Chili Spinach Pesto Noodle Bowl

Chili Spinach Pesto Noodle Bowl | @naturallyella

This weekend marks 36 weeks for me and this pregnancy. It’s hard to believe time is coming to end but we couldn’t be more excited to meet this baby. However, these past couple of weeks, I’ve really slowed down which if you know me, you would also know is very unsettling. I’ve had good days and I’ve had bad days, which leads to work not getting done and me getting really down on myself for not being able to do the things I need to do (luckily M is really good at talking me out of this and usually all he has to do is remind me that I’m pregnant).

This slowness has translated into the kitchen which means meals that are simple. I’ve been eating a ton of eggs as of late and one of my favorite pairings is with a hearty noodle bowl. This pesto noodle bowl comes together easily and instead of using all basil, I like to mix it up and toss some spinach in as well for added nutrients (and really, it’s still super flavorful). I also keep a small jar of chili paste in the refrigerator (usually in place of sriracha) for meals like this (although right now, any spice is too much!) Feel free to use whatever type of noodles you might like- I usually mix it up between udon, soba, or for a gluten-free version, brown rice.

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Podcast Episode 1: The Saga Begins

Guess what? Our family made a podcast!

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Yep—I decided to hop on the podcasting bandwagon, and to drag Henry and the kids along for the ride. This is a whole new ball o’ wax for us, so we’re incredibly excited—albeit barely competent. For example, I haven’t figured out how to embed our Blubrry-hosted audio file into this Tumblr text post yet. But since when has our utter lack of skills, knowledge, or judgment ever stopped us from doing something?

In any event, this is our very first episode of the Nom Nom Paleo Podcast, so what better way to begin than by telling you how we got started with Nom Nom Paleo? We’ll introduce you to our regular segments on the podcast, including What We Ate, The Main Course, Crush of the Week, and the Question of the Week—so subscribe to our podcast on iTunes and tell us what you think!

Show Notes & Links for Episode 1:

What We Ate:

Strawberries by Michelle Tam

In this section of the podcast, I discuss my excitement about strawberry season. I share how you can store strawberries in your fridge for up to two weeks, and how I like to pair them with balsamic vinegar and vanilla almond milk (but not at the same time). Henry, meanwhile, talks about how Lil-O ate Indian food at a family wedding—and liked it!

The Main Course:

We discuss how we first learned about Paleo five years ago—and how Henry converted an eye-rolling skeptic like me. I decided to go cold-turkey on an Alaskan cruise, and learned from personal experience that you can’t convince your friends and family to “go Paleo” when they’re not (yet) open to it. We discuss our own flavor of Paleo, too. Spoiler: we aren’t trying to reenact what cavemen ate or how they lived. Everyone’s a special snowflake, so you just have to find the lifestyle and foods that work for you.

Crush of the Week:

Our seven-year-old, Ollie (a.k.a. Lil-O) announces (to no one’s surprise) that he loves scrambled eggs. He eats them every day—cold or hot. Meanwhile, Owen (a.k.a. Big-O) and I are fighting over my copy of Mimi Sheraton’s 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die.

Mimi Sheraton's 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die

Henry gives shout-outs to three websites that helped us put together this podcast:,, and (Full disclosure: Henry works at LinkedIn, which—coincidentally—is acquiring Also mentioned (by me): Pat Flynn’s, which offers a good amount of podcasting tips.

Question of the Week:

This question comes to us from a reader who emailed me after getting my weekly newsletter, which you can sign up for here: “Michelle, I have a hard time trying to figure out how to make my budget stretch and still get the spices and seasonings that will make the most difference in my cooking. What are your go-to seasonings?”

Magic Mushroom Powder by Michelle Tam

Thanks for listening! If you have questions for future podcasts, please leave them in the comments below. Like what you heard? Subscribe to our podcast and leave us a review by clicking here!

Looking for more recipes? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my Webby Award-winning iPad® app, and in my James Beard Award nominated cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans!