Clean Eating’s Sesame Noodles and Pretzel Roll Burgers

Well, while we lucked out on the stormy weather on Sunday, I wasn’t prepared for 80 degree heat.  And I had planned on making pretzel rolls that not only have to be baked, but boiled as well – let’s just say I had sweaty boobs going on most of the day!  (I am sure Tony is shaking his head at that last statement!  What can I say – you are married to a klassy lady!) 😀

I am actually extremely proud of myself for not giving up on working out and eating like a pig with all the stress I have going on at work.  I will be the first person to tell you that even several months ago, this type of stress would have me running to the nearest fast food restaurant – not just once, but probably for breakfast and dinner.

I made my goals smaller and more attainable, and I think I am able to focus on it more clearly than to just say “I want to weigh 135.”   I know that I have to plan my food and workouts, and only then will I be successful – and not let stress get in the way.  Because let’s face it, there is always going to be some type of stress, another birthday party, Christmas, etc. – I can’t let food take control – I am in control of it! 😀

And then I read Helen’s INO post.    Want to know what INO stands for?

It’s Not an Option

While I have always had this mantra with managing my diabetes, I never really thought of applying the same principal to eating well and exercising.  It’s not an option having an 8 point bagel today, because I have my bagel on Wednesday.  It’s not an option having pizza today because I’ll have it over the weekend.  Everything sort of “clicked” after I read that post.

I feel like I am finally living a lifestyle rather than doing a diet.  Being on a diet means that at some point you are done.  Well, we aren’t.  At least I am not.  I still want the pizza, wine and bagels, just not all on the same day every day!  (except for the wine – but that’s another story!)

I decided I wanted to go to the gym before work yesterday morning.  I set my alarm for 6:15 and told Tony that if he didn’t see me in the morning that is where I would be.  See I say that a lot of times, but normally when the alarm goes off, I turn it off an just lay down “for another five minutes” and then next thing I know its an hour later!

But I was up and out of the house by 6:30.  The pool was pretty full, so I did 35 minutes on the incline treadmill at 20% incline – insanely hard and I feel that I got an upper body workout as well otherwise I would have flown off the thing!  Then I went to the pool.  The lap lanes were still pretty full, but the therapy pool was empty.  I remembered that TJ loved doing water jogging, so that’s what I did.  I got a floaty belt (not sure what its called) and just “jogged” in place in the water for 25 minutes.  The therapy pool is 10 degrees warmer than the lap lanes and my face was pretty flushed after that!

So while I had my lunch all set, breakfast was throw shit in a bag because I was running out of time.  An egg white bagel sammie and half a giant fuji apple.

My friend and I then went on a 45 minute walk at lunch.  I brought along 4 pound weights too.  I told Tony that I found that bananas are good fuel before working out.  But sometimes it feels heavy in my stomach.  So he found me . . . banana chips!  These are the best fuel for me!

Before the walk my blood sugar was 181.  I purposely take 1/2 the amount of insulin at breakfast if I plan on working out at lunch.  So I ate 8 banana chips (____ points), walked the 45 minutes, got back to my desk and my blood sugar was 104 – perfect! 😀

Hannah likes to go through my food magazines and will flag some recipes she wants me to make.  One of them came out of Clean Eating’s magazine, and my version is based on their recipe.  The base of the “sauce” is tahini and honey.  Hannah took one bite and declared it disgusting, but refused to try the finished version.  No problem, it was already on my work menu lunch this week so I was the winner!

Sesame Noodles (based on Clean Eating Magazine)

makes 4 servings (1o oz. each) for 9 PointsPlus

  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons* garlic chile sauce (found in the Asian aisle – it has a rooster on it)
  • 8 oz. dry corkscrew noodles
  • 1/2 head of steamed broccoli
  • 2 raw carrots, sliced into matchsticks
  • 4 ounces of chopped cooked chicken breast
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup pasta water

Put the tahini, honey and chile sauce in the bottom of a large bowl.  Cook pasta to al dente according to package directions.  Save 1/2 cup of the pasta water before draining.  Add noodles to tahini mixture, toss in the broccoli and carrots – add enough pasta water to help the tahini coat the pasta.  Add chopped cilantro and serve.

* 2 tablespoons makes for a spicy dish – start with 1 tsp. and work your way up.  Tony thinks I’ve still burned all my taste buds off so I can’t taste anything anymore. 😀

My sister recently went to a burger place recently and had a pretzel roll burger, and it’s kind of been on my mind ever since I saw it.  I’ve made jalapeno honey wheat soft pretzel sticks before, but never pretzel rolls.  Tony found me a recipe and they turned out really good – the best part is that they stayed soft! 😀

Bretzel Rolls (Bavarian Pretzel Sandwich Rolls)

from Makes 12 – each one: 201 calories, 2.6 fat, 38 carbs, 2 fiber and 5.4 protein – 5 PointsPlus per roll).

