Yoga+Music (not quite 365) – The Grand Theatre, Volume One by Old 97’s – Recipe Edition!

It’s Tuesday and that means the Recipe Edition!  

Here’s where I share an easy, nutritious recipe so you can join me in the home-cooked self-care.   

Sesame Chicken Pasta Salad  

adapted from 


Serves 6  


  • 1 (12 ounce) package radiatore pasta
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup salad oil
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce {I used low sodium}
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar {I used rice wine vinegar}
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons sugar {I only used 2 Tbsp of sugar since the rice wine vinegar has sugar in it}
  • 2 cups cubed, cooked chicken {seasoned with garlic and black pepper}
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped green onion
  • 4 cups torn fresh spinach leaves


    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
    2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Stir in sesame seeds and cook until golden brown. Remove from heat. Stir in soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar. Pour dressing into a sealable container, and set aside. {or just pour it in with the warm pasta and try not to eat too much of it}
    3. In a large bowl, mix together pasta, cooked chicken, and 1 cup dressing (reserve remaining dressing). Cover salad, and refrigerate at least 6 hours. {I put in all the dressing and the pasta and chicken soaked it up – delicious!} {We couldn’t wait 6 hours, we ate it after 3 – still yummy}
    4. Directly before serving, stir in parsley, green onions, and spinach. Toss with remaining dressing, if desired.


    This recipe was delicious hot or cold, with or without the spinach.    

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    What Does This Smell Like to You? – Recipe Edition Part 2

    Ok, here’s the real deal on the green smoothie.  

    I’ve now made two batches of the Berry Blast recipe.  

    The first time, I improvised by using unsweetened applesauce and frozen spinach.  

    Frozen spinach?  

    I know.  

    Sue me, I hadn’t been to the store in a couple of days and I wanted to try it.  

    I put everything in the blender, whizzed it up quickly and viola!  

    A dark purple “green smoothie”!  

    I poured some in a pint glass (this recipe makes A. LOT.) and took a gulp.  


    And I couldn’t even taste the spinach!  

    I didn’t take photos because it was a trial run and it was a true on-the-go breakfast so I simply enjoyed it on my way to school.  

    Fast forward to this past weekend.  

    I sent the dude to the farmer’s market for some fresh spinach and real apples.  

    I love frozen berries so that was already taken care of.  

    Into the blender went the berries, apple and water.  

    Then it was time to add the spinach.  

    I quickly rinsed it, shook it to dry, cut it up and added it to my blender.  


    Ready to go.  

    I put a straw into the blender to see if the fresh spinach made a difference in the taste and thought, “That’s not the same as last time!” 

    I added a teaspoon of honey. 


    Back in went the straw and I thought, “Oh that’s better.”  

    I poured the hubs a little one.  

    He brings the glass up to his lips to take a sip and asks,  

    “Does this smell like dirt?”  

    To be honest, it smelled more like as he finally put it, “football practice”.  

    A heady mixture of grass and dirt for those that don’t know. 

    it really smelled more like grass.


     Do you have any good kitchen stories? What is the funniest thing anyone has ever said about something you’ve made? What weird substitutes have you made in the kitchen?