I hope I don’t crack: When your sacrifice is no added sugar or salt (sort of)…and no cocktails?!

Day 3 of Lent.  The whole giving up of something —  you know, sacrifice for 40 days — is not going well.  I’m to stay away from added sugar and salt (and drink more water).  Oh, and by the way, alcohol is also off-limits.  So, no cocktails.  Oh brother.

Well, I’m in for the night and made a home-cooked meal.  I’m not so sure I passed the test, but it tasted great.

I don’t know how I’m going to survive the next 37 days of Lent:

I hope I don’t crack: When your sacrifice is no added sugar or salt (sort of)…and no cocktails?!



Remember, I don’t use measuring spoons or cups or whatever fancy gadgets a normal person would use in their house.  I simply don’t have the patience.

So, this is what I threw together using a deep saucepan-type pot (you’ll see it in the pictures):

Sweet Teriyaki Noodles and Shrimp by The Brainy Pint Sizer (@brainypintsizer)

  • Broad Egg Noodles (about 1 1/2 – 2 cups)
  • 6 Shrimp (cut into 4 small pieces each)
  • Onion (diced — about 3 tablespoons)
  • Olive Oil (about 3 tablespoons — maybe 4 — just eyeball it)
  • Teriyaki Sauce (o-oh…sodium)*
  • Honey (sigh…sugar, but it is a “natural” sweetener, does that count?)*
  • Hot Pepper Sauce (this is optional; if you use it, add to taste)*
  • Black Pepper*
  • Ground Ginger*
  • Crushed Garlic*
  • Thyme*

* To taste.  The two you need to be the most careful about is the hot sauce and the ginger. Too much and the dish is ruined.

  1. After noodles are brought to a boil, lower to medium heat.
  2. Cook until al dente (soft-ish, but not mushy or boiled to death) and then drain.  Leave in strainer.
  3. In the empty pot, add the olive oil, the crushed garlic and the onions.  Cook on medium heat until onions are translucent, which should take about a minute or two.
  4. Add the teriyaki sauce, black pepper, ground ginger, honey, thyme and stir.
  5. In goes the shrimp, stirring quickly, and add the hot pepper sauce.
  6. The noodles go in next and toss quickly, incorporating well — but only for about 2 minutes (no more).
  7. Remove from the heat and serve.

The ingredients


Onions, garlic already in the deep saucepan, noodles at the ready.

Everything incorporated...not necessarily attractive, but not bad in taste.

The finished product -- plated.


5 thoughts on “I hope I don’t crack: When your sacrifice is no added sugar or salt (sort of)…and no cocktails?!

  1. Pingback: Lent: Is it possible to do a “Do Over” because this whole 40-day thing…I failed. | brainypintsizer

    • I am failing miserably, I think. I don’t know what I’m doing. No added sugar, no added salt, but I’ll use honey and Teriyaki or Soy Sauce (reduced sodium). How’s that supposed to work? My H20 intake, which is usually good…have no idea what’s going on. Today, I was so desperate, I had the biggest meal for lunch: Went to a deli and walked out with mashed potatoes, roasted corn off the cob and a salmon filet. Sounds normal, right? Wrong. I know all of that had enough butter with salt and whatever else to completely wipe me out for the week! I have to start over.

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