  • 1 1/3 cup warm water (nothing over 115 degrees, otherwise it will kill the yeast)
  • 2 tablespoons room temperature milk
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons (one package) dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 4 cups flour
  • coarse salt
  • 2 quarts water for boiling the rolls
  • 1/2 cup baking soda*******!!!!!!

In the bowl of your stand mixer, put yeast and 1/3 cup of the water and let it stand for about 10 minutes, or until its foamy.

Add the remaining cup of water, milk, sugar and melted butter and swirl to dissolve.  Add the flour on low speed, a little bit at a time, until the dough is firm and pliable – I did have to add a couple more tablespoons of water to mine to get the right consistency.

Let the mixer knead for 5 minutes.  Remove dough, cover and let rest for 10 minutes.  Since I knew I was making 12 rolls, I weighed the whole dough ball and to get 12 equal portions, each roll was 2.75 ounces of dough.  Place the divided rolls on a big cookie sheet, cover with Pam covered plastic wrap and let rest for 30 minutes.

Bring the water to a boil.  Now here is the **********!!!!!!!! part of the recipe.  It said to add the baking soda all at once to the boiling water.  OMG, it was like Mt. Fuji of an eruption of boiling water all over the stove, kitchen floor, etc.  Thank God for my cat like reflexes I didn’t get burned with hot water!

Once I cleaned up my baking soda mess, I boiled two rolls at a time for 30 seconds total.  Put them on a Pam covered baking sheet, sprinkled with coarse salt and baked six rolls at a time for exactly 8 minutes (although it could take up to 10 minutes).

it always amazes me how flour and a few simple ingredients can make something so delicious 😀

right before they rested for 30 minutes

the aftermath of my baking soda volcano - although I will say after I cleaned up the mess, its the cleanest my stove top has ever looked - note to self - clean with baking soda!

be sure to check at 8 minutes to see if they are done

So my dinner – 1 pretzel roll, 3 oz. burger, 1/2 ounce cheese, jalapeno mustard, pickled jalapenos, 2 ounces of tots and 2 ounces of sweet potato – this delicious dinner came in at 13 points.

can't have burgers without tots! 😀

Stats for Monday:

  • 36 points (including wine)
  • 35 minute incline treadmill on 20% incline
  • 25 minute water jogging
  • 45 minute walk at lunch with 4 pound hand weights

Alright, I am off to make a garlic spinach goat cheese quiche for breakfast – come back tomorrow for the recipe. 😀  Have a great Tuesday!

35 thoughts on “Clean Eating’s Sesame Noodles and Pretzel Roll Burgers

  1. I am sure your tub will never get this dirty – but I SWEAR by baking soda after having 5 kids. It is the all perfect scrubbing stuff for a dirty tub. Once a month I put a box in my fridge. I use it for cooking and for keeping the fridge fresh [89 cents!] and then on the last Sunday of the month I scrub the tub [well, the kids or hubs do now] and viola! White as bright. It is fabulous. I also sprinkle a little in the sink if it gets grubby from something greasy from dinner.

    Is that a bagel you had for breakfast or an english muffin? I’z confuzed by the pic’. 🙂

  2. amen to your weight loss philosophy…I think it is this way of thinking which has lead to my most recent successes as well…although the exercise part comes and goes as far as me feeling its not an option. Something to continue to work on I guess…lol

    Yikes! That is a huge baking soda mess! lol Glad it cleaned up easily AND you have a flat top range! haha

  3. Your pretzel rolls turned out great!

    That is good advice! 🙂 I’ll have to try it 🙂

  4. It’s too bad those pretzels made such a mess, but they sure sound great!! That’s the second time this week I’ve heard of pretzel rolls… I think the universe is trying to tell me something!

  5. I can’t wait to try those sesame noodles! Yum-o! 🙂

  6. Mmmm I freaking love pretzel rolls! 🙂

    I love the “it’s not an option”!

  7. Those rolls look delicious, and I think that sesame dish looks awesome too, despite what Hannah says.

    Good for you doing all that workout! I am happy to get 35 minutes on most days.

    I like INO. For me, when I first lost the weight, the turning point was when I realized that I shouldn’t look at each meal as if it were my last. Yes, I LOVE pizza, but you know, 1 or 2 slices is enough, and I can always eat it again tomorrow or next week. It’s not like I’m never getting pizza ever again.

  8. Hi, I used to read and comment on your blog regularly but I fell off the wagon so to speak and have just recommitted, so I’m excited to become a regular reader again. Great job continuing with healthy eating in spite of stress. I also have a natural inclination to eat in response to stress. I feel like I “deserve” it although the truth is I DESERVE to take care of myself and not be overweight and miserable. So inspiring! I love how diligent you’ve been over a long period of time. I’m also impressed with the morning workout! I almost never workout early in the morning.

  9. I am seriously jealous of your family…they get to enjoy all of your lovely creations!

  10. oh i love pretzel rolls! i must make!

