Spicy Thai Noodles with Shrimp + Weekly Menu


Being back on the campus of the University of Illinois brings back so many memories. Without a doubt, college was the best 4 years of my life. At least so far. In college I met great friends, joined a sorority full of great women, played ice-hockey, pursued my dream of becoming a dietitian…and met Mr. Prevention.

A lot has changed about campus — there are skyscraper-like apartments now and the rec center got completely redone. They’re rebuilding the “cool” dorms (“The Sick Pack”). My favorite bar is out of business. Green Street (the main drag) has all sorts of new restaurants and businesses. A lot looks the same…but a lot looks different.


We went to the Illinois vs. Nebraska game last night and it was a back-and-forth score with no one really pulling ahead by more than just a few points. It’s still surprising to me that I love basketball as much as I do — the sport never interested me much before dating Mr. Prevention. He was a huge fan and after years of season tickets, he had moved his way to floor seats around the time we started dating. A few times, I got to join him for the game.

Yesterday? We were the second row from the very, very top. Our seats were pretty horrific but it was still a blast to be in the building for senior day and the last Illini home game this season.

Oh, and they won. Did I mention that? :)


After the game, we returned home to wear out the dogs and as I edited these pictures in preparation of this post, the group was debating where to go to dinner. The pictures stimulated my hunger as this meal was memorable…memorable indeed.

Almost as memorable as my 4 splendid years of college. Almost.

But really, this one is a must-make. Plus, it’s super simple and very easy to adapt to your liking!


 Weekly Menu: March 3 – March 7th

Another week almost here…better enjoy today ;)

Be well,



  1. The noodles look & sound great! And I love the short ingredient list! :)

    Great meals planned!

  2. Nicole, I gotta know…what was your favorite bar that went out of business?? I hope it’s not my favorite bar because I will seriously cry. LOL. I agree with you about how different campus is. It always throws me for a loop when we go down there. Glad you got to see an Illini win (always a plus!) and the noodles looks great!

  3. I think any sports event is better live and of course, much more fun when you go with someone whose company you enjoy. :) The spicy noodle dish looks delicious!! I love all of the flavors from the sesame oil to the cilantro. This is a keeper. Thanks so much for the shoutout! I hope you enjoyed the waffles! They are our favorite that’s for sure. Have a wonderful Sunday.

  4. Spicy shrimp and noodle…delish!

  5. Thai food has always been known for its spicyness. Their dishes always has some sort of spice mixed in it which makes it delicious. So excited to try another sumptuous dish.

  6. So glad to hear you had such a nice visit to C-U. Did I ever tell you that is my hometown? My grandparents house was on 3rd and Green, behind the Dairy Queen!! So many wonderful memories. I really miss it there even though my two daughters still live there we don’t get back there often.

    Loved the recipe, I plan on making it soon. Since you posted it I know I can eat it on my diabetic diet. :)

    • Nicole, RD says:

      Hi Dianne! What a small world :) I know a lot of people from the CU area read my blog, so I love to be able to travel there and reference the area and memories of my time there!

  7. It’s funny, after I left SIU, I’ve never stepped back on campus once! Glad you had fun at the game, even if the seats were crappy!

    And that dish looks amazeballs!

  8. Nicole-
    I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. I stumbled across it today looking for vegetarian and seafood recipes. I also graduated from U of I last year in Athletic Training! Keep up the good work! I-L-L!


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