Remember when you were a kid and played pretend with your friends? It was fun, wasn’t it? Fantasizing about something that wasn’t real, being able to drift away for a little while??
Well, I’ve come to the conclusion that, even as adults, the cure to any woe is, indeed, playing pretend.
Your family (and everyone else for that matter) goes on vacation but you can’t join them? Grab a friend (who’s actually on your same situation) take a ride to Atlantic City, and pretend you’re in Vegas.
The window in your car is stuck and won’t close? Just open all of them and let the wind mess up your hair, pretending you’re driving an expensive, super cool convertible (and pray, really hard, that it wont rain while you’re parked outside).
You go out for a run but your legs don’t seem to want to cooperate? Pretend you’re being chased by – insert favorite scary character here – and run for your life…. also pretending that – insert name of favorite hot actor here – is waiting for you 8 miles from where you are.
Too cold outside to even want to get out of the house? Make one of these and pretend you’re in a tropical island, far, far away.
Hosting a get together but can’t enjoy a drink because out of the blue, you’ve developed some kind of alcohol intolerance? Make one of these but hold the alcohol on yours, pretend you’re just like everyone else (no one will know)
Craving a big fat bowl of pasta but, of course, you’re watching your carbs? No problem! “Zoodles” to the rescue. Yep, just like eating pasta. Yep. Exactly the same. Even better (here’s where your pretend skills are really put to the test)
I could go on, and on with this but I think I’ve made my point, yes? And just in case you need one more pretend tool (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t??), and while we’re in the make-believe-noodle subject, here’s a salad that will definitely do the trick. It will make you think you’re eating your favorite cold sesame noodle salad, without all the hassle. 5 minutes, done. Good one, uh?
Now, enjoy! (For real 😉 )
- 1 large seedless cucumber
- 1 large carrot
- 1 tbsp black sesame seeds
- 2½ tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp agave nectar
- ¼ tsp salt (or to taste)
- Using a "spiralizer", make "noodles" with the cucumber and carrot and place in a large bowl.(see note). Add sesame seeds and toss well
- To prepare the dressing, combine rice vinegar, water, agave salt in a glass jar with a lid and shake well ( you can also whisk the ingredients in a bowl)