  11. The rolls are just perfect! We have a restaurant nearby that serves all of their burgers on these rolls and Josh is obsessed! I will have to try making them. Love your its not an option attitude! Just fabulous 🙂 And I totally want to try those noodles. Enjoy your Tuesday

  12. I love the it’s not an option approach. It makes so much sense!

  13. OMG, pretzel rolls are my most FAVORITE thing EVER. These look fantastic!!
    And I love your new attitude. You’re awesome, Biz. 🙂

  14. I need to try making pretzel rolls, thanks for the note about the boiling water + baking soda disaster though! I’m currently sporting a 2 inch long mega-burn on my forearm from a little mishap with the oven last week, so I can use all the safety warnings I can get 😉

  15. I am so making the noodle dish. I wonder how that would taste with a long thin noodle like linguine?

    So funny how many people have mentioned that INO post – so glad I wrote it. Sounds like you “got it” the same way I did when I first read it in the book. Such a simple, simple thing yet maybe it will turn out to be the most effective thing ever? I hope so, for both of us!

    P.S. You did A LOT of exercise yesterday! Hurray for you!

  16. Those rolls look amazing! I have seen someone make them recently on another blog. I think I am going to have to make them!
    Good for you for getting up and early and getting your workout done!!

  17. Gosh that all looks amazing! I loved that post Helen made, it makes so much sense.

  18. I hate when the girls get all sweaty LOL! I always tell Spencer you know it’s hot and humid when my boobs sweat. Hate it!

  19. Homemade pretzel rolls?! Oh my! My husband is going to love you forever!! LOL

  20. I can’t believe you made your own rolls – they look wonderful! And you know i’m making this pasta – fab. Thanks for the description (rooster!) on that sauce – i’m going to find it! At first I thought siracha? But I don’t think that’s the same thing. 🙂

    INO -love it – I haven’t written about it on the blog but I had to start tracking again this week. My weight is just creeping up. Slowly but surely. I think I, like you, will always be on a “diet” – although I don’t consider it a diet – I consider it a make-healthy-choices-and-exercise-to-stay-healthy “thingie.” I guess? haha

  21. Leave it to you to make lemonade out of, well, baking soda. What a mess, but how cool that your stove is so clean! I saw those pretzel rolls on Jenn’s blog and was drooling over them – they did look good, and yours do as well!

  22. Hate sweaty boob days! LOL! I’m sorry you’re under so much stress but proud of you for not turning to food for comfort. I too have recently decided to focus on smaller goals b/c I’ve wigged myself out too much thinking about the ultimate goal. I love banana chips but the only ones I’ve found are the fried kind, which probably adds a lot of fat. Are the ones you got dehydrated? Your buns (hehehe) & burger look so good! I’ve seen pretzel rolls on blogs but never had one before. What do you think would keep the water from boiling over? Adding it slower?

  23. You are doing amazingly well at keeping on track with your work in such a state of disarray! You are an inspiration!

  24. Those pretzel rolls look awesome! I had to share the link on my blog. I’m going to have to try making them. We recently had burgers on a pretzel bun and they were really good.

  25. It sounds like you are committed to and able to make your dieting life-style work for you. I think that’s wonderful. Have a great evening. Blessings…Mary

  26. I just posted about pretzel rolls yesterday -i’m now obsessed with them! 🙂

  27. Have I mentioned that I love the pictures you take of your food?? 🙂 I had a similar stove mess incidient when I made grape jelly. It was everywhere!!!
    I like the It’s Not An Option saying. I may have to borrow that!

  28. haha, you cracked me up with the sweaty boobs comment, probably because i can relate!

    LOVE the pretzel rolls, i have got to try those. they look delicious!

  29. Ahhh…pretzel rolls! My stove looked the same way after I did this! The rolls are so good! I need to make them again soon….I’m obsessed with pretzel rolls these days!

  30. Wow! I love how gorgeous your pretzel rolls are… I love trying out different yeast breads and I think this one will be next on my list! Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂 I love yours!

  31. I once ruined a phone with my boob sweat.

    Your pretzel rolls look fabulous! I need to man up and get more adventurous in the bread making department. Stat!

  32. Mmm bretzel rolls, I love them schmeared with chilled butter. We ate these all the time in Germany. I also like water jogging, such a great execise! I like the not an option, I do not have diabetes but I do suffer from severe headaches, the only way to control them is to eat clean and exercise at least 4 times per week. Sometime I get cocky and think, ah I’ll take a break from clean eating and super exercising then have a 5 day headache. I HAVE TO EXERCISE it is my medication and that is how I have to look at it. Take it four times per week to live and to live pain free.

  33. That lifestyle mindset was quite a paradigm shift for me.

  34. love that INO mantra! and wow, exploding baking soda water! crazy 🙂 glad you weren’t hurt!

  35. Oh, Biz, you have no idea how this helped me this week. It wasn’t a perfect week, but I think it was a good step in the right direction. Like you, my “baseline” INO is diabetes self-care, but it needs to be so much more if I want my healthiest self. (And I went and read Helen’s post. I think “IFNO” is my new mantra…)

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