Hipp nail polish in your Costco yet? They come in great colors and are reasonably priced.

But that’s not why I love them.

I love them because the polishes contain no dibutyl phthalate, no formaldehyde resin, no formaldehyde, no toluene, and no camphor.

The cute colors are a total bonus!
Jenna Hipp Nail

What have you discovered this summer that you would recommend?