Shirataki Noodles with Maple Soy Reduction and S-E-X Talk….

Hi everyone and please click on the title of this post to read more. So, it finally happened; My eight year old asked about S-E-X. As a mother and a therapist, I have spent YEARS planning this discussion in my head and I thought I had it all down. When push came to shove, however, I did pretty well but botched a few parts. Of course, I keep replaying my “errors” in my head, thinking I have scarred the poor girl for life. How could I, a seasoned professional, not have this conversation come out perfectly??? The guilt, the embarrassment, the images!

Well, much like a perceived failed cooking experience, we need to look at the positives, look at what we learned in the process and go back and remedy the situation if we can. With cooking, we need to practice and practice some more . With the birds and the bees, we can always go back and answer questions and clarify at any time. Oh, the similarities between life and cooking-will they ever cease??

Speaking of practicing cooking, my friend Dan Simon came over the other day and we discussed how he lost over 20 lbs by eating a low carb diet. He sang the praises of tofu Shirataki noodles and I shuddered inside because I had had a terrible cooking experience with them where they turned out horribly. With his inspiration, I attempted them again today with my friend Jocelyn (see video below) and I dare say they came out great!

So, ladies and gentlemen, let’s forgive ourselves, get back to the kitchen drawing board, talk about S-E-X and saute up some pasta facsimiles. Enjoy!

Shirataki Noodles with Maple Soy Reduction:

1 bag shirataki noodles (can get at Whole Foods-when are they going to start paying me for promoting all their products??)
5 big white mushrooms, chopped into large pieces
1 16 oz. block firm tofu, drained and sliced into 1 1/2″ pieces
few splashes soy sauce
maple soy glaze from previous post (reduce 1/4 cup maple syrup with 1/4 cup soy sauce until syrupy)
2 tsp canola oil

Saute mushrooms in canola oil until as cooked as you would like them-taste them! Add tofu and noodles and a few splashes of soy sauce. Remove from heat and spoon on Maple Soy Reduction and enjoy! Can be served with roasted brussel sprouts, steamed broccoli or any other vegetable.


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  1. 2 years ago (Max was 8) we had “the talk”. The question always comes
    up when you least expect it. Rick left the room in the middle because he
    couldn’t handle it, typical! Anyway, we got a great book from the library
    called, “It’s So Amazing” It is a wonderful book and not only
    talks about S-E-X but it also talks about same sex couples, what to do if
    someone is touching you, how our bodies change and all different types of
    families units.

    It really helped us have an open dialogue, its hard when its your own kid
    right? My friend’s daughter (my friend is also a psychologist) proceeded to
    run to the bathroom and throw up after the talk!

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